Rina Venturini brings outstanding political and lobbying credentials to Government Strategies, Inc. As a former Democratic consultant in the Capitol she maintains close working relationships with legislators and staff from both parties and is involved with numerous political and business organizations and associations. Her lobbying experience over the course of a decade has brought her expertise in a number of areas including, energy, telecommunications, environmental regulations, economic development, local government, agriculture and specific areas of the healthcare industry.
Prior to forming GSI, she was an associate at Cartwright & Riley, Inc., a Washington, D.C. based firm with offices in Sacramento. She was the firm's chief lobbyist in the halls of the State Capitol and provided a broad array of clients with strategic counsel on a variety of issues. Some of those clients included, Zeneca Ag Products, Magellan Behavioral Health, and Apple Computers. Prior to joining Cartwright & Riley, she was a Senior Associate with Sloat, Higgins and Associates where she also lobbied for numerous corporate entities and local governments.
Rina began her legislative career in 1991 as an Assistant to then-Speaker Willie L. Brown, Jr. she handled district correspondence for Speaker Brown, prepared speeches and handled several special legislative projects. During this time, Rina also worked on numerous Democratic Assembly campaigns and statewide ballot initiatives. She also assisted in the management of several Democratic media events and policy forums.
Between 1993 and 1997, Rina served as a consultant to Assemblywoman Valerie K. Brown (D-Napa). She also provided counsel during this time to the Assembly Agriculture and Assembly Appropriations Committees, on behalf of the Democratic Caucus. She was also the Principal Consultant to the Select Committee on California Wine Production and the Economy. Some of the issues she worked on during her legislative career included military base closures, streamlining the California Environmental Quality Act process, workers' compensation reform, mental healthcare provided at state hospitals, local land use, taxation, and insurance for Joint Powers Authorities.
Rina is a member of the Sacramento Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Hispanics Organized for Political Equality, California Women in Agriculture, the National Hispanic Business Women Association, the Institute of Governmental Advocates and she is currently the President of the Friends of the Clarksburg Library.