Reese Aaron Isbell
Director, Local Government & Community Relations
Reese joined our organization on July 31, 2013 as Associate Director, Government Affairs. Over the course of the merger and integration, Reese has enthusiastically risen to every challenge. His responsibilities have grown from a Bay Area focus to encompass local government relations activities throughout the state – he is near to becoming an honorary resident of Los Angeles! – a role that is playing an increasingly important part in advancing CLSA’s leadership position in our state.
In his most recent role, Reese represented state Senator Mark Leno (D-SF) throughout San Francisco as a political consultant and in day-to-day ground operations since 2004. Additionally through this last decade, he served on the Board of Directors for the Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club, the go-to political organization in San Francisco, and where he recently completed a two-year-term as Chair from 2011-2013. In prior years, Reese worked in the health care field serving as the Executive Director for the California Tuberculosis Controllers Association, a healthcare organization with members in each county health department of the state. He has continually consulted on various political campaigns throughout the Bay Area with extensive polling, market research, and messaging expertise.
Before moving to the Bay Area, Reese spent four years as a legislative advocate on the Hill in Washington, DC which included oversight on state legislation in each of the 50 state capitals. Reese attained a Masters in Public Policy degree from the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University in New Jersey and a Bachelors in Sociology from the University of Missouri Kansas City– his original hometown community.