Director, Alliance Development & Advocacy
Manny Heer serves as the Director of Alliance Development & Advocacy of the California Life Sciences Association’s (CLSA). Based in CLSA’s Sacramento office, Manny supports the organization’s state advocacy priorities by cultivating strong relationships with various stakeholder groups, creating a robust grassroots program for CLSA members and assisting with legislative policy, research and more. Manny also assists in the development and implementation of direct legislative advocacy and education efforts with members of the California legislature, Governor’s office and various state and local agencies.
Manny comes to CLSA after nearly five years with the California Medical Association (CMA) as Associate Director, Political Operations. At CMA, he served as the primary fundraiser for the association’s political action committee (CALPAC) and other funds for the association. In his more than four years at CMA, he played a key role in building broad coalitions, evaluating candidates and facilitated the department with ongoing independent expenditure campaigns.
Before CMA, Manny held a paralegal position at a fast-paced real estate law firm. He was responsible for drafting legal documents including, but not limited to, all phases and aspects of investigation, pleadings, motions and discovery. He received his Bachelor of Science in organizational behavior and leadership from the University of San Francisco.