Director, Local Government & Community Relations
Reese Aaron Isbell serves as the Director of Local Government & Community Relations of the California Life Sciences Association (CLSA). Reese joined our organization in 2013 as part of our legacy BayBio team in Government Affairs. Over the course of the merger and integration to CLSA, Reese has enthusiastically risen to every challenge. His responsibilities have grown from what once was only a Bay Area focus to encompass statewide government and community relations at every local level. He regularly represents CLSA and our industry to local elected officials and community interests throughout every part of the state. This includes regularly providing testimony before local government bodies, working in coalition with other businesses and groups, sharing the life science story and our perspectives, and growing the regional economic and operational outlook for the industry from one locality to another.
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.