Successfully navigating the crossroads of politics and policy.
Dana Williamson, Owner
Dana Williamson is one of California’s most influential government relations and political strategists. She is known for her ability to deftly navigate both the politics and policy of complex issues from energy, healthcare, education and environmental policy to the state budget and regulatory processes. During her 25-year career, she has won some of the most high-profile ballot measures and other political campaigns in California.
Regularly named as one of Capitol Weekly’s “Top 100” influential leaders, Williamson has been a trusted adviser to leaders at the highest level of government. She served in the Clinton Administration and has worked for two California Governors, as well as for California State Legislative leaders. Most recently she was Cabinet Secretary to Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr., where she managed eleven state agencies and associated departments, the Governor’s external affairs team and the Washington, DC office.
In addition to her work in government, Williamson has been a senior political strategist on a variety of winning statewide campaigns including: Yes on Proposition 30 (Education Tax), Yes on Proposition 1 (Water Bond) and Proposition 2 (Rainy Day Fund) and the No on Proposition 53 (Revenue Bond) campaigns and Proposition 57 (Criminal Justice Reform). In 2018, she managed California Attorney General Xavier Becerra’s campaign and continues to serve as his political adviser.
Williamson has also served in senior roles in the business and non-profit sectors. She was Director of Public Affairs at Pacific Gas and Electric Company and Associate Vice President of Public Affairs at Planned Parenthood Mar Monte where she managed public affairs and campaigns for the largest Planned Parenthood affiliate in the Country.
She holds a B.A. in International Relations from the University of California, Davis and lives in Elk Grove with her husband Mark and four children Adam, Sam, Andrew and Grace.
Trevor Rodgers, Organizing Director
Trevor brings to the team more than a decade of experience in political and grassroots campaigns. He has previously served as the Congressional Campaigns Director for the California Democratic Party, Political Director for Xavier Becerra for Attorney General, and many other state and national political campaigns. Trevor has worked community groups, non-profits, and labor organizations to expand the California Earned Income Tax Credit to a billion-dollar program and ensure that those eligible were able to claim it. Trevor is originally from Texas and graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Government. He currently resides in Sacramento.
Chuck Gregorski, Vice President of Campaigns
Prior to joining The Collaborative, Chuck was a Senior Account Executive with Bicker, Castillo & Fairbanks Public Affairs, a full-service, boutique public affairs firm specializing in regulatory and legislative public affairs campaigns in California.
Chuck began his career working in the Legislature as senior consultant in the Speaker’s Office of Member Services (SOMS) under Speakers Karen Bass, John A. Perez, and Anthony Rendon. Chuck also has extensive experience managing and working on political campaigns, with a focus in swing districts. This campaign experience eventually led to him being tapped for Statewide Deputy Field Director for Assembly Democrats.
He is a Central Valley native and attended Fresno State. When not working, Chuck can generally be found at higher elevations – here locally and around the globe – winding his way through the woods on a mountain bike.
Katie Hazlik, Vice President of Communications
Katie Hanzlik has over a decade of communications and political consulting experience in and around the California State Legislature and California Democratic Party. She comes to The Collaborative after serving as communications lead for several of the state’s most dynamic elected leaders, including Senate Majority Leader Bob Hertzberg and Lieutenant Governor Eleni Kounalakis. She also has years of experience in organizational and campaign management in a variety of local and statewide Democratic Party roles, having served as Campaign Manager to California Democratic Party Secretary Jenny Bach, Vice Chair of the Democratic Party of Sacramento County, and President of the Sacramento County Young Democrats.