Legislative Advocates
Michael Belote President, has over years experience in representing a variety of clients before the Legislature and state regulators. Before joining California Advocates, Mike worked as a legislative advocate for the California Society of Certified Public Accountants followed by the California Association of Realtors. He has also served as Vice President and Legislative Counsel for the California Land Title Association.

Mike's activities in the legislative process have spanned a broad array of issues, including financial services, real estate, health care, the judiciary, and transportation. Capitol Weekly has named him one of the Top 100 in California politics.

Mike is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and the McGeorge School of Law. He is admitted to practice before the state and federal courts in California.

Mike can be reached at: mbelote@caladvocates.com

Dennis Albiani Vice President, has over years experience in advocacy and public policy. He was most recently the Deputy Legislative Secretary for Resources, Energy, Food and Agriculture and Cal EPA for Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Previously, he served in the Davis administration as the appointed Deputy Secretary at California Department of Food and Agriculture. His legislative experience includes a position as consultant to the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Water Resources for then state Senator, now Congressman Costa and as Government Affairs Counsel for the Agricultural Council of California. He has extensive business experience in livestock production, real estate and land use. Dennis is a member of the California State Bar and graduated from McGeorge School of Law with distinction.

Dennis has a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture Business and minor in Water Science from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, where he was recognized as an outstanding graduate from the College of Agriculture. Dennis was a fellow in the prestigious California Agricultural Leadership Program and a graduate from the Dale Carnegie Institute. Dennis' wife Beth is a teacher and they have four children, Nicolas and triplet girls, Sophia, Isabella and Samantha.

Dennis can be reached at: dalbiani@caladvocates.com

Faith Borges has years of experience as a Legislative staffer. She most recently served as Legislative Director for Assembly Member Catharine Baker. During her tenure in that position, she sent many bills to the Governor’s desk, including bills on employment development, health care, transparency of government bodies, transportation, business and professions, and privacy, all of which were signed into law.

Prior to her position in the Assembly, Faith worked for two senators, Senator Ted Gaines and Senator Anthony Cannella. With experience serving for years in both houses of the Legislature, she is a policy and strategy expert.

Faith earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of California at Santa Barbara. She focuses on the firm’s insurance, public entity liability, employment, special district and JPA governance, budget, and workforce development clients.

Faith can be reached at: fborges@caladvocates.com

Cliff Costa has over 15+ years’ experience in advocacy, public policy and political campaigns. He was most recently the Director of Government Affairs for the California New Car Dealers Association (CNCDA) for almost 7 years. At CNCDA, he oversaw all lobbying efforts at the California Legislature on issues relating to transportation, judiciary, labor, environmental quality and health, insurance, privacy and financial. He also directed CNCDA’s Political Action Committees (PACs), annually worth over half a million dollars, and worked on several Independent Expenditures (IEs) which participated in a number of statewide and legislative races throughout California.

Prior to CNCDA, Cliff served almost a decade in the California State Senate and State Assembly as Legislative Director and Legislative Aide to a number of different legislators representing Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area.

Cliff is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and the McGeorge School of Law. He is admitted to practice before the state courts in California. Cliff’s wife, Trang, is an elementary school teacher in West Sacramento. He also serves on the board for non-partisan California Portuguese American Coalition.

Cliff can be reached at: CCosta@caladvocates.com

Anthony Molina has years of experience in government affairs serving as staff in the California Legislature and as a political strategist. He most recently served as Legislative Director for Senator Anthony Portantino, Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee and Senate Budget Subcommittee 1 on Education Finance. During his tenure in that position, Anthony advised Senator Portantino on legislation, including bills related to education, veterans, transportation and housing, labor, judiciary, utilities, environmental quality, banking, and insurance. In addition, Anthony assisted the Senator with navigating his own legislative package, and helped accomplish his budget goals and objectives.

Prior to his position in the Senate, Anthony worked for three assemblymembers, Assemblyman Richard Bloom, Assemblywoman Mariko Yamada, and Assemblyman Warren Furutani. Anthony also served as campaign manager and staffed several political campaigns throughout California. Having experience serving in both houses of the Legislature, Anthony possesses a wealth of legislative strategy and strong relationships with members and staff of the Legislature and administration.

Anthony earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, with a minor in Communications from the University of Nevada, Reno.

Anthony can be reached at: AMolina@caladvocates.com

Of Counsel
Ralph Simoni is the former President of California Advocates and now serves as a consultant to the firm. He has years experience as a legislative advocate in a variety of different capacities and subject matter areas. Before joining California Advocates in 1983, he served as Assistant Director-Government Affairs for the California State University and Colleges, Vice President/Legislative Counsel for the California Land Title Association and Chief Legislative Advocate for the State Bar of California.

In recent years, Ralph has developed expertise in complex resource and recycling issues, as well as Proposition 65 legal matters. On behalf of the plastics industry, soft drink industry, and the household battery industry, he has participated extensively in legislative and regulatory issues involving recycled content requirements, consumer refund programs, land siting limitations, and environmental issues such as groundwater treatment and solid waste streams.

Mr. Simoni is a graduate of San Francisco State University and the University of California at Davis, Martin Luther King Jr. School of Law. He is admitted to practice before state and federal courts in California.

Ralph can be reached at: rsimoni@caladvocates.com

Annalee Akin
Legislative Assistant

Roseanne Moreno
Legislative Assistant/Office Manager

Tricia Schrum