Papia Gambelin

Papia Gambelin is a nationally recognized executive in business, community, and government leadership. A master connector between people, ideas, and causes, she is widely respected for her work.

Prior to joining United Airlines to manage west coast government relations, Mrs. Gambelin was president of Platinum Advisors’ Silicon Valley division where she led political strategy and public affairs initiatives for respected Fortune 100 brands. Her work with emerging and well- established companies in a variety of industries including energy, education, transportation, development, and environmental has created opportunity for businesses to grow revenues and champion diversity.

With her strong versatile and technical knowledge, she has developed political strategies, brokered partnerships between private firms and nonprofit associations, advised public agencies on communications plans, and represented developers and companies to gain approval of land use projects from local and

state governments.

In 2009, the Silicon Valley Business Journal named Mrs. Gambelin among the 40 most influential people in the region under the age of 40, and in 2014, the YMCA of Silicon Valley honored her with the organization’s Trailblazer Award. Her participation on boards throughout the Bay Area aligns with Mrs. Gambelin’s passion to serve diverse communities and create healthy, prosperous places to live and work. She is a Senior Fellow of the American Leadership Forum of Silicon Valley, and a member of the Exceptional Women Awardees Foundation.

In 2021, Mrs. Gambelin was named a Power Player by Silicon Valley Magazine in the publication’s most prestigious annual issue. She and her husband, Darrin, live on the beautiful Silicon Valley peninsula, and are the proud parents of two boys and two dogs.

Bush, Kara

Kara Bush has over two decades of experience in the legislative and regulatory arena. Kara joined Charter Communications in 2019, and serves as Senior Director of Government Affairs in the West Region for California and Nevada.

Prior to joining Charter, Kara was with the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) as Director of State Government Affairs for the Western Region, serving as the lead lobbyist on policy issues before state legislatures and government agencies in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. In that role, she covered policy areas such as privacy, e-commerce, education and workforce development, energy and environment, tax, procurement and emerging technologies.

She has a deep knowledge of the policy process and works to achieve outcomes that benefit the businesses she represents given the political realities of the State’s Legislative affairs and local governments.

Prior to joining CompTIA, Bush served as Senior Legislative Director of Government Affairs and Public Policy for the California Restaurant Association where she oversaw all state and regulatory affairs. As lead lobbyist, Bush managed the state and local contract lobbying firms and was responsible for testifying before the Legislature and regulatory agencies.

Bush also served as a lobbyist for the California Grocers Association, as a policy consultant in the California State Assembly and as a legislative assistant for the California Department of Insurance and the Franchise Tax Board.

Bush holds a degree in Criminal Justice from California State University, Sacramento, and a Masters in Criminal Justice from Boston University.