The BIA|Bay Area Governmental Affairs department advocates for public policies aimed at ensuring an adequate supply of quality, affordable housing in the Bay Area. In doing so, BIA works hard to increase homeownership and promote a healthy, growing regional economy.
The Governmental Affairs staff is the principle advocacy arm of Bay Area home builders, and handles myriad public issues that confront the industry. Growth controls, frivolous and abusive lawsuits, excessive environmental regulations and runaway fees are significantly impairing housing production and making homes less affordable. Our public policy makers have it in their power to make housing more plentiful and affordable. Supported by the practice and experience of its members, it is BIA’s commitment to pursue and push for those changes.
Governmental Affairs Staff
Senior Vice President of Governmental Affairs and General Counsel
Paul Campos oversees the BIA|Bay Area governmental affairs staff, assists staff on regulatory and legal issues, works with CBIA and its Major Builders Council on state legislative issues, manages BIA’s litigation activities, acts as a resource for association builder members on land use, planning and environmental issues, and is the principal association spokesman on environmental issues. He has testified before the United States Senate on behalf of BIA and the National Association of Home Builders. Campos has been with the association since 1993. He earned a B.A. with highest honors from UC Berkeley and graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School.
Executive Director Governmental Affairs East Bay
Lisa Vorderbrueggen joined BIA in March 2014 after a 25-year journalism career. As a reporter, editor and political columnist for the Bay Area News Group and the Contra Costa Times, she covered everything from city council elections to transportation sales tax campaigns to major land-use initiatives, and was instrumental in the production of dozens of televised candidate round-tables for more than a decade.
A fifth-generation Oregonian, Vorderbrueggen earned her journalism degree at the University of Nevada-Reno and began her career at the Nevada Appeal in Carson City, Nev. She also worked as a national correspondent in Washington, D.C., for the Las Vegas Journal and was the Carson City Bureau Chief for the Reno Gazette-Journal. Her work has been recognized by the Nevada and California press associations and she appeared in two Emmy-award winning documentaries about the construction of the new eastern span of the Bay Bridge.
Vorderbrueggen lives in Martinez with her husband, Joe, who recently retired from Shell Oil after 39 years. They are avid sailors but thanks to their 12 grandchildren (plus one more expected in June 2016) they no longer plan to spend all their retirement years on a sailboat anchored off a beach in Bora Bora.