Patricia Clarey

  • Spring 2006

Patricia Clarey has gained national recognition for her expertise in public policy management, formation and strategy. As the first Chief of Staff to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Clarey was at the helm of an administration that made critical gains in reshaping the direction of the State of California, taking the state from the verge of bankruptcy to a national role model for efficiency and fiscal prudence.

Additionally, Clarey was Governor Schwarzenegger's chief legislative negotiator on the highly successful workers' compensation reform package and two $100 billion annual budgets, oversaw a staff of thousands and served as the administration's liaison to national and congressional leaders. She earned high praise for her efforts and continues to enjoy an excellent working relationship with legislative and congressional leaders on both sides of the aisle.

Prior to her two-year tenure with the Schwarzenegger Administration, Clarey was a senior member of the campaign team for Arnold Schwarzenegger's campaign for Governor during the 2003 recall election and then named Director of the Governor-elect's transition committee. Clarey has been a senior officer with several corporations including Health Net, Transamerica and Chevron. She also served in senior level positions in Washington, D.C. during the Reagan and Bush administrations and served as Deputy Chief of Staff to Governor Pete Wilson for seven years. Clarey earned her Master of Public Administration from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government and a Bachelor of Science from Union College in Schenectady, New York.