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Reducing Traffic Congestion and Keeping Kids Safe [Video]

Posted by on Apr 15, 2016 in Events, Featured, News | 0 comments

Reducing Traffic Congestion and Keeping Kids Safe [Video]

Danville, CA — I proudly serve as the Program Manager for the Measure J Congestion Relief Agency (also known as TRAFFIX). I have a long history serving in key roles in government at the federal, state and local levels.

My story with TRAFFIX started when my son was a freshman at Monte Vista High School. He rode the TRAFFIX bus from 2012 through 2014 as a high school freshman and sophomore. During that time, I became engaged with the program and was appointed to the Citizens Advisory Committee as the Contra Costa County representative of TRAFFIX in 2013. I served as vice chair in 2015 and was appointed by the Board of Directors as the Program Manager in 2016.

In 2015, I was one of two parents featured in videos produced by the Agency for high school and middle school students.


The purpose of TRAFFIX is to reduce traffic congestion caused by parents driving their children to and from school through some of the San Ramon Valley’s most congested intersections. The program has made a difference. Our 22 buses transport 1,650 students daily at 11 schools, running 37 routes. That means more than 825 cars are off the road in some of the most congested corridors each day. Parents save time and money and kids get to school safely.

TRAFFIX is operated jointly by the Town of Danville, City of San Ramon, Contra Costa County, and the San Ramon Valley Unified School District, with the majority of its funding coming from Contra Costa County’s Measure J.

For more information, visit our website at ridetraffix.com

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What’s it like to work with Maria Shriver? Donna Lucas Knows.

Posted by on Mar 30, 2016 in Blog, Featured, News | 0 comments

What’s it like to work with Maria Shriver? Donna Lucas Knows.

The last interview I conducted during my series at the Dole Institute was one I looked forward to the entire time.

Donna Lucas HeadshotDonna Lucas of Lucas Public Affairs is among the top 100 insiders at the California State Capitol. And she’s worked hard, achieving top roles in state government as Deputy Chief of Staff to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Chief of Staff to former California First Lady Maria Shriver.

Donna currently serves as Chair of the Board of Directors for the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) and serves on the Board of Directors for the California Chamber of Commerce, College Futures Foundation, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and Maria Shriver’s A Woman’s Nation Foundation. She is routinely named one of Sacramento’s 100 most powerful people and is often listed as one of the state Capitol’s most influential people.

I’m proud to share this video of one of California’s most remarkable public relations professionals — take a moment to hear Donna Lucas!

The Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics celebrates public service and promotes civil discourse and the legacy of Senator Bob Dole by providing public programming, research and educational opportunities, a museum gallery, and other offerings. Museum gallery features include the world’s largest stained-glass American flag, Kansas veterans WWII memory wall and World Trade Center beams. It is home to the Robert J. Dole Archive & Special Collections, which includes over 35 years of congressional papers, as well as objects and materials from the Senator’s entire life.

“In America we take pride in the past, but we live for the future. To the young people who will come here for inspiration as well as information, may you never stop reaching for the stars – whatever the difficulties.”  – Senator Bob Dole, July 22, 2003, Dole Institute dedication.

Interview with former Under Secretary of State Ellen Tauscher: Survivor, Leader, Public Servant [Video]

Posted by on Feb 5, 2016 in Blog, Featured, News | 0 comments

Interview with former Under Secretary of State Ellen Tauscher: Survivor, Leader, Public Servant [Video]

It was 220px-Ellen_Tauscher_US_State_Dept_photoreally important to me to include former Congresswoman Ellen Tauscher in the series on extraordinary women at the Dole Institute. I had seen Ellen in action as my representative in the U.S. Congress and watched her ascend to one of the highest levels of government as Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security.

Since leaving the State Department in 2012, Tauscher has assumed a number of publicly-held corporate and non-profit board positions, including serving on the boards of Southern California Edison, SpaceX, and the Executive Committee of the Atlantic Council. She recently took on a new role helping with bipartisan citizens redistricting at You Draw the Lines.

But the story I most wanted to tell is the story of Ellen as a survivor. It’s not just about surviving Washington, D.C. It’s about surviving one of the most severe forms of cancer. Esophageal cancer is among the deadliest cancers, with only a 10% relative survival rate after five years. Ellen just had her 5th anniversary of being cancer-free, making her an even more remarkable woman than I even realized. Watch my interview with her here.


The Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics celebrates public service and promotes civil discourse and the legacy of Senator Bob Dole by providing public programming, research and educational opportunities, a museum gallery, and other offerings. Museum gallery features include the world’s largest stained-glass American flag, Kansas veterans WWII memory wall and World Trade Center beams. It is home to the Robert J. Dole Archive & Special Collections, which includes over 35 years of congressional papers, as well as objects and materials from the Senator’s entire life.

“In America we take pride in the past, but we live for the future. To the young people who will come here for inspiration as well as information, may you never stop reaching for the stars – whatever the difficulties.”  – Senator Bob Dole, July 22, 2003, Dole Institute dedication.

Meet Ellie Schafer: Special Assistant to President Barack Obama [Video]

Posted by on Jan 31, 2016 in Blog, Featured, News | 0 comments

Meet Ellie Schafer: Special Assistant to President Barack Obama [Video]

ES BO PlaneWhat’s it like to meet the Pope? Or Jimmy Buffett?

Ellie Schafer knows. She’s the Director of the White House Visitor’s Office and someone I have known for more than 20 years. She has a very unique and interesting story which began when she was the face of “Mr. Bubbles”, around age five.

Since then, she helped her father, a Republican, become Governor of the State of North Dakota and did advance work for the Dali Lama prior to working for Senator Barack Obama on his book tour, prior to his becoming President.

Now, she’s on First Family detail, running the White House Visitor’s Office and is a top adviser to the President of the United States. She has revolutionized the way the White House Visitor’s Office works.

This interview at the Dole Institute of Politics was one of my favorites at the University of Kansas. It’s a story of bipartisanship and friendship. Through the years, we have worked against each other for different candidates in different parties, but I’m so proud of what Ellie has achieved.

Watch it here. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

The Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics celebrates public service and promotes civil discourse and the legacy of Senator Bob Dole by providing public programming, research and educational opportunities, a museum gallery, and other offerings. Museum gallery features include the world’s largest stained-glass American flag, Kansas veterans WWII memory wall and World Trade Center beams. It is home to the Robert J. Dole Archive & Special Collections, which includes over 35 years of congressional papers, as well as objects and materials from the Senator’s entire life.

“In America we take pride in the past, but we live for the future. To the young people who will come here for inspiration as well as information, may you never stop reaching for the stars – whatever the difficulties.”  – Senator Bob Dole, July 22, 2003, Dole Institute dedication.

 

My First Program @DoleInstitute: Lydia Beebe, the first woman officer at Chevron [Video]

Posted by on Oct 25, 2015 in Blog, Events, Featured, News | 0 comments

My First Program @DoleInstitute: Lydia Beebe, the first woman officer at Chevron [Video]

We kicked off the fall program at the Dole Institute with an interview with Lydia Beebe, the first woman officer at the Chevron Corporation.

Lydia was a popular guest due to her background as a graduate of the University of Kansas, both undergrad and at the law school. She currently serves in high profile capacities at the University of Kansas on the Governing Board of the KU Endowment Association & KU Law Alumni.

Lydia has had an extraordinary career which includes being named an appointee of Governor Pete Wilson at the Fair Employment & Housing Commission where she was named a Civil Right Hero as well as being appointed by President George W. Bush to the Presidio Trust in San Francisco. She is currently Of Counsel at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati.

The Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics celebrates public service and promotes civil discourse and the legacy of Senator Bob Dole by providing public programming, research and educational opportunities, a museum gallery, and other offerings. Museum gallery features include the world’s largest stained-glass American flag, Kansas veterans WWII memory wall and World Trade Center beams. It is home to the Robert J. Dole Archive & Special Collections, which includes over 35 years of congressional papers, as well as objects and materials from the Senator’s entire life.

“In America we take pride in the past, but we live for the future. To the young people who will come here for inspiration as well as information, may you never stop reaching for the stars – whatever the difficulties.”  – Senator Bob Dole, July 22, 2003, Dole Institute dedication.

Lloyd on #2016POTUS

Posted by on Oct 16, 2015 in Blog, Events, News | 0 comments

View More: http://swiftkurrent.pass.us/carly-swiftOccasionally, I serve as a trusted source for commentary on the Presidential races, due to my long time service since the 1984 Reagan campaign. That was a long time ago — but I’m still involved.

Special Note: Carly is a great role model for women who started as a hairdresser and rose to the top job at HP. Since I conducted the women’s program at the Dole Institute of Politics on the campus of Kansas University this fall, I had a chance to ask a lot of remarkable women their points of view on her and Hillary Clinton.

There are other choices for President. Christie, Bush, Kasich and Rubio, would be excellent as a top of the Republican ticket. I’ve had a chance to spend time with them as well and as offer my support for what they’re doing.

Here’s my insight on Carly Fiorina’s campaign, highlighted by Josh Richman of the Bay Area News Group.

Judy Lloyd, of Danville, a former Senate aide and George W. Bush administration Labor Department appointee who now runs a public affairs consulting firm, said after attending the event that she’s “intrigued by a number of GOP candidates,” but Fiorina “strikes me as remarkably Reaganesque.”

That’s high praise coming from someone who’s now running a weekly study group at the University of Kansas’ Dole Institute of Politics called “First in Their Class: Authentic Women and the Originality that Got Them There.”

“She definitely delivered — she has grown so much since she ran for U.S. Senate here. Like anyone who loses an election or suffers a loss of any kind, if you take the right lessons you get stronger, and I believe she has,” Lloyd said, adding she was particularly impressed by Fiorina’s point that true leaders differ from managers because they challenge the status quo.

“It was a very strong message about her own leadership — she’s not afraid to be challenged,” Lloyd said. “She didn’t talk in platitudes or rhetoric; it was all authentic. … And she probably shook every hand — everyone who wanted to meet her had the opportunity.”

Read Josh Richman’s entire column in the Contra Costa Times here and his previous article on Californians pondering their 2016 choices here.

Special Preview: Lloyd Fellowship @DoleInstitute highlights remarkable women [Video]

Posted by on Oct 2, 2015 in Blog, Events, News | 0 comments

Special Preview: Lloyd Fellowship @DoleInstitute highlights remarkable women [Video]

October 2, 2015 — Lawrence, Kansas — William B. Lacy, Director of the Dole Institute of Politics on the campus of the University of Kansas has announced that Judy B. Lloyd will join the Institute as its Fall Fellow, conducting a study group each week on extraordinary women in business and politics.

“Titled “First in Their Class: Authentic Women and the Originality that Got Them There,” this semester’s Study Group will take a look at women leaders in public service and business and their many accomplishments. Judy is a longtime veteran of political affairs and community engagement and has a passionate interest in women in leadership.”

Lloyd, a 32-year veteran of public service, will welcome women leaders to discuss their careers in business and government and offer insights to students at the University of Kansas and the greater Lawrence community on how to become the best they can be in their chosen profession.

The study group commences on October 6, 2016 and runs through November 17. All six sessions will be shown via live stream from 12:00 – 1:30 PM CST and will feature instant Twitter commentary. They will also be available on You Tube. Learn more at the Dole Institute.

The announcement of Lloyd’s fellowship may be found at this link:

2015-10-02 Memorandum from Bill Lacy, Director, Dole Institute of Politics

 

Lloyd takes prominent role on Senator Glazer’s Staff

Posted by on Jul 26, 2015 in Blog, News | 0 comments

Lloyd takes prominent role on Senator Glazer’s Staff

Lloyd with Senate certificateSeveral area residents have joined the staff of newly elected state Sen. Steve Glazer, who has named his staff both for his office at the Capitol in Sacramento and his 7th District office in Walnut Creek.

Walnut Creek-based staffers are senior field representatives, including:

  • Judy Lloyd of Danville. The president of Altamont Strategies, Lloyd serves on the California Leadership Council for the National Federation of Independent Businesses and is a member of the Danville Area Chamber of Commerce. Lloyd served as a special assistant to U.S. Majority Leader Bob Dole from 1988 until 1992.

Read the full article here at the Contra Costa Times.

As Republican Field Grows, Californians Ponder Their Best Choice

Posted by on Jul 13, 2015 in Blog, News | 0 comments

CC Times Graphic on POTUS GOPI continue to do political commentary from time to time. It’s in my blood. Here’s a great in-depth article by Josh Richman of the San Jose Mercury News on how the GOP field is shaping up in California. (I’m at the end so read it in its entirety!)

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s campaign launch Monday means 15 GOP candidates now are seeking the White House with at least two more on the way, leaving California Republicans with an embarrassment of riches — or maybe just embarrassment, in some cases.

Donald Trump was in Los Angeles last week, Jeb Bush will be all over California this week, Ben Carson is coming to Alameda County next week, but who will still be standing next June when Golden State Republicans go to the polls for what’s often a you-no-longer-matter presidential primary? And next November, who might appeal most or offend least in this deep-blue stronghold, which hasn’t supported a Republican for the White House since George H.W. Bush in 1988?

Read the rest here.

Lloyd, Altamont Strategies featured in 2015 NFIB Small Business Playbook

Posted by on May 5, 2015 in Blog, News | 0 comments

NFIB Small Biz Playbook (Cover)In April 2015, more than 300,000 NFIB members received a new publication from the national headquarters of the National Federation of Independent Business.

The 2015 Small Business Playbook contains important information and articles that will help small businesses thrive and become successful.

Altamont Strategies president Judy Lloyd, who serves on the NFIB Leadership Council, was among those interviewed for the publication, under its section on “What Makes a Good Leader?”

Flip through the digital publication to page 42 to see the full interview.

Sunlight is the Best Disinfectant

Posted by on Apr 3, 2015 in Blog, News | 0 comments

The legislative process in Sacramento is screwed up. The public can only find out about what’s happening when they watch TV, read the newspaper, or know a lobbyist. Even then, the “Average Joe” has little time to prepare for a potential regulatory burden that could impact his business or his livelihood. Navigating the bureaucracy is about as appealing as real life sausage making.

A team at California Polytechnic State University, led by former State Assembly Leader and Senator Sam Blakeslee, saw this lack of transparency as a problem and decided to do something about it.

They built a new online platform that features a searchable database of state legislative committee hearings, allowing the user to search videos by keyword, topic, speaker or date. It’s something the most sophisticated journalist or even an average citizen can use. And its the first tool of its kind –

“In committee rooms, decisions are made that affect the lives of millions. But except for insiders, these rooms are often empty – no public eyes, no public ears, and no public voice are present when decisions are being made.

 

We’ve developed an exciting new tool that fundamentally changes the balance of power.” — Dr. Sam Blakeslee

Click to learn more about Digital Democracy and other projects at the Institute for Advanced Technology and Public Policy.

If you live in the Bay Area and want to get involved, just give me a call.

Digital Democracy launches statewide in California at the end of April.

Let’s Fiesta! Join Supervisor Candace Andersen for a Cinco de Mayo Celebration!

Posted by on Apr 3, 2015 in Events, News | 0 comments

Let’s Fiesta! Join Supervisor Candace Andersen for a Cinco de Mayo Celebration!

2015-Let's Fiesta (Re-Elect Supervisor Andersen)Danville, CA — On Saturday, May 2nd, Supervisor Candace Andersen is holding a fundraiser to support her campaign for Contra Costa County Supervisor in 2016.

The event will take place from 5:30 to 8:30 PM at the home of Danville Councilman Robert Storer. Get there early – we are expecting 130 people!

Join us for this “fun” event, which will honor the culture of Mexico with festive food & drink and celebrate Cinco de Mayo.

RSVP TODAY!

Please contact me at 925-847-0104 to make a reservation or go online at Lead Contra Costa to reserve your spot.

Questions? Feel free to email me directly at judy@altamontstrategies.com.

 

I’m Judy Biviano Lloyd. The story of my life began in my Mother’s kitchen.

Posted by on Mar 9, 2015 in Blog, Featured, News | 0 comments

I’m Judy Biviano Lloyd. The story of my life began in my Mother’s kitchen.

Chapter 1 – The Story of My Life Began in my Mother’s Kitchen

Josephine (1950 with frame)When I was three or four years old, I realized I was Italian. Family, cooking, and stories – in that order – defined my existence.

But the story of my life began in my mother’s kitchen.

It was there that I sat in my first high chair and learned to eat homemade pasta with butter and a little olive oil.

It’s also the place where I learned to make Grandma’s Perfect Meatballs with my son, Michael.

I started writing Petite Cucina because of a promise I made in 2011 (more on that in subsequent chapters).

Like most home cooks, I’ve collected stories and recipes from some exceptional Italian cooks – my mother’s family, our neighbors, and friends – all of whom emigrated from neighboring towns in Castelforte, Italy and Lipari, Sicily in the early 1900’s.

Most people who aren’t Italian don’t realize that throughout Italy, the cuisine is very different, depending on the region.

That’s what’s great about Italian home cooks who learned from their mothers (and sometimes their fathers) how to cook! Here are a few entries to peak your curiosity.

Castelforte (Giacomo Baldini on Flickr)1 – The Story of My Life Began in My Mother’s Kitchen

30-Minute Pasta with Veal, White Wine & Pine Nuts

Grandma’s Perfect Meatballs

Winter Veal Chop with Mustard Rum Sauce & Polenta

Photo Credit: Castelforte at Flickr Creative Commons (Giacomo Baldini collection)

Future of Fire: Join Supervisor Andersen on April 28, 2014

Posted by on Apr 22, 2014 in Events, News | 0 comments

Candace Andersen (Officeholder header)April 1, 2014 — Supervisor Candace Andersen will hold her first Officeholder Speakers Series Luncheon at the Lafayette Park Hotel on Monday, April 28th.

The subject of the forum is the “Future of Fire in Contra Costa”. The featured speaker is Contra Costa Fire Chief Jeff Carman.

Tickets are on sale now and sponsorship opportunities are available.

Call Judy Lloyd at 925-847-0104 or email her at judy@altamontstrategies.com for details.

Click here to download the invitation2014-04-28 Candace Andersen Speaker Series Invite

Lloyd, Kabateck among NFIB Speakers at SRV Exchange Club

Posted by on Feb 22, 2014 in Events, News | 0 comments

2014-03-12 Exchange NFIB-1February 24, 2014 – The National Federation of Independent Business is the voice of independent small businesses across America.

They offer their 350,000 members nationally benefits that no other business association does.

On Wednesday, March 12, 2014, John Kabateck, California’s State Director for the NFIB will visit the San Ramon Valley to speak at the Exchange Club of the San Ramon Valley Luncheon at FAZ in downtown Danville. He will be joined by Danville resident and owner of Altamont Strategies, Judy Lloyd, who serves on the California Leadership Council for the NFIB. Lloyd recently spoke at the Business Matchmaking Conference in Oakland about cyber-security and small businesses.

 

NFIB/CA ANNOUNCES 2014 LEADERSHIP COUNCIL MEMBERS

Posted by on Jan 16, 2014 in Events, News | 0 comments

NFIB LogoI’m proud to be part of the 2014 Leadership Council for the National Federation of Independent Business!

The National Federation of Independent Business, California, has announced the members of its Leadership Council for 2014.  The group is responsible for advising the state public policy staff on issues that are important to small businesses in California.

“These members are going above and beyond the call to ensure that the Voice of Small Business is heard in the Governor’s Office, State Legislature and everywhere in our state,” said John Kabateck, NFIB/CA Executive Director.  “During this critical election year, I look forward to working with this distinguished group of small business owners who are in the trenches every day owning and operating their businesses in their communities.”

See the full announcement at the NFIB website here.

 

Supervisor Andersen’s Autumn Ho’olaule’a!

Posted by on Oct 12, 2013 in News | 0 comments

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Supervisor Candace Andersen is throwing a fundraiser at the wonderful home of Danville Councilman Robert Storer. It features the food and culture of Candace’s native Hawaii.

Join in the fun! Contact me at Altamont Strategies at 925-847-0104 or click through here to RSVP at LeadContraCosta.com.

How Women Lead: Policy Matters

Posted by on Sep 24, 2013 in News | 0 comments

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Supervisor Candace Andersen is among three prominent women speaking in San Ramon.

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Contra Costa County has one of the highest percentages of women in elected and appointed office compared to other parts of the state. What are women doing right in Contra Costa? Join California Women Lead, Assembly Member Susan Bonilla, Assembly Member Joan Buchanan, and Supervisor Candace Andersen for a discussion about the numbers of women in office and what we can do to increase those numbers.

Click here for more information.

How Women Lead: Non-Partisan Solutions

Posted by on Sep 24, 2013 in News | 0 comments

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Too often we hear how partisan politics prevents solutions to real problems. We wonder what would happen if elected officials from different political parties worked together to solve problems. Fiona Ma and Kristin Olsen did just that.

While both serving in the State Assembly, they “swapped” districts for a day in order to gain a better understanding of what Californians face in other parts of the state and were able to gain a new perspective on public policy.

Just think what would happen if all elected officials cared that much about their decision making process and focused on doing what was right not what was political. Click through to the California Women Lead website to learn more.

Join Judy at the WOW Conference

Posted by on Jun 13, 2013 in News | 0 comments

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I recently learned about the WOW Conference from Shelby McNamara at the Danville Chamber of Commerce and connected with the organizer, Dr. Leslie Hewitt, the Chief Executive Officer. She asked me to speak on an empowerment issue for women. Those of you who know me won’t be surprised at the topic I chose.

The conference which promotes healthy lifestyle choices for Women of Wellness takes place on Saturday, July 20, 2013 from 10:00 – 5:00 P.M. in Pleasanton.

My topical discussion will focus on Women in Politics and opportunities for women to engage in public policy, political campaigns, and government service.

Currently, I serve as the East Bay Region Chair for the non-profit California Women Lead which seeks to empower women for public service roles. I’m passionate about giving women the tools they need to enter the public policy arena, having served two U.S. Presidents, the CA Governor and the San Ramon Valley school district as well as standing as a candidate for state legislature in 2008. I feel so strongly about the role women can play in their government.

At the WOW Conference, I’m going to talk about how we can all make a real difference locally in our communities, in our state and nationwide.

See the line up of fabulous women speakers here: http://www.thewowfactor.co/july-2013-speakers/

See Judy Lloyd’s WOW Conference profile page here: http://www.thewowfactor.co/Judy-Lloyd/

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