Collaborating for the greater good of California

Elaine Berghausen

“We are here to help identify viable solutions, advance great public policy, access funding and get results on behalf of our clients. If you want a voice in how policy is shaped or to understand how to refine your plans to fit with what California is doing so that you can qualify for funds, now is the time to get on board. You need a seat at the table now to ensure a good outcome down the road.”
— Elaine Berghausen


When it comes to the complex language of California’s State financial and regulatory systems, Elaine Berghausen is fluent. She sees beyond the obvious to the human dimension of how and why government works and understands how to translate those nuanced intricacies for others. When Elaine speaks, people listen—because she leads with the humility of creative wisdom grounded in real-life experience.

Elaine has held a variety of management and executive positions during her 30-year career in the executive branch of California state government.

As the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Bonds and Grants with the California Resources Agency she was responsible for statewide fiscal oversight of over $10 billion in water, parks, and resources bonds. She oversaw the cash flow and borrowing needs of all the departments and ensured that all departments administering bond-funded programs complied with legislative mandates, reporting and audit requirements.

Key Accomplishments include:

  • Successfully guided water agencies to receive state funding of $12 million for groundwater projects, $5 million for water recycling, $24 million zero-interest loan, and $5 million for wastewater projects through grants, low interest loans and revolving loan programs, and allocations in water bonds totaling $150 million for groundwater clean up and water recycling.
  • Created and oversaw the delivery of $280 million in grants through nine new state grant programs to achieve multiple public resource goals.
  • Created and developed reporting and monitoring systems to accurately report on the allocation and disbursement of $10 billion in 4 separate voter-approved bonds involving 17 separate state departments to the Legislature and Administration.
  • Developed and negotiated changes to financial legislation that allocated funding to counties which had not been amended in over twenty years, gaining the support of the California Agricultural Commissioners and Sealers Association, as well as the Administration and the Legislature.
  • Successfully negotiated with the County Supervisors Association of California (CSAC) on permitting fee issues associated with the regulation of underground storage tanks.

During her State career, Elaine also served as the Assistant Director of the California Office of Tourism. Additionally, she was Chief of Financial Operations for the State Water Resources Control Board, the California Department of Food and Agriculture, and the California Prison Industry Authority, managing both budgetary and financial operations for these agencies, as well as working on legislative and policy issues for the departments.

For seven years, she was a senior advisor to The Gualco Group, Inc., a lobbying and advocacy firm in Sacramento, working with public and private agencies on legislation, public policy and funding issues. Elaine graduated Phi Beta Kappa from San Diego State University.