“I have a long, abiding belief in California. I was born here. I grew up here. I’ve farmed the land and owned businesses here. So I’m in this for tangible, real-world results—to determine what’s needed and then figure out how that will be realistically addressed by government. Our ultimate goal? A living, breathing effort to advance the goals of technology so that the next generation can keep pushing forward to a healthier, more prosperous California.”
— Patrick Leathers
Farmer. Business Owner. Attorney. Regardless of his role, legislative advocate and governmental consultant Patrick Leathers has devoted his life to digging in, taking risks and making a difference. Described by others as “fierce, passionate and determined,” Pat leaves no stone unturned on behalf of his clients. He has served as an attorney and legislative advocate in California and Washington D.C. for over 25 years.
- Helped establish the California Environmental Protection Agency (Cal EPA) on behalf of agricultural production and processing interests, agricultural chemical manufacturers, applicators and formulators and water agencies.
- Successfully represented the legislative sponsor of a “fast track” CEQA process for building new state facilities with Governor Deukmejian’s administration.
- Successfully represented agricultural entities regarding a “functional equivalency” regulatory framework for CEQA through the California Department of Food and Agriculture.
- Co-founded the Emerging Technologies Institute in 1993 in the Sacramento region, served as Chief Operating Officer from 1994-1998, and worked to obtain federal funding of $5 million for start up and operating costs.
- Represented and are assisting the Solano County Water Agency gain further water bond support for the relocation of their North Bay Aqueduct Intake, protection of the Delta and north Bay flood zones. Working with the Hi-Desert Water District to implement a new wastewater collection, treatment, and reclamation system for the small disadvantaged community of Yucca Valley. At present, there are no centralized wastewater facilities in Yucca Valley.
Prior to becoming a legislative advocate, Patrick served as special assistant for agricultural issues for former Assembly member Vic Fazio. After assisting with Mr. Fazio’s successful bid for Congress, Pat became Regional Attorney for Western Growers Association and later became Senior Consultant for Agriculture and Water with the Legislature.
Patrick has also served as General Counsel for several associations during the legislative process and implementation phase for regulatory oversight and industry self-regulation.
A native Californian, Patrick grew up on a Woodland farm as one of six children, with his perspective grounded in a hard day’s work. During law school Patrick owned and operated his own farming business in Sutter County, and Cassadys nightclub in Davis, California.
He earned a Juris Doctorate from the University of the Pacific and a Bachelor of Science degree in American Studies, Willamette University.
A former Board member of Families First and the Golden Empire Council of the Boy Scouts, Patrick is active in the Boys and Girls Club of Sacramento. He lives in Davis, California with his wife, Kathrine Cole-Leathers and daughter Hannah.