Attorney Lisa M. Kaplan, is an elected School Board member, former Assistant Executive Officer for the State Allocation Board, and former Capitol staff member in the California State Legislature. Lisa brings her knowledge of law, school construction, school funding, government and policy to The Kaplan Group, as it’s Legal Counsel and CEO.
Prior to opening The Kaplan Group, Lisa was appointed as the Assistant Executive Officer for the State Allocation Board, which allocates the state portion of school construction dollars for all districts in the State of California. Preceding this, Ms. Kaplan managed L&B Associates, a governmental affairs consulting firm. Lisa also practiced general litigation, business and contracts law, as well as, consulted for the LaPena Law Corporation, specializing in Native American cultural resource management and protection at the state and federal level, issues surrounding NAGPRA, and monitored all issues affecting Native American interests at the California State legislature.
Lisa has lobbied the California State Legislature, specializing in areas of employee relations, wireless telecommunication, insurance, privacy, workers compensation, healthcare, association management, and business interests. As a legislative advocate, Lisa represented Sprint-Nextel, Keenan & Associates, Reed Elsevier, Inc., California Court Reporters Association, California Association of State Hearing Reporters, and Hershey’s Food Corporation. During her time as a legislative advocate, Lisa established a proven track record of completing difficult projects and meeting client needs on schedule in an intensive political environment where self-reliance and lateral thinking is required.
While working in the Capitol, Lisa served as legislative director for former Assembly Speaker pro Tempore, Leland Y. Yee (currently a Senator) supervising the legislative staff and administrating the Assemblymember’s legislative agenda from commencement to signage by the Governor. She also previously managed former Assembly Budget Chair Jenny Oropeza’s legislative agenda, managed legislation for then Assemblymember Dean Florez (currently a termed out Senator) and interned for former Speaker Robert M. Hertzberg.
Previous to her work in the Capitol, Ms. Kaplan worked as an attorney specializing in the areas of general litigation, construction litigation, and personal injury.
She currently serves as an elected trustee to the Natomas Unified School District in Sacramento. As a school board member for the past 8 years, Lisa institutes systems and processes to ensure accountability to the community, including fiscal, programmatic, staff, student testing, and collective bargaining for the school district. As a result of her years on the school board, she has provided leadership for strategic planning, school, as it pertains to both policy decisions and special projects with a solid understanding of community needs, school construction, public relations and crisis management. Lisa continues to maintain professional relationships with the state’s policy makers and regulatory agencies at the local and state level.
Lisa is also very active and involved in the community. For the past 10 years she has been a member of Natomas Rotary (serving as President in 2002-2003), she also serves as President of the Sacramento Regional Chapter of California Women Lead, and as a Board member on the Jewish Federation Board. She earned her J. D. from the University of Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, where she specialized in international relations. During law school Lisa participated as the Associate Comment Editor for The Transnational Lawyer law journal and published International Responsibility of an Occupying Power for Environmental Harm: The Case of Estonia,12 TRANSNAT’L LAW. 154 (1999).
Lisa received her B.A. in Criminal Justice with an emphasis on sociology and alcohol and drug addiction from Seattle University. While at Seattle University, she was active in the Criminal Justice Honor Society, also serving as its President. Lisa was also a founding member of the Dean’s Honor Society Council, for the College of Arts and Sciences.