Head Legislative Analyst
State of California
Elizabeth Hill commenced a career in state government in 1976, joining California's Legislative Analyst's Offi ce as a program analyst focusing on criminal justice. Following specializations in other policy areas, she was appointed California Legislative Analyst by the Joint Legislative Budget Committee in 1986. As Legislative Analyst, she serves as a nonpartisan fiscal advisor to both houses of the California Legislature and oversees the preparation of annual fiscal and policy analyses of the State of California's $126 billion budget and its various programs. Her office is also charged with the responsibility of preparing impartial analyses for all initiatives and constitutional measures qualifying for the state's ballot.
Hill has been an active member of the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA), the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management, serving a term as Vice President; the American Society of Public Administration (ASPA); serving on the editorial board of the Public Administration Review; and the National Association of Legislative Fiscal Offi cers, serving as president of the western regional organization. She currently serves on the advisory boards of the Public Policy Institute of California, the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley, and the State Capital Center of the University of Southern California. In 1997, she was recognized as a "Public Official of the Year" by Governing Magazine and was a 2005 recipient of the National Public Service Award from ASPA and NAPA. Elizabeth earned a bachelor's degree, with honors, in Human Biology from Stanford University and a master's of public policy degree from the University of California, Berkeley. Following her academic training, she was a Fulbright Scholar in Stockholm Sweden, conducting research into innovative Swedish transportation policies.