Dean R. Grafilo
Dean R. Grafilo brings twenty years of political and policy experience to Capitol Advocacy. These skills and his deep-rooted knowledge in a wide range of issues is an invaluable asset to the firm.
Dean was most recently appointed by Governor Jerry Brown as the Director of the California Department of Consumer Affairs, which administers more than 3.9 million occupational licenses in the State of California. This unparalleled experience helps clients navigate through the myriad of licensing schemes, boards, commissions and bureaus.
As Director, Dean was heavily involved in many of the State’s
largest consumer protection issues including cannabis, occupational licensing, and healthcare. With the department’s executive team, he led the regulatory entities and other divisions within DCA and was a featured speaker at numerous events throughout the country.
Prior to his appointment, Dean was the Chief of Staff to State Assemblymember Rob Bonta. In this role, he touched a variety of policy areas including public employment, pension and social security administration, tribal gaming, horse racing, budget, appropriations and housing. As a seasoned Democratic staff member, Dean was recognized as a trusted, reliable and knowledgeable resource. During his tenure in the Legislature, he was sought out for his ability to win competitive campaigns.
Dean previously worked as the Associate Director of Government Relations at the California Medical Association, Chief of Staff for former Assemblymember Warren T. Furutani, and a Senior Legislative Assistant for former Assemblymember Alberto Torrico. He was also a Gubernatorial Appointee for the California State Athletic Commission, where he was involved with policy decisions affecting the State’s combat sports issues.
Dean was an Organizer Representative at Service Employees International Union Local 925 and a political intern at the M.L. King County Labor Council in Seattle. Additionally, he was a Field Representative and Organizer at International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 142 in Hawai’i. As an experienced union leader in several states, Dean has proven experience collaborating with both labor and business together.
Dean earned a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Washington and Bachelor of Arts studying Political Science at San Francisco State University. He lives in West Sacramento with his wife Marisa and two daughters.