Erin Peth (Executive Fellow 1998-99) and her son Brenden

Erin V. Peth is the Executive Director of the Fair Political Practices Commission.  Appointed by the Commission in 2013, she serves as the chief operating officer and senior administrator of the FPPC and manages overall program planning and policy formation.


Erin has practiced governmental ethics and political law for more than a decade.  Prior to working at the FPPC, she served as Deputy Legal Affairs Secretary in the California Governor’s Office where she counseled public officials on governmental ethics, conflicts of interest and governmental transparency.

Previously, she also served as a Deputy Attorney General at the California Department of Justice where she advised constitutional officers and high-level state officials on compliance with the Political Reform Act’s provisions and other conflict-of-interest laws.  Erin was an editor of the 2010 Attorney General’s Conflicts of Interest Guide and was on the team that prosecuted the first enforcement action involving electronic voting machines, which resulted in a multi-million dollar settlement for the state.  Prior to her state service, Erin was an attorney in private practice, where she counseled clients and litigated cases with an emphasis on election, political, campaign finance, and governmental matters.

Prior to attending law school, Erin served in the Attorney General’s press office where she developed communications and media strategy.  A native of Sacramento, Erin received her Bachelor’s degree with honors in English and public relations from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  In 2003, Erin graduated from the University of California, Davis School of Law.  She is a member of the California State Bar.

“My fellowship experience was a phenomenal launching pad for a career in governmental service and the law. While a fellow, I had the opportunity to develop tangible professional skills and was exposed to a vast variety of projects, people and experiences. But, most of all, the people I met during that year have had a lasting and profound impact on me. Some of my co-fellows are still my closest friends and I will always be grateful for the fellowship and the incredible community that surrounds the programs.”