Robert J. Gore enjoys serving clients of the The Gualco Group, Inc. with a deep knowledge of California policy, politics, and public affairs. He applies a wide range of insights and knowledge from 35 years as a senior executive for two governors, a UC chancellor, the international engineering firm CH2M Hill, a large business insurance underwriter, the California Hospital Association, and the Association of California Insurance Companies. His career began as a Los Angeles Times urban affairs writer.
As a senior advisor to the Firm, Mr. Gore collaborates with our advocacy team to deliver targeted issues management and representation in natural resources (land use, water, energy and agriculture), environmental protection, risk and asset management, healthcare, and criminal justice. Mr. Gore provides our clients with the competitive advantage of being the first to understand, and have an active presence in, emerging trends.
Executive coaching, crisis management and writing impactful documents are skills that he brings to clients of the Firm from his unique background as a gubernatorial press secretary, corporate marketing executive, and major market journalist.
As senior deputy Cabinet secretary for Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bob managed policies and programs, as well as crisis response, for large State agencies. His responsibilities included natural resources, environmental protection, agriculture, health care reform, criminal justice, economic development, and risk and asset management. He was part of the fiscal team that wrote four State budgets and he had oversight for agencies comprising about half of the $90-billion General Fund. Bob coordinated management the responses to several crises, including the three-year drought, complex federal prison litigation, invasive species, public health epidemics, and firestorms.
While government relations vice-president at CH2M Hill, he helped to navigate business development and project teams for environmentally sensitive infrastructure endeavors involving transportation, ports, airports, water conveyance and treatment, habitat construction and preservation and energy grid development. He was chair of the industry’s California Infrastructure Council and on the Executive Committee of the Prop. 50 Water Bond.
At the CHA, Mr. Gore co-founded its Californians for Patient Care subsidiary to provide the public affairs management for healthcare delivery issues. He created Flo’s Cookie Jar, a grants fund for student RNs. At ACIC, he was communications vice-president and assisted in a prolonged and successful legislative campaign to reform workers’ comp insurance.
As press secretary to Governor George Deukmejian, he ran the communications shop and media side of many appearances, events, and disaster responses. He also served the administration as deputy director of Caltrans during the Loma Prieta earthquake and as assistant director of Corrections during the large facilities construction program of the late 1980s.
Mr. Gore served most recently as special assistant to the chancellor of UC Davis where he connected world-class academic research enterprises to corporate and government agency partners. He was a consultant to teams creating ventures for bioprocessing, a statewide tele-health network, tech venture acceleration, groundwater remediation, biodigesters and marine sciences.
Mr. Gore is a volunteer member of the Davis High School football and basketball coaching staffs and serves as an AAU basketball coach and licensed soccer coach. Bob and his wife, Anita, have raised 5 scholar-athletes.