Phillip L. Isenberg

Tower Bridge

By any standards, Phillip Isenberg has done much for the people of Sacramento and the State of California. From 1971 to 1975 he served as a member of the Sacramento City Council and from 1975 to 1982 as Mayor of the City of Sacramento. For the next fourteen years, 1982 through 1996, he distinguished himself as a member of the California State Assembly. In these and in many other ways, Mr. Isenberg has made us proud to claim him as an alumnus of SSIS; he graduated in 1967 with the B.A. in Social Science and Government.

After completion of his college degree, Mr. Isenberg received the J.D. from Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California at Berkeley. He practiced law with the firm of Blackmon, Isenberg, & Moulds from 1969 through 1984 and joined the firm of Hyde, Miller, Owen, and Trost in 1997.

During his eleven years of service to the City of Sacramento as council member and as mayor, Mr. Isenberg focused on budget, housing, and redevelopment issues. He helped lead the city through the problems associated with Proposition 13, secured funds for the city's light rail system, developed major city arts programs, and shaped local land-use policies.

In his years in the California State Assembly, Mr. Isenberg served on numerous committees including Health; Ways and Means; Elections, Reapportionment and Constitutional Amendments; and Revenue and Taxation. He served on the Judiciary Committee from 1986 through 1996, as Chair of that committee from 1989 to 1996. He was widely respected during his time in the Assembly for his work in the areas of budget and finance, health care, and water and environment.

Since leaving the Assembly, Mr. Isenberg has served as an instructor in Sac State's Government Department and Program in Public Policy and Administration and in UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Public Policy. He has consulted with the Institute of Civil Justice at RAND, lectured on health matters for the Milbank Memorial Fund and for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, served on the University of California's Commission on the Future of Medical Education, and served as a member of the Executive Committee of the Forum for State Health Policy Leadership.

Phillip Isenberg brings to bear on issues and problems facing California a wealth of knowledge and experience. He continues as well to inspire Sac State students to a life of public service.

"It may now be CSUS, but when I went to school, it was Sacramento State College and the campus was barely finished. But the education was, and is, first-rate. The best educators I ever met were teaching at the college in the 60s, professors like Jack Livingston and Bob Thompson. They helped shape my life and career in ways that continue to surprise me forty years later.

Now I periodically teach in the CSUS program in Public Policy and Administration and find the experience richly rewarding. The most interesting part of the process is to meet and teach graduate students who are working full-time, managing a family and other commitments, and still have the energy and intelligence to pursue a Masters degree. It reminds me of how important education is to the future of California, and how essential education is to the future of any student."