“Patrick McCallum's work is amongst the most elegant in our State Capitol. I brought him to the Capitol 27 years ago and have watched and worked with him here almost ever since. I've seen him take on complex issues others wouldn't attempt, and deliver with results no body else could begin to produce. He’s got everything it takes to be an effective advocate—he’s an amazing strategist with integrity and persistence, he’s smart and enduring you can absolutely count on him. I’d always like him on my side. Patrick is the single most thorough-going, value-laden, gutsy, person in the field, and his influential work for the California community colleges has established him as a major player. I recommend him every chance I get.”
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“I’ve known Patrick McCallum for nearly 30 years since I was a legislator. Throughout this time I’ve seen him evolve as an expert in the Community College arena--first as a consultant to the Higher Education Committee, then as Executive Director of the Faculty Association of California Community Colleges (FACCC) and later as our legislative advocate.
No one is more knowledgeable on issues affecting California community colleges than Patrick McCallum.
When I became Chancellor of the Peralta Community College District, I needed someone who knew their way around, someone who could effectively leverage our needs and interests. Patrick was the first person I considered; and, I’m glad I did because the results of McCallum Group’s advocacy are nothing short of extraordinary.
Patrick helped us improve relationships with the State Chancellor’s office, the Administration, the other community college districts, and the State Legislature. Because of his knowledge, his network and the vast amount of respect people have for him, I’ve never had to introduce, explain, or defend him. He is an acknowledged expert and his credibility and reputation open doors for us.
Through the passage of SB 361, California community colleges received an unprecedented level of equalization for funding which resulted in peace and consensus among the districts. Because of Patrick’s long-term, determined legislative advocacy, the community colleges of California are no longer an afterthought when it comes to the budgetary process. We have a voice. We are participants in the drafting of legislation at the highest level. Teachers are better paid, and students receive a better education. California community colleges used to be mired in a financial crisis; now, we move forward as a unified group.
I absolutely recommend McCallum Group. The service we receive from them has been nothing short of excellent. Patrick and Mark are all knowledgeable; and, we can reach them anytime we need them to educate us, connect us, or inform us. We especially appreciate their weekly email report on Sacramento. It’s an excellent tool for us and helps keep us informed on the issues.”
Elihu Harris, Chancellor