Fred Main has more than 33 years of experience influencing public policy and directing legislative and regulatory advocacy. He has held leadership positions at trade associations and think tanks and organized and directed coalitions.
Mr. Main spent 25 years at the California Chamber of Commerce, a major statewide trade association with 13,000 members. He served as the Senior Vice President and General Counsel. As the Senior Vice President he was in charge of the Chamber’s public policy program, including advocacy before the Legislature, regulatory boards, the courts, and initiatives. While at the Chamber he formed and led coalitions on tax policy, privacy, and litigation reform.
With a deep understanding of state tax and fiscal issues, he has played an influential role in major tax legislation including the unitary tax, tax conformity, and protection of the research and development tax credit.
Prior to forming Clear Advocacy LLC, he was of Counsel to the national law firm of Manatt, Phelps, and Phillips. At Manatt he represented fortune 100 companies in financial services, technology, and health care. As the lobbyist for TechNet, a leading trade association for the technology sector, he was successful in crafting proactive solutions for technology companies’ public policy challenges.
In addition to his experience in the legislature he has drafted and organized campaigns on several statewide ballot campaigns on energy, taxation, and political reform.
Mr. Main has served on the boards of a number of organizations including the California State Museum for Women, History, and the Arts, Volunteers of California, California International Marathon and Civil Justice Association of California. In 2010, the Legal Aid Association of California, with an “Award of Merit,” recognized him for his work on passing legislation establishing California’s first right to counsel in civil cases. He serves on the National Legal Commission of the American Youth Soccer Association.
Mr. Main is a member of the State Bar of California.
He received a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from California State University Fullerton and his law degree from McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific.
He lives with his wife Anne in Davis, California.