Robert Brown, '88

Bob Brown

Position Title
Member, Dean's Advisory Council


As Director, Bay Area Region, for the Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA), Robert “Bob” Brown leads the nonprofit trade association’s advocacy and regulatory efforts on behalf of the five major oil refineries in this nine-county region. He develops leadership partners, community engagement strategies, public awareness initiatives, and issue analysis on behalf of the nonprofit energy sector’s association. Mr. Brown’s efforts intersect at the local, state and federal level. In addition, he oversees efforts of regional leaders in the Central Valley and coastal areas (Production) and South Coast (Refining).

Prior to joining WSPA in 2016, Mr. Brown led AAA Northern California, Nevada and Utah’s corporate communications, community relations and advocacy efforts. He managed the auto club’s reputational external initiatives in subject areas such as traffic safety, transportation, insurance and energy.

Mr. Brown also has experience in media, community and government relations with the U.S. Senate, the California Legislature, and California Department of Consumer Affairs. He serves on a number of diverse state and regional boards, including the East Bay Leadership Council (past chair), Diablo Regional Arts Association (trustee), and the East Bay Economic Development Alliance committees. He is a past board member of the California Contractors State License Board and the East Bay Regional Parks Foundation, and past chair of the Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau.

Mr. Brown is a 1988 graduate of the University of California, Davis, grew up in Lafayette, and is now a resident of Walnut Creek, where he resides with his wife Kim and their two sons.