Shayna (Mittler) van Hoften counsels primarily local governments on ethics and governance laws, public procurements and contracting, civil rights law compliance, administrative procedures, constitutional matters and more. A partner at the law firm Hanson Bridgett LLP in San Francisco, Shayna serves as General Counsel for the East Contra Costa Fire Protection District and the five retirement boards for employees and retirees of the Sacramento Regional Transit District. She also sits as the primary deputy to the General Counsel of the San Mateo County Transit District (SamTrans), Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board (Caltrain) and the San Mateo County Transportation Authority.
Shayna credits JSA with providing the foundation upon which she has built her entire career advising public agencies and public officials, as well as private entities with government-related interests. Shayna enjoyed four active years in JSA including terms as Chapter President, Golden Gate Region Vice Mayor and Northern State Chief of Staff, as well as recognition as Northern State Statesperson of the Year in 1993. She attended and then worked at the JSA Summer Schools at Yale and Georgetown. Shayna earned her B.A. in Public Policy/Politics from Pomona College and then worked in political and policy communications in Washington D.C. before returning home to California to attend U.C. Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy and Boalt Hall School of law, where she earned an M.P.P. and J.D.