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Brittney Barsotti is CNPA’s new attorney

Brittney Barsotti is CNPA’s new attorney

Brittney Barsotti joins the CNPA staff this week as staff attorney.

Brittney Barsotti
Brittney Barsotti

Prior to law school, Barsotti obtained a degree in journalism at San Francisco State University, where she covered issues such as tuition increases and cuts to the CSU system in the state budget. She also served as managing editor, news editor and multimedia editor of the school’s newspaper.

After spending a year of service with California’s First 5, she attended McGeorge School of Law, where she specialized in regulatory and legislative issues. As a part of McGeorge’s Legislative and Public Policy Clinic, she worked to pass Medi-Cal legislation, SB 1339 (2016). Barsotti has also worked on regulatory and legislative issues while at the Board of Parole Hearings, the Office of Legislative Counsel and the Board of Equalization.

This past year, Barsotti worked at a homeless shelter, where she got a ground-level view of one of California’s most pressing issues. She also trained employees on various topics and helped clients file for expungement of criminal records, appeal denials of housing applications, navigate resources and enroll in higher education.

Barsotti is excited to return to her journalistic roots and help protect California’s news publishers.

“We are excited that Brittney has joined CNPA’s Governmental Affairs team,” CNPA General Counsel Jim Ewert said. “Her legislative and regulatory experience will allow her to hit the ground running as CNPA tackles some very challenging issues this legislative session.”

In addition to her legislative duties, Brittney also operates CNPA’s legal helpline. Members can reach her by email at or by phone at 916-288-6006 with any legal questions they may have.