ALRB Executive Biographies

Board Member - Isadore Hall III, Ph.D.

Isadore Hall III Bio PictureIsadore Hall III, Ph.D., was appointed by Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. to serve as a member in January 2017. During 2014-16, Mr. Hall served as a State Senator from the 35th District. During 2008-14, Mr. Hall served as an assemblyman from the 64th District. From 2003-08, Mr. Hall served as a member of the Compton City Council and from 2001-03 he served as a member of the Compton Unified School District Board of Trustees.

Mr. Hall’s term expires January 1, 2020. (Pursuant to Labor Code § 1141(b).)

Board Member - Barry Broad

Barry Broad Bio Picture

Barry Broad was appointed by Governor Gavin Newsom to serve as a member in May of 2019. Mr. Broad was the managing partner of Broad & Gusman LLP from 1994-2018. He held several positions at the California Teamsters Public Affairs Council from 1985 to 2018, including legal counsel and legislative director. Mr. Broad was a legal advisor for the Public Employment Relations Board from 1982 to 1985. He earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Davis School of Law.

Mr. Broad’s term expires January 1, 2024. (Pursuant to Labor Code § 1141(b).)

Board Member - Ralph Lightstone

Ralph Lightstone was appointed by Governor Gavin Newsom to serve as a member in October of 2019. Mr. Lightstone has been a member of the California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board since 2019. He was senior advisor on policy and legislation at the California Labor and Workforce Development Agency from 2016 to 2018, where he was director of legislation from 2010 to 2016. He was special counsel to the Attorney General and a deputy attorney general at the California Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General from 2002 to 2010. Mr. Lightstone earned a Juris Doctor degree from the Loyola University of School of Law.

Mr. Lightstone’s term expires January 1, 2022. (Pursuant to Labor Code § 1141(b).)

Executive Secretary - Santiago Avila-Gomez

Santiago Avila-Gomez Bio PictureEffective August 1, 2017, the Board appointed Santiago Avila-Gomez as the new Executive Secretary for the Board. For over ten years, Mr. Avila-Gomez worked at the California Rural Legal Assistance (“CRLA”) Foundation, a statewide non-profit legal aid organization. While at the CRLA Foundation Mr. Avila-Gomez provided free legal counseling to low-income immigrant and migrant clients on immigration law remedies including naturalization, family petitions to regularize immigration status, U-Visas; and family court petitions for custody and support and probate court petitions for guardianship incident to filings for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status. From 2005 to 2006, he worked as a Deputy Legislative Counsel at the State of California Office of the Legislative Counsel. Mr. Avila-Gomez received his B.A. from San Jose State University in 1998 and his J.D. from the University of California, Davis School of Law (King Hall) in 2002.

General Counsel - Julia L. Montgomery

Julia Montgomery Bio PictureJulia L. Montgomery was appointed March 4, 2016, by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. to serve as General Counsel of the Agricultural Labor Relations Board.

Ms. Montgomery worked at the Department of Fair Employment and Housing as Assistant Chief Counsel in 2015 and early 2016, and Senior Staff Counsel in 2013-2015. She was a managing attorney at the California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation, Inc. from 2002 to 2013. Ms. Montgomery taught a course titled “Farmworkers and the Law” as an adjunct professor at the University of California, Davis School of Law in 2006 and 2007. Ms. Montgomery was a directing attorney at California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc. in 2001-2002 and a staff attorney from 1996 through 2000. She earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of California Davis, School of Law.