Meet the TRAA Voter Advisory Panel

The TRAA Voter Advisory Panel has been newly formed to provide voters with information on candidates whose views most closely align  with TRAA’s that HF refineries need to transition to a vastly safer alkylation catalyst. Their voter recommendations will be posted on this website’s In The News blog



Dr. Constance S. Sullivan, co-chair
In 2008, Connie Sullivan retired from Los Angeles County’s Chief Executive Office, where she served as the manager over Data Integration and Evaluation Services. Since leaving the County she volunteered for the Los Angeles County District Attorney for five years and the Palos Verdes Estates CARES program for two years. She is currently active with South Bay and the Citizens Climate Lobby. Dr. Sullivan received her Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology from Purdue University and a Doctor of Public Health degree in Epidemiology from UCLA.


Jane Affonso
Jane Affonso
is a recently elected California Democratic Delegate for Assembly District 66. Since 2009,  she has chaired the Justice and Peace Action Team of the South Coast Interfaith Council and previously served on its Board. She is Treasurer of both Fair Trade Los Angeles and of Ten Thousand Villages, a fair trade store in Redondo Beach. She is also active with the effort to rid the Torrance and Wilmington refineries of modified hydrofluoric acid. She previously served as Deputy Director of Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice — California.


David Poster
David Poster
came to the U.S. in 1936 as a “Canadian Ice-back,” becoming a U.S. Citizen when he enlisted in 1945. He went to UCLA and worked with LA City as a surveyor/draftsman. He transferred to LA County as an Engineering Assistant, retiring in 1982. An activist all his life, he fought in 2 wars, protested 3 and walked precincts in numerous elections. He helped create Neighborhood Councils in the Valley in the 1990s and has been a member of TRAA for more than 10 years. David resides with his daughter, Vanessa Poster, in Redondo Beach, where she is an elected Board Member of the Beach Cities Health District.

George Harpole
Dr. George Harpole holds a Ph.D. in Engineering from the U.C.L.A. School of Engineering, Chemical, Nuclear, and Thermal Engineering Department. He has been Chief Engineer of two chemical laser systems at Northrop Grumman Corporation. He recently retired while holding the position of thermal engineer for the James Webb Space Telescope. He is the inventor, or co-inventor, of 15 U.S. Patents. He received two TRW Chairman’s Awards. George Harpole resides in Torrance.

Craig Kessler, co-chair

Al Shadbourne