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1972 – Over 45 years of service to the commercial industrial retail real estate industry – 2018.

Matthew Hargrove Bio

Matthew Hargrove

Senior Vice President of Governmental Affairs


Matthew Hargrove has been the Sr. Vice President of Government Affairs at California Business Properties Association since January 2007. Hargrove joined CBPA with more than fifteen years of experience in political, local government, legislative, and regulatory arenas in both California and Washington D.C.

Hargrove manages all aspects of CBPA’s governmental affairs program including legislative and political issues in the State Capitol as well as responding to the actions of state and federal agencies that have regulatory oversight on issues affecting the industry. He is also responsible for managing the association’s political action committees and grassroots advocacy programs.

Prior to joining CBPA, Hargrove worked for fifteen years in the public sector, including positions as a key staff member for a state Assemblymember Brooks Firestone, on statewide and Congressional campaigns, and with the University of California’s State Governmental Relations Office. He spent the eight years just prior to joining CBPA as the Director of Government Relations and Advocacy Programs at the University of California, Davis, his alma mater.

At UC Davis, Hargrove managed all aspects of the campus’ legislative and advocacy programs, which covered a wide range of issues including land-use planning, construction financing, labor, and environmental issues, during a period of unprecedented growth. Hargrove launched the campus grassroots advocacy program that advanced issues at all levels of government and built and sustained several coalitions to influence and inform decisions important to the university. In 2003, Hargrove received national recognition from the National Association of Land Grant Colleges and Universities for his innovation and accomplishments in the profession.

California Business Properties Association (CBPA) serves as the legislative and regulatory advocate for individual companies as well as the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP) California chapters, Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM), Building Owners and Managers Association of California (BOMA California), California Downtown Association (CDA), Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA), the Association of Commercial Real Estate- Northern and Southern California (ACRE), the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (NAREIT), the California Association for Local Economic Development (CALED), and AIR Commercial Real Estate Association, making CBPA the recognized voice of the commercial, industrial, and retail real estate industry in California representing over 11,000 companies.