Wilson Appoints Nestande, Thompson as Bar Governors

Gov. Pete Wilson on Wednesday appointed former Orange County Supervisor Bruce K. Nestande and Kathryn G. Thompson, one of the county’s most influential builders, to the State Bar of California Board of Governors.

Nestande, 53, now a self-employed land-use consultant, recently resigned from the California Transportation Commission to avoid conflicts of interest involving developer-clients and to concentrate on his new business.

A former member of the state Assembly from Orange, Nestande served on the Board of Supervisors from 1981-87 and was the unsuccessful Republican nominee for secretary of state in 1986.

Thompson, 51, of Dana Point, is the chief executive officer of her own development company in Aliso Viejo. She is a trustee of the UC Irvine College of Medicine and Chapman College, as well as Children’s Hospital Foundation and the Laguna Art Museum. She also has been an active member of the Lincoln Club, an influential GOP fund-raising group.


Both appointments require Senate confirmation.

Nestande holds a law degree, but Thompson does not. Gubernatorial appointees to the 22-member board do not have to be licensed to practice law in California. Members receive $50 for each board meeting.