Notre Dame de Namur University Honors Assemblyman Jerry Hill at Celebrity Toast and Roast

Belmont, CA, April 25, 2011 — Notre Dame de Namur University’s School of Business and Management will honor Assemblyman Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, at its Celebrity Toast and Roast on April 28 at 6 p.m. in the Ralston Hall Mansion.

In return for being honored at this event, Jerry Hill has offered himself up to be “roasted” by some of his friends to raise money for the School of Business and Management. This year’s roasters are Congresswoman Jackie Speier, D-CA; California State Assembly Speaker John Pérez, D-Los Angeles; Shelley Kessler, Executive Secretary-Treasurer, San Mateo County Central Labor Council; Mark Simon, Executive Officer for Public Affairs, SamTrans; and Taryn Hill Warren, Jerry Hill’s daughter, as well as Master of Ceremonies Mitch Juricich.

“Jerry has been a friend and supporter of NDNU for many years,” said Barbara Caulley, Dean of the School of Business and Management. “He’s taught in the MPA program, served as an auctioneer at many galas, and provided invaluable guidance and counsel over the years. The Roast is our chance to thank Jerry for all that he has done.”

Jerry Hill was first elected to the California State Assembly in November 2008 and re-elected in 2010. As a member of the legislature he has quickly established himself as a thoughtful and dynamic lawmaker. Hill chairs the Majority Caucus in the Assembly and is a member of Speaker Perez’s leadership team, where he is responsible for negotiating key issues and guiding legislative priorities.

During the 2011 legislative session Jerry is focusing on reforms to strengthen the economy, streamline redundant government regulations, improve the safety of California’s gas pipeline infrastructure after the San Bruno disaster, and cap excessive public pensions.

He has successfully authored legislation signed into law by the Governor which saves the state millions of dollars each year by closing loopholes in the state’s smog check program and requiring certain state agencies to use electronic transactions instead of costly and environmentally harmful paper transactions. He also had landmark legislation signed that could take up to 10,000 DUI offenders off the road each year by authorizing a 10-year license revocation for repeat offenders.

The Ralston Hall Mansion is located on NDNU’s campus at 1500 Ralston Avenue in Belmont. Dress is cocktail/business. For more information, visit