Current Program Members

Region 1

Kat is Administrative Officer of the Pacific Media Workers Guild, the first lawyer in that position. She founded Bay News Rising, a mentorship program for college journalism students.

I am a mother, a Chicana, a 2nd generation activist and a wife. I was raised in a household that epitomized the dichotomy of the Chicano experience.

A native of Upstate New York, I have called the Bay Area home since 2008. Today I live in West Oakland with my husband Jamie, an audio engineer and producer at Tiny Telephone Recording Studio. I serve on the City of Oakland's Landmark Preservation Advisory Board and am an active member of Open Oakland, a local group that works to foster civic innovation, participation, and transparency, primarily through the use of technology.

I am a native of Oakland. Since elementary school, I have had an insatiable appetite for social reform in the community around me.

Jessica grew up in East Palo Alto and San Jose, CA and graduated from Harker High School in San Jose, where she was captain of the wrestling team. As an undergraduate at Carnegie Mellon University, Jessica led a student movement that made Pittsburgh, PA the first mid-sized US city to introduce legislation aimed combatting a particular sex trafficking network; her legislation was later passed in two states.

As an activist, I felt compelled to find a way to be at the decision making table, to protect women’s rights and policies that protect my people.

I’ve been a registered Democrat since 1984. I can still recall my naïve and crushing disappointment when I heard that Ronald Reagan had won.

I am a native of San Francisco, CA, the only child of a divorced mother, and a product of public schools.

I am a board certified Obstetrician Gynecologist and a current abortion provider. Currently, I am the reproductive health advocacy fellow with Physicians for Reproductive Health.

Jill Habig is Special Assistant Attorney General to California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris. As a member of the office's senior staff, she advises the Attorney General on key legal and policy issues, including healthcare, education, and civil rights.

Letitia Henderson, MSW- Manages grant funded initiatives and contracts for the Alameda County Probation Department in service of juvenile justice programs and services.

I am a Bay Area native and the daughter of immigrants. My parents showed me that education provides the clearest path to success.

Mary Jung started her political career in 1972 as a full-time volunteer for the George McGovern for President Campaign.

I was born in Hayward, raised in Fremont, and attended Notre Dame High School in San José. I received my Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and 3rd Assistant Engineer Coast Guard License at the California Maritime Academy.

Debbie Richardson Brister’s early work in educational government inspired her to become a teacher of high school students and adults.

Angeles Roy is a bilingual and bicultural political campaigns operative and strategist living and working in San Francisco, California.

Julia Sabory is a native of San Francisco who has worked in the non-profit and local government fields for two decades. At 17, she was a Mayoral Appointee to the SF Youth Commission and served as its first Chair.

Kalimah Salahuddin currently serves as a Board Trustee for the Jeffferson Union High School District and is in the third year of her first term.

Mia Satya is a San Francisco-based community organizer with over a decade of advocacy experience specializing in youth empowerment, economic justice, housing affordability, and LGBTQ liberation.

Vanessa Luna Shannon is the Director for the Gateway to College program at Santa Rosa Junior College’s Petaluma Campus.

Ms. Nancy Hirstein Smith works as a program manager at NVIDIA Corp, the world leader in visual computing technologies.

Katherine is a passionate advocate for children and public education in California. After five years advocating for public education at the state level, she realized that if she wanted to see change, she would need to be the change she seeks and decided to run for legislative office.

Shanell Williams is Development Director for the California Student Sustainability Coalition and former Student Trustee at City College of San Francisco. She has been a public advocate for at-risk youth and working families in San Francisco for 16 years.

Marlene Zapata has a diverse professional background in politics, education, nonprofits, and government.

My family and I moved to the City due to my then five-year-old daughter had a major illness and needed constant care at UCSF Children's Hospital. Since then, I found that the Asian and Chinese immigrants in the City did not have a voice.

I am a Homecare Provider by trade and a Union activist/organizer by accident! I am a mother of 5 one of whom has Severe Autism and 7 grandchildren. I have a background in Life/Disability Insurance Sales, but became a provider for my son which lead me to getting involved with my Union.

Region 2

The call to serve runs deeply in the fabric of my DNA. On one side, I come from a big military family and have direct descendants who served in every major American war from the American Revolution to Vietnam.

I have worked for the South Central LA Regional Center (SCLARC) System for eleven years as the Fair Hearings/Gov't Affairs manager.

I am 38 years old. I moved to Los Angeles, CA with my husband and three children (11, 9 and 6) three years ago from Roslyn Harbor, NY.

Priscilla Falter completed her Bachelors in International Relations at Mills College in Oakland, California.

Dallas Fowler is a proud Los Angeles native serving in Mayor Eric Garcetti's cabinet as Commissioner on the LAPD Police Permit Review Board.

Christina Gagnier is a small business owner and technology lawyer, and a Democrat running for California State Assembly in AD-40 in 2016. Christina serves as a member of the Federal Communications Commission’s Consumer Advisory Committee.

For more than 20 years, Nicole has have worked in the public affairs arena, serving in the nonprofit, philanthropic and political sectors. Currently, Nicole serves as Director of External Affairs for State Controller Betty Yee in Southern California.

I grew up in Los Angeles. I was in the eighth grade when the September 11th attacks occurred. That day changed my life forever.

Farrah N. Khan is known for her interfaith, social justice and political work.

Growing up in Southern California has plenty of advantages. When I say that, most people think I’m talking about sunshine, palm trees, and movie stars – but that’s not what I’m talking about at all.

Having worked since the age of 16 and throughout her entire time in college, Consuelo Martinez has accumulated experience in banking, legal, and the nonprofit industries.

Ennette is currently the Director of Academic Affairs for Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business. She directs the operational staff and functions related to faculty development and support.

I am currently an Organizer at the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 135, a union that represents workers in retail, packinghouses, pharmacies and laboratories.

I was born in NYC and lived in the projects on Manhattan's West side. My parents got union jobs and at the age of 15 my family moved to Queens where my parents had purchased a house.

Aura Vasquez brings to over ten years of experience working with multiple stakeholders from government, private sector, and diverse communities.

Jeanette Vázquez was born and raised in Orange County. As the daughter of Mexican immigrants and current elementary school teacher she understands the urgent need in an informed and engaged Latino electorate.

Nicole Walker currently works as an environmental health specialist for the Los Angeles Unified School District.

Alisha Wilkins has 15 years of government relations experience. She is the principal consultant for the Empire Consulting Group, a government relations firm which provides organizations with advocacy planning.

I moved to Malaysia at a young age and returned to California at the age of 16. Being an ESL, I chose to attend community college. At the age of 17, I ran for Student Body President at Norco College.

Appointed by the Mayor, I currently serve on the Planning Commission in Garden Grove. I ran for school board in 2008. I'm involved in local politics with different groups and organizations such my City's Chamber of Commerce, LULAC, CIVIC GG.

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