Alumnae

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Suzie Abdou has a proven track record of advocating for women’s issues. She served an international post with the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs’ Jordan field office, where she managed the institute’s Women’s Political Participation & Parliamentary Development program. Previously, Suzie served as the Director of Global Programs at Women's Voices Now, a not-for-profit organization focused on media and women’s rights in the Middle East, North Africa and Asia.

Christine Ahn, a co-founder of the Korea Policy Institute and former executive director,  is a policy analyst with expertise in Korea, globalization, militarism, women’s rights and philanthropy. Ms. Ahn is currently the Senior Research and Policy Analyst at the Global Fund for Women and Senior Fellow with the Oakland Institute. 

Christine Ahn, a co-founder of the Korea Policy Institute and former executive director,  is a policy analyst with expertise in Korea, globalization, militarism, women’s rights and philanthropy. She is the editor of Shafted: Free Trade and America’s Working Poor and contributor toThe Revolution Will Not be Funded. She has addressed Congress, the United Nations and the National Human Rights Commission in South Korea. Ms. Ahn has been interviewed on Al-Jazeera, BBC, CNN, Democracy Now!, NPR, NBC, and Voice of America.

Jasmeet K. Ahuja is a Professional Staff Member for the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, with responsibility over South Asia policy.  She was integral in the drafting of the Pakistan Enduring Assistance Cooperation Enhancement Act of 2009, which passed the House of Representatives in June, and the United States-India Nuclear Cooperation Approval and Nonproliferation Enhancement Act of 2008, which was signed by the President last November.

Jasmeet K. Ahuja is a Professional Staff Member for the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, with responsibility over South Asia policy.  She was integral in the drafting of the Pakistan Enduring Assistance Cooperation Enhancement Act of 2009, which passed the House of Representatives in June, and the United States-India Nuclear Cooperation Approval and Nonproliferation Enhancement Act of 2008, which was signed by the President last November.
Prior to joining the House, Ms. Ahuja served in the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs at the U.S. Department of State.

Gayle Akins is a Political Consultant in Oakland, CA.  Her most recent work was as Campaign Manager for an Oakland Mayoral Candidate.  Her passion for community service started when she was 10 years old.  She learned about leadership, first hand, from her mother, a teacher and community leader in Nashville, TN, where Gayle was born.

Gayle Akins is a Political Consultant in Oakland, CA.  Her most recent work was as Campaign Manager for an Oakland Mayoral Candidate.  Her passion for community service started when she was 10 years old.  She learned about leadership, first hand, from her mother, a teacher and community leader in Nashville, TN, where Gayle was born.  She received her B.S. degree from Belmont University in Biology and Chemistry and her M.S. degree in Public Policy and Management from Carnegie-Mellon University.  Her family stressed receiving a good education in order to help yourself and others.

Amiee serves as the principal department staff liaison at the San Francisco Department of Emergency Management with San Francisco’s local, state, and federal elected officials, as well as officials in the state and federal agencies.

Amiee serves as the principal department staff liaison at the San Francisco Department of Emergency Management with San Francisco’s local, state, and federal elected officials, as well as officials in the state and federal agencies.

Allegra is an educator and school reformer.  She has opened new high schools and turned around a failing high school which became one of the district’s top performing schools. Currently, she is the principal at George Washington Carver School of Arts and Science, the first public high school to implement Waldorf methods. 

Allegra is an educator and school reformer.  She has opened new high schools and turned around a failing high school which became one of the district’s top performing schools.

Mary Alex now lives in Charlottesville, VA where she recently graduated from the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership at the University of Virginia. She teaches at Sweet Briar College’s School of Business and has her own consulting boutique firm. Her past clients include organizations in the areas of human rights, prevention of human-trafficking, and amelioration of HIV/AIDS around the world.

Mary Alex now lives in Charlottesville, VA where she recently graduated from the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership at the University of Virginia. She teaches at Sweet Briar College’s School of Business and has her own consulting boutique firm (globalcapacityconsulting.com). Her past clients include organizations in the areas of human rights, prevention of human-trafficking, and amelioration of HIV/AIDS around the world. She sits on the Board of directors for the Farm Team of Central VA. 

Tanene Allison is a political and communications strategist, new media innovator, and poet. She most recently worked on launching a start-up focused on diversifying and creatively fueling the national discourse, before putting that project on hold to focus on turning Texas Blue.

Tanene Allison is a political and communications strategist, new media innovator, and poet. She most recently worked on launching a start-up focused on diversifying and creatively fueling the national discourse, before putting that project on hold to focus on turning Texas Blue. Previously Tanene has worked at Brave New Films, Think MTV, and at a variety of other social justice outlets. 
She began her political career by holding public office while living in a homeless shelter as a teenager.

Tanir Ami heads Clinic Ole in Napa Valley after four years at the Community Clinic Consortium in Richmond. She is excited to watch community health centers transition from being in the shadows to demonstrating to the nation that they do provide the best care, with the most efficient technology and the most incredible group of practitioners, in the most innovative ways.

Tanir Ami heads Clinic Ole in Napa Valley after four years at the Community Clinic Consortium in Richmond. She is excited to watch community health centers transition from being in the shadows to demonstrating to the nation that they do provide the best care, with the most efficient technology and the most incredible group of practitioners, in the most innovative ways with dietitians and exercise classes and depression groups.

Darlene Anderson is an Education Advocate professional in Sacramento, CA.

Darlene Anderson is an Education Advocate professional in Sacramento, CA.

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.

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. She is a 27-year resident of The City with a political science degree from Stanford and a law degree from U.C. Hastings College of the Law. She has worked in private practice for most of her legal career, specializing in labor and employment litigation.

Lori E. Andrus specializes in representing individuals who have been harmed by dangerous pharmaceuticals or medical devices, defrauded or discriminated against by large corporations, or sold defective products. Ms. Andrus also has considerable experience in individual personal injury cases and employment discrimination cases. 

Lori E. Andrus specializes in representing individuals who have been harmed by dangerous pharmaceuticals or medical devices, defrauded or discriminated against by large corporations, or sold defective products. Ms. Andrus also has considerable experience in individual personal injury cases and employment discrimination cases. Ms. Andrus has received Martindale-Hubbell’s highest rating (AV) for legal ability and ethical standards.
Ms. Andrus prosecutes class actions in state and federal courts across the country. In one of her most memorable litigation experiences, Ms.

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.

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. On the other side, I am a first generation American whose family was forced to leave Egypt during the Suez Canal dispute for being Jewish. After wandering as refugees for two years, they finally were granted asylum in the U.S. when my father was 12.
All of this informs who I am.

Maritessa is thrilled to join the Emerge California Class of 2014.  As a daughter of a Filipino manong, Maritessa strives to build upon the legacy courageously paved by Filipino-American trailblazers.  She is deeply committed to civic engagement, green enterprise/ sustainability, youth development, and breaking political barriers for women.

Maritessa is thrilled to join the Emerge California Class of 2014.  As a daughter of a Filipino manong, Maritessa strives to build upon the legacy courageously paved by Filipino-American trailblazers.  She is deeply committed to civic engagement, green enterprise/ sustainability, youth development, and breaking political barriers for women.  She is active in many organizations including the APA Democratic Caucus of Alameda County and the California Democratic Party’s API Caucus.  Earlier this year, she established the “API Political Courage” Award & Scholarship for outstanding student leaders

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

I have worked for the South Central LA Regional Center (SCLARC) System for eleven years as the Fair Hearings/Gov't Affairs manager. As the Fair Hearing manager I have represented SCLARC in the administrative hearings process and worked diligently to negotiate all the agency's complaints. On a personal level, I am a volunteer with the National Council Jewish Women LA and am involved in their Human trafficking work group. As well, I am a Junior League member working on the Finance & Operations committee and the Public Policy Institute.

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.

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. My Mom, a hard working legal secretary, community organizer, and devout Catholic, was mentored by the liberation-theology-embracing priest- Father James McEntee. My father was a brilliant and funny modern day social bandit, self-educated on Marxist-Leninist theory while in the state penal system, who thoroughly enjoyed reading, committing crimes and doing heroin.
My Mom raised me on the picket line, carting me to meetings from a young age.

Anne Arnold is an attorney at Hanson Crawford Crum Family Law Group in San Mateo. The firm exclusively practices family law. She has state and federal court litigation experience. She is very involved in her community and has recently been appointed to Redwood City's Historic Resources Advisory Committee. 

Anne Arnold is an attorney at Hanson Crawford Crum Family Law Group in San Mateo. The firm exclusively practices family law. She has state and federal court litigation experience. She is very involved in her community and has recently been appointed to Redwood City's Historic Resources Advisory Committee. In addition to her policy and advocacy work, she loves yoga and has completed over 300 hours in teacher training.

Marisa leads Californians for Safety and Justice's efforts to advance full and effective implementation of Proposition 47, as well as strengthen smart justice practices, across California.

Marisa leads Californians for Safety and Justice's efforts to advance full and effective implementation of Proposition 47, as well as strengthen smart justice practices, across California.

Sabrina Ashjian is a deputy district attorney in the Consumer Fraud & Environmental Protection Unit at the Fresno County District Attorney’s Office. This work assists consumers in cases where they have been victim to fraudulent business practices and scams. She also participates in an environmental justice task force and handles environmental cases locally and throughout the state involving illegal disposal of hazardous waste into our water and soil, pesticide over-sprays that get into our air, asbestos in low income housing, and oil spills.

Stacey is an elected delegate for Assembly district 21, is on the Advisory Board of Palo Alto Partners in Education, on the Palo Alto Parks and Recreation Commission, Palo Alto Community Advisory Committee for Special Education, and on the board of Magical Bridge, a fully accessible playground for people of all abilities.

Stacey is an educational advocate, with a focus on inclusion of children with disabilities in schools and communities. She served as VP of Education on the Palo Alto PTA Council.
She is an elected delegate for Assembly district 21, is on the Advisory Board of Palo Alto Partners in Education, on the Palo Alto Parks and Recreation Commission, Palo Alto Community Advisory Committee for Special Education, and on the board of Magical Bridge, a fully accessible playground for people of all abilities. Stacey is an independent User Experience consultant in Silicon Valley.

Dr. Baca has been an active community member throughout her life.  At a very early stage in her career, while volunteering at a high-risk clinic in a gang area in Albuquerque, she developed a great appreciation for how social, environmental and economic issues affect health. 

Dr.

Dr. Amy Bacharach is a Senior Research Analyst with the Administrative Office of the Courts, Center for Families, Children, and the Courts (CFCC). She works primarily in the areas of juvenile justice and collaborative justice (e.g., drug courts, mental health courts, girls’ courts), specializing in evidence-based practices, and on human trafficking issues, particularly as they relate to the justice and court systems. She has conducted extensive research on collaborative justice and juvenile issues, including runaway behavior, substance abuse, and survival sex and human trafficking in adolescents, and has authored numerous articles and reports and a book chapter.

Dr. Amy Bacharach is a Senior Research Analyst with the Administrative Office of the Courts, Center for Families, Children, and the Courts (CFCC). She works primarily in the areas of juvenile justice and collaborative justice (e.g., drug courts, mental health courts, girls’ courts), specializing in evidence-based practices, and on human trafficking issues, particularly as they relate to the justice and court systems.

Aspen Baker is the leading voice in the nation on the personal experiences of women post-abortion.  It was Ms. Baker's own experience with abortion in 1999 that led her to found Bay Area-based Exhale, an award-winning pro-voice organization dedicated to creating a more supportive and respectful social climate around abortion.

Aspen Baker is the leading voice in the nation on the personal experiences of women post-abortion.  It was Ms. Baker's own experience with abortion in 1999 that led her to found Bay Area-based Exhale, an award-winning pro-voice organization dedicated to creating a more supportive and respectful social climate around abortion.  Exhale"s unique programs reach more than 35,000 women every year and our pro-voice strategies create a more supportive and respectful abortion dialogue.

As the daughter of an immigrant Father and Mother who grew up in East Los Angeles, my Mexican parents instilled in me the importance of family, the value of hard work, the necessity of completing my education,  and then giving back to my community.  

As the daughter of an immigrant Father and Mother who grew up in East Los Angeles, my Mexican parents instilled in me the importance of family, the value of hard work, the necessity of completing my education,  and then giving back to my community.  They also encouraged me to believe in myself and my abilities.  So, I completed my AA degree and then went on to receive my BA in Political Science at Sonoma State University in 1994.  I achieved this while working full-time and putting myself through school.

Judge Magistrate, U.S. District Court, District of Oregon

Beckerman works at the Oregon Department of Justice.

Stacie Beckerman is a US magistrate judge in the district of Oregon. Prior to assuming the bench in 2015, she served as federal prosecutor in the state of Oregon, an adjunct law professor at Lewis & Clark Law School, and in the appellate division of the Oregon Department of Justice. She received her law degree from Harvard in 1998. She now lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband and their two sons. 

During Becky's 20 years as a Solano County resident she was an employee of the Solano County Assessor-Recorder's Office. Prior to that, she ran her own real estate appraisal business and worked as a veterinary technician. Becky volunteered at the Rush Ranch and Access America Program for the Handicapped. Becky was active in local politics, SEIU, and making a difference in her community. She was also the president of the Sassy Sewers Quilting Guild. She loved horses and spending time with her family and pets, reading, and caring for her home and beautiful backyard.

Danielle has 10-years of experience in non-profit management and fundraising, in-depth knowledge of current political and legislative landscape as a Master of Public Policy, and a passion for advocating for women and families.

Danielle has 10-years of experience in non-profit management and fundraising, in-depth knowledge of current political and legislative landscape as a Master of Public Policy, and a passion for advocating for women and families.
Having worked as Development Director for the Maybach Foundation for 5 years, she specializes in donor cultivation, high-profile event planning, and establishing creative communications and community outreach campaigns.

Margot Biehle is a community activist and lawyer. She is a founding Board member of Emerge California, and currently serves on the Executive Committees of the Sierra Club (Marin Group) and the Marin Environmental Housing Collaborative.

Margot Biehle is a community activist and lawyer. She is a founding Board member of Emerge California, and currently serves on the Executive Committees of the Sierra Club (Marin Group) and the Marin Environmental Housing Collaborative.Margot currently serves as General Counsel to Project FROG, a startup that designs high performance green building systems.

Margot Biehle is a community activist and lawyer. She is a founding Board member of Emerge California and currently serves on the planning commission of Marin County.

Margot Biehle is a community activist and lawyer. She is a founding Board member of Emerge California and currently serves on the planning commission of Marin County. She previously served on the Executive Committees of the Sierra Club (Marin Group), the Marin Environmental Housing Collaborative and served as General Counsel to Project FROG, a startup that designs high performance green building systems.

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