2021 Mentorship Program

Virtual Workshops

Mentorship Pairings

Alicia Priego, Vice President, Strategies 360; paired with Genesis Alvarez, Development Associate, Global Green


Amanda Blackwood, President & CEO, Sacramento Metro Chamber of Commerce; paired with Diana Britton, Shield Emerging Leader, Enterprise Architecture, Blue Shield of California


Angela Blanchard, Partner, Political Solutions; paired with Christen Helfrich, Digital Coordinator, Unearth Campaigns


Arielle Julie, Principal Recruiter, WarnerMedia & HBOMax; paired with Auriona Adefris, Business Development Representative, Rocket Lawyer


Ashley Conrad-Saydah, Founder and Principal, Sowing Change Strategies; paired with Alexis Dascoulias Foley, Legislative Intern, Child Support Directors Association of California


Athena Chapman, President, Chapman Consulting; paired with Sarah Clair, Junior Policy Consultant, Behavioral Health Policy, Aurrera Health Group


Audrey Lee, Director, Board of Directors, ArcLight Clean Transition Corp.; paired with Renee Hu, Scientific Aide, San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board


Caitlin McShane, Principal, EMC Communications; paired with Alex Ackert-Smith, Member Engagement Associate, CapRadio


Chantel Johnson-Crockrom, Principal, External Affairs, Blue Shield of California; paired with Symphoni Barbee, Fellow, California State Senate      


Christina Lokke, Policy Manager, Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG); paired with Charlene Keizer, Staff Service Manager 1, Specialist, State of California


Cindy Simmons, Associate Director, UC Center Sacramento; paired with Buri Vang, Investment Officer I, CalPERS


Claire Conlon, Chief of Staff, Assembywoman Cottie Petrie-Norris; paired with Alexandra Lamirande, Account Manager, Perry Communications Group, Inc.


Connie Delgado, CEO, Delgado Government Affairs; paired with Jennifer Armenta, Research Assistant, Political Science Department, UC Merced


Connie Emerson, Principal, Sanders Emerson Consulting; paired with Brit Kelleher, Business Development Specialist, SAFE Credit Union


Corinne Chee, Owner and Media Specialist, CJC Communications; paired with Brittani Fine, Corporate Support Administrative Assistant, CapRadio


Cynthia Moreno, Assistant Deputy Director of Communications, Office of Public Affairs & Media Relations, California Department of Motor Vehicles; paired with Bianey Mercado, Intern, Lucas Public Affairs


Danielle Kando-Kaiser, Founding Partner, Corbin and Kaiser; paired with Nune Garipian, Fellow, California State Senate


Deanna Johnston, Vice President, Regional Government Affairs, Magellan Health; paired with Melissa Sagun, Fellow, Office of Assemblymember Rob Bonta


Debbie Howard, Consultant, KP; paired with Farnaz Bi, Cardiovascular Manager, Pediatric Heart Center, UC Davis Health


Dr. Flojaune Cofer, Senior Director of Policy, Public Health Advocates; paired with Make'da Traynum, Consumer Advocate/ Health Insurance Agent, Healthsherpa


Erin Baum, Chief of Staff, Assemblymember David Chiu; paired with Alessandra Magnasco, Fellow, California State Senate


Erynne Zhang, PR Director, KP Public Affairs; paired with Sarah Vu, External Affairs Specialist, Covered California


Fiona Hutton, President, Fiona Hutton & Associates; paired with Sophie Emerson, Intern, Congresswoman Doris Matsui


Gina da Silva, Senior Policy Advisor for Immigration, Office of Governor Gavin Newsom; paired with Adriana Gómez, Fellow, California State Senate


Heather Bates, COO, VP of Stakeholder Engagement, Transform Health, LLC; paired with Jeannette Emerton Carpenter, Policy Analyst, California Department of Health Care Services


Holly Martinez, Grants & Administrative Operations Deputy, California Commission on the Status of Women; paired with Rachel Alderette, Program Associate, Capitol Impact


Janette Cruz, Sr. Enterprise Performance Planning Coordinator, SMUD; paired with Bonnie Sao, Sr. Performance & Quality Analyst, KP


Jessica Ng, Managing Director, Mercury Public Affairs; paired with Cathy Doan, Business Engagement Consultant, Workforce Development Section, California Department of Rehabilitation


Julia Ballantyne, Owner, Ballantyne Media Consulting, LLC; paired with Maya Umemoto Gorman, Freelance photographer


Kara Ueda, Judge, Sacramento Superior Court; paired with Itir Yakar, Board Counsel, California Agricultural Labor Relations Board


Karen Zamarripa, President, Karen Zamarripa Consulting; paired with Marisa Johnson, Policy Fellow, The Campaign for College Opportunity


Karina Talamantes, Chief of Staff, Mayor Pro Tem Angelique Ashby, City of Sacramento; paired with Karina Paredes, Student Engagement & Policy Associate, Public Advocates Inc.


Karli Eisenberg, Supervising Deputy Attorney General, California Department of Justice, Attorney General’s Office; paired with Andrea Rivera, Legislative Assistant, California Immigrant Policy Center


Katherine Brandenburg, Principal, Brandenburg Group; paired with Nayiri Baghdassarian, Outreach Consultant/Project Coordinator, California State Assembly, Democratic Office of Communications and Outreach


Katie Hansen, Senior Legislative Director, California Restaurant Association; paired with Madeline Cline, Client Accounts Director & Advocate, Golden Bridge Strategies


Kelly Boyd, Vice President, Strategic Initiatives, Yosemite Clean Energy; paired with Marissa Arechavaleta, Senior Resource Management Analyst, California Independent System Operator


Kerry Yoshida, Policy Consultant, Senate Republican Caucus; paired with Alyssa Lee, Fellow, California State Senate


Kristina Bas Hamilton, Principal, KBH Advocacy; paired with Bella Romero, Creative Content Producer, California State Assembly, Democratic Office of Communications and Outreach


Krystal Moreno, Legislative Director, Senator Susan Rubio; paired with Rubie Gonzalez-Parra, Fellow, California State Senate


Kyla Aquino Irving, Marketing & Communications Manager, United Way California Capitol Region; paired with Constantina Stekas, Program Assistant, The Institute for Family Health

Lande Ajose, Ph.D., Senior Policy Advisor for Higher Education, Office of Governor Gavin Newsom; paired with Eliza Brooks, Fellow, California State Assembly


Lauren Babb, Assistant Director, Office of Legislation and Regulations, California Department of Developmental Services; paired with De’Anna Miller, Fellow, California State Senate


Lauren Greenwood, UC Berkeley MBA Class of 2020; paired with Grecia Diaz, Fellow, CalRecycle


Libby Hall, Vice President of Client Services, Unearth Campaigns; paired with Sierra Summers, CEO, Main Shark


Liliana Bernal, Managing Partner, Balance Staffing; paired with Cynthia Garcia, Project Manager I, Kaiser LAMC


Linda White, Government Affairs Manager, BMW North America; paired with Kapri Walker, Fellow, California State Senate


Margaret Gladstein, Partner, Capitol Advocacy; paired with Nina Kapoor Oliveira, Director of State Government Affairs, Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas


Maricela Rodriguez, Director of Civic Engagement and Strategic Partnerships, Office of Governor Gavin Newsom; paired with Sara Bilotta, Intern, Lucas Public Affairs

Marissa Currie, Manager, Public Affairs, Sutter Health; paired with Grace Becker,            Executive Assistant, Lucas Public Affairs


Marva Brown, Human Services Policy Consultant, Senate Pro Tem Atkins; paired with Corey Rodda, Child Care Policy Analyst, California Department of Social Services


Mary Meuel, Senior Legislative Advocate, California State University; paired with Lesley Brizuela, Fellow, California State Senate


Maya Wallace, Performance Manager & Internal Auditor, California Department of Justice; paired with Shannon Flores, Legislative Aide, Assembly Majority Leader Eloise Reyes


Megan Sapigao, Coordinator, Sac API Regional Network; paired with Angelica Moua, Barist, Philz Coffee


Melanie Cuevas, Vice President of Government Affairs, California Bankers Association; paired with Julie Cravotto, Legislative Aide, California State Assembly


Melanie Ramil, Executive Director, EmergeCA; paired with Jackie Yoon, UC Davis Class of 2019  


Michelle Reyes, Legislative Director, Senator John Laird; paired with Armida Reyes, District Liaison for City of Los Angeles Councilmember Nithya Raman       


Michelle Teran, Legislative Director, Assemblymember Sharon Quirk-Silva; paired with Cindy Gerges, Law Fellow, Education Equity Team, Public Advocates


Natalie Johnston Butcher, Associate Director of Career Services, UC Davis School of Law; paired with Dulce Huerta, UC Merced Class of 2021   


Natalie Cardenas, Regional Director of Government Relations & Public Affairs, UCB, Inc. (pharmaceutical company); paired with Madison Rasmussen, Junior Account Executive, Aurrera Health Group


Osha Meserve, Shareholder, Soluri Meserve, A Law Corporation; paired with Christina Suarez, J.D. Candidate - Class of '22, UC Davis School of Law


Rebecca Nicholas, Vice President, Fiona Hutton & Associates; paired with Sarah Goodman, Fellow, California State Assembly


Sabrina Rossi, Licensed Clinical Social Worker; paired with Chelsie Moody, Case Supervisor, Court Appointed Special Advocates of Ventura County


Sadiya Nur, Senior Product Marketing Manager, Care.com; paired with Mishaal Gill, Senior Legislative Advocate, California Immigrant Policy Center


Sandra Perez, Former Director, UC Program on Access to Care & Patient Advocate, State of California; paired with Brianna Tatum, Patient Access Specialist, Oregon Health and Science University


Su Jin Gatlin Jez, Ph.D., Executive Director, California Competes, paired with Claire Chevallier, Policy and Program Analyst for Graduate, Undergraduate and Equity Affairs, University of California Office of the President


Susan Wheeler, Workforce Outreach Manager, SMUD; paired with Angelina Olweny, Promise Zone Sustainability Coordinator, Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency (SHRA)


Tina Thomas, Founder, Thomas Law Group; paired with Stephanie Quero, Legal Receptionist, Gade and Parekh Attorneys at Law

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Mentoring Future Leaders

Run in partnership with the California Center for Civic Participation, She Shares offers a mentorship and networking opportuntiy for young women.


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