2022 Mentorship Program

Virtual Workshops

Mentorship Class

Alicia Priego, Vice President, Strategies360; paired with Hla Elkhatib, Fellow, California State Senate


Angela Blanchard, Partner, Political Solutions; paired with Rachel Alderette, Program Manager, Capitol Impact


Andrea Flores, Anchor/ Reporter, KCRA News 3; paired with Fabiola Espinoza, Producer    


Arielle Julie, Lead Technical Recruiter, Pinterest; paired with Yunuen Nava, Substitute Teacher, Oxnard School District


Ashley Conrad-Saydah, Founder and Principal, Sowing Change Strategies; paired with Eileen Situ, Admin Assistant, Soluri Meserve


Caitlin McShane, Principal, EMC Communications; paired with Sofia de Melo, Intern, Bicker, Castillo & Fairbanks (BCF) Public Affairs


Carla Saporta, Regional Director, State Government Affairs, CVS Health; paired with Jennifer Louisell, Director, Insurance Services, Motion Picture & Television Fund


Catherine Stadler Borg, State Public Affairs Advisor, Southern California Edison; paired with Quincy Stivers, Fellow, California State Senate


Christina Lokke, Policy Manager, Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG); paired with Kai Cooper, Fellow, California State Senate


Claire Conlon, Chief of Staff, Assemblywoman Cottie Petrie-Norris; paired with Kelsey McCauley, Senior Account Executive, Bicker, Castillo & Fairbanks (BCF) Public Affairs


Colleen Spitz, Executive Vice President, Bicker, Castillo & Fairbanks; paired with Paige Haskin, Senior Director, Miller Public Affairs Group


Connie Delgado, CEO, Delgado Government Affairs; paired with Stephanie Tapia Jimenez, Fellow, California State Senate


Connie Emerson, Principal, Sanders Emerson Consulting; paired with Hannah Penner, Sustainability Coordinator, AmeriCorps VISTA


Deanna Johnston, Associate Director, State Affairs, Organon; paired with Maria Morales, Legislative Aide, California State Assembly


Debbie Manning, Chief Sergeant at Arms (ret), California State Senate; paired with Priya Sah, Intern, Dewey Square Group


Donna Cullinan, California State Deputy Director, Council for a Strong America; paired with Maggie Kathleen White, Legislative Advocate, California State University, Chancellor's Office


Elizabeth Tunquist, Operations Director, Professional BusinessWomen of California (PBWC); paired with Linh Ngo, Program Manager, California Association of Nonprofits 


Erin Baum, Chief of Staff, Assemblymember Mark Stone; paired with Rhiannon Ripley, Office Assistant, California State Senate


Heidi W. Steinecker, Sr. Manager Health and Human Services Consultant, Ernst & Young; paired with Taylor Beckwith, Tobacco Control Programs Manager, Smoke-free Sacramento Project Breathe California Sacramento Region


Jennifer Roe, Lobbyist, Capitol Advocacy; paired with Emily Jones, Associate, Dewey Square Group


Jennifer Troia, Chief Deputy Director, California Department of Social Services; paired with Dora Monterroza, Direct Services Regional Program Manager, American Red Cross


Jessica Ng, Principal, Abacus Public Affairs; paired with Monika Lee, Senior Communications Manager, California Pan-Ethnic Health Network


Jessica Pearson, Executive Officer, Delta Stewardship Council; paired with Madeline Grigsby, Executive Assistant/District Representative, Office of Sacramento City Councilman Eric Guerra


Karen Zamarripa, President, Karen Zamarripa Consulting; paired with Irma Castaneda, Policy Specialist, Success Center, Foundation for California Community Colleges


Karina Talamantes, Chief of Staff, Mayor Pro Tem Angelique Ashby, City of Sacramento; paired with Jessica Rocha, Legislative Assistant, California State Assembly


Katie Hansen, Senior Legislative Director, California Restaurant Association; paired with Emily Miller, Fellow, California State Senate


Keetha Mills, CEO, Foundation for California Community Colleges; paired with Erika Valle, , Fellow, California State Assemly


Kelly Boyd, Golden Grid Technologies; paired with Bri-Ann Hernandez, Fellow, California State Assembly


Kim Stone, Lobbyist, Stone Advocacy; paired with Chloe Bowman, Scheduler/ Legislative Aide, California State Assembly


Kristina Bas Hamilton, Principal, KBH Advocacy; paired with Ja'nice Wisdom, Union Partnership Representative    


Kristy Wiese, Partner, Capitol Advocacy LLC; paired with Kimaya Gokhale, Associate, Dewey Square Group


Lauren Babb, Vice President of Public Affairs, Planned Parenthood Mar Monte; paired with Adrianna Jackson, Fellow, California State Senate


Lauren Greenwood, Government Partnerships Manager - West, Spin; paired with Cynthia Yepez, Fellow, California State Senate


Linda White, Government Affairs Manager, BMW North America; paired with Kailen Aldridge, Fellow, California State Assembly


Lindsey Nitta, Executive Director, California Women Lead; paired with Allie Umemoto, Fellow, California State Assembly


Marcie Shelton, Founder, The Leaders Partner; paired with Sarah Heffron, Senior Publications Manager, Magellan Health


Mareva Brown, Human Services Policy Consultant, Senate Pro Tem Atkins; paired with Genesis Gonzalez, Policy Analyst, Office of the Lieutenant Governor Eleni Kounalakis


Margaret Gladstein, Partner, Capitol Advocacy; paired with Julia Bayless, Account Coordinator, Lucas Public Affairs


Maricela Rodriguez, Director of Civic Engagement and Strategic Partnerships, Office of Governor Gavin Newsom; paired with Marisol Ibarra, Legislative Director, California State Senate


Mary Meuel, Senior Legislative Advocate, California State University; paired with Cassandra Mar, Fellow, California State Senate


Maya Wallace, Manager, Strategic Initiatives, CalTrans; paired with Alison Kostusak, Office Assistant, Office of Senator Susan Eggman


Melanie Cuevas, Vice President of Government Affairs, California Bankers Association; paired with Erica Lucia, District Representative and Communications Aide, California State Senate


Nicole Soluri, CEO, Professional BusinessWomen of CA (PBWC); paired with Eileen Situ, Admin Assistant, Soluri Meserve


Rachel Linn Gish, Director of Communications, Health Access California; paired with Julia Diaz, Digital Coordinator, Unearth Campaigns


Rebecca Nicholas, Vice President, Fiona Hutton & Associates; paired with Emma Manoukian, Account Executive, Bicker, Castillo & Fairbanks Public Affairs


Sara Schulte Pallas, Founder, Sara Pallas Consulting; paired with Julia Lindbloom, Intern, NKE Strategies


Shashwati Roy, Senior Consultant, Public Consulting Group and Gloria De Leon, Solutions Consultant, Humu; paired with Karen Melendez, Digital Liaison, California Volunteers


Susan Wheeler, Regional Workforce Development - Sustainable Communities, SMUD; paired with Cathy Doan, Business Engagement Consultant, Workforce Development Section, California Department of Rehabilitation


Tiffani Harter, Investment Officer II, California Public Employees' Retirement System; paired with Kim Eisenberg, CEO, Speak Your Brilliance + Conversations for Change

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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.


For more information, contact She Shares.


She Shares offers event sponsorship at many levels for organizations and businesses interested in supporting the next generation of women leaders. Because the California Center for Civic Participation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, contributions to She Shares are tax-deductible.


For more information, please contact Tamara Torlakson.


To subscribe to the She Shares mailing list, please email tt@tamaratorlakson.com 


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