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2014 Fellows

2014 NLC Sacramento Fellows


Joanne Adams - Press Intern, Office of Governor Jerry Brownjoanne.jpg

Joanne comes from a professional background in education. She believes in the transformative power of education.

She is currently working as an intern in the Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.’s Press Office where she assists in writing and editing press releases, corresponding with reporters, and performing research and administrative duties. 

Previously, she worked as an academic tutor and mentor for middle and high school students in San Diego, helping students with learning disabilities to succeed academically and interpersonally. She also served as a writing coach and online teaching assistant for Ashford University and a support counsellor for a music education company, TakeLessons.com. She provided volunteer services to students working through the college application process.   

Joanne graduated cum laude from the University of California, Berkeley with Bachelor’s degrees in Comparative Literature and in French. She completed one year of study abroad at Université Lumière Lyon 2 in Lyon, France. Her studies focused on post-colonial literature and narratology.    


Megan Baier - Legislative Aide, California State Senate

Megan Baier currently serves as a Legislative Aide for State Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens). Megan is responsible for a variety of legislative issues including education, public safety, veterans affairs, LGBT, and women's issues.  

Previously, Megan was a Senate Fellow for State Senator Lois Wolk (D-Davis). During her time as a Fellow, she worked on legislation to improve California's Child Welfare System, as well as legislation to increase protections for the state's most vulnerable seniors.

Megan earned her Bachelors from UC Santa Cruz, where she studied Feminist Studies and Political Science. While in college, she worked as a writing tutor, helping college freshmen fulfill the university's writing requirements. She also wrote for the California Health Report, covering health access issues in underserved communities. 



Tristan Brown - Lobbyist, California School Employees Association

Tristan Brown was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. Diverse public schools exposed him to a wide range of ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds. The city itself also provided comprehensive exposure to the chasm between the wealthy and the destitute. Within this context, Tristan focused his collegiate studies at the University of Redlands majoring in Government with advanced seminars on political theory and electoral campaigns.

Tristan jumped into managing local and state-level political campaigns in Southern California, since he saw the political process as the best method to try to rectify the issues of inequality. It was in these campaigns where he saw organized labor's power in numbers and found a calling to join the movement. He represented low-wage in-home healthcare providers in a joint local of the larger American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, and the Service Employees International Union. Tristan is currently a lobbyist for the California School Employees Association.



Annie Chou - Legislative Aide, California State Assembly

Annie Chou is a scientist by education, political and non-profit organizer by trade, and a San Franciscan at heart. A Renaissance Woman, she studied Biology and Geology, receiving a Bachelor of Science in the former, all on a music scholarship and while participating in service and political clubs.

Having been impacted the social and political climate in Ohio through her political activism, she was inspired to move to San Francisco to be in the heart of the progressive political movement, and hasn't looked back since.

Most recently, she managed the field operation for Re-elect Eric Mar for Supervisor, and won an aggressive field battle against $1,000,000 from special interests. In San Francisco her extracurricular interests included being the VP of Political Affairs for the Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club, and the Treasurer for the San Francisco Women’s Political Committee. As VP of the Harvey Milk Club, she worked to make sure that SF was in the forefront of progressive politics, as well as worked on queer issues like HIV/AIDS, tenants rights, and nightlife. With SFWPC she worked to empower women to include their voices in politics, and to have more female representation in government, whether being appointed to a commission, or running for President.

Smart progressive policy is one of Annie’s passions; fortunately she gets to do it for her day job, serving as a Legislative Aide for Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco).


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Robert Cosgrove is a recent graduate of the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law and just passed the California State Bar Exam this past July. He works as an intern for Assemblymember Joan Buchanan (D-Alamo).

During his time at McGeorge, Robert volunteered more than 150 hours to public service. Starting his first summer in law school, he interned for the Regional Human Rights/Fair Housing commission. He helped landlords and tenants throughout Northern California and participated in numerous mediations to resolve conflicts. Robert continued his volunteer work with HRFH throughout his second year of law school.

Part of Robert’s first summer during law school was also spent participating in McGeorge’s Summer Program in Salzburg where he studied under sitting U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy. During his last semester at McGeorge, Robert also worked as a full time law clerk at the Fair Political Practices Commission. The Commission is tasked with investigating violations of California’s Political Reform Act.

Robert grew up in Kansas City and attended college at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts. Robert graduated in 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government and International Relations, with an emphasis in U.S. politics. At Clark, Robert was an active member of the Young Dems and the Student Council. Robert enjoys playing basketball, travel, and photography.


 

Sarah Greenseid - Deputy Appointments Secretary, Office of Governor Jerry Brown

Sarah Greenseid has worked in the Office of Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. since 2011. Since 2012, she has worked as a Deputy Appointments Secretary, facilitating appointments to the Health and Human Services Agency, the Office of Emergency Services, and a variety of boards and commissions. 

Sarah received her Bachelors degree from the University of California, Davis, where she majored in history and Spanish. While at Davis, she was an active member in the Beta Pi chapter of Delta Delta Delta and served in various leadership positions for the sorority. During the summer of 2009, she studied abroad in Barcelona, Spain.

She also serves on the Executive Board of the Sacramento County Young Democrats as Communications Director. An avid traveler, Sarah enjoys spending time in new places within California, around the country, and abroad. She particularly cherishes her visits to India, which inspired her to become more deeply rooted to her yoga practice. Sarah can also be found in her kitchen, where she can't wait to try a new recipe and bake for friends and family.



Charles Harvey - Legislative Assistant, California State Assembly

Charles serves as Legislative Assistant to Assemblymember Reginald Jones-Sawyer (D-Los Angeles). In this role, he is responsible for monitoring and staffing legislation ranging from public employee and retirement matters, to alcohol, tobacco and gaming issues.

Charles previously worked in the Speaker’s Office of the State Assembly, where he analyzed hundreds of bills relating to banking and finance, elections and utilities among other areas. His analyses informed members of the Assembly Democratic Caucus of bills’ content and alerted Assembly leadership to controversial bills. Prior to entering the State Capitol, Charles gained experience as Lead Campaign Organizer during the candidacy of first-time elected Sacramento City Council Member Allen Warren.

Earlier in his career, Charles worked in Washington, DC as a financial analyst for Verizon Communications. In this position, he prepared detailed financial forecasts and monthly results reporting of the company’s uncollectible debt activity. He later transitioned to an internal audit role, where he evaluated key controls for various business processes and provided recommendations to help mitigate the company’s financial and operational risk.

While in Sacramento, Charles serves the community as a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., an international service oriented organization that strives to make a difference in society through the principles of brotherhood, scholarship and service.

Charles holds a J.D. from The University of Wisconsin Law School in Madison, WI. He earned his B.A. from Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA, completing a double major in Business Administration (with a concentration in Finance) and Spanish. Charles grew up in Ann Arbor, MI. In his spare time he enjoys playing soccer, reading spy novels and watching college football.


Julian Leichty - Special Assistant, Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment

Julian Leichty is a special assistant at the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment, working in its Office of External and Legislative Affairs. From 2012 to 2013, he was an Executive Fellow at the California Environmental Protection Agency, where he worked on the agency's environmental justice program. 

He studied Mandarin Chinese at National Taiwan University from 2010 to 2012, and also worked as a research and project assistant, teaching assistant, and student advisor during his time there.

He also worked for the education policy non-profit EdSource as a research consultant (2012) and research assistant (2007 to 2010). He was a Fulbright Fellow at the Foundation for Scholarly Exchange in Taiwan from 2006 to 2007. 

Julian grew up in Fresno, and graduated from Brown University in 2006 with a degree in Public Policy and Education Studies. 


Andrea Lynch - Sales Manager, Kaplan Test Prep

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Andrea received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas where she majored in Post-Secondary Workforce Education emphasis on Business and Marketing.

She is a Graduate Sales and Relationship Manager for Kaplan Test Prep and previously served in leadership positions with Burberry, Louis Vuitton, and AT&T. Some of her primary responsibilities in her current role is to aid students in their process with graduate school and form and sustain formidable relationships with stakeholders on college campuses in Northern California.

She also serves as the Director of Communications for a local non-profit, Improve Your Tomorrow, which focuses on increasing the matriculation rate of African American and Hispanic males to four year universities. Andrea has always had a strong interest and passion for supporting success for diversity and inclusion initiatives and hopes to one day obtain her MBA.

During her spare time she likes to hang out with her husband, watch movies, golf, and play sports.



Patrick McGarrity - Campaign Strategist, Josh Pulliam Management & Mail (JPM&M)

 Patrick	McGarrity A recent transplant to Sacramento, Patrick currently serves as a Campaign Strategist in the Sacramento office of Josh Pulliam Management & Mail (JPM&M). Patrick specializes in providing overall strategy, message development, campaign management, paid media development, and communications services to candidates, issue campaigns, and propositions.

Patrick's work prior to joining JPM&M included work as a campaign manager, field director, and senior strategist on nationally targeted congressional campaigns across the country. In 2012, McGarrity successfully navigated Texas Congressman Lloyd Doggett through a bruising redistricting-induced three-way primary election. Campaigning in a deeply divided district, Patrick helped overcome a double-digit deficit and led Doggett to a commanding win on Election Day. Previously, Patrick served as Field Director and Senior Strategist during freshman New York Congressman John HallÍs 2008 re-election campaign. Hall was the first Democrat elected to Congress in the district for over 40 years. Prior to managing political campaigns, Patrick McGarrity served as a Deputy Press Secretary and Communications Director in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Patrick graduated from St. Paul, Minnesota's Macalester College with a degree in Geography. He grew up in Bellingham, Washington where he first got involved in the political process working on his father's campaign for city office. When heÍs not on deadline, he enjoys camping, cooking and catching a show at Harlow's. He is closing in on his goal of visiting every state in the country--only 6 more to go!



Natalie Reyes - Business Development Coordinator, American Heart Association

Natalie Reyes is currently the Business Development Coordinator for the American Heart Association in Sacramento, CA. She is responsible for the logistical planning of the annual Heart & Stroke Walks as well as the Start Training half-marathon program, volunteer management, and assistance with outreach and marketing efforts.

Natalie is also involved with her church's mission committee to provide aid to Ethiopia. She is planning their first annual Walk for Water, a run/walk event raising money to provide clean water to small villages in Ethiopia. She is passionate about bringing clean water, medical aid, and education to underrepresented communities around the world.

Natalie is a member of Delta Gamma Fraternity and served as the Vice President of Philanthropy during college and currently serves on the Sacramento Alumnae board. She received her BA in American Studies, with a concentration in Environmental Justice and a minor in U.S. History, from the University of California, Davis. Natalie's future plans include attending graduate school and pursuing a master's degree in Business Administration or Public Administration, specializing in nonprofit management. Her ultimate goal is to start her own non-profit organization or to work as a top official at a worldwide non-profit organization.


Jenaye Shepard - Campaign Director, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Jenaye Shepard is currently the Campaign Director for Team in Training and the Corporate Development Director for the Greater Sacramento Area Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS), the world's largest health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research and providing a variety of services to patients and their families. As the Campaign Director, Jenaye manages the largest fundraising program for LLS in the Sacramento Area and has shown net growth in the last four years. She recently took on the role of Corporate Development Director where she focuses on community and corporate partnerships to build awareness and broaden LLS fundraising efforts.

Previously, Jenaye served as an Event Coordinator and Marketing Association for Prosper Magazine, where she helped with a large re-launch campaign of the magazine's new look. She enjoys bringing people together through event planning. She has planned several events for multiple community groups, in addition to a few weddings. After graduating from UC Davis, Jenaye interned in Washington, D.C. for the Smithsonian Associates. 


Adam Silver - Attorney, Fair Political Practices CommissionAdam_Silver_Bio_Pic.jpg

Adam Silver is a practicing attorney and a life-long entrepreneur. He currently serves as Commission Counsel for California’s ethics watchdog, the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC). In his role as Commission Counsel, Adam handles the prosecution of various enforcement matters, including money laundering and conflicts of interest.

In addition to his caseload, he handles content creation and maintenance for the States’ Unified Network (SUN) Center, a nationwide transparency initiative he helped found during his Executive Fellowship with the FPPC.

Adam is a proud graduate of University of California, Davis and Loyola Law School, Los Angeles. During law school, Adam worked in Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s Office of Legislative and Intergovernmental Relations, and as an extern for the Honorable Victoria Kaufman.

In his personal life, Adam has always been active in his community. He currently serves as a mentor in the McClatchy High School Law Academy, and previously volunteered with the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, Dogs Without Borders, and the Los Angeles Radio Reading Service.

Adam lives in Midtown Sacramento with his fiancée, Hailey and rescue dog, Shirley.


 

Holly Smith - Certified Nurse Midwife, Kaiser Permanente Medical Group

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Holly Smith is a Certified Nurse Midwife with experience in both domestic and global women’s health policy and program development. She has been a midwife for 13 years and has delivered thousands of babies and participated in the care of countless women and girls here and abroad. She currently provides obstetrical care at Kaiser Permanente, where her goal as a midwife in a hospital setting is to continuously provide evidence-based care within the perspective of keeping labor and birth as normal as possible, thus championing a focus on better maternity outcomes in California.

Holly is the co-founder and primary clinical consultant of The Comadrona Project, an innovative teaching program for traditional birth attendants and communities in Guatemala where maternal and infant mortality rates are some of the highest in Central and South America. The film projects she helped to write and direct for this program have recently been approved by Guatemala’s Ministry of Health for distribution and training, and are being utilized by other programs across Guatemala and Mexico. Holly’s recent studies have focused on the impact of Medicaid expansion and state-run health care exchanges under the Affordable Care Act.

She has a Master of Science in Nursing from Georgetown University and a Master of Public Health from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is also a mother and a military spouse. Her husband is an officer in the United States Air Force and continues to serve bravely as a pilot and super-dad. She enjoys being active in the outdoors and is currently training for a half ironman.


Jesus Torres, Jr. - Policy Analyst, Department of Health Care Services

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Jesus Torres is currently serving as an analyst for the Department of Health Care Services. 

In his previous endeavors, he served as a physics, mathematics, and programming teacher as well as working as a process engineer. Jesus was born and raised in the small agricultural town of Delano, California. Delano is predominantly a low-income, immigrant and minority community. His father and mother worked as agricultural laborers all their lives. His parents had very little formal schooling; his mother had taught herself how to read and write. While Jesus was a young child, his father abandoned his family resulting in his mother having to raise eight of his ten siblings independently. Thus, it became an increasingly difficult life for his mother and siblings.

It was in this humbling environment that Jesus opened up his eyes up to the many inequalities faced by millions of low-income, disadvantaged peoples.  Jesus began to see that many of the problems faced by his family and many others of low socio-economic standing were due to the lack of educational opportunities and support that are necessary to escape the limitations and repercussions of poverty. From these humble beginnings, he went on to complete a Bachelors of Science degree at UC San Barbara in Physics while serving as director, coordinator, and volunteer for various outreach programs to disadvantaged youth.


Paco Torres - Legislative Aide, California State Senate

Paco Torres is a Legislative Aide for State Senator Loni Hancock (D-Berkeley). He first joined Senator Hancock's staff in 2011 as a Senate Fellow. From 2011 through 2013, he advised the Senator on environmental issues. He currently staffs the Senator on the Senate Public Safety Committee, which she chairs. 

Paco graduated from Stanford University, earning a Bachelor of Arts with Honors and Distinction in Political Science, and admission into the Phi Beta Kappa Society. A member of the State Bar of California, Paco graduated from Stanford Law School. While in law school, he was a Co-President of the Stanford Latino Law Students Association (SLLSA). Paco is originally from Orange County, and is an avid fan of the Los Angeles Angels, Los Angeles Lakers, and Stanford football.  


Danielle Williams - Community Organizer, Sacramento Area Congregations Together

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Danielle is a community organizer for Sacramento Area Congregations Together (ACT) where she trains congregations on fulfilling their prophetic visions to transform their communities through effective grassroots organizing. As a community organizer, she trains congregations to identify community needs, conduct research to develop solutions to identified concerns, negotiate solutions with public officials, and hold them accountable to their commitments. Danielle is passionate about her organizing efforts to end gun violence and mass incarceration in ACT’s Lifelines to Healing Campaign. She also organizes congregations and schools to improve education outcomes for students with the most need in Sacramento.

Previously, Danielle was a Policy Associate for California Forward where she published an analysis of county AB 109 budgets and plans, and assisted in the development of Proposition 31.  She also worked in the California Legislature under the prestigious Senate Fellowship Program. 

As president of the Greater Sacramento Urban League Young Professionals, Danielle mobilizes young adults passionate about the Urban League Movement in Sacramento. She also serves on the board of the Greater Sacramento Urban League.  Danielle cares strongly about using her voice, and the collective power of young professionals to make a positive impact in Sacramento by facilitating the leadership development of members and giving back to the community, especially youth. 


Danielle graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a bachelor’s degree in 2008.

 
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