The California 100 Commission drew on an extraordinary group of leaders who reflected diversity by region and industry, and the perspectives of communities who have been historically marginalized or excluded. Many of the commissioners will be next generation leaders, providing opportunities for intergenerational learning and mentoring. The Commission helped to advance our vision and strategy for California’s next century by providing strategic feedback and hosting listening sessions across the state.
Ahilan T. Arulanantham is Professor from Practice and Co-Director of the Center for Immigration Law and Policy at UCLA School of Law. He has successfully litigated a number of cases involving immigrants’ rights, including Franco-Gonzalez v. Holder, the first case to establish a federal right to appointed counsel for any group of immigrants; Jennings v. Rodriguez, which secured the due process rights of immigrants jailed for years while litigating their deportation cases; and, most recently, Ramos v. Nielsen, a challenge to the Trump Administration's plan to end the TPS program for immigrants who have lived here lawfully for decades. Ahilan has argued twice before the United States Supreme Court, and will argue again this fall on behalf of Americans of the Muslim faith who were targeted by the federal government for surveillance because of their religion, in FBI v. Fazaga. He has also testified before the United States Congress on three occasions, and served as a Lecturer at the University of Chicago Law School and at the University of Irvine School of Law, where he taught on Preventive Detention.
Ahilan’s parents are Sri Lankan Tamil immigrants who left Sri Lanka to escape race discrimination and sporadic violence. Several years after they came to this country, the Sri Lankan civil war began, causing much of his extended family to flee Sri Lanka. Ahilan has remained interested in promoting human rights in Sri Lanka, and has also represented several Sri Lankan Tamil refugees during the course of his work with the ACLU.
Prior to joining UCLA, Ahilan was Senior Counsel at the ACLU in Los Angeles, where he worked for nearly twenty years. Ahilan has also worked as an Assistant Federal Public Defender in El Paso, Texas, and as a law clerk on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. In 2007 and 2013 he was named one of California Lawyer Magazine’s Lawyers of the Year for immigrants’ rights, and has repeatedly been named one of the Daily Journal’s Top 100 Lawyers in California over the last decade. In 2010 he received the Arthur C. Helton Human Rights Award from the American Immigration Lawyers’ Association, and in 2014 received the Jack Wasserman Memorial Award for litigation to protect the rights of vulnerable immigrants, also from the American Immigration Lawyers’ Association.
In 2016 Ahilan was named a MacArthur Foundation Fellow.
Alvin Lee (he/him) is a current Freshman at Claremont Mckenna College studying public policy and government and the Founder and Executive Director of GENup. A proud graduate of California public schools and a Bay Area native, he has been deeply involved in California education policy since 9th grade and envisions an interconnected education system where student voice and leadership help drive policy creation. Prior to becoming engaged in ed policy, Alvin interned for then-candidate Gavin Newsom and State Assemblymember Kansen Chu. In both capacities, he helped with policy and legislative research. These opportunities combined with him seeing education inequity first-hand compelled him to speak at his first ever school board meeting.
Since then, he’s developed a spark and deep passion for public policy and community organizing. In the fall of 2019, he organized youth-led marches for education in three cities (Oakland, SF, San Jose) for the Schools and Communities First Ballot Initiative. After getting involved in local school district issues and noticing the lack of youth participation in education, he founded GENup: a national, youth-led advocacy organization that strives to advocate for education reform through the power of youth voices.
GENup is now California’s largest youth-led education advocacy organization, operating more than 100+ chapters across CA with more than 4,500 + bright student organizers and student leaders from across the State. GENup’s successes include working with the State Board of Education to create the State Seal for Civic Engagement, championing the historic ethnic studies bill (AB101) through the legislature & into law, fighting for equitable education funding during COVID, advocating for statewide mental health reform through legislation, successfully authoring/advocating/passing a bill into law on student board member rights (AB 824), campaigning for the U.S Department of Education’s first youth-advisory council, and passing (Los Angeles Unified, San Diego Unified, and Fresno Unified) first student bill of rights, collectively representing over 1.2 million students. Most recently,19 education bills in GENup’s 2020-2021 policy slate were signed into law by Governor Newsom, including legislation requiring a mental health curriculum in all high school health education courses.
He is also a founding member of the California Department of Education’s first Youth Advisory council, where students utilize youth voice to shape education-policy affecting all of California’s 6.3 million public school students. Alvin is also a co-founder of the California Student Board Member Association.
Andrea Vidaurre (she/her) grew up in the unceeded lands of the Tongva people, also known as the “Inland Empire” of Southern California. She graduated with a BA in Global Studies from the University of California, Riverside. Over the past couple of years, she has worked on campaigns for sustainable economic development, worker’s rights and environmental justice throughout the Inland Empire. She is a co-founder, member and policy lead at the Peoples Collective for Environmental Justice, a community based organization focused on fighting environmental racism and finding solutions through community work.
"Annie Fryman is the Director of Cities at Abodu, a Bay Area based company that builds affordable and high-quality accessory dwelling units in California and Washington. In this role, Annie manages long-term strategy and operations for Abodu’s city relationships and permitting program, advises the executive team on public policy, provides expert technical assistance to local and state agencies on successful state law implementation, and manages Abodu’s response to complex building permit issues.
Prior to joining Abodu in February 2021, Annie led housing, land use, and transportation policy for California Senator Scott Wiener, one of the most prolific, creative, and successful legislators on housing affordability in the United States. Among other landmark housing and transportation policies, Annie was the singular policy staffer designing, writing, and negotiating Senate Bills 35 and 828, and continues to advise public, non-profit, and private sector partners on their use and implementation. Within three years of adoption, these unprecedented laws directly enabled tens of thousands of new housing units to start construction in California (SB 35), and forced bustling coastal metros and exclusionary suburbs to rezone for >500,000 more homes at all income levels during the next decade (SB 828).
Annie has also worked as an academic researcher at Stanford University focusing on the social and economic fabric of vibrant Black neighborhoods during Jim Crow, an architectural designer in San Francisco focused on infill development and modern building safety, a community organizer in the Bay Area, and in several policy/political roles in San Francisco local government, including campaigns.
In addition, Annie is frequently called in as a guest lecturer for undergraduate and graduate level courses in law, design, and public policy. To date, she has taught students at Stanford University, Harvard Kennedy School, University of California Berkeley (Haas, Goldman), University of California Davis, University of California Los Angeles (Luskin), City College of San Francisco, and San Francisco State University.
Annie studied Architectural Design in the Civil Engineering program as an undergraduate at Stanford University."
Cecilia V. Estolano is CEO and Founder of Estolano Advisors, and is a leading voice on contemporary urban planning issues with expertise in equitable economic and workforce development, climate resilient infrastructure, land use, and urban revitalization. An urban planner and land use and environmental lawyer, Cecilia has worked at all levels of government, settled major Clean Water Act litigation, led the largest redevelopment agency in the nation, founded an award winning urban and public policy firm, and acquired and repositioned an environmental advocacy consultancy.
Cecilia sits on the boards of Urban Manufacturing Alliance and the National Employment Law Project. She previously served on the California Coastal Commission, the Regents of the University of California, and on the boards of Manufacturing Renaissance, the California League of Conservation Voters, Lambda Legal, and California YMCA Youth and Government.
Prior to founding Estolano Advisors in 2011, Cecilia served as Chief Executive Officer of the Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of Los Angeles (CRA/LA); practiced land use and environmental law while Of Counsel at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher; and served as Senior Policy Advisor at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) during the Clinton Administration, and as Environmental Policy Advisor to Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley.
Cecilia received an A.B. with honors from Harvard-Radcliffe Colleges, an M.A. in Urban Planning from UCLA, and a J.D. from UC Berkeley School of Law.
Cinny Kennard, Executive Director at The Annenberg Foundation, has decades of award-winning leadership and Executive Management in the non-profit sector with established national brands including National Public Radio, Smithsonian Institution, Pew Charitable Trusts and The Federal Communications Commission. Cinny is also is an award-winning broadcast journalist who currently serves on several boards including the Los Angeles Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC) at Pepperdine School of Public Policy, The Carole Kneeland Project for Responsible Television Journalism and is a longtime member of the Trusteeship of the International Women’s Forum.
At the Annenberg Foundation, Cinny has worked with the chairman Wallis Annenberg and the board on local, national and global grantmaking in education, in arts and culture, health care and underserved communities. She has also launched several impactful projects including, AnnenbergTech, the Wallis Annenberg GenSpace scheduled to open in 2021 in Los Angeles, the Wallis Annenberg PetSpace, has a key board governance seat on the Wallis Annenberg Center for Performing Arts and has worked to craft a public/private partnership to construct permanent supportive housing for the homeless in South Los Angeles. Kennard has bolstered the Foundation management team and presided over an organization which has now given away over 5 billion dollars across Los Angeles, the nation and the globe over 30-years.
Before joining the Annenberg Foundation in January 2015, she was the Senior Vice President of Programming at the Smithsonian Institution and served as a Senior Advisor to the Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands creating and driving the outreach plan to bring top Washington D.C. elected officials to Sunnylands, including President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi JinPing for the Sunnylands Summit.
Prior to that, she served as managing director/managing editor of NPR West from 2003 to 2009. During her tenure, NPR West expanded from 20 to nearly 90 full-time employees. Previously, she served as an executive project director and journalism professor at the USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism. Before that, she was a CBS News correspondent based at various times in Los Angeles, London and Moscow covering battlefield front lines, and before that a local television news reporter at WFAA-TV in Dallas, KHOU-TV in Houston and WANE TV.
Cinthia N. Flores is a Board Member of the California Agricultural Labor Relations Board. Governor Gavin Newsom appointed her to this position in 2020. Cinthia was previously a Staff Attorney with the Coalition for Humane Immigration (CHIRLA), the largest immigrant rights organization in California, where she practiced immigration law with a focus on removal defense representing individuals against deportation. Cinthia has a background in labor law having previously represented public and private sector unions.
Currently, Cinthia serves as Vice President of the Latina Lawyers Bar Association, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting Latinas in the legal profession. Cinthia also serves as Treasurer of Latinas Lead California, a political action committee dedicated to electing Latinas to local, state, and federal office. Lastly, Cinthia serves on the UCLA Alumni Association.
Cinthia is a graduate of the University of California, Irvine School of Law. During law school, Cinthia served as a Student Regent on the University of California Board of Regent. In recognition of her academic record and public service, Cinthia was awarded numerous scholarships, including: the California Bar Foundation Diversity Scholarship, the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund’s Earl Warren Scholarship, and the Mexican American Bar Foundation Law School Scholarship. Cinthia is a graduate of UCLA, where she served as the first Latina Student Body President in UCLA history.
Cynthia Buiza is the Executive Director of the California Immigrant Policy Center (CIPC) where she provides the vision for the mission of California’s premiere immigrant rights organization. CIPC is thriving under her leadership, with a marked expansion in its issue area expertise and a broadening of its coalition networks working to build power for immigrants in this country. Cynthia came to this role after successfully managing a statewide capacity building project, involving nine regional coalitions in California, which strengthened their viability through a combination of highly customized training, grant-making and leadership coaching.
Cynthia brings over two decades of experience in nonprofit management and human rights advocacy to CIPC. She worked on international refugee, migration, human rights and civil rights issues in Southeast Asia before working with ACLU as Policy Director for its San Diego regional affiliate. She was also Policy and Advocacy Director at CHIRLA in Los Angeles from 2007-2010. More recently, she worked as a consultant with various immigrant rights and civil rights institutions and social justice organizations in California and the U.S., helping shape their strategic direction and plans for sustainability.
Before moving to the United States, she worked in senior positions with various international organizations, including the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the Open Society Institute-Burma Education Project in Thailand, and the Jesuit Refugee Service. In June, 2003, she co-authored the book Anywhere But War, about the armed conflict and internal displacement in the Indonesian Province of Aceh.
Cynthia earned a Masters in International Affairs from the Fletcher School at Tufts University, with a concentration on human security studies. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Work from the Philippines, and a Certificate in Refugee and Migration Studies from the Oxford University Refugee Studies Centre in England. She also holds certificates from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Cynthia currently serves as a State Commissioner with the Milton Marks Little Hoover Commission for State Government Organization and the Economy. She is a member of the California Community Foundation’s Immigration Advisory Council and the Committee for Greater Los Angeles. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the Pilipino Worker’s Center and Health Access California.
In her spare time Cynthia enjoys movies, visits to art museums, poetry, and decadent meals.
Damon has more than 18 years of experience in the youth development and education fields, with positions at Juma Ventures, Hack the Hood, and Upward Bound. He has experience in several multimedia and tech industries including radio, mobile, video game journalism and the film industry.
A native San Franciscan, Damon was motivated to pursue tech education when he watched the city’s working-class community disappear with the rise of the Bay Area tech industry while his early students couldn’t get jobs after graduating college. His passion for education, interactive media, and multiculturalism led him to a master’s in multimedia tech with an emphasis on interactive design. For his thesis, he spent a year in the San Francisco Mission District studying the effect of technology on low-income communities. Damon is an Echoing Green Fellow (2016), GSBI Fellow (2019), Stanford University Entrepreneur in Residence (2019) and a Facebook Gaming/VGA Global Gaming Citizen and a recipient of the AfroDev Jerry Lawson Award for Social Impact in Gaming.
He believes that using video games to teach game design and development to “cultural alchemists” can help create the future tech zealots, digital rebels, and multimedia mavericks.
Dan Schnur is a Professor at the University of California – Berkeley’s Institute of Governmental Studies, Pepperdine University’s Graduate School of Public Policy, and the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School of Communications, where he teaches courses in politics, communications and leadership. Dan has also taught at Harvard’s Institute of Politics at Harvard University and George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management.
He is the founder of the USC/LA Times statewide political poll and currently hosts a weekly webinar for the LA World Affairs Council Town Hall called “Politics in the Time of Coronavirus.” (www.lawac.org).
Previously, Dan worked on four presidential and three gubernatorial campaigns, and served as the national Director of Communications for the 2000 presidential campaign of U.S. Senator John McCain and was the chief media spokesman for California Governor Pete Wilson.
In 2010, Dan was appointed Chairman of the California Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC), where he implemented groundbreaking campaign finance disclosure requirements. Dan also was a founder and cochairman of the Voices of Reform project, the bipartisan statewide effort whose work laid the foundation for California’s landmark redistricting reform. After completing his FPPC term, Dan registered as a No Party Preference voter and in 2014, ran for statewide office as a non-partisan candidate for California Secretary of State.
Dan has been an advisor to the William & Melinda Gates Foundation, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Broad Education Foundation, the Pew Charitable Trusts, the James Irvine Foundation, and the Public Policy Institute of California on a variety of political reform, K-12 education and college and workforce preparedness efforts.
Dan serves as a board member of the Los Angeles Holocaust Museum, the Pacific Council on International Policy, the Center for Asians United for Self Empowerment (CAUSE) and as a senior advisor to the Hispanas Organized for Political Equality (HOPE) leadership training programs. He is the former Los Angeles director for the American Jewish Committee and is an advisor to the Los Angeles Jewish Federation. He is a member of the UCLA Luskin School Fellows program, where he mentors UCLA graduate students and advises them on their academic and professional goals.
Dan’s commentaries have appeared in several newspapers, including the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Sacramento Bee, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, and the New York Times. He has been a political analyst for CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, and National Public Radio.
For nearly 40 years as an activist and public servant, Daniel Zingale worked to amplify the voices of people outside of the traditional power structure. He was an early national voice for queer equality and for people living with HIV, as political director of the Human Rights Campaign and Executive Director of AIDS Action. He pioneered the rights of patients to preventive health as founding director of California’s Department of Managed Health Care. He championed the rights of farm workers as a member of California’s historic Agricultural Labor Relations Board. He helped to advance the rights of undocumented and incarcerated Californians by launching The California Endowment’s successful ‘Health for All’ and ‘Schools Not Prisons’ campaigns. As a trusted adviser and cabinet secretary to California governors of both parties, Zingale consistently strived to open the doors of influence to those who have been shut out. He continues to prioritize vulnerable communities as a current member of the state’s Delta Stewardship Council.
Daniel Zingale lives in Northern California with his partner of 40 years Chuck Supple. They have two sons, five chickens and two donkeys.
Danny Kennedy is the CEO of New Energy Nexus, connecting entrepreneurs everywhere to capital to build an abundant clean energy economy that benefits all. New Energy Nexus is a global platform organization for funds and incubators, with chapters in the USA, China, Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, the Philippines, Uganda and India. He acts as Managing Director of the California Clean Energy Fund that runs the CEC’s CalSEED.fund of $33m for very early-stage companies driving innovation and building equity in the California economy and the $12m CalTestBed initiative with the UCOP. He also serves as the President of CalCharge, a public-private partnership with DoE National Labs, universities in California, unions and companies, working to advance energy storage.
Kennedy co-founded Sungevity in 2007, the company that created remote solar design, and Powerhouse, an incubator and fund in Oakland, CA. He was the first backer of California-headquartered Mosaic in 2011, the $2B solar loan provider, and remains on the Board of Powerhive, a solar mini-utility in Kenya that started in Berkeley. He is also a Director of the non-profits Power for All and the Epic Institute. Kennedy authored Rooftop Revolution: How Solar Power Can Save Our Economy – and Our Planet – from Dirty Energy in 2012. Prior to being an entrepreneur and investor, he worked at Greenpeace and other NGOs on climate & energy issues since 1989. He was born in the smog-strewn suburbs of Los Angeles in the 1970s though his family settled in the Bay Area in the 21st century.
Edgar Ernesto Ibarra Gutierrez is a Chicano Indigenous young man raised in the city of Watsonville by his mom and his three siblings. He is currently a 4th-year student at UC Davis majoring in Communications, with aspirations to pursue a master’s degree in the future. He is the Leadership and Program Coordinator at MILPA. He facilitates culturally-rooted leadership development, rites of passage, and movement-building approaches that encourage young people to get involved in their community while they work towards a future where the next generations’ can thrive with cultural pride, traditions, and dignity. Edgar has strategically supported efforts at MILPA that are working to dismantle, disrupt, and change the carceral system by challenging and undoing laws that disproportionately impact Black and Indigenous people.
He has also worked closely with colleagues, the community, and other organizations to push for racially equitable, participatory budgeting both at the city and county levels. His focus is on expanding and strengthening the movement to end mass incarceration while building communications infrastructure that promotes people power. Edgar enjoys reading books, participating in barrio scholarship with his friends, and spending his time outdoors hiking, swimming, and exploring the beauty that nature has to offer. He is on the path to relearning his sacred indigenous traditions of songs, drums, and storytelling by staying close to the fire, honoring the water, and listening to the elders.
Ernestine Fu is a technology investor based in San Francisco, California.
She has scaled emerging technology companies for over a decade in sectors ranging from robotics and artificial intelligence to defense technology. As a venture capitalist at Brave Capital, she leads investments in emerging technology startups and supports companies from inception to late-stage scaling. As a global leader, she has worked with international organizations like Hyundai to lead technology development on novel transformer-class vehicles and DBS Bank to advise on innovation and venture debt financing. As an advisor, board director and executive
chairman, she has guided companies on product development, partnerships, growth strategy and M&A.
Participating as active citizens in our democracy is a core belief that Ernestine advocates. After starting a nonprofit to serve the community through music and art, she co-authored “Civic Work, Civic Lessons” with former Stanford Law School Dean Thomas Ehrlich to encourage community engagement with informed moral and civic judgments. She also co-authored “Renewed Energy: Insights for Clean Energy’s Future” with Nobel Prize energy economist John Weyant to guide future government policy and investment strategies for a sustainable energy future. She has served as a board director for nonprofits such as Ad Council and Silicon Valley Leadership
She completed her B.S., M.S., MBA, Ph.D. and postdoc at Stanford University. Her doctoral thesis focused on human operator and autonomous vehicle interactions with system bias and transitions of control. Her work has been published in top-ranked academic conferences hosted by ACM and IEEE. She is an inventor on numerous granted or in-process technology patents.
She is a proud part of a military family.
Geneva Wiki is a member of the Yurok Tribe of northern California and brings extensive leadership experience in Tribal government, education and philanthropy in rural and Tribal communities. Geneva serves as a Senior Program Manager at The California Endowment, supporting community organizing efforts advancing health and racial equity throughout the State, and with a specific focus on community power building within California’s indigenous communities.
Previously, Geneva was the Executive Director of the Wild Rivers Community Foundation and served as the local Initiative Manager of the Del Norte and Tribal land’s Building Healthy Communities initiative. Wiki was also the Deputy Executive Director of the Yurok Tribe and Founding Director of a community-driven, non-profit charter high school on the reservation. Named one of America’s 37 Innovators under the age of 36 by the Smithsonian Magazine, Geneva was also recognized as a National Innovator by the US Department of State, High Country News, and a 40 Under 40 Native leader by Native Americans in Business and Enterprise.
Geneva is married to a Maori, an indigenous New Zealander, and previously lived in New Zealand, working as an Executive Designer with a human-centered design consultancy aimed at improving systems and policies to work better for people and the public good. While there, she was also appointed to the Board of Directors of the national Centre for Social Impact.
Wiki earned a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Washington, and a degree in planning, public policy and management from the University of Oregon. She currently lives on the ancestral land of the Nisenan people outside of Sacramento with her spouse and three daughters.
Considered one of the preeminent transportation planning experts in the nation, Hasan Ikhrata is the Chief Executive Officer of the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG). SANDAG is the leading research, planning, and transportation agency for the San Diego region. The agency builds consensus; makes strategic plans; obtains and allocates resources; plans, engineers, and builds public transportation, and provides information on a broad range of topics pertinent to the region’s quality of life. Agency policymakers are elected officials from each of the area’s 18 cities and the county. Mr. Ikhrata leads a staff of over 350 professionals who develop public policy initiatives for elected officials on numerous issues encompassing population growth, transportation, environmental management, economic development, municipal finance, binational coordination, and public safety.
Mr. Ikhrata has more than 35 years of public and private sector transportation planning experience. As Chief Executive Officer of SANDAG, he directs day‐to‐day operations of the agency and implements policies set by its Board of Directors. In addition, Mr. Ikhrata is the Chief Executive Officer of the SANDAG Service Bureau, the nonprofit public benefit corporation chartered by SANDAG.
Mr. Ikhrata has received several awards and honors from various organizations and agencies including the American Society of Public Administration, Southern California Leadership Council, Orange County Transportation Authority, Orange County Business Council, League of California Cities, City of Los Angeles, State of California, Association of the San Bernardino County Special Districts, the Building Industry Association, regional chapters of the Women’s Transportation Seminar, and numerous others.
Mr. Ikhrata holds a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in Civil and Industrial Engineering from Zaporozhye University in the former Soviet Union, a Master’s degree in Civil Engineering from UCLA, and a PhD Candidacy in Urban Planning and Transportation from the University of Southern California.
Prior to joining SANDAG in 2018, Mr. Ikhrata worked for Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG), Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), and South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD).
Mr. Ikhrata is an adjunct professor in the business school at California State University, Northridge.
Jake Segal is Social Finance’s vice president for advisory services, and leads the organization’s California office.
Social Finance is a national impact finance and advisory nonprofit. Its Public Sector Advisory Practice works within government funding and procurement structures to implement innovative, data-driven practices that deliver better results. In the past decade, Social Finance has worked with more than 65 governments at the state, county, and city level to create partnerships that mobilized over $225 million to help more than 35,000 individuals realize improved outcomes in education, economic mobility, health, and housing.
Jake’s work is focused on building outcomes-focused partnerships—designing Pay for Success projects; creating public-sector Career Impact Bond funds; and building government systems of continuous improvement—between elected officials, policymakers, civic leaders, community members, philanthropies, and service providers. His work at Social Finance focuses on the social determinants of health, behavioral health, criminal justice, and economic mobility. He’s particularly passionate about the potential of integrated data, the importance of more careful and longer-term accounting in the valuation of policy goals, and the promise of multi-jurisdictional partnerships to effectively invest in prevention.
In addition to his work in communities, Jake also leads many of Social Finance’s field building efforts, including leadership development trainings, opinion pieces, and a recent book and podcast series (Workforce Realigned) with the Federal Reserve Banks of Atlanta and Philadelphia.
Prior to joining Social Finance in 2014, Jake worked for The Bridgespan Group and the Boston Consulting Group.
Dr. Jeffrey Reynoso is the Executive Director of the Latino Coalition for a Healthy California (LCHC)—the State’s leading health policy organization advocating for health equity of California’s Latinx community. In his role, he is responsible for strategic leadership and external relations, fundraising and financial management, organizational development, and delivering on policy advocacy and programmatic initiatives. For over a decade, he has worked on health equity and social justice issues spanning academia, government, and non-profit sectors at local, state, and national levels. Most recently, he was a Doctoral Fellow at Kaiser Permanente designing innovative programs to address food insecurity in the Southern California region. Dr. Reynoso holds a Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) from Harvard University, a Master of Public Health (MPH) from UC Berkeley, and a BA from UCLA.
Dr. Reynoso currently serves as a Board Member for the Insure the Uninsured Project (ITUP). He has also been tapped to serve on multiple advisory boards, including Advisory Member to the CA Department of Public Health (CDPH) Community Vaccine Advisory Committee, Governor Gavin Newsom’s Master Plan for Aging (MPA) Equity Workgroup and Task Force on Alzheimer’s Prevention and Preparedness Brain Trust, CA Health Interview Survey (CHIS) at the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, and CA Initiative for Health Equity & Action (Cal-IHEA) at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health. Dr. Reynoso has been quoted on issues ranging from health policy, public health, and Latinx health in CalMatters, Los Angeles Times, Politico, Sacramento Bee, and the Wall Street Journal.
He is a son of immigrants from Mexico and grew up in California’s Central Valley and North San Diego County. Growing up in a working-class immigrant family, he experienced firsthand the systemic barriers to equal opportunity for all and he believes that the future health and economic success of California is tied to achieving health equity for the Latinx community.
A civil rights attorney and long-time democracy reform advocate, Jonathan Mehta Stein is the Executive Director of the nonprofit organization California Common Cause. He became Executive Director in 2020 after 10 years of service on the Board of Directors. Previously, Jonathan served as the head of the Voting Rights & Census Program at Asian Law Caucus and as a voting rights staff attorney for the ACLU of California; in both roles, he worked to increase access to California’s democracy for historically disenfranchised communities. Jonathan also previously served as Chair of the Oakland Public Ethics Commission and as a board member of the Cal Alumni Association.
Lisa Hershey is a dynamic nonprofit and public sector leader with a proven record of advancing statewide transformational change resulting in big policy wins while driving vision, executing mission, designing strategy, guiding operations, cultivating high-performing teams, navigating dynamic environments, raising billions to advance socially just causes, and garnering millions of dollars of diverse financial investments to support non-profit organizational growth.
Lisa currently serves as the Executive Director for Housing California, a statewide non-profit advocacy organization dedicated to improving life within our golden state. Housing CA opens minds and organizes people most impacted by housing injustice and their allies to effectively advance equitable, systems change and structural reform policy solutions grounded in the lived expertise of affordable housing residents and social and economic policy research. Housing CA envisions a CA with homes, health, and wealth for all in thriving, sustainable communities. Lisa also sits on Ruby’s Place Board of Directors and recently served on the Governor’s Community Vaccine Advisory Committee, Governor’s California Complete Count Committee for 2020 Census and as a 2019 California Influencer for the Sacramento Bee.
Prior to moving into the ED role in November 2016, Lisa served as Associate Director and Sustainable Communities Coordinator at Housing CA. Before joining Housing CA, Lisa held leadership positions as the Public Health Institute (PHI) program director for California Convergence, a network of resident leaders and partners creating healthy, safe, and equitable communities where every person can participate and thrive. During her 21 years in state and local public sector roles, Lisa managed department-wide equity and place-based initiatives. She also served as an advisor to the director and deputy director on Policy and Programs in the California Department Public Health (CDPH) to inform SB 375 and AB 32 initial implementation and development of the Strategic Growth Council. She represented CDPH as a liaison for the department’s executive team with other state departments, agencies, and diverse external partners.
Lisa received a B.A. in Psychology from San Diego State University and a Master’s in Public Health from Loma Linda University School of Public Health. She is also a yoga teacher and certified peace ambassador. Lisa loves to run, practice yoga, and hang out with her family.
Louise Bedsworth is Director of the Land Use Program at the Center for Law, Energy, and the Environment where she also serves as a Senior Advisor to the California-China Climate Institute. Before joining CLEE, Louise spent nearly a decade working for the State of California, most recently as the Executive Director of the Strategic Growth Council, a Cabinet-level State institution that brings together multiple agencies and departments to support sustainable communities emphasizing strong economies, social equity, and environmental stewardship. Prior to joining SGC, Louise was the Deputy Director of the Office of Planning and Research in Governor Jerry Brown’s office. At OPR, she led work on a number of collaborative research initiatives and climate change adaptation and resilience, including development of the Integrated Climate Adaptation and Resiliency Program and implementation of the State’s $70 million grant awarded under the National Disaster Resilience Competition. Before joining OPR, Louise was a research fellow at the Public Policy Institute of California, where her work focused on climate change adaptation, local government action on climate change, and transportation. She has also held positions at the Union of Concerned Scientists, Redefining Progress, and the International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis.
Louise received a B.S. in Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an M.S. in Environmental Engineering and Ph.D. in Energy and Resources, both from the University of California at Berkeley.
Michael Tubbs is the Special Advisor to California Governor Gavin Newsom for Economic Mobility and the Founder and Chair of Mayors for a Guaranteed Income. He
was elected Mayor of Stockton in 2016 at 26 years old. He was Stockton’s first African-American Mayor, and the youngest Mayor of any major city in American history.
As Mayor, Tubbs was lauded for his leadership and innovation. He raised over $20 million dollars to create the Stockton Scholars, a universal scholarship and mentorship program for Stockton students. Additionally, he piloted the first mayor-led guaranteed income pilot in the country.
Under his leadership, Stockton was named an “All-America City” in 2017 and 2018, saw a 40% drop in homicides in 2018 and 2019, led the state of California in the decline of officer involved shootings in 2019, was named the second most fiscally healthy city in
California and one of the top most fiscally healthy cities in the nation and was featured in an HBO documentary film “Stockton on My Mind.”
Tubbs has been named a fellow at the Harvard Institute of Politics and The MIT Media Lab, a member of Fortune’s Top 40 under 40, a Forbes 30 under 30 All star Alumni, the “Most Valuable Mayor” by The Nation, the 2021 Civic Leadership Award winner from The King Center, and 2019 New Frontier Award Winner from the JFK Library. Previous to serving as Mayor, Tubbs served as a Councilmember for the City of Stockton District 6, a high school educator, and a fellow for the Stanford Design School and the Emerson Collective.
Nidhi Kalra (she/her) is a senior information scientist at the RAND Corporation. She has previously served as director of RAND’s San Francisco Bay Area office and codirector of RAND’s Center for Decision Making Under Uncertainty. Her research focuses on autonomous vehicle policy, climate change adaptation, and tools and methods that help people and organizations make better decisions amid deep uncertainty. She spearheads RAND’s autonomous vehicle policy work. Kalra is the lead author of the study “Driving to Safety: How Many Miles of Driving Would It Take to Demonstrate Autonomous Vehicle Reliability? (2016)” and coauthor of the flagship report “Autonomous Vehicle Technology: A Guide for Policymakers (2016).” She has over ten years of experience in autonomous vehicle policy and is committed to using her expertise to further evidence-based policy making. She has testified on autonomous vehicle policy at three congressional hearings. Kalra also helps organizations improve how they make robust decisions, particularly in the face of climate change.
In 2018, Kalra served as senior technology policy adviser to U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris. In 2013, she served as a senior decision scientist in the Office of the Chief Economist of Sustainable Development at the World Bank, where she helped launch the World Bank’s portfolio in robust decisionmaking.
Kalra developed educational technology tools to promote literacy among blind children in India, a project that went on to receive the Louis Braille Touch of Genius Prize for Innovation. She received her Ph.D. in robotics from Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute.
From 2014 to 2017, Ambassador Hachigian served as U.S. Ambassador to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). During her tenure, the United States established a strategic partnership with ASEAN, held the first Leaders’ Summit in the United States, and grew the youth program to over 100,000 members. She was awarded the State Department’s Superior Honor Award for her service. She is also a founder of WASA, Women Ambassadors Serving America.
Earlier, Ambassador Hachigian was a Senior Fellow and a Senior Vice President at the Center for American Progress and the director of the RAND Center for Asia Pacific Policy for four years. Ambassador Hachigian served on the staff of the National Security Council in the Clinton White House. She is the editor of Debating China: The U.S. – China Relationship in Ten Conversations (Oxford University Press, 2014) and co-author of The Next American Century: How the U.S. Can Thrive as Other Powers Rise (Simon & Schuster, 2008).
Ambassador Hachigian was a founding Board member of the State Department’s International Security Advisory Board. Hachigian received her B.S. from Yale University, magna cum laude, and her J.D. from Stanford Law School, with distinction.
Sal Rodriguez is the opinion editor for the Southern California News Group, a group of 11 newspapers in Los Angeles County, Orange County, Riverside County and San Bernardino County.
He first joined the newspaper business in 2014 as an editorial writer and columnist for the Orange County Register and the Riverside Press-Enterprise. From 2014 to 2016, he wrote editorials under Freedom Communications. During that time, he wrote a weekly column on local government issues in the Inland Empire.
Prior to joining the newspaper business, he received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Reed College, worked with Solitary Watch, investigating the use and abuse of solitary confinement, and wrote about issues ranging from criminal justice reform to pension reform for the Reason Foundation.
He currently serves on the Board of Advisors of Young Voices, a nonprofit talent agency for pro-liberty students and young professionals.
Sasha Renée Pérez is the Senior Public Affairs Manager for the Campaign for College Opportunity, a non-profit broad-based research, policy, and advocacy organization focused on ensuring all Californians have an equal opportunity to attend and succeed in college. She leads the Campaign’s statewide coalitions of students, civil rights organizations, and higher education leaders to fights for policies that improve college access, success and affordability.
Sasha’s passion for community organizing began in college. She served as the Vice President of External Affairs and Advancement for Associated Students Inc. and represented Cal State Los Angeles on the Cal State Student Association (CSSA) board. During her time with CSSA, she led a statewide campaign that successfully secured $97 million dollars to increase college access and college affordability for California students. During the same time, she was elected to her local neighborhood council and became the youngest woman in Los Angeles history to serve in that role.
After graduating, Sasha served as the Youth Leadership Senior Program Coordinator for the Pat Brown Institute (PBI) for Public Affairs where she ran the Youth Enrichment Policy Project, a policy education program for Roosevelt High School students. During her time at PBI, she coordinated the 2016 U.S. Senate Debate, 2018 LAUSD School Board Debates and the Pat Brown Institute’s Annual Policy Conference.
Outside of her work at the Campaign, Sasha is a Councilwoman at the City of Alhambra. After she was elected in November 2020, she was immediately sworn-in as Mayor, making her the youngest Latina Mayor to represent a medium sized city in California history and the first openly-Bi Mayor in U.S. history. She has been recognized as Active San Gabriel Valley’s Outstanding Elected Official of the Year and Los Angeles County Democratic Party’s Democrat of the Year. Sasha also serves as an executive board member to the California Democratic Party and a board member to Asian Youth Center, a 501(C)3 non-profit dedicated to empowering low-income, immigrant, and at-risk youth.
In her free time, Sasha enjoys hiking, traveling, and reading with her cats.
Tavae Samuelu is the daughter of a pastor from Leulumoega and a nurse from Saleimoa. As the Executive Director of Empowering Pacific Islander Communities (EPIC), she’s a passionate advocate for her people and is committed to liberation for all. Tavae was born and raised on Tongva land and credits her time on unceded Ohlone territory for her political identity and consciousness. Before joining EPIC, she served as the Development Director for the RYSE Youth Center in Richmond and has since become a member of RYSE’s Board of Directors. Tavae is the Vice President of the Asian Pacific Policy and Planning Council (A3PCON) board as well as a member of the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA) Executive Committee. The pandemic has taught her that her most important title is Aunty Vae.
The California 100 Advisory Council was comprised of leaders and innovators committed to building a more equitable and inclusive future for all Californians. Advisors brought their statewide expertise and perspective, as well as relevant experiences at the local, regional, national, and international levels to the California 100 Initiative. The Advisory Council provided the executive team with targeted reviews and insights, as well as connections to aligned efforts across the state.
Abigail Solis leads the development and implementation of community-wide energy programs at Self-Help Enterprises, a nationally recognized affordable housing and community development organization whose mission is to work together with low-income families to build and sustain healthy homes and communities in California’s San Joaquin Valley. Abigail also serves as an elected member of the Earlimart School District Board of Trustees and has served as the Board President for the last four years. She was a member of the Small School Districts Professional Learning Network and has presented on several panels for the California School Board Association.
Angelica Salas is a state and national leader in the advocacy for immigration reform and immigrant justice. She is an immigrant from Durango, Mexico and leads CHIRLA, one of our nation’s and California’s largest grassroots membership based immigrant organizations. She was instrumental in the formation of and serves on the Executive Committee of the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM) and the National Partnership for New Americans (NPNA), two of the country’s largest immigrant rights coalitions. In her capacity as Executive Director of CHIRLA, she has developed deep expertise in organizing, community education, immigrant legal services and policy and advocacy on immigrant integration and immigration reform .Angelica’s work led to passage of in-state tuition, financial aid, drivers licenses, access to healthcare for undocumented immigrants in California. . She graduated from Occidental College with a B.A. in History and a B.A. in Sociology in 1993.
As a principal on the Reimagining Capitalism team at Omidyar Network, Anmol Chaddha focuses on addressing inequality and increasing the power of working people. Before joining Omidyar Network, Anmol led the Equitable Futures Lab at the Institute for the Future in Palo Alto, CA. He managed the California Future of Work Commission created by Governor Gavin Newsom to develop a broad agenda to promote economic equity in the state. Anmol has extensive experience in policy and social science research including economic inequality, racial inequality, low-wage work, job quality, debt, and wealth. Anmol previously worked with the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, where he established an initiative to improve the quality of jobs in low-wage industries, led quantitative research on racial wealth inequality, and examined the rising debt burdens of low-income families. Anmol received a Ph.D. in Sociology and Social Policy from Harvard University, where he was a Fellow in the Multidisciplinary Program in Inequality and Social Policy at the Kennedy School of Government. He also earned a B.A. in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley.
Bamby is a national and international recognized transgender Latina Woman who received her Master’s Degree in Mexican and Latin@ Studies from California State California Los Angeles. Bamby is the President and CEO of the TransLatin@ Coalition, a national organization that focuses on addressing the issues of transgender Latin@s in the US. Bamby developed the Center for Violence Prevention & Transgender Wellness, a multipurpose, multiservice space for Trans people in Los Angeles and is a strong voice addressing the specific needs and issues in the trans community. In 2021 Bamby became the first trans Latina to ever testify in Congress about the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA)
Benny Luo is the founder of NextShark.com, a leading media destination for Asian Americans covering news, business, politics, entertainment, and culture that reaches up to 30 million people per week on social media. NextShark has been cited by The New York Times, Business Insider, The Washington Post, Forbes, BBC, CNN, Fox, and more and has led coverage of anti-Asian violence since the beginning of 2020.
Previously, Luo was the founder of NewMediaRockstars.com, a leading media company covering digital entertainment that was acquired in 2013. In 2018, he was inducted into the Forbes 30 Under 30 list in Media.
Dr. Little has operated as an entrepreneur for over 26 years. She owned and operated her own business in Reno, Nevada prior to moving to the Central Valley. She was also a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Private Practice. She has provided Technical Assistance and Executive Business Coaching through her Consulting business for over 10 years. Prior to becoming the CEO of Fresno Metro Black Chamber Commerce and Foundation, she served as the Secretary of the Executive Board for two years. She is also an Adjunct Professor at Fresno State University and Fresno Pacific University.
Catalin Voss is a PhD candidate in Artificial Intelligence at Stanford University, where he previously graduated with an MS and BSH in Computer Science. Catalin’s research focuses on building scalable AI systems that solve practical social challenges. He has developed natural language processing tools to bring light to unstructured data in the US criminal justice system and computer vision tools for diverse social applications. Catalin is also the co-founder of Ello, a public benefit corporation working to improve child literacy.
Christopher Kirchhoff is presently a Senior Advisor at Schmidt Futures after spending three years on the founding team designing and scaling philanthropic programs in technology, health, and national security. A strategist in emerging technology, Kirchhoff previously created and led the Pentagon’s Silicon Valley Office, Defense Innovation Unit X, was Director for Strategic Planning at the NSC, Special Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Senior Advisor to Presidential Counselor John Podesta. Kirchhoff authored the National Security Council’s after action report on Ebola, widely credited with presaging the COVID pandemic, the White House Big Data report, the Space Shuttle Columbia Accident Investigation report, the U.S. government history Hard Lessons: The Iraq Reconstruction Experience, and the NYTs op-ed, “Silicon Valley Must Go to War.” He graduated in History & Science from Harvard College and holds a doctorate in politics from Cambridge University, where he was a Gates Scholar. He has been awarded the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Service and the Civilian Service Medal for duty in Iraq.
Connor is an experienced Natural & Working Lands Specialist focusing on the critical relationships and responsibilities associated with conserving, restoring, and managing Southern Californian Natural and Working Lands. He integrates his work at the Climate Science Alliance with graduate research at the John Muir Institute of the Environment-Working Lands Innovation Center and as a National Science Foundation Research Trainee at the Coastal and Marine Sciences Institute-Sustainable Oceans. Connor works closely with scientists, managers, agricultural partners, Tribal representatives, and other partners to support climate adaptation and mitigation strategies within ecosystem stewardship. He is a Pala Tribal citizen (Payomkawichum/Cahuilla), and works to integrate his peoples’ Traditional Ecological Knowledge with emerging and innovative technologies. Connor acquired a B.S. in Sustainability Studies at the University of California, Riverside, and continues his academic pursuits as a Ph.D. student in Ecology at the University of California, Davis.
Erica Manuel is the CEO and Executive Director of the Institute for Local Government (ILG), the nonprofit affiliate of the League of California Cities, the California State Association of Counties, and the California Special Districts Association. ILG empowers local government leaders by delivering real-world expertise to help them navigate complex issues, increase their capacity, and build trust in their communities.
Erica has over 20 years of experience helping public, private and nonprofit organizations implement innovative policies to provide strong leadership, advance climate resilience, support economic development, engage communities, and drive positive change. She has worked for various industries, including agriculture, healthcare, education, energy, and technology. Prior to joining ILG in 2019, Erica served as a senior leader at the Sacramento Municipal Utility District, an appointee of Governor Schwarzenegger, and a public relations executive with Edelman Public Relations, among others.
Hauwa Otori is a Senior Researcher at GitHub, Inc. where she investigates the relationships and interactions between developer and security research communities. Beyond GitHub, she is a published book author and journalist who writes compelling features about culture, lifestyle, business news, and technology. Her work has appeared in media outlets including Elle Magazine, Forbes, KCRW, and Marketplace. She is the Executive Producer of the Building Black Podcast with Hauwa Otori, a narrative-style podcast that tells in-depth stories of Black builders, entrepreneurs, and intrapreneurs from around the globe who are building successful businesses and organizations. Hauwa graduated with honors from Cornell University earning her Bachelors of Science in Communication with a minor in Applied Economics & Management and earned her J.D. from American University Washington College of Law.
Hugo Romero is the Political Coordinator for the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO where he focuses on all elements of the Federation’s political department, including electoral and policy work. In 2018 he launched the Civic Leadership Academy, focusing on developing union members to run for public office. He is an alumni of California State University, Fullerton where he majored in Economics. Hugo is co-editor of Mike Garcia and the Justice for Janitors Movement and co-author of Orange County on the Cusp of Change. He served as the founding Vice-President of the Los Angeles Young Workers and is an alumni of the Front Line Leader’s Academy, New Leader’s Council, and Rockwood Leadership Institute.
Hugo previously served as Project Manager for the UCLA Labor Center, focusing on labor, immigrant, and young worker issues. There, Hugo launched the labor cohort that forms part of Dream Summer, a national fellowship program for immigrant youth, as well as serving as one of its national coordinators.
Irena Asmundson is the Managing Director of the California Policy Research Initiative and a Policy Fellow at the Stanford Institute of Economic Policy Research. From 2013 to mid-2021 she was the Chief Economist at the California Department of Finance, where she oversaw the demographic, economic, and revenue forecasts for the state, and advised the Governor on economic policy issues. Previously she was a Senior Economist at the International Monetary Fund, providing advice on international trade and monetary system issues, as well as providing forecasts on a range of countries including the United Kingdom and Afghanistan. She has also served as a Staff Economist on the President’s Council of Economic Advisers.
Jasmine Dellafosse is Senior Regional Organizer at The Gathering for Justice in Stockton, California. In 2013 she began interning for Council Member Michael Tubbs who was the youngest ever elected official in the City and in the county. In 2014 she was the youngest ever field organizer at the age 19 working for Congress Member Jerry McNerney where she organized over a 100+ volunteers to canvas and phone bank for an off-year election where they won the race with 60% of the vote. She later became one of the founding members of the Reinvent South Stockton Coalition in early 2014 , an organization that aims to empower its residents to transform community through improving safety, education, housing, job creation, and health. She was also one of the co-founders and founding members of the Stockton Schools Initiative that began in 2015, where she worked with students and families to fight for educational change through policy.
Jason Elliott is the Senior Counselor to Governor Gavin Newsom. He previously served as chief of staff to San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and was the Senior Advisor to Governor Gavin Newsom’s campaign. Mayor London N. Breed, elected in June 2018, retained Jason as Chief of Staff to lead her transition into her new Administration. Jason is a graduate of Columbia University and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.
Josephine Ramirez is a senior level nonprofit arts professional with extensive experience in programming, management, and grantmaking. She is Executive Vice President at The Music Center/The Performing Arts Center of Los Angeles County, leading strategic development of all TMC Arts programming. TMC Arts produces a dance residency and concert series, free participatory arts learning experiences as well as outdoor festivals, and music and dancing events in school and neighborhood locations county-wide, at an adjacent 12-acre park (Grand Park) and on the 35,000 square foot Jerry Moss Plaza.
Previously, Ramirez was the Arts Program Director at the James Irvine Foundation, awarding around $18 million per year in California. At Irvine she launched a new strategic direction supporting grantees’ organizational transformation through a focus on relevance, diversity and sustainability. Ms. Ramirez also held philanthropic and research roles at The Getty in Los Angeles, and served multiple terms as a Los Angeles City Cultural Affairs Commissioner and as a founding Commissioner of the El Pueblo Historic District. Ramirez is an alum of the Harvard University Graduate School of Design Loeb Fellowship, an award that supported her investigation of informal, nonprofessional art making and its relationship to individual and community vitality.
Kathleen Kelly Janus is the Senior Advisor on Social Innovation to Governor Gavin Newsom. As a social entrepreneur, author and lecturer at Stanford University’s Program on Social Entrepreneurship, she is an expert on philanthropy, millennial engagement and scaling early stage organizations. An attorney, Kathleen has spearheaded numerous social justice initiatives. Kathleen is a co-founder of Spark – a network of over 10,000 millennial donors – which seeks to advance gender equality by engaging the next generation in accessible forms of philanthropy. As a teaching fellow at Stanford Law School, Kathleen helped launch and direct Stanford Law School’s international human rights clinics in Namibia and South Africa. She has also served as pro bono counsel at Covington and Burling and a litigation associate at Thelen Reid & Priest. A graduate of Berkeley Law School, Kathleen also graduated with highest honors from U.C. Berkeley. She lives in San Francisco with her husband Ted. Kathleen is a certified yoga instructor, which comes in handy when juggling their three young children.
Lenny Mendonca was the former Chief Economic and Business Advisor for the State of California. He is a Senior Partner for Emeritus, McKinsey. Lenny is the founder and owner of Half Moon Bay Brewing Company. He is also the founding chair for Coastside News Group (Half Moon Bay Review and Pacifica Tribune).
Lolofi Olo Soakai is the Founder and Executive Director of a Pacific Islander lead organization called MALO, which stands for Motivating Action Leadership and Opportunity. In the Tongan language MALO means “Thank you.” Lolofi has served as a community consultant for underrepresented Pacific Islanders in Southern California and the community of Tongans in the city of Ontario and local cities in the Inland Empire.
María Blanco was the founding Director of the University of California’s Immigrant Legal Services Center. She stepped down from this position in December 2022 after seven years of service. The first of its kind in the nation, its innovation is to bring immigration services directly to the campuses to ensure retention and graduation of first-generation students. Her primary areas of expertise are in employment law, civil rights law and policy, voting rights, education law and immigration law and policy.
Blanco is an advisor to several organizations focused on access to higher education by first generation and undocumented students. She is also an executive coach with a focus on first generation leaders. As a practicing lawyer, Blanco has litigated novel and complex cases in both federal and state court. She was a lead lawyer in a seminal case that extended Title VII law to undocumented workers in California and she represented the first group of women in history to enter the San Francisco Fire Department. She also served as a commissioner on California’s first Independent Redistricting Commission, and was appointed to President Obama’s education transition team in 2009.
Blanco serves on the Board of Directors of The California Endowment, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights, Centro Legal de La Raza in Oakland, and until recently on the Board of Directors of the Public Policy Institute of California. Blanco earned her BA and JD from the University of California at Berkeley.
Maricela Rodriguez serves as Director of Civic Engagement and Strategic Partnerships for the Office of Governor Gavin Newsom where she spearheads priority community engagement campaigns, including the State’s COVID-19 Your Actions Saves Lives campaign and the recently completed 2020 Census. She also provides strategic communication support on issues impacting underserved populations and integrates innovative ways of engaging hard-to-reach Californians. Prior to joining the Governor’s Office, Rodriguez served as Program Director at The California Endowment, a private, statewide health foundation. She earned a BA in Political Science and BA in Spanish Language from the University of California, Riverside and an MPA from the University of Southern California.
Max Expinoza currently serves as a senior program officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, focusing on advancing educational equity and economic mobility in the United States. Max leads the foundation’s policy and advocacy efforts in California. Prior to joining the Gates Foundation, Max was senior vice president of education programs and policy at Scholarship America, a national non-profit organization, where he oversaw education programs and established the organization’s policy, advocacy, and research agenda. Max began his career in California’s state capital, serving in various key roles, including as a senior advisor to legislative leadership and as an executive at the California Student Aid Commission. At the Commission, Max successfully revamped support services to students and schools in the state’s financial aid programs, implementing responsive technology-enabled student-friendly services. In the California state legislature, Max served as the principal consultant on higher education for the Assembly Budget Committee and was a policy advisor for multiple Assembly Speakers (Antonio R. Villaraigosa, Karen Bass and John A. Pérez), shaping state policy and fiscal priorities that advanced equity in postsecondary education access and attainment. A first-generation college graduate from a working-class immigrant family, Max holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from UCLA.
Dr. Weinberg is Chief Executive Officer and President of CA FWD. This cross-sector civic leadership group is committed to leading a movement to improve government and create inclusive, sustainable growth in all of the state’s regions. Prior to joining CA FWD, Dr. Weinberg was President of the Bay Area Council Economic Institute, the leading think tank focused on the most critical economic and policy issues facing the Silicon Valley/San Francisco region, and was a Senior Research Fellow at New America.
Michele served for twelve years as Councilmember in the City of Santa Ana, CA (2006-2018). During this time, she became the first council member to serve as President of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO), the first council member to serve as President of the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG), and the youngest woman to serve as the Mayor Pro Tem for the City of Santa Ana. Since leaving public office Michele has been volunteering her time by serving as a pro-bono policy advisor for U.S.District Judge David O. Carter on the issue of homelessness in Southern California and also is appointed by Governor Gavin Newsom to the California Transportation Commission.
Monica C. Lozano is President and Chief Executive Officer of College Futures Foundation, a California-based private foundation. College Futures Foundation partners with organizations and leaders across the state to catalyze systemic change, increase college degree completion, and close equity gaps so that educational opportunity becomes a reality for every student, regardless of skin color, zip code, or income. Prior to joining College Futures Foundation, Lozano had a long and accomplished career in media as editor and publisher of La Opinión, the country’s leading Spanish language daily newspaper and then as CEO of the parent company, ImpreMedia. She also served on Governor Gavin Newsom’s California Higher Education Recovery with Equity Taskforce.
Dr. Nils Gilman is the Vice President of Programs at the Berggruen Institute, in which capacity he leads the Institute’s research program, directs its resident fellowship program, and is also Deputy Editor of Noema Magazine. He has previously worked as Associate Chancellor at the University of California Berkeley, as Research Director and scenario planning consultant at the Monitor Group and Global Business Network, and at various enterprise software companies including Salesforce.com and BEA Systems. He holds a B.A. M.A. and Ph.D. in History from U.C. Berkeley.
Patricia Falcone is the Deputy Director for Science and Technology at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). She is the principal advocate for the Lab’s science and technology base and oversees the strategic development of the Lab’s capabilities. She is responsible for LLNL’s collaborative research with academia and the private sector, as well as its internal investment portfolio. Falcone joined LLNL in 2015 after six years at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), where she served as the Senate-confirmed Associate Director of OSTP for National Security and International Affairs. Falcone earned a B.S.E. in aerospace and mechanical sciences at Princeton University, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in mechanical engineering from Stanford University.
Paula Goldman is Salesforce’s first-ever Chief Ethical and Humane Use Officer. In her role, she leads Salesforce in creating a framework to build and deploy ethical technology that optimizes social benefit. Prior to Salesforce, Paula was VP and Head of the Tech and Society Solutions Lab as well as VP of Impact Investing at Omidyar Network, an impact investment firm founded by eBay Founder Pierre Omidyar. A social entrepreneur, she co-founded multiple organizations and initiatives. As founder and director of Imagining Ourselves with the International Museum of Women, she led the creation of one of the world’s first oneline museums. Paula earned a Ph.D. from Harvard University, where she did a dissertation on how unorthodox ideas become mainstream.
Dr. Paulette Brown-Hinds is founder of Voice Media Ventures, publisher of Black Voice News (BVN), and a 2021-22 Stanford University JSK Journalism Fellow. She is a member of the James Irvine Foundation, American Press Institute , and Inland Empire Community Foundation boards of directors. She is leading the transformation to data reporting through two BVN projects: Mapping Black California and DaHUB, a Google News Initiative funded project currently in development, which allows news outlets access to data reporting and the ability to share data sets and content. She is also leading the effort to create a playbook for California-based community foundations, community media, and philanthropy to financially support local journalism.
Randall Lewis is the Executive Vice President for Marketing at the Lewis Group of Companies. He has been President of the Inland Empire Arts Foundation, Secretary of the Los Angeles County Citizens Planning Council, director of the HomeBuilder’s Council, and national director of the National Association of HomeBuilders. He has also received the California Business Properties Association Champion of the Industry Award and has been inducted into the California Building Industry Association Hall of Fame. Randall is a long time ULI member as well as a Governor of the ULI Foundation. Randall serves on several executive boards, including the USC School of Policy, Planning and Development, the UCLA School of Public Policy, Loma Linda University Medical Center’s Orthopedic and Rehabilitation Institute Advisory Council, Cal Poly Pomona’s National Development Council, and co-chairs the San Bernardino County Alliance for Education. Randall has over 30 years of experience in the real estate industry. He received his B.A. from Claremont McKenna College.
Rebecca (Cahuilla, Luiseño, and Assiniboine Sioux) has worked with California Tribal populations for over 20 years. In 2020, she co-founded the California Tribal Fund (a program of First Nations Development Institute) whose mission is to invest in the viability and visibility of California Tribal Nations, communities, and families. Rebecca received her Bachelors of Arts degrees in human development and psychology and her Master’s Degree in Public Administration from California State University, San Bernardino, and earned a Certificate in Professional Advancement in Philanthropy from La Sierra University. As the mother of a teenager, Rebecca is particularly passionate about creating programs for tribal youth and protecting natural resources for the next generation.
Reyna Olaguez is an accomplished nonprofit executive and entrepreneur who has worked with a variety of nonprofit organizations with one common goal: to provide culturally appropriate information and create public awareness around critical issues impacting the Central Valley’s most vulnerable and often hard-to-reach communities in a variety of languages, and to empower nonprofit leaders, community residents and youth with media literacy skills. Olaguez was born in Durango, Mexico and has lived throughout the Central Valley her entire life. Olaguez is a daughter of farmworkers understands Central Valley’s most vulnerable communities including: Latinx, communities of color, low-income residents living in disenfranchised urban and rural communities, non-English speakers as well as non-Spanish speakers, undocumented communities, immigrant communities who are deeply concerned about misuse of personal information and have very low trust in government among other vulnerable populations. She attended California State University, Bakersfield where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a Master’s in Public Administration.
Suzette Brooks Masters is a social entrepreneur, philanthropic advisor, thought leader and strategist in the fields of democracy, futures and pluralism. For more than two decades she has advised foundations, non-profit organizations, policy makers and corporations on how to respond to the significant demographic shifts that have transformed America.
Ms. Masters leads the Better Futures Project at the Democracy Funders Network, a cross-ideological learning and action community for donors concerned about American democracy, and recently authored Imagining Better Futures for American Democracy. Previously she served as Senior Strategist at the Center for Inclusion and Belonging at the American Immigration Council. She serves on the board of the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, following years of service on the boards of Define American, the New York Immigration Coalition, the Tenement Museum, HIAS, the National Immigration Forum and New York Cares, which she cofounded. Ms. Masters is a graduate of Harvard Law School, Cambridge University on a Marshall Scholarship, and Amherst College
Mariano-Florentino (Tino) Cuéllar is the tenth president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. A former justice of the Supreme Court of California, he served two U.S. presidents at the White House and in federal agencies, and was a faculty member at Stanford University for two decades.
Before serving on California’s highest court, Cuéllar was the Stanley Morrison Professor of Law, Professor (by courtesy) of Political Science, and director of the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford. In this capacity, he oversaw programs on international security, governance and development, global health, cyber policy, migration, and climate change and food security. Previously, he co-directed the Institute’s Center for International Security and Cooperation and led its Honors Program in International Security.
Tony Hoang is the Executive Director of Equality California and Silver State Equality and a veteran of the LGBTQ+ equality movement. Tony has played a pivotal role in the passage of groundbreaking civil rights legislation in California, Nevada and Washington, DC, implementation of statewide public education campaigns and the election of hundreds of openly LGBTQ+ and pro-equality candidates up and down the ballot. He is a member of the Center for Asian Americans United For Self Empowerment (CAUSE) Leadership Network and the Pacific Council on International Policy and serves as a mentor for the USC Lambda LGBT Alumni Mentoring Program. Tony received a BA in International Relations at the University of Southern California with minors in Political Science and Natural Sciences.
Viola Brooks is Hupa, Yurok and Karuk and enrolled in the Hoopa Valley Tribe. She regularly participates in tribal activities and ceremonies and coordinates a cultural group that shares information and songs to diverse audiences. Viola has an undergraduate degree from University of Oregon in Planning, Public Policy and Management and a Masters from California State University Sacramento in Public Policy and Administration. Viola currently works for the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Pacific Regional Office.
The California 100 Futures Fellows program brought together 46 passionate student leaders and creative campus activists to rethink existing systems, radically redesign our institutions, and imagine a future that works for the next generation. Fellows drafted manifestos for the future and participated in interdisciplinary workshops across design thinking, strategic foresight, systems change, AfroFuturism, game design, advocacy, organizing, and other creative fields.
Alex Edgar is a sophomore at UC Berkeley studying Political Science with a concentration in International Relations, and minors in Public Policy, Education, and Spanish. He is interested in developing policy solutions to major social problems, aiming to create a democracy and transform education systems more responsive to the will and needs of the public. Alex has interned with the UC National Center for Free Speech and Civic Engagement, Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation, and Constitutional Rights Foundation. On campus, he is the Director of the Associated Students of the University of California (ASUC) Vote Coalition.
Alex Sanchez is an undergraduate student at UCLA studying Sociology. She grew up in Fresno, California where she dedicated her time to underserved youth by; volunteering and fundraising, peer mentoring middle school students, and dismantling mental health stigmas around advocating for sufficient resources. Alex’s family experience of being undocumented has made her a strong advocate for humane immigration laws and policies, and she hopes to continue her fight for social justice. In her free time, Alex indulges in reading, listening to music, journaling, and photography/videography.
Alyssa Jaipersaud is a junior at the University of Southern California studying Industrial and Systems Engineering with a concentration in Information Systems and a minor in Law and Public Policy. At USC, she is a Grand Challenges Scholar, a member of Engineers Without Borders, on the Viterbi Funding Board, and a member of Trojan Archery. Alyssa is passionate about sustainability in all aspects, especially environmental sustainability and its relation to climate change mitigation. She is originally from Secaucus, New Jersey, but is enjoying her time in Los Angeles, and hopes to call California her home.
Andrew Martin is a sophomore at UC Irvine studying International Studies and Economics, and is a first generation college student. He was born and raised in Tulare, which is located in the San Joaquin Valley, and known as the agricultural heartland of California. He grew up amongst a vibrant Latino community, where his father worked on the dairies. Andrew is passionate about immigration policy and empowering the Central Valley in California’s long-term future. He is proud of his roots, excited to work with our wonderful team, and inspired to build a better California for future generations.
Anna Davis is a senior at California Baptist University studying Public Health. She is a Riverside native working to better serve her community and our state’s health systems. She has looked at California’s health policy over seven generations and wants to highlight the urgency to sustainably transform America’s collapsing healthcare system. She is passionate about education policy, and ensuring teachers are consulted in effective use of resources. As well, she has a strong interest in overhauling corporate tax laws to be more beneficial to the public.
Ari Fomalont is a sophomore at UC Berkeley studying Political Science and Economics. Growing up surrounded by nature in Topanga, California, Ari served on the board of the Topanga Association for a Scenic Community, working to protect the Santa Monica Mountains. He has extensive experience working in undergraduate research, as well as with local nonprofits and political organizations aimed at promoting progressive change in California. He has also worked to support low income and unhoused residents in both LA and Berkeley, addressing the state and country’s crises of severe economic inequality, lack of adequate resources, and housing emergencies.
Arlene Nagtalon (she/her) is a sophomore at UC San Diego studying Molecular and Cell Biology. She is a California College Corps Fellow and a College Ambassador for Reality Changers, helping first-years transition to their new lives as Tritons. As a San Diego native, Arlene is cares about giving back to her community, combating health and educational disparities, diversifying academia, and destigmatizing mental health, especially amongst historically marginalized communities. Since Arlene is an aspiring multi-hyphenate, she begs the question, "Who do you want to be when you grow up?" to promote the idea that you are not defined by a single job title, and it's possible to pursue multiple passions and interests. Aside from being a Futures Fellow, she was one of five winners of the CA 100 Hackathon with her policy brief idea of Grab and Go Medical Centers. She is excited to bring her ideas to life in order to provide free healthcare items to the public. In her free time, she enjoys binge-watching coming-of-age comedies on Netflix, spending time with the stray cats in her neighborhood, and writing in hopes of creating a blog about what it's like to grow up in the 21st century.
Aryamun Das is a sophomore at UC San Diego studying Mathematics and Computer Science. Ry has worked on projects combating food insecurity in communities facing cyclones, through drone technology. He is hoping to shape the future of California as the new hub of technology in the world. His interests lie in technology, finance, and activism, and his hobbies include weightlifting, cooking and singing. He loves nature and hikes, and is looking forward to a productive and fun time as a Futures Fellow.
Chantelle Miller is a student at UC Riverside studying Political Science. she has always had an interest in policies and social systems. Growing up, her mother was always heavily involved in advocacy work within her community, and which inspired Chantelle to get involved as well. In high school, Chantelle worked closely with her school’s board members and administrators to implement school-wide policies that focused on social education and inclusion of minority groups. On campus she is involved with the Mustard Seed Projects, which works to provide relief to the local homeless community by connecting them with opportunities and resources that can help. Chantelle is grateful to be working with the Future Fellows program on shaping a better future for all Californians.
Chloe Colley-Hiller is a junior at California Lutheran University studying Environmental Science with minors in Philosophy and Art. She is very passionate about the anthropogenic causes of climate change and global warming. She especially believes one of the best and simplest ways to help the world is by spreading awareness about unsustainable animal agriculture practices and the food industry’s impact on our planet. She hopes to transform our systems in order to rescue the world from ourselves! Chloe is excited for this opportunity bringing young people together to make a change, and looks forward to shaping environmental and climate change policy.
Collin Mullaney is a senior at UC San Diego and a transfer student from Los Angeles Valley College studying Urban Studies and Planning. His experiences in community work involve an effort to restore Friendship Park at the Tijuana-San Diego border, and he’s excited to bring sustainable infrastructure solutions to our diverse cohort. He is from Studio City, growing up in the heart of the San Fernando Valley where he enjoyed skateboarding and creating art. He is passionate about architecture, innovation, and particularly biomimicry projects that seek to create symbiotic relationships with the environment.
Darzelle Liv Oliveros is a community college transfer student at UC Davis studying Science and Technology Studies. She is a California College Corps Fellow and a Rotaract member on campus. She is based in the Bay Area, and was born in the Philippines. She enjoys writing poetry, occasionally performing at spaces that welcome her complex queer, immigrant identity. Liv believes that it takes a community to uplift a scholar, and that leadership is learnership. A lifelong learner at heart, she values listening to people’s stories, and living out her lessons through connection and service. Her hobbies include creativity, vibing with loved ones and the outdoors, change-making, and self-care.
Dennis Lyare is a sophomore at UC Davis studying Political Science and minoring in Sociology. Dennis is on a pre-Law track, and has ignited research and advocacy efforts for the Black community in the Sacramento area by launching a Black mentorship student organization on-campus. He was born and raised in San Diego, California and enjoys reading and writing novels. In his free time, he volunteers to aid minority families in his community. He is passionate about environmental and monetary issues, especially regarding our student debt crisis and addressing income inequality.
Diego Sevillano is a senior at UCLA studying Political Science. He is a native resident of the Bay Area, a transfer student from Ohlone College, and has interned for education institutions, non-profit and intergovernmental organizations which has inspired him to be an advocate for our state. Diego is extremely passionate about environmental conservation, is an animal welfare advocate, and hopes to bring the issue of California’s water consumption to the Future Fellows program!
Donald Zarate is a student at UC Riverside double majoring in Political Science and Psychology. He graduated from Norco College with three interdisciplinary degrees in Humanities, Arts, and Sciences. Prior to joining California 100, he was involved on campus by taking on leadership roles within; Norco College’s Psi Beta Honors Society in Psychology, Philosophical Affairs Club, and Democratic National Committee Club. He worked as a full-time security guard for a security agency, and served in both the California Army National Guard and Army Reserve. Donald advocates for students’ rights towards college affordability, basic needs, and resource accessibility.
Emma Kelly is a student at UC Berkeley studying Conservation and Resource Studies with an emphasis in Built and Natural Ecosystems incorporating public policy, energy and land use, education, and sustainable design. She is passionate about making positive environmental change, and creating solutions for climate change. She is thrilled to be a part of California 100 to take part in envisioning our state’s future.
Favour Nnaji is a junior at UC studying Mechanical Engineering. He strives to be the very best and is never afraid to ask questions in order to do so. He was raised to live by the golden rule, treating others how one would like to be treated and upholds this standard throughout his work and personal pursuits. He enjoys keeping up with sports, working out, and most importantly spending time with friends and family. He believes in himself, and that he can accomplish all things through Christ who gives him strength."
Felix Murray is a software engineer and student at CSU Fullerton studying Computer Science and Cybersecurity. They have pursued projects and worked collaboratively with teams at organizations such as; the U.S. Department of Energy, NASA, Northrop Grumman, and the University of California. As a non-traditional student, and member of the LGBTQA+ community, they have worked to educate fellow students on the non-binary student experience, and volunteered time to help create career resources to support LGBTQA+ students in STEM fields.
Gabriela Tsudik is a senior at UC Davis studying in Managerial Economics with a minor in Political Science Human Rights. She has chaired the ASUC Davis Commission on Academic Affairs, and interned for the ACLU. Her main interest is addressing economic justice and income inequality in the United States, specifically for immigrants, unhoused people, women, and marginalized communities.
Genesis Guerra is a senior at USC double majoring in International Relations and American Studies Ethnicities with an emphasis on Latinx/Chicanx Studies. While at USC, she has contributed to the First Generation community by helping establish a First Generation Student Leadership program to ensure every first-gen student at USC feels at home. She is originally from Dallas, Texas, but now calls Los Angeles and California her home. She is passionate about immigration reform and combatting education inequality, as well as advocating for community-building and social justice.
Genna Weinstein is a senior at UC Davis double majoring in International Relations and African American African Studies with a minor in Communication. She is passionate about creating equitable change with realistic solutions that go beyond party lines. Her goals after college include advocacy relating to effective social change in education and healthcare. She is looking forward to being a California 100 Futures Fellow and working with her peers to reimagine California's future.
Iara Bomfirm is an international student from Brazil at CSU Long Beach studying International Studies with a minor in Political Science. Iara loves to travel, and her goal to pursue a degree has led her to study in the U.S. She seeks to understand the root causes of many global issues facing communities across the world, and how we can solve them with long-term sustainable solutions, unity through diplomacy, and cultural connectivity. She is excited to collaborate with incredible students across the state to build positive change for California and future generations, and hopes to bring issues of inequality and refugee policy to the table.
Irina Roybal is a sophomore at UC Santa Barbara studying Environmental Studies. Growing up in Colorado and Washington state, she has learned to appreciate the outdoors. With her environmental major and perspectives, she looks forward to working with individuals from other disciplines to address the intersectionality between her passions and the passions of others, particularly in regards to social injustice. She is also the Recruiter for UCSB’s cheerleading team, and loves to mountain bike, hike, and spend time with friends in her free time.
Isabella Niems is a sophomore at USC pursuing a dual degree in Business Administration, and Law, History, and Culture with a minor in Mind and Body Studies. She plans to attend law school with a focus on public interest law. She is beyond excited to be part of our Future Fellows program to promote a sustainable future of progress for California. Isabella is passionate about supporting her houseless neighbors through outreach, increasing equality through education, and providing resources to low-income individuals - all of which she has hopes of addressing in our Youth Manifestos.
Jaehoon Choi is a student at UC San Diego studying Computer Science. He is a student leader, a Korean-born international, and has a passion for creating infinitely scalable software solutions to real problems. He also believes in the role of legislation to create more equitable and fruitful landscapes in the field of emergent technologies. Jaehoon has been inspired by pursuing an American education to adopt philosophies of diversity and inclusion, and believes that software is a large part of our future and needs to be regulated through a lens of equitable access and multi-national universal policy.
Jason Ogilvie is a sophomore at UC Santa Barbara double majoring in Psychological Brain Sciences and Physics. Originally from San Francisco, he was involved in the San Francisco Achievers, which mentors students to ensure they are on track to pursue a college education. He is passionate about the future of education in California, and is most excited about connecting with students across the state on the most pressing issues we’re facing today. He hopes that we can create unique ways for tomorrow’s leaders to address these topics.
Javier Jauregui Ramirez is a senior at UCLA studying Chicana/o and Central American Studies with a focus on Law, Labor Policy and a minor in Food Studies. As a Mexican immigrant himself, and a son of a migrant farm worker in the Upper Sacramento Valley, Javier aspires to create solutions to help combat transnational political and economic inequalities in the Western Hemisphere.
Katherin Velazquez (they/them) is a junior at UC Berkeley pursuing a degree in Media Studies. On-campus, they are part of the Educational Opportunity Program, Disabled Students Program, Bears for Financial Success, a Nav2Cal Mentor, and a NavCal Fellow. After college, Kat hopes to pursue a career in UX design or enter the fields of marketing or education. Their experiences in social, environmental, and animal justice pushed them towards these pathways, and they hope to inform those who aren't aware of the injustices surrounding these topics during their time at UC Berkeley and beyond.
Mabel (Jae) Masino is a student at the University of San Francisco studying Politics and Computer Science. Originally born in Las Vegas, NV, she has worked for multiple political campaigns and organizations including 'Biden for President' during the 2020 presidential election, and the banking and housing department for Senator Cortez Masto. She is passionate about climate change and LGBTQ+ rights. She loves music and art and supporting smaller art communities. For fun she likes to travel and has just returned from an eight month stay in Florence, Italy.
Madison George is a senior at UC Santa Barbara studying Political Science. Originally from Long Beach, she is extremely passionate about social justice, law, and community organizing, and cannot wait to work collaboratively with students across our state to envision a bright future for California! She is interested in racial equality, intersectional approaches to multiple minority groups, housing justice and tenant rights, as well as promoting political education and participation. Maddie loves California and feels honored and excited to be a part of our Future Fellows program!
Manuel Martinez-Hernandez is a senior at UC Riverside studying Political Science with a pre-Law track. He intends to pursue law school after receiving his Bachelor’s degree, and is passionate about immigration policy reform, labor union organizing, renewable energy, and student organizing. He is originally from San Jose, and is very excited to be a part of the Future Fellows team. He looks forward to working with students from across a multitude of backgrounds, campuses and disciplines, and attending workshops on future design and coalition building.
Maria Dhilla is a student at UC San Diego studying Cognitive Science specializing in Design Interaction, alongside a double minor in Computer Science and Design. She hopes to make a difference using her design skills to help build a better California!
Marianne Jo is a sophomore at UC San Diego studying Mechanical Engineering with a specialization in Renewable Energy and Environmental Flows. She is so excited to be a part of the Future Fellows program and is passionate about trying to maintain the current environment for future generations. She is interested in how BIPOC and people from lower socio-economic areas are impacted by power plants and how we can change these inequalities. Her other interests include throwaway culture/overconsumption of fast fashion and single-use plastics!
Mckenna Grossheim is a recent graduate from UC Riverside with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a minor in Philosophy. Her current goal is to further her education with a focus in developmental psychology. She is passionate about the education system and hopes to incorporate school-based mental health programs and curriculum that fosters better well-being for youth of all socioeconomic statuses.
Mckenzie Diep is a student at UC Berkeley double-majoring in Economics and Urban Studies. Mckenzie serves as the Advocacy and Outreach Coordinator for the City of Oakland's OaklandUndivided Coalition, focusing on synthesizing research and connecting with post-secondary schools to pass anti-discriminatory policy to close the digital divide for low-income families. She is passionate about improving transportation and housing infrastructure, making broadband access equitable, and democratizing energy systems.
Mengyu Han, or Ruby, is a senior at UC Berkeley studying Political Economy and Media Studies. She moved to the United States from China in 2015 for high school, and has been a resident in our Golden State for seven years now. She feels very excited to be joining a statewide coalition of student leaders to create meaningful initiatives for California’s ideal future. Ruby loves working with people, learning new things, playing tennis, watching movies, and running at parks during her free time.
Owen Ramsby is a junior at USC studying Political Economy, Law, and Public Policy. Currently he’s working with Breakthrough News and Empire Files to cover indigenous-led civil resistance to systemic ecocide. He grew up in Florida and the Carolinas, and was an avid soccer player and outdoorsman. Since coming to college, he’s been involved in community organizing, nonprofit consulting, political campaigns, and investigative journalism.
Qingyang Chen is an international student from Hubei, China, studying International Relations at UC Davis. Qingyang pays attention to the topics of economic inequality, environmental protection, and protection of women's rights. Due to her experience with Bipolar Disorder, Qingyang is also concerned about the psychological state of students who feel stressed.
Roger Alvarado is a sophomore at USC studying Political Science who has obtained an Associate's degree in Agriculture Business. As a first-generation student, he has worked to support his family since he could remember. Having to assist financially, while simultaneously studying, has allowed him to see first-hand the exploitation that occurs with the working class. He has always been passionate about politics, and strives to use experiences, knowledge, and continuing studies to help form a more just, equitable, and sustainable society for the global working class.
Sabra Carman is a student at UC Santa Barbara double-majoring in Feminist Studies and Geography. She is passionate about the health of our environment, the well-being of animals, gender and racial equity, and helping others whenever she sees a chance. Sabra looks forward to working with California 100 as a Futures Fellow in developing goals for a sustainable and inclusive future for our beautiful state of California. She hopes to use the knowledge and skills gained as a Futures Fellow in her future career in environmental conservation and advocacy.
Sebastian Cahill (he/him/his) is a senior at UC Berkeley studying English and Comparative Literature with a focus on Spanish-language literature. He has worked in journalism for The Daily Californian for four years as an editor and news writer. He also helps LGBTQ+ students adjust to Cal through the Queer Cal Pals program. His research interests include the deconstruction of white supremacy in Irish diasporic spaces and Irish literature written during anti-colonial revolutions. When not working on his research, he enjoys reading (naturally), writing poetry, visiting the beach, and spending time with his cat, Edward.
Summer Woods is a graduate student at Pepperdine University pursuing a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage Family Therapy. She was born and raised in Los Angeles and has been actively involved as BSU President, being a student leader and mentor during her time at LA Southwest College and Mount St. Mary’s University. Summer is most passionate about advocating for the investment in resources to support people of color and underserved communities, especially the overall health and well-being of the Black community.
Trinity Martinez (she/her/ella) is a student at UC San Diego studying Visual Arts with an emphasis in Computing and the Arts. She is a first-generation transfer student from Los Angeles Harbor College. She has high hopes for California's future generations. She is determined to ensure a brighter future and provide opportunities for every individual through her college journey and through our fellows program.
Valerie Braylovskiy is a sophomore at Pomona College interested in pursuing studies surrounding creative writing, communications, and journalism. She is from San Francisco, CA, and outside of school she is constantly writing, and often discusses nature and climate change in her poetry and prose pieces. She loves exploring new places in California and has a slight obsession with trying different coffee shops. Climate change is an area in which she hopes to create systemic change through this fellowship and by conducting research on its intersections with other social justice issues such as mental health.
Valmic Mukund is a student at UC Berkeley studying Integrative Biology. He is a democratic socialist who firmly believes that a better world is possible. He is committed to fighting for climate action, universal healthcare, labor rights, abortion rights, racial equity, and economic justice. Although he spends way too much time online, he is most at peace when observing wildlife in the outdoors. You can often find him writing fiction or drowning himself in music.
Zofia Trexler is a graduate of Fresno City College and currently a student at Stanford University studying Urban Studies. She is a youth mental health and disability rights advocate from Fresno, California. She currently sits on the board for the California Youth Empowerment Network(CAYEN), the transitional age youth advocacy wing of Mental Health America of California. Currently, she is working as a Peer Self Advocacy Trainer for Disability Rights California, where she teaches youth with psychiatric disabilities about their rights, services, and self advocacy skills. She is also a volunteer for YO! Disabled and Proud, a program of the California Foundation for Independent Living Centers(CFILC).
Allison Berke is director of advanced technology at the California 100 Initiative, to which she brings her extensive experience in engineering research, science policy, and leadership of large multi-campus research and policy centers.
Prior to joining the California 100 Initiative, Allison served as the Managing Director of the Weill Neurohub, and as Executive Director of Stanford University's Cyber Initiative and Cyber Policy Center, both of which entailed directing research, outreach, and educational activities focused on the development of new technologies. She has taught courses on technology and science policy, computer science and ethics, and protein engineering at Stanford and Duke Universities, and previously worked in technology- and policy-focused consulting with McKinsey & Co. She received her PhD in Bioengineering from UC Berkeley, and BS degrees from MIT in Biology and Mathematics.
Amy Lerman is director of innovation at the California 100 Initiative, a role that draws on her leadership experiences and research strengths in the design and evaluation of public policies and program design.
Lerman is a political scientist who studies issues of race, public opinion, and political behavior, especially as they relate to punishment and social inequality in America. She is the author of two books on the American criminal justice system—The Modern Prison Paradox and Arresting Citizenship (awarded a best book award from the Urban Politics Section of the American Political Science Association). Her most recent book, Good Enough for Government Work, which was awarded both the Woodrow Wilson Award and the Gladys Kammerer Award from the American Political Science Association, examines how perceptions of government shape citizens’ attitudes toward privatization.
Professor Lerman’s scholarship can be found in a variety of journals, including the American Political Science Review, the Journal of Politics, Perspectives on Politics, Public Opinion Quarterly, Political Psychology, Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, and Punishment and Society. In addition to her academic work, Lerman served as a speechwriter and communications consultant for national nonprofits and members of the United States Congress, a community organizer in Latin America and Southeast Asia, and an adjunct faculty member of the Prison University Project at San Quentin State Prison. She consults widely on issues related to prison reform, violence reduction, access to higher education, and law enforcement mental health.
Daniela Estrada is a Graduate Student Researcher for the California 100 Initiative.
She is a first year Master of Public Policy student at UC Berkeley’s Goldman School of
Public Policy. She also holds a BA in Political Science from UC Irvine.
Prior to joining the California 100 Initiative, Daniela has 5 years of public policy experience at the state and local level. She has served as a Policy Analyst for the California Department of Social Services and Sutter County Superior Court.
Griselda Melgoza is the Public Affairs Manager for the California 100 Initiative.
Prior to joining California 100, Griselda served as Deputy Director of Advance in the office of California Governor Gavin Newsom. At the Governor's Office, Griselda worked on the state's COVID-19 crisis response efforts and public rollouts. She also supported the state's public awareness campaign for Project HomeKey and the Clean California Initiative. Notably, she led programming and planning for the Governor's historic signing of the law enforcement use-of-force bill AB 392, the first-ever State of the State address hosted at Dodger Stadium, and the Governor's first international trip to El Salvador, which focused on bringing attention to the root causes of migration. Previously, she worked on Governor Gavin Newsom's successful 2018 gubernatorial campaign.
Griselda earned a BA with special honors in Political Science from the University of California, Riverside.
Henry Brady is director of research at the California 100 Initiative, a role that draws on his leadership experiences in research administration, research methodology, and public policy.
Brady is former Dean of the Goldman School of Public Policy (since 2009) and Class of 1941 Monroe Deutsch Professor of Political Science and Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley. He received his PhD in Economics and Political Science from MIT in 1980. He has written on electoral politics and political participation, social welfare policy, political polling, political polarization and trust, and statistical methodology, and he has worked for the federal Office of Management and Budget and other organizations in Washington, DC. He is past president of the American Political Science Association, past president of the Political Methodology Society of the American Political Science Association, and director of the University of California's Survey Research Center from 1998 to 2009. Brady has also authored numerous articles on political participation, political methodology, the dynamics of public opinion, and other topics. He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences in 2003 and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2006.
Jacki Kingkade is the Operations Assistant for California 100.
She brings extensive operations experience to the Goldman School of Public Policy and California 100, drawing from her tenure at the Berkeley Student Cooperative, where she worked to support operations and provide affordable housing to over 1300 students.
Jacki studied Interdisciplinary Studies with an emphasis in Postcolonial Studies as an undergraduate at UC Berkeley. In her spare time, she regularly volunteers at a local homeless shelter and mentors high school students in Oakland. She is passionate about social and environmental justice and is an advocate for affordable housing, workers' rights, consent pedagogy, and zero waste.
Jesse Melgar is senior advisor and director of engagement at the California 100 Initiative, a role that draws on his expertise in communications and stakeholder engagement in both public and private sectors.
Melgar has worked at the highest levels of state government for nearly a decade, previously serving as communications director and press secretary for California Governor Gavin Newsom and Deputy Secretary of State overseeing communications for U.S. Senator Alex Padilla during his first term as California Secretary of State. He also worked in the state legislature as communications director for the California Latino Legislative Caucus and then-State Senator, now Insurance Commissioner, Ricardo Lara. Before entering public service, Melgar was communications director at Equality California and is a past vice president of HONOR PAC, the leading Latinx LGBTQ+ political action committee.
In 2021, Melgar was appointed by Governor Newsom to serve on the California Volunteers Commission. He serves as an advisor to the University of California, Riverside School of Public Policy and Equality California, and is a board member of the Inland Empire Community Foundation.
Melgar earned his bachelor’s degree with dual majors in Political Science and Chicano Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles where he was student body vice president and chair of the systemwide University of California Student Association. He earned his Master of Public Policy from the University of California, Riverside School of Public Policy as a member of the inaugural cohort and recipient of the Manny Rice full-tuition scholarship.
Julia Malta-Weingard is the youth engagement lead for California 100. She is a creative producer and strategic engagement specialist focused on building experiences that connect people across cultures, disciplines, and generations. Julia's work with young people has included collaborations with arts and media organizations throughout the country including Pop-Up Magazine, Youth Radio, StoryCorps, Maker Faire, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and the New York Transit Museum.
An Oakland native, Julia is thrilled to be back in California after almost 10 years in New York City. In recent years you might have run into her producing a swing dance party aboard vintage subway cars, managing a national campaign to collect the voices of a generation over a single weekend, telling stories at a Moth slam, and reciting facts about Jane Jacobs and her urban design principles.
Julia is a proud graduate of the World Arts and Cultures department at UCLA, and holds a masters in Arts Management from Columbia University.
Karthick Ramakrishnan is executive director of the California 100 Initiative, a role that draws on his leadership experiences in multiple realms including academia, philanthropy, government, and the nonprofit sector.
Ramakrishnan is a professor of public policy at the University of California, Riverside, and founding director of its Center for Social Innovation. He has published many articles and 7 books, including most recently, Citizenship Reimagined (Cambridge, 2020) and Framing Immigrants (Russell Sage, 2016). He has written dozens of op-eds and has appeared in nearly 3,000 news stories. Ramakrishnan was named to the Frederick Douglass 200 and is currently working on projects related to racial equity in philanthropy and regional development. He holds a BA in international relations from Brown University and a PhD in politics from Princeton.
Ramakrishnan serves on the Boards of The California Endowment, Association of Princeton Graduate Alumni, and California Association of Nonprofits. He also chairs the California Commission on APIA Affairs and serves on the U.S. Census Bureau’s National Advisory Committee (NAC). Ramakrishnan is founding director of AAPIData.com, which publishes demographic data and policy research on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.
Lindsay is Deputy Director of Research for the California 100 Initiative.
Prior to joining California 100, Lindsay served as a Senior Auditor with the California State Auditor's Office, developing actionable policy recommendations for some of California's most critical and pressing issues. In this role, Lindsay led performance evaluation teams to assess the efficacy of public programs, such as the Employment Development Department's ability to distribute unemployment benefits quickly during the pandemic. She has presented on a diverse set of findings and recommendations directly to the State's policymakers to advocate for transparency and accountability in California governance.
Lindsay received her MPP from UC Berkeley's Goldman School of Public Policy, where she worked with the Center for Cities and Schools on public school facilities funding and teacher housing models, and she served on UC Berkeley's Graduate Assembly. She also received a Master of Education from Loyola Marymount University, a BA in History from UC Santa Cruz, and previously taught middle school special education in Oakland.
Mansha Siraj is a Graduate Student Researcher for the California 100 Initiative.
She is a second year Master of Public Policy student at UC Berkeley’s Goldman School of
Public Policy. She also holds a BA in Economics from the University of Delhi.
Prior to attending Berkeley, Mansha worked in policy and strategy consulting roles in
India and Sub-Saharan Africa for Global Health Strategies and the UChicago Trust’s
International Innovation Corps. She brings over five years of experience in international
development, public health and policy research.
Mansha’s recent engagements include her role as a student researcher for the California
Implementation Science Initiative, her summer internship with the Clinton Health Access
Initiative in Nigeria, and her ongoing capstone project with the TCC Group.
Meghan is a Research Analyst for the California 100 Initiative.
Prior to joining California 100, Meghan worked as a Senior Strategy Analyst with the medical diagnostics company, QuidelOrtho, where she supported government affairs initiatives and conducted commercial and market research.
Meghan received her BA from UCLA, where she studied Economics and English, and wrote a departmental thesis in the latter. She also served as an editor for the student newspaper, the Daily Bruin while at UCLA.
Nina is the Commission and Youth Engagement Coordinator for the California Initiative.
Prior to joining California 100, Nina worked with the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco facilitating programming for High School Students in the Mission Neighborhood. Nina provided opportunities for young people to gain access to college, develop financial literacy skills, attain career experience, and explore the city.
Nina received a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Social Sciences from the University of Missouri. She finished school as an intern with the House of Representatives, and eventually moved to the Bay Area as an AmeriCorps volunteer. She is passionate about youth development, policy advocacy, and connecting with her community.
Rohit is the Innovation Team Lead for the California 100 Initiative.
Prior to joining California 100, Rohit worked as a Senior Research & Policy Manager at J-PAL North America, conducting randomized evaluations, building partnerships for evidence-informed policymaking, and helping partners scale up effective programs. He has presented to policymakers on promising policy ideas on a host of topics ranging from summer youth employment programs to high dosage classroom tutoring. Rohit has trained policymakers and researchers in quantitative research methods and has over ten years' experience in the field of evidence-informed policymaking. He brings his experience with developing and implementing evaluations of state and local government programs to the California 100 Initiative with a view to rigorously testing innovative solutions to California's most pressing policy issues. Rohit received an MA in Social Sciences and a BA in Economics from the University of Chicago, where he was a founding member of the UChicago Cricket Club.
Ryan is an Innovation Fellow for the California 100 Initiative.
Prior to joining the California 100 Initiative, Ryan worked as a Data Analyst with the civic tech startup Socrata, consulting with cities, counties, and federal agencies throughout the United States on the implementation of open data and data sharing programs. He previously worked with the Policy Solutions team of Reinvestment Fund, a community development financial institution, supporting research on access to healthy food, early childhood education, and affordable housing. Ryan holds a B.A. in Urban Studies from the University of Pennsylvania.
Tami Jo Benson is the Event Producer for the California 100 Youth Futures Summit. She has been in Product and Operations for over 10 years. Most notably, she led the Operations team at Maker Faire, a creativity and innovation festival held in San Mateo and NYC. As an organizational leader at Maker Faire, she transformed team communication and operational systems enabling a thriving community experience for attendees, vendors and staff. As the world shifted to online events in 2020, she designed and led the Product Development process for a virtual events startup, launching 6 new features in 5 months.
Tami Jo is a California native, raised in the San Fernando Valley. After a short stint away from home getting a degree in Human Development, she headed to the Bay Area, where she has raised 4 children. She is a champion of gathering with her community to explore the wonders of our natural world. She recently competed in the Rebelle Rally, an all-women, off-road navigation rally for 1600 miles through the rowdy terrain of California and Nevada - using only a map and compass! Her latest passion project is building The Outspring, a discovery platform of outdoor brands made for and by women.