Alumnae

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Victoria is a seasoned electoral and issue based campaign professional. She found her passion for social justice organizing at New York University where she organized students in solidarity with Adjunct professor unionizing efforts. She furthered her social justice appetite by working with a variety of community based organization focusing on student organizing, domestic violence, and immigrant rights. She nationally organized with United Students Against Sweatshops before her electoral debut in New Mexico in 2008, where she successfully turned her county blue and began her sometimes contemptuous relationship with electoral work.

Victoria is a seasoned electoral and issue based campaign professional. She found her passion for social justice organizing at New York University where she organized students in solidarity with Adjunct professor unionizing efforts. She furthered her social justice appetite by working with a variety of community based organization focusing on student organizing, domestic violence, and immigrant rights.

Jenny was raised in a single mother household in an affordable housing unit in the Tenderloin. She attended public schools in SF.  During late middle school, her mother got injured from working at a noodle factory in SOMA. Since her mother was not fluent in English, she had to help her mother navigate through the hospital as well as claiming worker's comp. From that experience, she knew she had to be the first one in her family to attend university for her family to have a better future.

Annabel R. Chang is currently an attorney at a leading international law firm in San Francisco. During her free time, Annabel volunteers as a high school mock trial coach with the Bar Association of San Francisco's College Track program.

Annabel R. Chang is currently an attorney at a leading international law firm in San Francisco. During her free time, Annabel volunteers as a high school mock trial coach with the Bar Association of San Francisco's College Track program.  She has also served as an elementary school reading tutor at the local Bessie Carmichael school in the South of Market community. 
While in law school, Annabel clerked with the U.S. Attorney's office's criminal division in San Francisco and with the Missouri Public Defender's office. Before law school, Annabel worked as a legislative staffer for U.S.

Tilly Chang serves as the Executive Director at the San Francisco County Transportation Authority. The Transportation Authority administers the Prop K local transportation sales tax and is the Congestion Management Agency (CMA) for San Francisco. Ms. Chang holds an advanced degree in Transportation from M.I.T. and a degree in Economics, with a minor in City Planning, from U.C. Berkeley, and has over 19 years of professional experience encompassing three years in the private sector and 16 years in transportation planning.

Tilly Chang serves as the Executive Director at the San Francisco County Transportation Authority. The Transportation Authority administers the Prop K local transportation sales tax and is the Congestion Management Agency (CMA) for San Francisco. Ms.

Cassandra Chase is a business owner and social entrepreneur. She is the owner and managing director of Chase Consulting Group, a boutique business consulting firm based in Los Angeles, CA.

Cassandra Chase is a business owner and social entrepreneur. She is the owner and managing director of Chase Consulting Group, a boutique business consulting firm based in Los Angeles, CA. The team provides strategic management, business development and new media marketing consulting services. As an advocate for education, leadership and entrepreneurship, she is the co-founder of Read Lead, a nonprofit organization that provides literacy and leadership training.

Elva Chavez is a Center Manager for Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest which services over 23,000 patients each year. Elva also serves as a Commissioner on The San Diego Status of Women and is active member of Women Give San Diego. She is a passionate advocate for women’s reproductive justice as well as the economic empowerment of women and girls in San Diego county. Elva also has over 25 years of business/people  management experience and invests her time in the areas of mentoring and leadership.

Elva Chavez is a Center Manager for Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest which services over 23,000 patients each year. Elva also serves as a Commissioner on The San Diego Status of Women and is active member of Women Give San Diego. She is a passionate advocate for women’s reproductive justice as well as the economic empowerment of women and girls in San Diego county. Elva also has over 25 years of business/people  management experience and invests her time in the areas of mentoring and leadership.

I am a native of Oakland. Since elementary school, I have had an insatiable appetite for social reform in the community around me.

I am a native of Oakland. Since elementary school, I have had an insatiable appetite for social reform in the community around me.

Sheila Chung Hagen is the legislative aide for District 9 Supervisor David Campos. Hagen began working on immigration issues as an undergraduate at UC Berkeley.

Sheila Chung Hagen is the legislative aide for District 9 Supervisor David Campos. Hagen began working on immigration issues as an undergraduate at UC Berkeley.

Letitia Clark George currently serves as the Executive Director/Community Engagement Director of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Orange County Chapter, representing over 500 Pediatricians and advocating for the health and well being of all Orange County children. Letitia's past professional experience as a lobbyist, director of government affairs and legislative assistants to both state and local elected officials has groomed her to effectively lead in her current position as well as in the community. 

Letitia Clark George currently serves as the Executive Director/Community Engagement Director of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Orange County Chapter, representing over 500 Pediatricians and advocating for the health and well being of all Orange County children.

Estelle serves on the Community Action Partnership Administrating Board in Oakland to build strong communities by enriching the quality of life for individuals and families in Oakland.

Estelle serves on the Community Action Partnership Administrating Board in Oakland to build strong communities by enriching the quality of life for individuals and families in Oakland.

Amyra Cobb-Hampton, Esq. has devoted her entire career to the public in her role as a deputy alternate public defender. She holds a B.A. in political science and rhetoric, a Juris Doctorate and currently pursuing an M.B.A.

Amyra Cobb-Hampton, Esq. has devoted her entire career to the public in her role as a deputy alternate public defender. She holds a B.A. in political science and rhetoric, a Juris Doctorate and currently pursuing an M.B.A.

Malia Cohen, 2005 Emerge California graduate and former board member, ran for San Francisco District 10 Supervisor in November 2010 and won! Malia was recently elected to serve as a delegate to the CA State Democratic Party Convention and is currently a Managing Partner with Power Forward Consulting, a public affairs, media and policy consulting firm. Over the years, she has gained an outstanding reputation for her expertise in policy, public affairs, media relations, grassroots and political campaigns.

Malia Cohen, 2005 Emerge California graduate and former board member, ran for San Francisco District 10 Supervisor in November 2010 and won!Malia was recently elected to serve as a delegate to the CA State Democratic Party Convention and is currently a Managing Partner with Power Forward Consulting, a public affairs, media and policy consulting firm.

I serve as a director for five nonprofit organizations, and I assist many other nonprofit organizations by providing legal and other services. 

I serve as a director for five nonprofit organizations, and I assist many other nonprofit organizations by providing legal and other services. I am a director of the Bear Yuba Land Trust, the Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Coalition, the Tennessee Walkers Breeders and Exhibitors Association, the Western International Walking Horse Association and the Tennessee Walking Horse Foundation. I volunteer for many organizations in addition to those for which I am a director.

Michon Coleman works on Government Affairs & Community Relations for Kaiser Permanente. She is an advocate who has worked on the Kerry/Edwards campaign and in the Office of Congresswoman Barbara Lee.

Michon Coleman works on Government Affairs & Community Relations for Kaiser Permanente. She is an advocate who has worked on the Kerry/Edwards campaign and in the Office of Congresswoman Barbara Lee.
She received her J.D. from Santa Clara University School of Law and her B.A. from UC Berkeley.

Diana Conti has been active on many boards and commissions in Marin County, particularly those dealing with families and the problems associated with drug and alcohol abuse.  Diana is currently the Executive Director of Parca, an organization that serves people with developmental disabilities. In addition to her work with Parca, Diana is the Board President and co-founder of West Bay Housing Development Corporation, an organization dedicated to developing affordable housing for people with developmental disabilities.

Diana Conti has been active on many boards and commissions in Marin County, particularly those dealing with families and the problems associated with drug and alcohol abuse.  Diana is currently the Executive Director of Parca, an organization that serves people with developmental disabilities. In addition to her work with Parca, Diana is the Board President and co-founder of West Bay Housing Development Corporation, an organization dedicated to developing affordable housing for people with developmental disabilities.

Allison Cook works at the intersection of storytelling, design, and psychology to push for a better world. She currently heads up the brand and engagement work at The Solutions Project which advances the transition to 100% renewable energy for all - 100% for 100%. She learned the ropes as a founding member of the Story of Stuff Project where she launched over a dozen movies that have garnered more than 40 million views and nurtured a community of over one million changemakers.

Originally from Chicago, I have called the Bay Area my home for almost 25 years - 20 of them in Oakland. My husband and I live in Montclair, with our two daughters ages 17 and 20. Through my work and volunteer activities, I have always tried to inspire and enable others so that together we can make a difference in our communities, both locally and globally.

Originally from Chicago, I have called the Bay Area my home for almost 25 years - 20 of them in Oakland. My husband and I live in Montclair, with our two daughters ages 17 and 20. Through my work and volunteer activities, I have always tried to inspire and enable others so that together we can make a difference in our communities, both locally and globally. I believe that my skills, experience, and passion for social justice could be effective in public service.

Alison Cormack has years of experience working in technology companies and in politics.  Her first job after college was on Capitol Hill as a junior analyst with the United States Senate Budget Committee.  After business school, she worked at Hewlett-Packard for seven years in finance, sales, and operations.  As a full time mom, she led a $76 million bond for Palo Alto libraries and was the President of the Palo Alto Library Foundation, which raised $4 million in private funding.

The name Thida is Burmese and means 'water' or 'Daughter of the Furrows'.” Thida's political awareness began at the age of ten when her father took through the slums of Calcutta to meet Mother Teresa.

The name Thida is Burmese and means 'water' or 'Daughter of the Furrows'.” Thida's political awareness began at the age of ten when her father took through the slums of Calcutta to meet Mother Teresa. Throughout her childhood, her parents took her to places around the world, because they believed it was an important part of her education. At age 16, she graduated from high school. And her parents sent her to school in London for a year. In London she happened to stay with a family of doctors who knew Dr. Marsden the premier neurologist of movement disorders at the time.

For the last nine years, Mariana Sabeniano has served as staff in the California State Assembly – her most recent position is as Legislative Director in an Assembly office. In her current capacity, Mariana oversees the Assembly member’s legislative agenda and helps the Member prepare to vote on legislation.

Leah Cox, Executive Director of the California Task Force on Youth and Workplace Wellness since 2005, envisions California as a state where healthy foods and opportunities for physical activity are the obvious and natural choice in all communities across the state. 

Leah Cox, Executive Director of the California Task Force on Youth and Workplace Wellness since 2005, envisions California as a state where healthy foods and opportunities for physical activity are the obvious and natural choice in all communities across the state.
Leah has written and edited several articles and training materials focused on youth and adult health and wellness, with a particular emphasis on obesity prevention.

Elise Crane is lead on an $11 million workforce development portfolio at the San Francisco Office of Early Care and Education.

Elise Crane is lead on an $11 million workforce development portfolio at the San Francisco Office of Early Care and Education.

A resident of Mountain View, CA, Alicia Crank has served as a delegate that the Democratic National Convention, is a member of DAWN (Democrat Activists for Women Now) and is currently the Leadership Mountain View Program Director.

A resident of Mountain View, CA, Alicia Crank has served as a delegate that the Democratic National Convention, is a member of DAWN (Democrat Activists for Women Now) and is currently the Leadership Mountain View Program Director.

Gina grew up in a Greek-American family in Oakland where being involved in the community to help others and improve conditions was part of her family’s value system. In fact, Gina’s interest in politics was sparked in part by her mother, Kay, who was active for years in the League of Women Voters and other election campaigns.

Gina grew up in a Greek-American family in Oakland where being involved in the community to help others and improve conditions was part of her family’s value system. In fact, Gina’s interest in politics was sparked in part by her mother, Kay, who was active for years in the League of Women Voters and other election campaigns. At 13, Gina started working in her father’s small manufacturing business assembling metal products. Gina also grew up frequently visiting her grandparents’ small farm in Santa Cruz County.

Brigitte Davila lives in, works in and loves San Francisco. She is originally from Los Angeles with roots in Colorado & New Mexico. She came north to study at UC Berkeley and earned a B.A. in Rhetoric and J.D at Berkeley Law. Davila has taught in the Raza Studies Department at San Francisco State University for the last eighteen years.

Brigitte Davila lives in, works in and loves San Francisco. She is originally from Los Angeles with roots in Colorado & New Mexico. She came north to study at UC Berkeley and earned a B.A. in Rhetoric and J.D at Berkeley Law. Davila has taught in the Raza Studies Department at San Francisco State University for the last eighteen years. Among her classes are Government & Constitutional Ideals, Community Organizing, Critical Thinking and Community Law.  Currently, her area of focus is political education and policy, with an emphasis on community activism.

Darolyn Davis is the Founder, President and CEO of D&A Communications. Prior to founding D&A Communications, Darolyn spent her early career in politics at the state level. She served as press secretary to then California State Assemblyman Willie L. Brown, Jr., developing communications strategies for complex issues, crafting targeted messages and coordinating media and public relations events.

Darolyn Davis is the Founder, President and CEO of D&A Communications. She oversees day-to-day management of the firm and serves as lead strategist for Agency accounts. Since 1996, Davis & Associates has provided communications, marketing, advertising, public engagement and social media services to government agencies, businesses and non-profit organizations.

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