Alumnae

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Katie Ferrick is the Communications Chair for the San Mateo Democratic Central Committee and has taken an active role in large scale event planning, fundraising, and public relations for this group. She was a member of the Menlo Park Budget Advisory Committee, that in 2006 conducted a thorough review of city finances and recommended budget priorities to the city council. Katie was a campaign volunteer for 2006 city council and gubernatorial candidates.

Katie Ferrick is the Communications Chair for the San Mateo Democratic Central Committee and has taken an active role in large scale event planning, fundraising, and public relations for this group. She was a member of the Menlo Park Budget Advisory Committee, that in 2006 conducted a thorough review of city finances and recommended budget priorities to the city council. Katie was a campaign volunteer for 2006 city council and gubernatorial candidates. She also helped organize the first ever block parties in downtown Menlo Park in 2007.

The first person in her family to earn a college degree, Gina Fischer graduated from UC Santa Barbara in 2007, majoring in political science and geography, and minoring in history.  She has extensive experience in political organizing and non-profit leadership. During her undergraduate career, Gina interned at Planned Parenthood Central Coast Action Fund, helping manage their campus field operations to defeat harmful parental notification ballot initiatives.

Louise is a 26-year resident of San Francisco who works in the telecommunications and energy infrastructure field. 

Louise is a 26-year resident of San Francisco who works in the telecommunications and energy infrastructure field.  She serves as a San Francisco Commissioner on the Sunshine Ordinance Task Force, is an elected Delegate to the DSCC in Assembly District 17 and has been a long-time leader in the Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club, rising to the position of Co-Chair.  She is a dedicated and passionate campaign worker and volunteer and estimates that she’s participated in at least 100 campaigns since canvassing with her parents for George McGovern in 1972.

Dr. Denise Fleming was born in Chicago, Illinois, the sixth of seven children. There she attended the local public schools from kindergarten through 12th grade. She was diligent in her studies and was the class valedictorian when she graduated from primary school.

Dr. Denise Fleming was born in Chicago, Illinois, the sixth of seven children. There she attended the local public schools from kindergarten through 12th grade. She was diligent in her studies and was the class valedictorian when she graduated from primary school.
After graduating from Chicago Vocational High School she attended University of Illinois Chicago Circle where she pledged Zeta Phi Beta Sorority and married.

I am Victoria Fleming and I have been an advocate for women and girls since I was in high school.  I completed a Bachelor’s degree at San Francisco State University in Women’s Studies while working for Progress Foundation and Baker Places to provide quality mental health care to vulnerable populations.  I went on the graduate from UC Berkeley with a Master’s in Social Welfare with an emphasis in Community Mental Health.

Since Neysa was a little girl, she has been elected or selected to hold leadership positions and she has always found the experience rewarding.  Neysa is currently the Vice-Chair of the City of Los Altos City Council Grant Writing Committee. She was elected Vice-President of her San Francisco Neighborhood Association and organized the neighborhood’s first Halloween event.  Neysa also started the San Francisco for Hillary Group during the 2008 Democratic presidential primary campaign.

Since Neysa was a little girl, she has been elected or selected to hold leadership positions and she has always found the experience rewarding.  Neysa is currently the Vice-Chair of the City of Los Altos City Council Grant Writing Committee.   She was elected Vice-President of her San Francisco Neighborhood Association and organized the neighborhood’s first Halloween event.  Neysa also started the San Francisco for Hillary Group during the 2008 Democratic presidential primary campaign.

Passion for Education and children is what drives AngelAnn Flores in her current jobs as After School Program Facilitator, Substitute Teacher and Community Activist.  Since being an after school facilitator for the past seven years, Ms. Angel is able to have open communication between Teachers, Students, and Parents and has worked with over 700+ students and families.

Passion for Education and children is what drives AngelAnn Flores in her current jobs as After School Program Facilitator, Substitute Teacher and Community Activist.  Since being an after school facilitator for the past seven years, Ms. Angel is able to have open communication between Teachers, Students, and Parents and has worked with over 700+ students and families.  As a community organizer, she sits on the Kennedy Community Center Advisory Board as Chair, and is Secretary for the newly revamped Hispanics for Political Action organization.  Because of Ms.

 Jeanette Flores is a native of the East San Gabriel Valley.  She was raised in El Monte and currently resides in Covina with her family.  As a mother of four and an engaged community resident, she proudly calls Charter Oak home.  Ms. Flores and her husband chose the Charter Oak Unified School District as the place to raise and educate their four children and have been active in the community for over a decade.  Ms. Flores serves as President for the Badillo Elementary School PTA, Board Secretary for San Gabriel Valley YWCA, Delegate for Covina/West Covina Soroptimist International, member of the Charter Oak Women’s Club.

 Jeanette Flores is a native of the East San Gabriel Valley.  She was raised in El Monte and currently resides in Covina with her family.  As a mother of four and an engaged community resident, she proudly calls Charter Oak home.  Ms. Flores and her husband chose the Charter Oak Unified School District as the place to raise and educate their four children and have been active in the community for over a decade.  Ms.

Erin Fogg has more than a decade of experience working with nonprofits, foundations, government agencies, political candidates and elected officials. Prior to founding Spoke Consulting, Erin was the vice president and highest producing consultant at a boutique strategic communications firm in Marin County.

Erin Fogg has more than a decade of experience working with nonprofits, foundations, government agencies, political candidates and elected officials. Prior to founding Spoke Consulting, Erin was the vice president and highest producing consultant at a boutique strategic communications firm in Marin County.
Before making the shift to consulting, Erin served as a legislative assistant to Congressman Adam Schiff (D-CA 29).

Stacy is an elected delegate for Democratic State Central Committee, Assembly District 38, where she serves as the AD38 Regional Vice Chair, she is on the EBoard of the Democratic Party of the San Fernando Valley, also on the EBoard of her local club Democratic Alliance for Action, and is member of the National Federation of Democratic Women. She is a passionate activist within the party and is proud to represent the Emerge CA class of 2017.

Dallas Fowler is a proud Los Angeles native serving in Mayor Eric Garcetti's cabinet as Commissioner on the LAPD Police Permit Review Board.

Dallas Fowler is a proud Los Angeles native serving in Mayor Eric Garcetti's cabinet as Commissioner on the LAPD Police Permit Review Board. She is a graduate of the School of Business & Industry at Florida A & M University and Principal of Daltek Global Solutions , LLC a boutique digital & print media firm specializing in outreach, political & business development consulting. She holds over 10 years of experience in Supplier Diversity & Community Affairs and 15+ years in project management and event planning.

As an activist, I felt compelled to find a way to be at the decision making table, to protect women’s rights and policies that protect my people.

“Women have always been the strong ones of the world.” Coco Chanel
As an activist, I felt compelled to find a way to be at the decision making table, to protect women’s rights and policies that protect my people. I currently hold a seat on the Commission on the Status of Women, active Co-Chair of the Crime and Violence Committee, that is champion in the fight against the many different violations on women.

Chanée Franklin is an attorney specializing in complex business disputes, class-action litigation, and housing law. In 2006 she joined the general litigation practice group at Cooley Godward Kronish LLP in San Francisco. Prior to joining Cooley, Ms. Franklin served as a staff attorney at the Eviction Defense Center representing low-income tenants. 

Chanée Franklin is an attorney specializing in complex business disputes, class-action litigation, and housing law. In 2006 she joined the general litigation practice group at Cooley Godward Kronish LLP in San Francisco. Prior to joining Cooley, Ms. Franklin served as a staff attorney at the Eviction Defense Center representing low-income tenants.

Gina Fromer has spent over thirty five years devoting her energy and talent to non-profits that serve the needs of children and their families in San Francisco. A native San Franciscan, raised in the Bayview-Hunters Point neighborhood, Gina began her community social work at Young Community Developers, where she spent her teen years counseling her fellow youth and helping to develop and sustain the YCD’s Summer Youth Employment Programs.

Gina Fromer has spent over thirty five years devoting her energy and talent to non-profits that serve the needs of children and their families in San Francisco. A native San Franciscan, raised in the Bayview-Hunters Point neighborhood, Gina began her community social work at Young Community Developers, where she spent her teen years counseling her fellow youth and helping to develop and sustain the YCD’s Summer Youth Employment Programs.

Margaret Fujioka is a Hearing Officer with the City of Oakland Community and Economic Development Agency and a former Deputy City Attorney in the Oakland City Attorney's Office.  

Margaret Fujioka is a Hearing Officer with the City of Oakland Community and Economic Development Agency and a former Deputy City Attorney in the Oakland City Attorney's Office.  Margaret was elected in 2008 to the Piedmont City Council.  She is the first Asian Pacific American woman to serve on the City Council.  In her first run for elected office, Margaret was the top vote getter sweeping all 6 precincts in Piedmont in a competitive race.

Sharon Fuller, a life-long resident of Richmond, is the founder and executive director of the Ma’at Youth Academy. This nationally recognized Academy brings curricula that focus on urban ecology and environmental health to public schools in communities of color and low-income areas throughout Contra Costa and Alameda counties.

Sharon Fuller, a life-long resident of Richmond, is the founder and executive director of the Ma’at Youth Academy. This nationally recognized Academy brings curricula that focus on urban ecology and environmental health to public schools in communities of color and low-income areas throughout Contra Costa and Alameda counties. For the past 10 years MYA has linked urban high school students and after school programs to hands-on environmental education and community action. Ms.

Rue Furch has been a crusader of the Green Movement in West County for many decades now. A Sebastapol resident and veteran of the county planning commission, she has long been a voice for the environment in her community.

Rue Furch has been a crusader of the Green Movement in West County for many decades now. A Sebastapol resident and veteran of the county planning commission, she has long been a voice for the environment in her community.

I’ve been a registered Democrat since 1984. I can still recall my naïve and crushing disappointment when I heard that Ronald Reagan had won.

I’ve been a registered Democrat since 1984. I can still recall my naïve and crushing disappointment when I heard that Ronald Reagan had won. How was this possible I thought? Twenty-five years later, I survey the current national political landscape and I think the same thing: How is this possible? It is disheartening to see in most of the GOP candidates, an utter lack of integrity and grasp of relevant issues facing most Americans.
Presently I’m the Executive Director for Meals on Wheels of the Salinas Valley.

Christina Gagnier is a small business owner and technology lawyer, and a Democrat running for California State Assembly in AD-40 in 2016. Christina serves as a member of the Federal Communications Commission’s Consumer Advisory Committee.

Christina Gagnier is a small business owner and technology lawyer, and a Democrat running for California State Assembly in AD-40 in 2016. Christina serves as a member of the Federal Communications Commission’s Consumer Advisory Committee.
Christina is a partner in the firm Gagnier Margossian LLP, leading its technology and Internet practice. Christina is a sought after advisor on issues like children’s privacy and consumer rights online.
Christina is a founder and CEO of JobScout (by TRAIL), an online platform that teaches people how to use the Internet to find work.

Since 2008, Papia Banerjee Gambelin has been a Government Affairs Manager for Pacific Gas and Electric Company charged with developing and maintaining relationships with and avenues of communication to elected officials and their staffs as well as key city, county, and state officials. Prior to joining PG&E, Gambelin was the Public Affairs Director at the California Apartment Association Tri-County Division.

Since 2008, Papia Banerjee Gambelin has been a Government Affairs Manager for Pacific Gas and Electric Company charged with developing and maintaining relationships with and avenues of communication to elected officials and their staffs as well as key city, county, and state officials. Prior to joining PG&E, Gambelin was the Public Affairs Director at the California Apartment Association Tri-County Division.
From 1994 through 2007, Gambelin served in variety of positions in the solid waste and recycling industry, both inside and outside of government.

I am a native of San Francisco, CA, the only child of a divorced mother, and a product of public schools.

I am a native of San Francisco, CA, the only child of a divorced mother, and a product of public schools. In my professional life, I have worked with a variety of non-profit organizations supplying services to low income individuals in my community. This background gives me a very personal perspective on the difficulties faced by low income residents in the Bay Area, and a deep personal commitment to help serve this constituency in particular.
As a child of the 1960s/70s, I have also watched as so many of the battles we fought - and won - have had to be fought again, and again.

My name is Lisa Yarbrough-Gauthier and I am on the East Palo Alto City Council. As a 38 year resident of the community, I have the energy and expertise needed to serve our multicultural community.

My name is Lisa Yarbrough-Gauthier and I am on the East Palo Alto City Council. As a 38 year resident of the community, I have the energy and expertise needed to serve our multicultural community.
I attended Brentwood Oaks Elementary, Garden Oaks Junior High (Ronald McNair) and was a student at San Carlos High for two years, before transferring to William C. Overfelt in San Jose, CA.

Marjan Philhour’s career spans over two decades in government, politics, private consulting and community advocacy. As President of Philhour & Associates, she leads the firm’s outreach and strategy in serving clients that range from campaigns to non profit organizations to Fortune 500 companies.

Marjan Philhour’s career spans over two decades in government, politics, private consulting and community advocacy. As President of Philhour & Associates, she leads the firm’s outreach and strategy in serving clients that range from campaigns to non profit organizations to Fortune 500 companies.
Marjan spent years on Capitol Hill serving as a legislative aide to key Members of Congress.

Dr. E’leva Hughes Gibson is a native San Franciscan and an active citizen who is familiar with the unique experiences of youth and families in the Bay Area.  She is committed to providing access to high-quality services, promoting equity, and advocating for social justice.  Having first-hand experience growing up in the city, as well as currently raising her family in San Francisco, enables her to truly understand the opportunities and challenges facing families as they relate to health, education, safety, economic stability, and employment.
 
A child of a Filipino immigrant, U.S.

Leela’s interest in improving safety and quality-of-life for all San Franciscans developed while working with her District Supervisor to make significant improvements in her own neighborhood. She was elected President of the North of Panhandle Neighborhood Association (NOPNA) in 2006 and shortly thereafter was awarded the Safety Network Community Leadership Award for Park District.

Leela’s interest in improving safety and quality-of-life for all San Franciscans developed while working with her District Supervisor to make significant improvements in her own neighborhood. She was elected President of the North of Panhandle Neighborhood Association (NOPNA) in 2006 and shortly thereafter was awarded the Safety Network Community Leadership Award for Park District. In 2007, Leela was honored again by Project SAFE for creating more than 20 active neighborhood watch programs.

Marcie Gonzalez has been involved in leadership and community service for the last four years. Elected as President Pro-Tempore of her college in 2010, she was appointed Community Outreach Coordinator and campus representative for the statewide event Hands Across California to raise money for community colleges in 2011

Marcie Gonzalez has been involved in leadership and community service for the last four years. Elected as President Pro-Tempore of her college in 2010, she was appointed Community Outreach Coordinator and campus representative for the statewide event Hands Across California to raise money for community colleges in 2011.

Elba has spent the past eight years helping children and their families across Napa County get access to healthcare services as the Health Services Manager for Children’s Health Initiative Napa County. Elba has helped 16,000 Napa County children have affordable health care coverage and access to services.

Elba has spent the past eight years helping children and their families across Napa County get access to healthcare services as the Health Services Manager for Children’s Health Initiative Napa County. Elba has helped 16,000 Napa County children have affordable health care coverage and access to services.
Elba has an inspiring background as a native of Mexico who moved to the United States when she was only a year old while her father earned a PhD in Agricultural Economics.

Kate Gordon is a nationally recognized expert on the intersection of clean energy and economic development, most recently as Vice President for Energy and Environment at the Center for American Progress (CAP) in Washington D.C., where she still serves as a senior fellow.

Kate Gordon is a nationally recognized expert on the intersection of clean energy and economic development, most recently as Vice President for Energy and Environment at the Center for American Progress (CAP) in Washington D.C., where she still serves as a senior fellow. She has worked on a variety of economic development and social justice issues for more than 15 years and is regarded as a leader in the national “green jobs” movement.

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