Alumnae

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Farrah N. Khan is known for her interfaith, social justice and political work.

Farrah N. Khan is known for her interfaith, social justice and political work. She is the Executive Director of the Newport Mesa Irvine Interfaith Council, Board Member of the Orange County Interfaith Network and Ambassador of the Parliament of the World’s Religions in Chicago. Farrah is the Founder/President of First Drops, a children’s interfaith organization, the first of its kind.
Farrah has served as the Community Services Commissioner for the City of Irvine and is the Elected Assembly District Delegate of Assembly District 74 in Orange County.

Cherise Khaund's mission is to advance educational opportunities for all students. After earning her Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering at Stanford University, she joined AmeriCorps*VISTA as a community organizer, launching tutoring programs and connecting parents who didn't speak English with their children’s schools. She then earned a Masters Degree in Education Policy and Nonprofit Management at the University of Washington in Seattle.

Carol has always lived a commitment to service, starting her career as a classroom teacher at an inner-city school in Los Angeles Unified, then working for several years in HIV Prevention, and now for an education non-profit, where she helps to develop and evaluate programs that foster school safety, student health and well-being, and career and technical education opportunities. She is currently a candidate for San Diego's City Council, District 6.

Carol has always lived a commitment to service, starting her career as a classroom teacher at an inner-city school in Los Angeles Unified, then working for several years in HIV Prevention, and now for an education non-profit, where she helps to develop and evaluate programs that foster school safety, student health and well-being, and career and technical education opportunities. She is currently a candidate for San Diego's City Council, District 6.

Elizabeth Knowles is the Executive Director of the ABA Immigration Justice Project (IJP). She supervises the Legal Orientation Program at the Otay Mesa Detention Facility, the IJP’s Pro Bono Lawyer Training and Referral Program, and the National Qualified Representative Program in San Diego, which provides government appointed counsel to mentally incompetent detainees in immigration removal proceedings.

Elizabeth Knowles is the Executive Director of the ABA Immigration Justice Project (IJP). She supervises the Legal Orientation Program at the Otay Mesa Detention Facility, the IJP’s Pro Bono Lawyer Training and Referral Program, and the National Qualified Representative Program in San Diego, which provides government appointed counsel to mentally incompetent detainees in immigration removal proceedings. Elizabeth litigates removal cases before the Executive Office for Immigration Review and the Board of Immigration Appeals.

Cynthia Koehler has been a public interest attorney and environmental advocate specializing in water policy for 25 years.

Cynthia Koehler has been a public interest attorney and environmental advocate specializing in water policy for 25 years.

Suki Kott is a lifelong activist and participant in Democratic endeavors at the local and national levels. She has worked on Democratic campaigns since before she was old enough to vote when, in 1986, she worked on Harry Reid's first campaign for US Senate. Since then she has continued to volunteer on many Democratic campaigns, primarily at the local level.

Suki Kott is a lifelong activist and participant in Democratic endeavors at the local and national levels. She has worked on Democratic campaigns since before she was old enough to vote when, in 1986, she worked on Harry Reid's first campaign for US Senate. Since then she has continued to volunteer on many Democratic campaigns, primarily at the local level.
Aside from her work for the Democratic party, Suki has done legislative work for two members of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors where she worked on issues related to children, women and technology.

Tracy Krumpen is Senior Field Representative to state Senator Lois Wolk.  Tracy Krumpen, born and raised in Vallejo, is Wolk’s new senior field representative. Krumpen worked previously as Senator Noreen Evans' district representative in Vallejo and Napa, where she currently lives. She also brings with her experience in the wine industry, as a former insurance representative for wineries and vineyards throughout Napa County.

Tracy Krumpen is Senior Field Representative to state Senator Lois Wolk.  Tracy Krumpen, born and raised in Vallejo, is Wolk’s new senior field representative. Krumpen worked previously as Senator Noreen Evans' district representative in Vallejo and Napa, where she currently lives. She also brings with her experience in the wine industry, as a former insurance representative for wineries and vineyards throughout Napa County.

Janine is the Director of Product Management and User Experience at Build It Green. She is a user experience designer and strategist with 15 years of success in developing products that delight and inspire. Her vision is to develop tools that help people take action on our world’s social and environmental challenges.

Janine is the Director of Product Management and User Experience at Build It Green. She is a user experience designer and strategist with 15 years of success in developing products that delight and inspire. Her vision is to develop tools that help people take action on our world’s social and environmental challenges.
She's created world-class products in the entertainment, e-commerce, social change, and sustainability spaces, working with agencies, nonprofits, corporate teams, and startups.

Tamika L’Ecluse is child, family, and community advocate in Sacramento. Born in Sacramento and raised by a single mother, Tamika grew up impoverished and relied on public education and government assistance for survival. At 18, she enrolled at American River College in hopes of earning an Associates Degree in Science, but later shifted her focus to Early Childhood Education, and attended Sacramento City College.

Courtney currently is a consultant, speaker, and published author on a variety of topics, including Middle East issues (specifically Egypt), ISIS, countering violent extremism, counter terrorism, and women in politics. Currently she is working with the Los Angeles Police Department’s counter terrorism unit on strategic initiatives to tackle extremism and foster relationships within the community. Courtney is also on the board of directors for the Quilliam Foundation, a counter terrorism think tank based in London, which challenges extremist narratives. Through this role, she has authored several papers, and is very active in the local community building bridges between Muslim communities and other ethnic groups and various organizations.

Courtney currently is a consultant, speaker, and published author on a variety of topics, including Middle East issues (specifically Egypt), ISIS, countering violent extremism, counter terrorism, and women in politics. Currently she is working with the Los Angeles Police Department’s counter terrorism unit on strategic initiatives to tackle extremism and foster relationships within the community. Courtney is also on the board of directors for the Quilliam Foundation, a counter terrorism think tank based in London, which challenges extremist narratives.

Elizabeth Laferriere is a policy analyst based in San Francisco, California.  She most recently served as the deputy field organizer for the re-election campaign of District 3 Supervisor David Chiu and as a graduate elections intern with the League of Women Voters of San Francisco. 

Elizabeth Laferriere is a policy analyst based in San Francisco, California.  She most recently served as the deputy field organizer for the re-election campaign of District 3 Supervisor David Chiu and as a graduate elections intern with the League of Women Voters of San Francisco.  Elizabeth has also worked as a graduate policy intern with Chiu’s City Hall office. She is affiliated with the U.S.

Dhaya Lakshminarayanan is a management consultant with Booz Allen Hamilton in San Francisco, advising private and public sector clients. Lakshminarayanan is active in her community and politics. She was elected as Fundraising Chair for the Board of Directors of the Berkeley Dispute Resolution Services, a non-profit that uses and teaches the skills of community mediation and conflict resolution. She holds elected office in the MIT Alumni Association.

Dhaya Lakshminarayanan is a management consultant with Booz Allen Hamilton in San Francisco, advising private and public sector clients. Lakshminarayanan is active in her community and politics. She was elected as Fundraising Chair for the Board of Directors of the Berkeley Dispute Resolution Services, a non-profit that uses and teaches the skills of community mediation and conflict resolution. She holds elected office in the MIT Alumni Association.

Sara Lamnin manages the Hayward Community Action Network (CAN), bringing together individuals who are homeless, government officials, and members of the faith, business, and social service communities to develop sustainable solutions. In so doing, Hayward CAN will improve the quality of life for long-term Hayward residents and businesses.

Sara Lamnin manages the Hayward Community Action Network (CAN), bringing together individuals who are homeless, government officials, and members of the faith, business, and social service communities to develop sustainable solutions. In so doing, Hayward CAN will improve the quality of life for long-term Hayward residents and businesses.
A community activist, Sara has ignited collaborations and led local events including the South Hayward Stroll and Kinship Advocacy BBQ. Sara is a past Rotary Club President and currently chairs Hayward's Citizen's Advisory Commission.

Sheryl Lane is a native of Richmond California. She is passionate about engaging communities and constituents on public policy issues that impact their lives and working with them to develop ideas and solutions that result in a positive change and better opportunities for accessing financial security and prosperity, quality education and safer neighborhoods.

Deborah is a words and images person who likes to help people solve problems and build community. In 2002, she graduated with College Honors and a BFA American Studies and Communication and Rhetoric from UC Santa Cruz. After a decade of working in local government and non-profit organizations, she acted on her ambition to be do-gooder/designer by going to art school instead of an MBA program. In 2012, she earned a BFA in Graphic Design with High Distinction from California College of the Arts.

Deborah is a words and images person who likes to help people solve problems and build community. In 2002, she graduated with College Honors and a BFA American Studies and Communication and Rhetoric from UC Santa Cruz. After a decade of working in local government and non-profit organizations, she acted on her ambition to be do-gooder/designer by going to art school instead of an MBA program.

Elizabeth Lasensky was born and raised in Sioux City, Iowa, has degrees from Washington University (St. Louis) and the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor), and has also lived in Miami, Israel and New York City before settling in Menlo Park. She is a founding member of San Mateo County Democracy for America, the Dean Democratic Club of Santa Clara County, California for Democracy and Northern California for Democracy (Howard Dean groups), and the Election Reform Group of San Mateo.

Elizabeth Lasensky was born and raised in Sioux City, Iowa, has degrees from Washington University (St. Louis) and the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor), and has also lived in Miami,, Israel and New York City before settling in Menlo Park. She is a founding member of San Mateo County Democracy for America, the Dean Democratic Club of Santa Clara County, California for Democracy and Northern California for Democracy (Howard Dean groups), and the Election Reform Group of San Mateo.

A small business owner and educator, only Stacey Lawson has created the kind of high-wage, middle-class jobs that makes a great candidate. A student of public schools who became a chemical engineer and then went on to graduate from the Harvard Business School, Lawson has started small businesses, run major departments inside large companies, and created hundreds of jobs.

A small business owner and educator, only Stacey Lawson has created the kind of high-wage, middle-class jobs that makes a great candidate. A student of public schools who became a chemical engineer and then went on to graduate from the Harvard Business School, Lawson has started small businesses, run major departments inside large companies, and created hundreds of jobs.
Her very first company developed technology to help American manufacturers design better products and stay competitive globally, helping to create and keep new middle-class jobs in America.

Brigette R. LeBlanc serves on the Southeast Community Facility Commission and is involved in several political and social justice organizations, both locally and nationally.  Commissioner LeBlanc is principle of LeBlanc and Associates, LLC and has experience in Event and Meeting Management, Tourism, Water and Transportation. LeBlanc has a passion for working with businesses, community stakeholders and media outlets to engage public support to shift perceptions around important policies on a local and national level.

Brigette R. LeBlanc serves on the Southeast Community Facility Commission and is involved in several political and social justice organizations, both locally and nationally.  Commissioner LeBlanc is principle of LeBlanc and Associates, LLC and has experience in Event and Meeting Management, Tourism, Water and Transportation. LeBlanc has a passion for working with businesses, community stakeholders and media outlets to engage public support to shift perceptions around important policies on a local and national level. 

Dr. Winnie Lee graduated from Dugoni School of Dentistry in 2001.  She completed her formal oral implantology training in New York University, School of Dentistry. She has been the Planning Commissioner of Cupertino.

Dr. Winnie Lee graduated from Dugoni School of Dentistry in 2001.  She completed her formal oral implantology training in New York University, School of Dentistry. She has been the Planning Commissioner of Cupertino.

Amy Lesnick is the former Full Circle Fund CEO, and is now at Indiegogo heading up Social Innovation. She is especially passionate about the intersection of technology and social change and focused on efforts that translate innovative ideas into successful new realities.

Amy Lesnick is the former Full Circle Fund CEO, and is now at Indiegogo heading up Social Innovation. She is especially passionate about the intersection of technology and social change and focused on efforts that translate innovative ideas into successful new realities.
For the last 7 years, Amy was the CEO of Full Circle Fund, an engaged philanthropy organization (now one of the largest in the country) cultivating the next generation of leaders and driving lasting change. Amy was the co-founder and instructor of the Strategic Philanthropy course at Berkeley’s Haas School of Business and has

Beatriz Leyva-Cutler is the Executive Director of The Bay Area Hispano Institute for Advancement, Inc. (BAHIA) located in West Berkeley. BAHIA is one of the only full time bilingual child development programs providing vital early to school age care services to the Hispano/Latino familias in Northern Alameda County. She has been with BAHIA since 1980 and the Executive Director for over 18 years.

Beatriz Leyva-Cutler is the Executive Director of The Bay Area Hispano Institute for Advancement, Inc. (BAHIA) located in West Berkeley. BAHIA is one of the only full time bilingual child development programs providing vital early to school age care services to the Hispano/Latino familias in Northern Alameda County. She has been with BAHIA since 1980 and the Executive Director for over 18 years.

Julie Lind Rupp is a Bay Area native and product of San Jose State University (she received her BA in 2003 and her MPA in 2007). Ms. Lind has been active in politics since 2003 on a variety of levels.

Julie Lind Rupp is a Bay Area native and product of San Jose State University (she received her BA in 2003 and her MPA in 2007). Ms. Lind has been active in politics since 2003 on a variety of levels, including serving as President of the Silicon Valley Young Democrats and Statewide Political Director of the California Young Democrats.

Stephanie is the Director of Philanthropy at the San Francisco Parks Alliance. Previously, she served as advancement director at the national office of the Sierra Club and as the director of board affairs at The Trust for Public Land. Before joining the environmental movement, Stephanie led a national initiative to revitalize volunteerism throughout the Planned Parenthood Federation of America. 
 

Stephanie is the Director of Philanthropy at the San Francisco Parks Alliance. Previously, she served as advancement director at the national office of the Sierra Club and as the director of board affairs at The Trust for Public Land. Before joining the environmental movement, Stephanie led a national initiative to revitalize volunteerism throughout the Planned Parenthood Federation of America. 
Stephanie holds a Master of Arts in American History from Binghamton University and has taught history at the college level.

Nikki Linnerman serves as the Chair of the Statewide SEIU Local 1000 COPE Committee (Committee on Political Education). She is an elected District 2 representative for the San Joaquin County Democratic Central Committee (SJ DCC).  In addition, she is a past SJ DCC County Executive Board Representative and is currently serving a second elected term as the Assembly District 13 Executive Board Member for the CA State Democratic Party. Her DSCC appointment is from Senator Cathleen Galgiani.

Nikki Linnerman serves as the Chair of the Statewide SEIU Local 1000 COPE Committee (Committee on Political Education). She is an elected District 2 representative for the San Joaquin County Democratic Central Committee (SJ DCC).  In addition, she is a past SJ DCC County Executive Board Representative and is currently serving a second elected term as the Assembly District 13 Executive Board Member for the CA State Democratic Party. Her DSCC appointment is from Senator Cathleen Galgiani.
In 2012, she attended the Democratic National Convention as an appointed Presidential Delegate.

Laurie Littlepage is and Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Biology at University of Notre Dame. Littlepage’s research program is focused on the contributions of the epithelium and surrounding stroma/microenvironment to both cancer progression and normal mammary gland development.

Laurie Littlepage is and Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Biology at University of Notre Dame. Littlepage’s research program is focused on the contributions of the epithelium and surrounding stroma/microenvironment to both cancer progression and normal mammary gland development.

Lori Liu is the newest member of the Brisbane City Council, representing the citizens of Brisbane, California. Elected in November 2013, she earned the highest number of votes in a contested election. She began her term in December 2013 and will serve for four years.

Lori Liu is the newest member of the Brisbane City Council, representing the citizens of Brisbane, California. Elected in November 2013, she earned the highest number of votes in a contested election. She began her term in December 2013 and will serve for four years. 
Ms. Liu is a community activist, wife and mother, and an attorney. Her volunteer efforts and participation in numerous local organizations have earned her support from citizens and organizations that champion protecting the environment, strengthening local businesses, and supporting the families of Brisbane.

Maika Llorens Gulati has served as the first elected Hispanic school board trustee at the San Rafael Board of Education since 2015. A strong advocate for high-quality education, Maika strives to ensure that all children have the access and opportunities they need to reach their maximum potential. Passionate about education and the environment, Maika has over 18+ years of international marketing experience working with Fortune 500, midsize and entrepreneurial companies in both technology and services sectors.

Suzy Loftus is the Police Commissioner of San Francisco. She is a former veteran prosecutor for the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office and former Special Assistant Attorney General to California Attorney General Kamala Harris.

Suzy Loftus is the Police Commissioner of San Francisco. She is a former veteran prosecutor for the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office and former Special Assistant Attorney General to California Attorney General Kamala Harris.
Suzy Loftus is currently the Chief Operating Officer for the Center for Youth Wellness, an initiative to build a one-stop health and wellness center for urban children and families in San Francisco.

Debbie is passionate about children and public education and has been an advocate for over 25 years.  She has been active in her community of Pleasanton since moving here, from Canada, in 2000, including serving eight years on the City’s Library Commission. 

Debbie is passionate about children and public education and has been an advocate for over 25 years.  She has been active in her community of Pleasanton since moving here, from Canada, in 2000, including serving eight years on the City’s Library Commission.  She is a proud graduate of Leadership Pleasanton and has been very active in the PTA, serving on boards at all levels, including the Director of Legislation of the California State PTA.  She is currently an elected delegate for Assembly District 16 and was recently selected to serve on her school district’s Local Control Advisory Committee

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