Alumnae

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Currently the Annual Giving and Alumni Relations Coordinator at Moreau Catholic Hugh School, Ms. Lorta was previously the Exceutive and Development Assistant at WAGES (Women's Action to Gain Economic Security). In the past she has been a Health Educator for Planned Parenthood and a Field Representative for Comgresswoman Ellen Tauscher.

Currently the Annual Giving and Alumni Relations Coordinator at Moreau Catholic Hugh School, Ms. Lorta was previously the Exceutive and Development Assistant at WAGES (Women's Action to Gain Economic Security). In the past she has been a Health Educator for Planned Parenthood and a Field Representative for Comgresswoman Ellen Tauscher.

Growing up in Southern California has plenty of advantages. When I say that, most people think I’m talking about sunshine, palm trees, and movie stars – but that’s not what I’m talking about at all.

Growing up in Southern California has plenty of advantages. When I say that, most people think I’m talking about sunshine, palm trees, and movie stars – but that’s not what I’m talking about at all. California has vast diversity; most communities are racially and economically diverse, which gave me a wide perspective on life. California is like a tossed salad of diversity, rather than a melting pot; we all are in the bowl together but our flavors have yet to blend.\
From a young age, I was able to recognize social disparities and disproportionate opportunities.

Rachael Rose Luckey is community rights activist, with special emphasis on the LGB/Trans Movements, living in Los Angeles. She is an officer of the Stonewall Democratic Club making her the highest elected transgender political figure in LA County.  She is the Executive Director for LA TransCon 2018, is on the executive board of the Transgender Service Provider Network and participates on the LAPD LGBT Working Group.

Meghan Macaluso is a political and charitable fundraiser who has worked for more than a decade at leading Bay Area non-profits, political campaigns, and private sector firms.

Meghan Macaluso is a political and charitable fundraiser who has worked for more than a decade at leading Bay Area non-profits, political campaigns, and private sector firms. 
Meghan began her career as Associate Vice-President of Development for United Way of the Bay Area, where she managed a corporate donor portfolio totaling more than     $5 million.  She later transitioned to the political realm by joining Platinum Advisors, LLC, a California-based lobby and consulting firm.  While at Platinum Advisors, Meghan oversaw the firm’s political fundraising program and executed fundraisers for na

Virginia Madueno is the President of IMAGEN, LLC, a communications firm she established in 2001, she is also Vice President of US Government Relations for the Sino American Trade Development Association focused on expanding trade relations between Central China and the San Joaquin Valley.

Virginia Madueno is the President of IMAGEN, LLC, a communications firm she established in 2001, she is also Vice President of US Government Relations for the Sino American Trade Development Association focused on expanding trade relations between Central China and the San Joaquin Valley. Virginia is a former council member and Mayor for the City of Riverbank California.

Humera Malik is Senior Director at EA University at Electronic Arts. Humera’s commitment to the belief that individuals can have a significant impact on organizations and communities started as a teenager. This is when she attended a youth leadership program that led her to the California State Capital, where she stood before the State Board of education to talk about the connection between leadership, education and its impact on the local community.

Humera Malik is Senior Director at EA University at Electronic Arts.

Humera’s commitment to the belief that individuals can have a significant impact on organizations and communities started as a teenager.  This is when she attended a youth leadership program that led her to the California State Capital, where she stood before the State Board of education to talk about the connection between leadership, education and its impact on the local community. Throughout her career, Humera has focused on individuals and their ability to influence change in an organization and create a powerful empl

My name is Carmen Malik-Pearson. I work for Service Employees International Union Local 1000 as a Labor Negotiator and Representative. I do this work because I genuinely care for the community I serve and strive to make the lives around me better. I would like to see more women in leadership because our presence is vital as successful and tangible role models of what can be accomplished when we uplift one another and work together.

Alexandria helps women break free from troublesome eating patterns they have struggled with for years to discover peace and balance around their relationship with food, weight and their body.  She owns her own business called HEARTfood that includes a private practice in San Francisco that works directly coaching clients one-on-one both in person, over Skype and on the phone. 

Alexandria helps women break free from troublesome eating patterns they have struggled with for years to discover peace and balance around their relationship with food, weight and their body.  She works with clients who would like to lose weight, chronically diet or restrict food, binge and compulsive eat, and have body image issues.  For years, Alexandria was stuck in the yo-yo dieting cycle, gaining and losing hundreds of pounds, until she discovered that deeper more sustainable answers lie within.

Elisa Márquez is a lifelong resident of the City of Hayward. She takes great pride in the fact that she’s raising her teenage daughter in the same house and community, she grew up in.  At a young age she was exposed to the importance of community service.  Public service is an essential part of her life.

Elisa Márquez is a lifelong resident of the City of Hayward. She takes great pride in the fact that she’s raising her teenage daughter in the same house and community, she grew up in.  At a young age she was exposed to the importance of community service.  Public service is an essential part of her life.  Thus, she’s been civically involved by serving on various commissions for the City of Hayward. She previously served on the Human Services Commission and is currently a Planning Commissioner and a member of the Sustainability Committee.  Elisa has a B.A.

Andrea Marr is a professional engineer and the owner of Wedge Consulting, where she advises large institutions on energy management strategies.

Andrea Marr is a professional engineer and the owner of Wedge Consulting, where she advises large institutions on energy management strategies. Prior to starting Wedge, Andrea worked for McKinstry as a program manager and commissioning engineer, overseeing the implementation of energy efficiency projects for clients including the California Institute of Technology.  Andrea has also spent time in Nicaragua, designing and installing wind turbines and solar panels in rural communities without access to the national electric grid.

Patrice Marshall McKenzie is skilled professional adept in the legislative process, public affairs and media relations. She possesses a well-rounded repertoire of skills and expertise, including policy development, community relations, event management and design, and human resources to name a few.
 
Patrice currently serves as the Deputy Chief of Staff for LAUSD Board Member Dr. George McKenna. Her primary responsibilities include the development and implementation of policy priorities, intergovernmental relations and supervising staff. Previously, Ms.

Having worked since the age of 16 and throughout her entire time in college, Consuelo Martinez has accumulated experience in banking, legal, and the nonprofit industries.

Having worked since the age of 16 and throughout her entire time in college, Consuelo Martinez has accumulated experience in banking, legal, and the nonprofit industries. Consuelo is passionate about social justice and her community. A former appointed Commissioner for the City of Escondido’s Community Services Commission, Consuelo has also served in various leadership capacities for numerous nonprofit and political organizations throughout San Diego County.
She currently resides in Escondido, CA in the home that she grew up in.

Shannon Mason is an advocate for elderly and dependent adults. Her close relationship with her grandparents inspired her passion for working with the elderly. As a Registered Respiratory Care Practitioner, she enjoyed advocating and providing care to her elderly and dependent adult patients.

Shannon Mason is an advocate for elderly and dependent adults. Her close relationship with her grandparents inspired her passion for working with the elderly. As a Registered Respiratory Care Practitioner, she enjoyed advocating and providing care to her elderly and dependent adult patients.
Shannon currently serves as a Commissioner on the Sacramento County Adult & Aging Commission. Additionally, she is a Liaison to the Sacramento County First 5 Advisory Committee. In 2011, she started her own small business, Scrubs & Gloves CPR Training LLC, and she is currently the Managing Member.

As a longstanding community activist Kim-Shree believes no matter how high your position is at the policy level it is important not to forget that change comes from the ground up. As a School Board member, Kim-Shree has worked diligently to foster an environment focused on leading by example. She often spends her own lunch hour meeting with parents and teachers. And she led the effort to make it policy that each School Board member visit a minimum of twenty schools a year, a practice she had been practicing from the start.

As a longstanding community activist Kim-Shree believes no matter how high your position is at the policy level it is important not to forget that change comes from the ground up. As a School Board member, Kim-Shree has worked diligently to foster an environment focused on leading by example. She often spends her own lunch hour meeting with parents and teachers. And she led the effort to make it policy that each School Board member visit a minimum of twenty schools a year, a practice she had been practicing from the start.

Kim McCoy Wade is a public policy and philanthropy consultant focused on creating opportunities for low-income children and families.  She currently coordinates a coalition, the Alliance to Transform CalFresh, advocating to increase access to nutrition alongside the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (2011-present) and boost SNAP (formerly food stamps) participation in California.

Kim McCoy Wade is a public policy and philanthropy consultant focused on creating opportunities for low-income children and families.  She currently coordinates a coalition, the Alliance to Transform CalFresh, advocating to increase access to nutrition alongside the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (2011-present) and boost SNAP (formerly food stamps) participation in California.   In recent years she has written a guide for California after-school and summer programs on new nutrition education funding; analyzed state child care subsidy programs for opportunities to improve access; dev

Wendy McPhee is Director of Marketing at Conrad Imports in San Francisco. Prior to that she ran a design and communication business emphasizing environmental issues. She has a passionate commitment to the importance of sustainability as it relates to the future of communities both locally and globally.

Wendy McPhee is Director of Marketing at Conrad Imports in San Francisco. Prior to that she ran a design and communication business emphasizing environmental issues. She has a passionate commitment to the importance of sustainability as it relates to the future of communities both locally and globally. Through her commitment to civic affairs she served on her town's property owner's association and the Ross General Plan Steering Committee. McPhee has volunteered countless hours through the years at local schools attended by her children.

Ms. Melara has a long history of community participation as a member of several non-profit boards and commissions. She presently serves as Vice-President of the San Francisco Health Commission and member of the San Francisco Re-districting Task Force. She serves on the Board of On Lok Senior Services. Ms. Melara is a co-founder of California’s first shelter for survivors of domestic violence, La Casa De Las Madres. 

Sonia Melara, MSW from San Francisco State, has been on the part-time faculty of the School of Social Work since 2011. Most recently she serves as the Field Education Director and the BASW Program Coordinator. She received her BA and MSW from San Francisco State University. In her regular professional career, Ms. Melara is the Executive Director of Rally Family Visitation Services of Saint Francis Memorial Hospital. Ms.

I am the mother of 3 girls, an involved San Francisco resident, a Democrat, and a Latina. I was born and raised in El Salvador, and immigrated to San Francisco with my family during the Civil War

I am the mother of 3 girls, an involved San Francisco resident, a Democrat, and a Latina. I was born and raised in El Salvador, and immigrated to San Francisco with my family during the Civil War. For the past 6 months, I have been the Executive Director of the Jamestown Community Center - a 40 year old youth development agency providing comprehensive programming for low income Mission District youth and their families.
Before March of 2014, I worked at the Mission Economic Development Agency as its Deputy Director, and Director of Asset Building Programs.

Sarah de Guia is Deirector of Government Affairs at eh California Pan-Ethnic Health Network is a graduate of Santa Clara University School of Law, where she was awarded the 2011 Student Award for Social Justice and was the 2010 recipient of the Herman Wildman Social Justice Writing Award. She earned her Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Berkeley in Ethnic Studies and Public Policy in 1999.

Sarah de Guia is Deirector of Government Affairs at eh California Pan-Ethnic Health Network is a graduate of Santa Clara University School of Law, where she was awarded the 2011 Student Award for Social Justice and was the 2010 recipient of the Herman Wildman Social Justice Writing Award.

Natasha is a Master’s Graduate of Public Policy at Mills College. She recently worked for City of Oakland Councilmember Libby Schaaf as a Policy Analyst and Constituent Liaison.  She has been a strong supporter of Democratic candidates in local, state and congressional races, as well as a volunteer for the Obama campaign in 2008 (as Precinct Captain for Congresswoman Barbara Lee’s district) and 2012.

Natasha is a Master’s Graduate of Public Policy at Mills College.

Amy currently serves her community as an Appointed School Board Trustee for the Dublin Unified School District. Her interest in education began over 15 years ago when she pursued and completed a Master’s of Science Degree in Educational Psychology and Counseling and also received a School Counseling Credential (PPS).  Amy spent her graduate school years working as a College, Career and Guidance Counselor in various educational settings, which increased her interest in underserved populations, including first generation college students, and the issue of workforce readiness.

Amy currently serves her community as an Appointed School Board Trustee for the Dublin Unified School District. Her interest in education began over 15 years ago when she pursued and completed a Master’s of Science Degree in Educational Psychology and Counseling and also received a School Counseling Credential (PPS).  Amy spent her graduate school years working as a College, Career and Guidance Counselor in various educational settings, which increased her interest in underserved populations, including first generation college students, and the issue of workforce readiness.

Janet Miller is an educational innovator and Central Valley community activist, who brings fresh perspectives in secondary and post-secondary education. Her work has centered on building college and career transition programs and growing access to them.

She holds a BA in English Language Arts from Hunter College, the City University of New York, an MA in Organizational Development from the California Institute of Integral Studies, and an MA in Special Education from San Francisco State University.

Hi! My name is Lolita Miller I am a native of Jacksonville, Florida where I experienced the greatest joy, honor and privilege to service as pastor of Tower of Power Ministries. Also, I earned my Doctorate degree in Theology from the Truth Bible College and Seminary. In 1996, I moved to California and became involved in local and state politics as a volunteer in campaigns. I have worked for Kaiser Permanente since 1997. I served as a shop steward of the Office Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU) Local 29. 

Hi! My name is Lolita Miller I am a native of Jacksonville, Florida where I experienced the greatest joy, honor and privilege to service as pastor of Tower of Power Ministries. Also, I earned my Doctorate degree in Theology from the Truth Bible College and Seminary. In 1996, I moved to California and became involved in local and state politics as a volunteer in campaigns. I have worked for Kaiser Permanente since 1997. I served as a shop steward of the Office Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU) Local 29. I am married and I have three sons and thirteen grandsons.

Paulina Miranda lives in Fresno California, located in the Center of the Sate. She is originally from Mexico with roots in Los Angeles and San Diego California.

Paulina Miranda lives in Fresno California, located in the Center of the Sate. She is originally from Mexico with roots in Los Angeles and San Diego California.
She was studying in Mexico City, in the School of Chemist, at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), in Mexico City, Mexico, and earned a Bachelor in Chemist-Biology-Pharmacist. She continued doing her studies of Master in Industrial Administration at the same school.

Nazly Mohajer serves on the San Francisco Human Rights Commission. Commissioner Mohajer is a Computer Scientist and serial entrepreneur with extensive experience in systems and business development, real-estate development, international trade, and executive leadership. 

Nazly Mohajer serves on the San Francisco Human Rights Commission. Commissioner Mohajer is a Computer Scientist and serial entrepreneur with extensive experience in systems and business development, real-estate development, international trade, and executive leadership. Ms. Mohajer worked for Control Data Corporation as a Systems Analyst on the Space Shuttle program for NASA Johnson Space Center and later as a Marketing Analyst for Cal State University systems. She headed the Visualization Applications segment for Tektronix focusing on multi-media and defense applications.

Anna currently serves as Chair of the Democratic Party of Sacramento County as well as Chair of SAVE Sacramento.  In addition, she is an elected delegate to the California DSCC.

Anna currently serves as Chair of the Democratic Party of Sacramento County as well as Chair of SAVE Sacramento.  In addition, she is an elected delegate to the California DSCC.Anna became involved in political volunteering at a young age, phone-banking and canvassing for local Chicago candidates. Since her arrival in San Francisco, Anna has volunteered for several Democratic candidates and on behalf of progressive issues.

Amanda Monchamp is a partner in the Government Section's West Coast Land Use and Environment Group. She practices in the areas of land use, natural resources, and environmental law with an emphasis on project development, regulatory compliance and litigation regarding the California Environmental Quality Act throughout California.

Amanda Monchamp is a partner in the Government Section's West Coast Land Use and Environment Group. She practices in the areas of land use, natural resources, and environmental law with an emphasis on project development, regulatory compliance and litigation regarding the California Environmental Quality Act throughout California.
Ms. Monchamp advises clients on various aspects of complex residential, commercial and industrial land use and development projects, as well as linear projects for utilities such as telecommunications, power companies, transportation and transit projects.

Marily Mondejar is a Filipina American feminist, a community organizer, and an untiring advocate against domestic violence and trafficking of Filipina women. Marily is passionate about women's rights and especially works to ensure the representation of Filipina and Asian women's voices in the public and private sectors. Her skills in building relationships and bringing people together for humanitarian causes have inspired many.

Marily Mondejar is a Filipina American feminist, a community organizer, and an untiring advocate against domestic violence and trafficking of Filipina women. Marily is passionate about women's rights and especially works to ensure the representation of Filipina and Asian women's voices in the public and private sectors.

Dr. Courtney Monk has focused her career on improving educational outcomes and opportunities for students from all backgrounds.  She is currently a Manager of Data Science at Chegg, an education technology company that helps students succeed academically and professionally. Her team at Chegg provides business analytics and data-driven strategic partnership for business leaders.  Prior to joining Chegg, Courtney spent nearly six years at Teach For America (TFA), a non-profit organization whose mission is for all children to have access to an excellent education.

Susan Monk serves on the Planning and Transportation Commission, City of Palo Alto. She’s a Board Member for NARAL Pro-Choice California Privacy PAC, Political Action Committee for women’s reproductive health and justice. Co-Chair of Education and Outreach for NARAL Peninsula Leadership Council. Most recently was Campaign Manager in a successful local election. Susan is a CA licensed attorney and also worked extensively in Internal Communications at a Fortune 500 high tech company in Silicon Valley.

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