Emerge California Board of Directors

Board Officers

Amber Maltbie, Chair

Amber Maltbie is a political attorney in Los Angeles with Nossaman, LLP, specializing in campaign finance compliance and disclosure, election administration, and governmental ethics.  Ms. Maltbie was also recently elected to the Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council. Specializing in the intersection between U.S. and international election law, gender issues, and women's political participation - Ms. Maltbie is also an adjunct professor of election law at the McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento, CA.

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Board Members

Olivia Calderon
Senior Strategist, Special Populations, Office of Financial Empowerment at Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Olivia Calderon has a distinguished career advancing policies to bring economic and social justice to disenfranchised and low-income communities.

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Whitney Davis-Houston
Attorney at Law, Law Offices of Whitney Davis-Houston

Whitney Davis-Houston recently launched her own practice specializing in small business and entertainment transactions. Her clients include producers and production companies, as well as small business concerns.

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Annie Eagan

Annie Eagan is the founder and principal of Annie Eagan Consulting. With over twenty-year’s experience in government, politics, and fundraising, Annie’s expertise is in strategic political fundraising

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Sandra Fluke
California State Director, Voices for Progress

Although best known for her advocacy for gender equality and reproductive justice, for the last decade, Sandra Fluke has devoted her career to public interest advocacy for numerous social justice concerns, such as LGBTQ rights, worker rights, economic justice, immigrant rights, and international human rights, including focusing on the impact to communities of color.

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Hon. Wendy Greuel
Former Los Angeles City Controller

A working mom and lifelong Angeleno, Wendy attended LA public schools and graduated from UCLA. Wendy started her career in public service working for her mentor, former Mayor Tom Bradley, where for ten years she worked on a wide range of public policy issues including child care, senior care homelessness, housing, public health and education.

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Hon. Matt Haney
Director of Policy, Rebuild the Dream

Matt serves as an elected School Board Member and Vice-President of the San Francisco Unified School District Board of Education, where he is responsible for determining policy, budget, curriculum, educational goals and standards for all pre K-12 public schools in San Francisco.

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Courtney La Bau

Courtney has over 16 years experience in the international political and business arena.  Courtney has served as a consultant, speaker, lecturer, and published author on a variety of topics, including foreign policy, ISIS, counterterrorism, and women in politics.  Although a native of Los Angeles, she has lived and worked all over the world and is deeply knowledgeable in foreign affairs, cultures, and international relations.  She speaks fluent Spanish and conversational Arabic.

Courtney currently serves as a Senior Advisor on behalf of the Department of Homeland Security, Office of Community Partnerships.  In this capacity, she is responsible for all counterterrorism and countering violent extremism efforts in Southern California, working directly with local and federal agencies as well as the Mayor’s office on strategic efforts and programs.  She serves as a direct link to DHS headquarters for the region, and works with religious and other community partners on building civil society, community resilience, and countering extremist narratives.  

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Jill Nash

Jill has a passion for transformative brands and has built and led strategically focused, global teams for companies in a variety of industry sectors. Previously, she has held executive leadership roles with LifeLock, Levi Strauss & Co., Yahoo!, Gap Inc., Charles Schwab and Transamerica Corp.

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Josefina Ramirez Notsinneh
Senior Associate, Government Relations, Children Now

Josefina Ramirez Notsinneh is a Senior Associate in Government Relations for Children Now, a leading nonpartisan umbrella research, policy development and advocacy organization dedicated to promoting children's health, education, and well-being in California.

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Janice Rocco

Janice Rocco is California’s Deputy Insurance Commissioner overseeing Health Policy and Reform at the California Department of Insurance (CDI).  Rocco led the Department’s successful efforts to implement the Affordable Care Act and was a key player in developing California’s related state health care reform laws.

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Hon. Susan Rose
Former Santa Barbara County Board Supervisor

During her more than 30 years experience in public administration, education and community activism, Susan Rose has been committed to the advancement of women, workplace issues and civil rights. She served two 4-year terms on the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors during which she led efforts to create initiatives for affordable housing and homelessness, to improve the quality of life for women and families, and to ensure the environmental health of her community.

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Naomi Seligman
Communications Director, Office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti

Naomi Seligman, President of Seligman Consulting, has built her career on transforming talented people and organizations into powerhouses of influence. Her hard-hitting strategies have consistently put her clients on the map over the past 20 years, in a career spanning both Coasts and the very different worlds of Washington D.C. and Hollywood.

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Shawn VanDiver
Chief Operating Officer, Three Wise Men Foundation

Shawn VanDiver was born in Springfield, Illinois and moved to sunny California at the age of 3. He enlisted in the Navy at the age of 17 and served for just over 12 years. He served aboard the ships USS Thach and USS Chancellorsville as well as at several shore commands.

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