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Brigette Hunley has over 15 years experience in Technology and the Democratic Party. She is the current elected Chair of the Solano County Democratic Central Committee;  is the current elected Chair of the CDP Computer and Internet Caucus; serves as an appointed member of the State of California Ed Tech Task Force, is the Western States Regional Coordinator of the DNC Small Business Council, serves on the Resolutions Committee of the CDP, is the elected AD 11 E-Board Rep, is a Truman National Security Partner, is the elected Vice Chair of the CDP Business and Professional Caucus, has her own consulting group, BHC. is one the co-founders and founding President of the Solano Women's Democratic Club, was the Regional Director for Northern California, Steve Westly for Governor Campaign; co-chair and co-founder of the California Democratic Leadership Network, an organization that promotes state wide candidates; co-chair of the Hillary Clinton Network.

Brigette Hunley has over 15 years experience in Technology and the Democratic Party.

Dr. Donna Marie Hunter is a school administrator, conference speaker and parent advocate.  Her mission is to encourage, educate, enlighten and empower individuals with knowledge that transforms thinking and life.  Dedicated to bridging the gap between school districts and parents, creatively and strategically writing LCAP goals to benefit all students.
As a conference speaker, she passionately teaches with an encouraging message of HOPE and how school districts can make great strides in building and sustaining positive relationship with parents and the community.

Dr. Donna Marie Hunter is a school administrator, conference speaker and parent advocate.  Her mission is to encourage, educate, enlighten and empower individuals with knowledge that transforms thinking and life.  Dedicated to bridging the gap between school districts and parents, creatively and strategically writing LCAP goals to benefit all students.
As a conference speaker, she passionately teaches with an encouraging message of HOPE and how school districts can make great strides in building and sustaining positive relationship with parents and the community.

Dr. Donna Marie Hunter is a school administrator, conference speaker and parent advocate.  Her mission is to encourage, educate, enlighten and empower individuals with knowledge that transforms thinking and life.  Dedicated to bridging the gap between school districts and parents, creatively and strategically writing LCAP goals to benefit all students.
As a conference speaker, she passionately teaches with an encouraging message of HOPE and how school districts can make great strides in building and sustaining positive relationship with parents and the community.

Genoveva Islas was born in Fresno, California and grew up in small rural communities of the San Joaquin Valley; her parents were farm laborers.  She is the first in her family to attend college and graduate with an advanced degree.

Genoveva Islas was born in Fresno, California and grew up in small rural communities of the San Joaquin Valley; her parents were farm laborers.  She is the first in her family to attend college and graduate with an advanced degree.  She earned a Bachelors of Science in Health Science with an emphasis in Community Health from California State University, Fresno and received a Masters in Public Health degree in Health Education and Promotion from Loma Linda University. 
Genoveva is the Program Director of Cultiva La Salud (formerly the Central California Regional Obesity Prevention Program (CCRO

Sarah Ismail is a former UC Berkeley lecturer and current public health professional with eight years of global health and development experience and five years of teaching and curriculum development experience. She is a proud and practicing Muslim who wears hijab and fights for women’s rights. Sarah is a long-time resident of Santa Clara and Alameda counties; she was born in Santa Clara to first-generation Egyptian immigrants and attended elementary and high school in Santa Clara and San Jose, and middle school in Egypt.

Born and raised in Berkeley, CA.  Now living in the diverse city Oakland.  I am more motivated then ever to maintain and support others of what we all inherited and must live out our lives with and that is DIGNITY

Born and raised in Berkeley, CA.  Now living in the diverse city Oakland.  I am more motivated then ever to maintain and support others of what we all inherited and must live out our lives with and that is DIGNITY

Former Grant County Supervisor

Jen Jackson is passionate about protecting the environment and has worked on water quality and transportation issues for many years. Currently, Jen works as an independent environmental consultant on a wide range of projects, predominantly for stormwater and wastewater agencies. 

Jen Jackson is passionate about protecting the environment and has worked on water quality and transportation issues for many years. Currently, Jen works as an independent environmental consultant on a wide range of projects, predominantly for stormwater and wastewater agencies. Before striking out on her own, she worked for six and a half years on programs to protect San Francisco Bay at the East Bay Municipal Utility District. Prior to EBMUD, Jen worked for Save The Bay as a community organizer and Sierra Club headquarters as an outreach coordinator.

Linda M. Jackson is Vice-President of the Board of Education for San Rafael City Schools. First appointed in February 2006, and then elected in November 2007, Linda is Board representative to the Parents Council, the District English Language Acquisition Committee, and the Education Committee of the Chamber of Commerce. In fall 2009, she was elected Vice-President of the Marin County School Boards Association.

Linda M. Jackson is Vice-President of the Board of Education for San Rafael City Schools. First appointed in February 2006, and then elected in November 2007, Linda is Board representative to the Parents Council, the District English Language Acquisition Committee, and the Education Committee of the Chamber of Commerce. In fall 2009, she was elected Vice-President of the Marin County School Boards Association. She is currently serving on a countywide group of board members and superintendents completing a year long study of district collaborations for efficiency and collaboration.

Sharon Jackson was elected to serve as a trustee of the Marin Health Care District in 2004. Her professional background includes 15 years experience in executive roles in health and human service nonprofit organizations and 17 years as a health care researcher and strategic planning consultant. She served on the faculty of USF, teaching courses in health care administration. Most recently she served as the Executive Director of the domestic violence programs in Napa County.

Sharon Jackson was elected to serve as a trustee of the Marin Health Care District in 2004. Her professional background includes 15 years experience in executive roles in health and human service nonprofit organizations and 17 years as a health care researcher and strategic planning consultant. She served on the faculty of USF, teaching courses in health care administration. Most recently she served as the Executive Director of the domestic violence programs in Napa County.Sharon's public leadership roles focused on guiding organizations through challenging periods of change and redefinition.

Katy Janes is a scientist in an environmental nonprofit in the Sierra Nevada Foothills of California that uses citizen engagement at the heart of its work in watershed restoration in an effort to link water, science and people for the benefit of human and environmental health.  Katy is passionate about learning how systems work and applying that understanding to solving problems through a collaborative and interdisciplinary approach.

Lynn Jefferson currently serves as the Board President of Tel-Hi Neighborhood Center located in North Beach.

Lynn Jefferson currently serves as the Board President of Tel-Hi Neighborhood Center located in North Beach. A non profit founded in 1890 to serve immigrant children and families, the Center today serves 600-700 children, families and seniors enriching their lives through enrichment programs on a daily basis. A community advocate, Lynn recently received a Certificate of Honor from the San Francisco Mayor’s Office and the Board of Supervisors for her dedicated service to the Center since 2009. Lynn ran for District 3 Supervisor in 2008 and was not elected.

Lisa Jensen is a software validation specialist for Abbott Laboratories in Alameda and has served as a community leader in San Jose for the past decade. During the 2006 election year, Lisa served as Neighborhood Leadership Coordinator, Data Analysis Lead and as a member the Policy Advisory Team for the Sam Liccardo for San Jose City Council campaign. At the same time, she also served on the Women's Steering Committee along with other responsibilities for Cindy Chavez during her campaign for Mayor of San Jose.

Lisa Jensen is a software validation specialist for Abbott Laboratories in Alameda and has served as a community leader in San Jose for the past decade. During the 2006 election year, Lisa served as Neighborhood Leadership Coordinator, Data Analysis Lead and as a member the Policy Advisory Team for the Sam Liccardo for San Jose City Council campaign. At the same time, she also served on the Women's Steering Committee along with other responsibilities for Cindy Chavez during her campaign for Mayor of San Jose.

I graduated from the University of San Francisco School of Law in 1996. Afterwards, I worked as a legislative aide, for approximately 1.5 years, for Supervisor Leslie R. Katz, San Francisco Board of Supervisors.

I graduated from the University of San Francisco School of Law in 1996. Afterwards, I worked as a legislative aide, for approximately 1.5 years, for Supervisor Leslie R. Katz, San Francisco Board of Supervisors.
In 1998, I joined the San Francisco District Attorney's office where I served as an Assistant District Attorney for five years and prosecuted a variety of misdemeanor and felony matters including child abuse, domestic violence and sex crimes.
In 2003, I joined the U.S. Attorneys office, San Francisco, CA, as an Assistant U.S. Attorney.

Tiffany Johnson is a former member and the current Director of Outreach and Operations for California Youth Connection.

Tiffany Johnson is a former member and the current Director of Outreach and Operations for California Youth Connection. Tiffany is a former foster youth who has experienced group home care, kinship care, and sibling placement. Since the age of seventeen she has been an active participant in helping educate the community and legislature about the foster care system.

Venus D. Johnson, a California native, was born and raised in Oakland, CA. She attended Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles earning her Bachelors Degree in Political Science and Philosophy. During her time at Loyola, she was accepted into the Oxford University Scholars Program, and studied at Queens College during the summer of 1999. After graduating from Loyola in 2001, she went on to earn her juris doctorate in 2005, graduating with distinction, from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento. 

Venus D. Johnson, a California native, was born and raised in Oakland, CA. She attended Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles earning her Bachelors Degree in Political Science and Philosophy. During her time at Loyola, she was accepted into the Oxford University Scholars Program, and studied at Queens College during the summer of 1999. After graduating from Loyola in 2001, she went on to earn her juris doctorate in 2005, graduating with distinction, from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento.

For more than 20 years, Nicole has have worked in the public affairs arena, serving in the nonprofit, philanthropic and political sectors. Currently, Nicole serves as Director of External Affairs for State Controller Betty Yee in Southern California.

For more than 20 years, Nicole has have worked in the public affairs arena, serving in the nonprofit, philanthropic and political sectors. Currently, Nicole serves as Director of External Affairs for State Controller Betty Yee in Southern California. Nicole previously served as a staff member for former Assemblyman Kevin Murray and former Los Angeles Councilman Rudy Svorinich.

Mary Jung started her political career in 1972 as a full-time volunteer for the George McGovern for President Campaign.

Mary Jung started her political career in 1972 as a full-time volunteer for the George McGovern for President Campaign. On her way to register for college classes, her trip was interrupted by a conversation with the campaign office. With McGovern's anti-war and universal health care positions, she decided volunteering for the campaign seemed much more interesting and meaningful than what she originally set out to do that day.

Alicia Kae Herries has been a registered Democrat for over 20 years. A resident of Petaluma since 2005, Alicia serves as a Planning Commissioner to the City of Petaluma and Alternate on the Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee. In 2010, she was appointed to the Sonoma County Commission on the Status of Women, and in June 2011 assumed the position of Officer at Large. Since August, Alicia has served as an Alternate to the 2nd District on the Sonoma County Democratic Central Committee.

Alicia Kae Herries has been a registered Democrat for over 20 years.  A resident of Petaluma since 2005, Alicia serves as a Planning Commissioner to the City of Petaluma and Alternate on the Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee.  In 2010, she was appointed to the Sonoma County Commission on the Status of Women, and in June 2011 assumed the position of Officer at Large. Since August, Alicia has served as an Alternate to the 2nd District on the Sonoma County Democratic Central Committee.She is employed at BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc.

Kelley Kahn has more than ten years experience working as a urban planner throughout the state of California.An Oakland resident, Ms. Kahn most recently served as Project Director in the San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development and Senior Project Manager at the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency where she played a leadership role in the transformation of Mission Bay from a vacant rail yard to a thriving center for biotechnology.

Kelley Kahn has more than ten years experience working as a urban planner throughout the state of California.An Oakland resident, Ms. Kahn most recently served as Project Director in the San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development and Senior Project Manager at the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency where she played a leadership role in the transformation of Mission Bay from a vacant rail yard to a thriving center for biotechnology.

Laurie Kaiser Gallian began living and working in Sonoma in 1981. As a small business consultant and a principal at a financial management consulting firm, Laurie joined the board of Soroptimist International of Sonoma Valley in 1993. While there, she has held every board position and advocated for women's rights and opportunities. She currently works as the Finance Manager for Sonoma Charter School, a public charter elementary school of which she is also a founding parent.

Laurie Kaiser Gallian began living and working in Sonoma in 1981. As a small business consultant and a principal at a financial management consulting firm, Laurie joined the board of Soroptimist International of Sonoma Valley in 1993. While there, she has held every board position and advocated for women's rights and opportunities. She currently works as the Finance Manager for Sonoma Charter School, a public charter elementary school of which she is also a founding parent.

Ellen Kamei is a Policy Aide to Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian, District 5. Previously, Ellen worked in the Office of the City Manager for the City of Fremont as an International City/County Management (ICMA) Fellow. Prior to the ICMA fellowship, Ellen spent four years on the East Coast.

Ellen Kamei is a Policy Aide to Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian, District 5. Previously, Ellen worked in the Office of the City Manager for the City of Fremont as an International City/County Management (ICMA) Fellow. Prior to the ICMA fellowship, Ellen spent four years on the East Coast. She was a Congressional Aide in Washington, D.C. for Congresswomen Zoe Lofgren and Anna Eshoo. She then completed her Master's Degree in Public Administration with a concentration in Politics in May 2011 from the University of Pennsylvaniafs Fels Institute of Government.

In 2006, Joanne joined the staff of Oakland City Councilmember Pat Kernighan in Council District 2.  Her work ranges from policy development focused in the areas of public safety and public works to community relations primarily centered in the Grand Lake and Cleveland Heights neighborhoods.  She works closely with the Lakeshore Business Improvement District, Grand Avenue merchants, and neighborhood groups such as Grand Lake Neighbors and other resident groups and crime prevention councils.

In 2006, Joanne joined the staff of Oakland City Councilmember Pat Kernighan in Council District 2.  Her work ranges from policy development focused in the areas of public safety and public works to community relations primarily centered in the Grand Lake and Cleveland Heights neighborhoods.

My grandparents purchased their Menlo Park home in the 1950s, and my mother attended Menlo Park public schools. In 1996, my husband and I purchased our home in Menlo Park, and our children also attend Menlo Park public schools. I have had my own law practice in the County for 16 years. Proven Track Record - I have over 14 years of civic service, including 6 years on the Menlo Park Planning Commission.

My grandparents purchased their Menlo Park home in the 1950s, and my mother attended Menlo Park public schools. In 1996, my husband and I purchased our home in Menlo Park, and our children also attend Menlo Park public schools. I have had my own law practice in the County for 16 years. Proven Track Record - I have over 14 years of civic service, including 6 years on the Menlo Park Planning Commission. I was appointed to the Planning Commission in 2004 by Jellins, Duboc and Winkler, and reappointed in 2008 by Fergusson, Cline and Robinson.

Madeline Kellner runs a management consulting practice focused on systems change. Prior to founding her firm in 2001, Madeline served as public health director for Marin County and held management roles with Kaiser Permanente. Madeline's civic involvement includes: vice chair of the Novato Planning Commission, chair of the Novato Community Strategic Plan Oversight Committee, co-chair of the Novato Chamber of Commerce Leadership Program, and member of the Novato Ad Hoc Budget Advisory Committee.

Madeline Kellner runs a management consulting practice focused on systems change. Prior to founding her firm in 2001, Madeline served as public health director for Marin County and held management roles with Kaiser Permanente, including administrator of the Santa Rosa Medical Center. Madeline's civic involvement includes: vice chair of the Novato Planning Commission, chair of the Novato Community Strategic Plan Oversight Committee, co-chair of the Novato Chamber of Commerce Leadership Program, and member of the Novato Ad Hoc Budget Advisory Committee.

Anne is a mother of three and lives with her family in Santa Clara, CA.  She volunteers in her community to create opportunities for children and families.  Anne has been serving on the board of the Central YMCA for more than 10 years, helped start a non-profit to support her sons’ pre-school, and volunteers in her children’s schools.  She was appointed to and served on Santa Clara’s Housing Loan and Rehabilitation Committee for 8 years.  In addition, Anne is a practicing attorney, runs a small personal injury law firm in San Jose, CA, and often presents at continuing education programs throughout Northern California.

Anne is a mother of three and lives with her family in Santa Clara, CA.  She volunteers in her community to create opportunities for children and families.  Anne has been serving on the board of the Central YMCA for more than 10 years, helped start a non-profit to support her sons’ pre-school, and volunteers in her children’s schools.  She was appointed to and served on Santa Clara’s Housing Loan and Rehabilitation Committee for 8 years.  In addition, Anne is a practicing attorney, runs a small personal injury law firm in San Jose, CA, and often presents at continuing education programs throug

Lori Kern is Communications Director at United Food and Commercial Workers Local 135. She has been in her position for two-and-a-half years, and has been a union member with three different unions. She became active with Teamsters Local 2010 as a member lobbyist before being hired at UFCW Local 135.
Lori recently began her third term on the San Diego County Democratic Central Committee in January 2017. A life-long democrat, she became involved in politics during the re-election in 2004 election of George W. Bush.

I grew up in Los Angeles. I was in the eighth grade when the September 11th attacks occurred. That day changed my life forever.

I grew up in Los Angeles. I was in the eighth grade when the September 11th attacks occurred. That day changed my life forever. After that day all I wanted to do was to work for a better world. In college, I studied Political Science and Communication. After graduating, I worked at the Annenberg Innovation Lab to research new teaching methods for LAUSD teachers. I then flew across the country to work on the Obama campaign. I worked my way up to a field organizer in one of the toughest swing counties in Virginia. After we won by a landslide, I stayed in D.C. and interned in congress.

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