2020 Board of Directors:
California Department of Education
Alma Barreras is a Legislative Representative for the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tony Thurmond, at the California Department of Education. In this position, Alma monitors legislative activity and represents the State Superintendent on legislation involving charter schools, nutrition, teacher preparation, school safety, emergency response, higher education, and English Learners. Prior to this, Alma was a Legislative Aide in Assemblymember Rob Bonta’s office for nearly three years. In this position, Alma staffed issues relating to K-12 education, higher education, labor and employment, human services, and health. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from UCLA, and is originally from East Los Angeles.
Lucia "Lucy" Saldivar is a Legislative Aide in the Office of Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin. In this role, Lucy staffs various policy areas including veterans affairs, business, professions, health, and human services. Lucy is a proud alumna of the CA Assembly Fellowship program and previously served as CLCAF’s Fellows Representative. Lucy graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and a Minor in Ancient Studies from Barnard College of Columbia University. She is originally from San Ysidro, California.
Governor's Office of Appointments
Luis Larios is a Senior Assistant for Assemblymember Miguel Santiago. He oversees a variety of policy areas including healthcare, environmental issues, and labor. Prior to his current position he served as a Legislative Aide for Assemblymember Mike Gipson and as an Assembly Fellow with Assemblymember Kevin Mullin. Luis graduated from UC Berkeley and is originally from Chino, CA.
Environmental & Energy Consulting
Brandon Garcia is an Associate at Environmental & Energy Consulting (EEC), which is a full-service lobbying firm in Sacramento that focuses on conservation, air quality, and various other environmental issues. He focuses on transportation, energy, waste, and recycling issues. He provides legislative and regulatory support, project management, and strategic consultation to EEC clients and team members.
Previously he worked for the McCallum Group Inc. and the Quintana Cruz Company. As a member of two teams, Brandon was responsible for tracking and analyzing legislation, securing legislative support for client priorities, conducting background research and coordinating the team. During his time there he worked on a variety of issues including higher education, local government, housing, transportation, and homelessness.
Prior to that, Brandon was a member of the Legislative Team at Shaw/Yoder/Antwih Inc. He worked on behalf of the California Transit Association and was responsible for tracking legislation, working on regulatory issues, and providing legislative support for California’s transit agencies.
Brandon graduated with a B.A. in Government from Sacramento State University.
Abram Diaz is a Senior Legislative Aide for Assemblymember Jesse Gabriel. He staffs him on the Assembly Committee of Housing and Community Development, on various issues including Public Safety and Education, as well as the Millennial and California Technology and Innovation Caucuses. Abram holds a B.A. in Legal Studies with Honors from the University of California, Santa Cruz and recently received his Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Southern California. Prior to working in the Capitol he interned in Washington, D.C. for Senator Barbara Boxer, and worked as an investigator for the Santa Cruz County Public Defender’s office. In his free time, he enjoys playing soccer, watching movies, and traveling to new places.
Senator Melissa Hurtado
Victor Torres is a Legislative Aide in the Office State Senator Melissa Hurtado. In his role, he works on various policy issues including local government, housing, and the environment for the Senator as well as staffing her on the Senate Governance and Finance committee. Before joining Senator Hurtado’s office, Victor served as a Capitol Senate Fellow in the Office of State Senator Robert M. Hertzberg. Victor earned his B.A. in Political Science and a minor in Chicano Latino Studies from UC Irvine. Outside of the Foundation, Victor serves as a Board Member for the Latinx Young Democrats of Sacramento County and the California Young Democrats Latino Caucus. Victor was raised in raised Fresno, CA and is originally from Irvine, CA.”
Jorge Reyes Salinas
Jorge Reyes Salinas is the Communications Director for Assemblymember Limón. He was an Assembly Fellow in the Office of Assemblymember Kevin Mullin last year. In addition to communications, Jorge staffs legislation relating to business & professions and higher education. Prior to joining the California State Assembly, Jorge was a field representative for the office of Senator Hertzberg. Jorge graduated with a Master’s Degree in Communication Studies from California State University, Northridge. He is originally from Lima, Peru and grew up in the San Fernando Valley, California.
Renne Public Policy Group
Itzel Becerra is a Legislative and Grant Research Assistant with the Renne Public Policy Group. She brings a background of State legislative, local government and association management experience to the firm.
Itzel most recently worked for the California Special Districts Association (CSDA) as a Professional Development Assistant. There she worked directly with CSDA member agencies to connect them with educational resources and trainings. Prior, she served as a Public Affairs Intern with CSDA, where assisted the Advocacy and Public Affairs team tracking legislation, conducting research and drafting articles for the association’s weekly electronic newsletter.
Itzel gained knowledge and experience of the California legislative process while participating in the Sacramento Semester Program, offered through CSU’s Department of Political Science. As Legislative intern for Assembly Member Kevin McCarty (D, Sacramento) Itzel staffed measures and executed various legislative duties during her tenure.
Itzel graduated from California State University, Sacramento with a Bachelor of Arts in Government along with a Minor in Spanish. Born in North Hollywood, CA Itzel was raised in Tulare, CA.
Kenia Miranda Verdugo
Senator Ben Hueso
Kenia Miranda-Verdugo was five years old when she migrated to the United States from Mexico. At the time, she did not understand that she was undocumented, as children usually are not aware of these issues. Therefore, oblivious to her legal status, she grew up dreaming of attending a university in the U.S and becoming the first in her family to earn a bachelor’s degree. She dreamt that she would be able to guide and set an example for her three younger sisters. She dreamt that she would be able to make her mother proud. However, as her dreams grew, so did the amount of obstacles she faced. Kenia learned that a birthplace and a social security number separated her from the rest of her friends and peers. At the time, she had no power over her legal situation, so she decided to indulge herself in politics. Kenia wanted to learn about why certain laws were passed and how they could be ratified; therefore, she aspires to open pathways for minority children and help form legislation that will benefit underrepresented communities. Kenia has worked at a pro bono legal clinic assisting families who seek information about legal procedures and has experience assisting clients with filing many different applications in various law specializations. After graduating, Kenia began to work for an immigration and criminal law firm in San Diego, California. She assisted families who were going through similar legal status complications as herself, this enabled her to feel gratitude and pride for her line of work while simultaneously learning and growing. Kenia’s background and experience continue to reinforce her passion for helping underrepresented minorities.