M.A. Coursework Completed, California State University, Sacramento May 1994
Political Science. Concentration: Public Law and Political Theory. Thesis in Progress.
B.A. California State University, Sacramento May 1991
Political Science. Concentration: Public Law and Political Theory.
Senator Richard G. Polanco, twenty-second Senatorial District (October 1996-current).
Senate Associate selected by Senator Polanco's office to work as a Legislative Aide.
- Staffed legislation (general areas: education/native American/disaster issues /solid waste)
- Budget: negotiated and tracked requests/monitored sub and conference committee
- Facilitated enforcement of legislation by negotiating with state agency representatives
- Wrote speeches, talking points and press releases
- Assisted in tracking the status of 54 bills and resolutions
- Worked with Latino, Native American, and Asian advocacy groups
- Worked closely with senior staff and lobbyists
- Regular meetings with advocacy groups and constituents
- Presented bills on behalf of the senator
California State Assembly, Office of the Chief Clerk (April 1996-September 1996).
Selected for a full-time paid internship as an Engrossing and Enrolling Clerk.
- Assisted in the enrollment process: preparing legislation for presentation to Governor
- Assisted in the engrossment process: proof-read legislation
- Tracking bill status through observation of Assembly floor action
- Cutting, pasting, and processing legislation
- Gathering signatures and delivering measures to the Sec. Of State and Governor
- Extensive utilization of Assembly publications
Ross Communications, Political Strategy and Media (January-December 1994).
Selected for the Joe Serna Fellowship in Politics as a research assistant with political consulting firm.
- Opposition research
- Issue and legislative research
- Researched and wrote position papers
- Assisted with media production and delivery
- Assisted with organization of press conferences
Capitol Focus, Program Instructor (October 1997)
- Four-day non-partisan political awareness program for ninety high school students
- Conducted mock committee hearings, moderated policy debates, delivered issue presentations
- Coordinated student media and issue interviews/research
- Responsible for sixteen young adults for duration of the program
- Mexican American Alcoholism Program, vice-president, Board of Directors (1993-97)
- Assisted in formulation of policy for rehabilitation and AIDS education programs
- Helped develop men and women's transition home and drug diversion programs
- Assisted board President with formation of employee termination and drug testing policies
- Served on legal affairs committee and assisted in negotiating contract for Executive Director
- Media Work for United Farmworker March, Press Assistant for Marc Grossman (April 1994)
- Assisted in operation of statewide satellite press conference
- Delivered press releases to the capitol press corps
- Attended strategy and planning meetings with top UFW staff
- Assisted press corps and at actual march
- KVMR Community Radio, Guest DJ (April 1994)
- Asked to put on a three-hour radio program utilizing interests in politics and music
- Delivered, "Blues, R&B, Reggae, Funk, and Hip-Hop: Music and Social Experience
- Published "Power and Promise: The Speakership Battle of 1994"
- Published by the Center for California Studies
- California Indian Education Conference, Guest Speaker (February 1994)
- Prepared and delivered "Change and Continuity., The Future of Native American Education"
- Graduate Teaching Assistant, Sacramento State University 1993-94
- GTA in American Government and Current Political Thought
- Prepared and delivered lectures
- Graded student papers for substance and mechanics
- Held regular discussion groups and office hours with students
- Assistant Editor/Research Assistant, Dr. Friedemann Schartzkophf 1993
- Assisted in preparing Ph.D. dissertation for publication
- Edited for substance, mechanics, and style
- Toned down academic language for a general audience