Denise Tugade, President

Denise is Press Secretary for the Office of Assembly Member Monique Limón. She is a graduate student at The George Washington University, where she is pursuing a Masters in Public Health in Epidemiology. She recently moved to Sacramento from Rwanda, where she trained community health workers to use smart phones to create Electronic Health Records, coordinated the delivery of water filters and high efficiency cook stoves to rural villages and evaluated public health programs.

Candice Riley, Member Services & Outreach Coordinator

Candice works as a Program Consultant in the Senate Office of International Relations. She previously worked in the Services to Students with Disabilities office at California State University, Sacramento. She graduated from University of California Santa Cruz with a degree in European History, with a focus on Women's History. If she's not working or training for a race, she's usually having her reading time interrupted by pet demands from one of her four four-legged companions.


Cynthia Castillo, Secretary

Cynthia is a feminist, first generation American, and proud carb enthusiast. An alumna of California State University Sacramento, she received a degree in Mass Communications. Cynthia became engaged in politics within the past year, serving as a field organizer for the California Democratic Party in one of the country’s most competitive congressional elections. There, she learned the importance of civic engagement and grassroots advocacy while working alongside women of all ages in support of Democrats like Hilary Clinton. Despite the devastating loss on Election Day, she is convinced that now more than ever women should be in the forefront of politics. Currently, she is a Legislative Assistant for the Faculty Association of California Community Colleges where she engage faculty members in legislative and political advocacy. 


Carli Reveles, Treasurer

Raised in rural America, my life was guided by low expectations and modest incomes. Despite my family having lived in America for four generations, I was among the first descendants who did not have to work in the fields. Once I accepted admittance to UC San Diego, I became the first woman in my entire family’s history to pursue a degree in higher education. After graduating, I completed a two year hiatus traveling to thirty countries between five continents. Now living in Sacramento, I hope to learn State policy so I may grow into a formidable leader for my community. 

Kristi Thielen, Communications Director

Kristi is the Account Manager at Acosta Consulting. She recently received her bachelor's degree in Political Science with an emphasis on International Relations & American Politics from UCLA. In her free time, Kristi loves exploring local breweries/coffee shops and hiking Northern California.


Linda Tenerowicz, Membership Services + Outreach Coordinator

Linda is a Legislative Aide for California State Assemblymember Rodriguez staffing public safety, health, and human services. After graduating from Loyola Marymount University with a bachelor’s degree in political science, Linda moved to Sacramento where she worked as a consultant in the Senate Public Safety Committee through the Capitol Fellows Program. In 2016, Linda helped co-found Barkada Sacramento, an organization committed to bringing together the Filipino-American community to explore ideas around identity, politics and culture. Outside of work, Linda enjoys dancing hula and learning about Hawaiian culture and the arts. 

Valeria Hernandez, Political Director

Valeria works in the office of Senator Newman, she previously worked for GroundWorks Campaigns and the California Vote Project. She recently graduated from Sacramento State with a degree in government.

Caity Maple, Finance Director

Caity is a Legislative Advocate for Gonzalez, Quintana. Her focus is on elections, campaign finance, effective government and transparency. She is a gubernatorial appointee to the 52nd District Agricultural Association, County Fair Board of Directors, board member of the Midtown Neighborhood Association, steering committee member for the University of California Center, Sacramento and member of several democratic and community organizations. Her passions include social equity and empowering women to become leaders, among others. Caity earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of California, Davis.

Mary McCune, Pipeline Program Director

Mary is a Regulatory Analyst + Advocate for the California Dental Association. She also serves on the advisory board for California Groundbreakers and is a California Democratic Party Delegate for Assembly District 9. She previously worked for Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California. She is also a graduate of McGeorge School of Law and CSU Sacramento. In her spare time, Mary can be found in the cookbook section of a local bookstore, playing with her dogs, or snapping photos.  

Nicole Norton, Media Relations Director

Nicole is a Marketing Specialist for Selland Family Restaurants. Previously, she was an Account Executive for Perry Communications Group. She has a bachelor’s degree in Government from CSU Sacramento and previously served as a Public Affairs intern for the California Special Districts Association. Nicole has experience securing media coverage for clients, building social media strategies, developing content and planning events. In her down time, Nicole can be found exploring Northern California’s wonders.

Amber Maltbie

Amber is a campaign finance compliance and government ethics attorney with the Public Policy Practice Group of Nossaman LLP.  Nossaman LLP is  a national law firm with 150 professionals working coast-to-coast and from election law to resource management.