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, Vice President

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 Legislative Assistant for the Faculty Association of California Community Colleges (FACCC), where she advocates for faculty and student concerns. Previously, she served as a Field Organizer for the California Democratic Party in District 07’s 2016 Congressional Election. A graduate of California State University Sacramento with a Mass Communications degree and a first generation American; she now resides in Midtown Sacramento where she can often be found at the latest movie premier, music festival, or art show. 


   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


    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

   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.