Denise Tugade, President
Denise Tugade is currently a Legislative Aide for Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher (D-San Diego), staffing Labor, Health, and the Select Committee on Women in the Workplace. Previously, she served as Communications Director for Assemblymember Monique Limón (D-Santa Barbara). Before working in the Legislature, Denise was an analyst for Cambria Solutions, Inc., an information technology and management consulting firm focusing on health and human services and agile human centered design.
She currently serves as the President of the Feminist Democrats of Sacramento, one of Sacramento County's largest Democratic clubs. Denise is also a co-founder of Barkada Sacramento, a community group for Filipino Americans to explore ideas around their common history, culture, and identity. She is a New Leaders Council alumna (Fellowship Class of 2016, Sacramento Chapter).
Denise received a bachelors degree in International Affairs: Conflict and Security and European and Eurasian studies, with a minor in Russian Language and Culture from The George Washington University in Washington, DC. She has also lived in Rwanda, where she worked in public health and international development.
Linda Tenerowicz, Vice President
Linda is a policy advocate for the California Pan-Ethnic Health Network, working on issues of access to healthcare and health equity for underserved communities. Previously she had worked as a legislative aide to State Assemblymember Freddie Rodriguez where she staffed the issues of public safety, health, and the state budget. She joined the Fem Dems board in 2017 and has since served as Membership Director, Communications Director, and currently serves as Vice President. Linda is committed to uplifting an intersectional approach to feminism which embraces the uniqueness of identities that make up Sacramento. In her free time, Linda enjoys dancing hula and learning about Hawaiian culture and the arts.
Shilpa Girimaji, Secretary
Shilpa Girimaji currently serves as a Deputy County Counsel for San Joaquin County in their Child Protective Services unit.
Prior to working in the San Joaquin County Counsel's office, Shilpa practiced municipal law for a Sacramento based law firm.
Shilpa holds a Bachelors Degree in Political Science and History from the University of California Santa Barbara and a Juris Doctor from Santa Clara University School of Law. In her spare time, Shilpa enjoys finding new hiking trails, exploring new restaurants, and traveling.
Dulce Ramirez, Communications Director
Dulce Ramirez is a legislative staffer for California State Assemblymember Sabrina Cervantes.
Dulce Ramirez is the proud daughter of immigrant parents and a proud Southeast Los Angeles native from Lynwood, CA. She is a recent graduate from California State University, Dominguez Hills where she received her Bachelor’s of Arts in Political Science and a Bachelor’s of Science in Public Administration with a minor in Sociology with an emphasis in education and gender studies. Over the years, Dulce has served as a community organizer and activist and has brought student and community member’s voices to the forefront of education policy debate in Los Angeles by inspiring students to address the Los Angeles Board of Education on college access and mobilizing students to lobby elected officials on school finance reform. Ramirez has worked with other college students to build student power and create change for educational justice by attracting student and community member interest to complex and politically charged policy issues such as school finance, ethnic studies, disproportionate suspension policies, and campus climate.
Some of Dulce’s experiences include leading campaigns and coalition building, the U.S. Senate, The White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics; President's Advisory Committee in Educational Excellence, the U.S Department of Education under the Obama Administration.
Before relocating to Sacramento, Ramirez also served as the 2017-2018 Speaker & Chair of the Social Justice and Equity Committee as part of the California State Student Association (CSSA) where she was elected system-wide to serve on behalf of more than 480,000 students in California. In this role, she was responsible for ensuring that the CSU system was advancing the development of programs and policies that advance social justice and equity within the CSU, but also ensuring that public higher education entities act with commitment to social justice and equity.
Samhita Saquib, Membership Services & Outreach Director
Samhita Saquib works as an environmental analyst at Environmental Science Associates, primarily focusing on water conveyance, biological monitoring, compliance, and permitting. Samhita graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, with a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies and an outside concentration in Sociology. Outside of work, she is a Planned Parenthood Ambassador and a volunteer for the International Rescue Committee and WEAVE (Women Escaping a Violent Environment). Samhita is also the current Chair of the Fem Dems Community Service Committee.
Emellia Zamani, Treasurer
Emellia Zamani is Legislative Director for Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian, staffing Health, Human Services, and Housing, among other issues. Before working at the Capitol, Emellia was a children’s book editor at Scholastic in New York City. She graduated from the University of California, San Diego with a bachelor's degree in Political Science and a minor in Visual Arts. Emellia is originally from Sacramento, and outside of work loves traveling and spending time with her family and friends, usually over good food.
Laura Fitzgerald, Media Relations Director
Laura is a legislative staffer for California Assembly Speaker Pro Tempore Kevin Mullin (D - San Mateo). She primarily focuses on policies pertaining to elections, healthcare, and human services. As Assemblymember Mullin’s floor staffer, her other main concentration is parliamentary procedure to assist with his duties as Presiding Officer during Assembly Floor Session.
Laura became engaged in California State politics as an undergraduate student at the University of California, Davis where she received a bachelor’s degree in political science with a minor in Spanish. As a student, she also contributed as a staff writer to The California Aggie. Laura enjoys running and participates in multiple races a year. She also spends as much time as possible outside hiking around Northern California, her favorite spot being Lake Tahoe. And, very importantly, she loves Golden Retrievers.