Capitol Impact Sacramento, CA
Partner 2010 – Present

Partner in an educational policy advisory firm. Areas of client focus include fostering collaboration.  

CORE Districts
Executive Director 2010 – Present

CORE is a nonprofit learning partnership between eight California school districts representing over a million students.

California Education Partners
Founding and Senior Partner 2010 – 2015

Partner in an education organization focused on improving student achievement by fostering school district collaboration, shared learning, and long term improvement.

California Department of Education Sacramento, CA
Deputy State Superintendent, P-16 Policy & Information 2006 – 2010

Responsible for researching and developing promising ways to improve student achievement throughout California. Developed policies and practices to close the state’s achievement gaps from Prek to Higher Education. Managed the Data Management Division, Child Development Division, Learning Support and Partnerships Division and Communications. Managed an over $3.8 million budget and 283 person branch.

California Department of Education Sacramento, CA
Director of Communications 2003 – 2006

Responsible for overseeing communications strategy including message development, speech writing, media relations and outreach. Served as a senior advisor to the Superintendent on all major education and all major education decisions. Served as Department spokesperson. Managed a $900k budget and 5 person team.

Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA
Public Relations Manager  1999 – 2003

Responsible for communications strategy for political and government affairs, intellectual property, piracy and competitive issues. Developed and oversaw crisis communication plans on varied corporate issues. Serve as issues spokesperson with media and at industry conferences and meetings. Managed budget and 11-person agency team.

Cohen Brown Management Group Los Angeles, CA
Director of Marketing and Public Relations 1998 – 1999

Developed and implemented a public relations and marketing strategy for successful consulting and training firm in the financial services industry.

California State University Long Beach, CA
Associate Director, Office of Strategic Communications 1997 –  1998

Worked with Executive Director to advise University Presidents on political issues facing their campuses and communities. Wrote and developed communications strategies for campus events and elections.  

U.S. Department of Education Washington, DC
Press Secretary 1996 – 1997

Worked with U.S. Secretary of Education to determine and implement the Department’s message and overall strategy. Advised the Secretary on press relations and general issues. Served as Department spokesperson and supervised the development of Department communications.

U.S. Department of Education Washington, DC
Special Assistant to the Secretary for Communications 1993 – 1996

Created and implemented media strategies for major initiatives. Wrote press releases and solicited media coverage for events. Planned media coverage and accompanied the Secretary during out of town travel.

The White House Washington, DC
Advance Staff  1993 – 1996

Detailed periodically to the White House to coordinate site planning for the President and First Lady. Designed and ensured that event visuals were appropriate for the President and helped to convey his message. Internationally, negotiated on behalf of the White House and American Press Corps.

Education

California State University – Sacramento, Bachelor of Arts, Government – 1991

Rocklin Community Activity

  • Coached 25+ different Rocklin baseball teams over 13 years as well as soccer, flag football and basketball.
  • Served several years on the Rocklin Academy Board of Directors
  • Currently participating in the Rocklin Chamber of Commerce Leadership Class  
  • Classroom volunteer/field trip chaperone
  • Served on two different district wide strategic planning committees.
  • Served on RUSD’s Local Control Accountability Plan committee