2014 NLC Fellows: Sacramento

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Tristan Brown

A Los Angeles native, I grew up with a strong sense of civic duty, social progressivism and economic morality. I studied government and electoral campaign mechanics at the University of Redlands in Southern California. After managing a few field campaigns in local and state office, I joined the staff of a labor union dedicated to a publicly funded in-home healthcare providing workforce. In this position I lead the political program of the union and gained experience in fundraising, organizing, lobbying, and more field campaign experience. I earned a law degree after moving to Sacramento and spent a year with a political law firm before taking time to study for the bar and interning in the Capitol.

Annie Chou, Legislative Aide, California State Senate

Annie Chou is a scientist by education, political and non-profit organizer by trade, and a San Franciscan at heart. A Renaissance Woman, she studied Biology and Geology, receiving a Bachelor of Science in the former, all on a music scholarship and while participating in service and political clubs. Having been impacted the social and political climate in Ohio through her political activism, she was inspired to move to San Francisco to be in the heart of the progressive political movement, and hasnÍt looked back since. Most recently, she managed the field operation for Re-elect Eric Mar for Supervisor, and won an aggressive field battle against $1,000,000 from special interests. In San Francisco her extracurricular interests included being the VP of Political Affairs for the Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club, and the Treasurer for the San Francisco Women’s Political Committee.

As VP of the Harvey Milk Club, she worked to make sure that SF was in the forefront of progressive politics, as well as worked on queer issues like HIV/AIDS, tenants rights, and nightlife. With SFWPC she worked to empower women to include their voices in politics, and to have more female representation in government, whether being appointed to a commission, or running for President. Smart progressive policy is one of Annie’s passions; fortunately she gets to do it for her day job, serving as a Legislative Aide for California Senator Leland Yee.

Sarah Greenseid , Deputy Appointments Secretary , Office of Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr.

Sarah Greenseid has worked in the Office of Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. since 2011. Since 2012, she has worked as a Deputy Appointments Secretary, facilitating appointments to the Health and Human Services Agency, the Office of Emergency Services, and a variety of boards and commissions. She also serves on the Executive Board of the Sacramento County Young Democrats as Communications Director.

Sarah received her Bachelors degree from the University of California, Davis, where she majored in history and Spanish. While at Davis, she was an active member in the Beta Pi chapter of Delta Delta Delta and served in various leadership positions for the sorority. During the summer of 2009, she studied abroad in Barcelona, Spain.

An avid traveler, Sarah enjoys spending time in new places within California, around the country, and abroad. She particularly cherishes her visits to India, which inspired her to become more deeply rooted to her yoga practice. Sarah can also be found in her kitchen, where she canÕt wait to try a new recipe and bake for friends and family.

Charles Harvey , Legislative Consultant , California State Assembly

Charles serves as Legislative Assistant to California State Assembly Member Reginald Jones-Sawyer.   In this role, he is responsible for monitoring and staffing legislation ranging from public employee and retirement matters, to alcohol, tobacco and gaming issues.

Charles previously worked in the Speaker’s Office of the State Assembly, where he analyzed hundreds of bills relating to banking and finance, elections and utilities among other areas.  His analyses informed members of the Assembly Democratic Caucus of bills’ content and alerted Assembly leadership to controversial bills.  Prior to entering the State Capitol, Charles gained experience as Lead Campaign Organizer during the candidacy of first-time elected Sacramento City Council Member Allen Warren.

Earlier in his career, Charles worked in Washington, DC as a financial analyst for Verizon Communications.  In this position, he prepared detailed financial forecasts and monthly results reporting of the company’s uncollectible debt activity.  He later transitioned to an internal audit role, where he evaluated key controls for various business processes and provided recommendations to help mitigate the company’s financial and operational risk.

While in Sacramento, Charles serves the community as a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., an international service oriented organization that strives to make a difference in society through the principles of brotherhood, scholarship and service.

Charles holds a J.D. from The University of Wisconsin Law School in Madison, WI.  He earned his B.A. from Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA, completing a double major in Business Administration (with a concentration in Finance) and Spanish.  Charles grew up in Ann Arbor, MI.  In his spare time he enjoys playing soccer, reading spy novels and watching college football.

Patrick McGarrity ,Campaign Strategist, Josh Pulliam Management & Mail (JPM&M)

 Patrick	McGarrity
“A recent transplant to Sacramento, Patrick currently serves as a Campaign Strategist in the Sacramento office of Josh Pulliam Management & Mail (JPM&M). Patrick specializes in providing overall strategy, message development, campaign management, paid media development, and communications services to candidates, issue campaigns, and propositions. PatrickÍs work prior to joining JPM&M included work as a campaign manager, field director, and senior strategist on nationally targeted Congressional campaigns across the country. In 2012, McGarrity successfully navigated Texas Congressman Lloyd Doggett through a bruising redistricting induced three-way primary election.

Campaigning in a deeply divided district, Patrick helped overcome a double-digit deficit and led Doggett to a commanding win on Election Day. Previously, Patrick served as Field Director and Senior Strategist during freshman New York Congressman John HallÍs 2008 re-election campaign. Hall was the first Democrat elected to Congress in the district for over 40 years. Prior to managing political campaigns, Patrick McGarrity served as a Deputy Press Secretary and Communications Director in the U.S. House of Representatives. Patrick graduated from St. Paul, MinnesotaÍs Macalester College with a degree in Geography. He grew up in Bellingham, WA, where he first got involved in the political process working on his fatherÍs campaign for city office. When heÍs not on deadline, he enjoys camping, cooking and catching a show at HarlowÍs. HeÍs closing in on his goal of visiting every state in the country _ only 6 more to go!

Natalie Reyes , Business Development Coordinator, American Heart Association

Natalie Reyes is currently the Business Development Coordinator for the American Heart Association in Sacramento, CA. She is responsible for the logistical planning of the annual Heart & Stroke Walks as well as the Start Training half-marathon program, volunteer management, and assistance with outreach and marketing efforts. Natalie is also involved with her churchÍs mission committee to provide aid to Ethiopia. She is planning their first annual Walk for Water, a run/walk event raising money to provide clean water to small villages in Ethiopia. She is passionate about bringing clean water, medical aid, and education to underrepresented communities around the world.

Natalie is a member of Delta Gamma Fraternity and served as the Vice President of Philanthropy during college and currently serves on the Sacramento Alumnae board. She received her BA in American Studies, with a concentration in Environmental Justice and a minor in U.S. History, from the University of California, Davis. NatalieÍs future plans include attending graduate school and pursuing a masterÍs degree in Business Administration or Public Administration, specializing in nonprofit management. Her ultimate goal is to start her own non-profit organization or to work as a top official at a worldwide non-profit organization.

Holly Smith , Certified Nurse Midwife, The Permanente Medical Group

 Holly Smith
Holly Smith is a Certified Nurse Midwife with experience in both domestic and global women’s health policy and program development. She has been a midwife for 13 years and has delivered thousands of babies and participated in the care of countless women and girls here and abroad. She currently provides obstetrical care at Kaiser Permanente, where her goal as a midwife in a hospital setting is to continuously provide evidence-based care within the perspective of keeping labor and birth as normal as possible, thus championing a focus on better maternity outcomes in California.

Holly is the co-founder and primary clinical consultant of The Comadrona Project, an innovative teaching program for traditional birth attendants and communities in Guatemala where maternal and infant mortality rates are some of the highest in Central and South America. The film projects she helped to write and direct for this program have recently been approved by Guatemala’s Ministry of Health for distribution and training, and are being utilized by other programs across Guatemala and Mexico. Holly’s recent studies have focused on the impact of Medicaid expansion and state-run health care exchanges under the Affordable Care Act. She has a Master of Science in Nursing from Georgetown University and a Master of Public Health from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is also a mother and a military spouse. Her husband is an officer in the United States Air Force and continues to serve bravely as a pilot and superdad. She enjoys being active in the outdoors and is currently training for a half ironman.