Sandra Nakagawa - Sacramento
Sandra Nakagawa (she/her) is a sustainable agriculture advocate and currently serves as the Policy Director at the California Climate and Agriculture Network (CalCAN). She earned a PhD in Sociology from Stanford University and received undergraduate degrees from UC Berkeley in English and Sociology. During her PhD studies at Stanford she was a Clayman Institute Graduate Dissertation Fellow and completed the Rising Environmental Leaders Program. After finishing her PhD, Sandra transitioned to working on state policy as a 2018 CCST science fellow in the Assembly Judiciary Committee where she worked on civil rights, consumer protections, and landlord-tenant issues. She also has a strong background in housing policy and worked in the Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee between 2020 and 2022. Before sociology and policy came into her life, Sandra’s life revolved around music and at UC Berkeley she founded a music tutoring organization called The Music Connection.