Young Women Run California 2020 Lunch with Women in Politics

Lunch guests announced on a rolling basis. Come back soon for more updates.

Angelique Ashby, Council Member, City of Sacramento Councilwoman Angelique Ashby is the District One Sacramento City Councilmember, having been elected to office in 2010 and re-elected in 2014 and 2018. Councilwoman Ashby is the sole female on the City Council. Councilwoman Ashby is a graduate of Sacramento High School and obtained her B.A in Sociology with an emphasis on Law and Society from the University of California at Davis and her Juris Doctorate from the University of the Pacific’s McGeorge School of Law. She is a business owner in Sacramento and lives with her husband and three children in Natomas. For an unprecedented five out of nine years, Councilwoman Ashby was selected by her peers to serve as either Vice Mayor or Mayor Pro Tem of the City of Sacramento. She is also the only Councilmember in Sacramento history to give birth while in office.

Nancy Chaires Espinoza, Elk Grove Unified School District Nancy Chaires Espinoza was appointed to the Elk Grove Unified School District Board of Education in January 2015. In December 2017, the Board of Trustees selected Ms. Chaires Espinoza to serve as Board President.Ms. Chaires Espinoza is an active Elk Grove community member having served as Chair of the City of Elk Grove Planning Commission, Vice Chair of the City of Elk Grove Charter Exploratory and Election Reform Committee, and as a member of the School Site Council at Joseph Sims Elementary.  She is passionate about her work as a Member of the Board of Directors of CASA (Court-Appointed Special Advocates) Sacramento, where she advocates on behalf of foster youth. She also spent years as a volunteer College Admissions Interviewer for the Harvard Alumni Association of Sacramento. At the state level, Ms. Chaires Espinoza served as a Senior Consultant with the California State Assembly Committee on Accountability and Administrative Review to help improve the effectiveness and efficiency of state and local government programs. She also analyzed and developed legislation with regard to Education, Public Safety, Health Care and Child Care as a Legislative Aide in the nonprofit sector. During her tenure in Washington DC, she worked in the Executive Office of the President monitoring Congressional action on appropriations.

Zima Creason, San Juan School Board Zima Creason is a parent, advocate, and businesswoman. She serves as the Executive Director of the California EDGE Coalition and she was elected as a San Juan Unified School District Governing Board Member in 2018.  She also serves as a California Democratic Party Delegate and is a member of the Blue Ribbon Commission on the Establishment of a Sacramento County Women and Girls Commission. At EDGE, she works to address the skilled workforce shortage, create pathways to the middle class, and to advance shared prosperity for all Californians. She is committed to stakeholder empowerment and coalition building to establish and sustain thriving communities. Zima has worked in the policy field since 2001 and much of her work has focused on equity as it relates to mental health policy as well as stakeholder outreach and engagement. She is dedicated to supporting people to avoid crisis outcomes, social justice, and for all Americans to have access and opportunity to achieve the American Dream regardless of their zip code, culture, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, health/mental health status, gender identification and/or who they love.
Leticia Garcia, Sacramento City Unified School District Leticia is the proud mom of twin girls, an advocate for public education, and an active member in her community. She grew up in Santa Ana, CA and is the daughter of a construction worker, and a farmworker.  The eldest of eight children, Leticia was the first in her family to attend college.  Her parents instilled in her not only the importance of education, but also the need to give back to her community. Leticia’s desire to help improve people’s lives and communities led her to a career in public policy — focusing on public education.  Higher education stopped generational poverty in her family.  Today, she sees her daughters thriving in school and wants to make sure that all Sacramento kids have the same chances in life.

Sarah Maclovia Rizvi, bio coming soon 



Porsche Middleton, Council Member, City of Citrus Heights Porsche Middleton graduated from the University of Louisville and immediately began her professional career. Her resume, 10 years later, includes marketing, public relations, stakeholder engagement and program management. Porsche is currently a Council Member representing the City of Citrus Heights and is the CEO of American Petroleum & Convenience Store Association, where she uses her knowledge and experience of government & legislative processes to support small businesses nationwide. Porsche is also a Governor’s appointee to the California Housing  Partnership board and serves on the Sacramento Regional Conservation Corps Board.
Lisa Murawski, Sacramento City Unified School District Lisa Murawski is a mom, a proud product of public schools, and a fiscal and policy adviser to legislative leaders in the state Capitol.  She feels profound gratitude for the doors public education opened for her, and believes doors of opportunity should be open wide to every child— no matter who they are or where they come from. Lisa started her Sacramento career working for the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO). In her current profession as a Principal Consultant with the California State Assembly Appropriations Committee, she analyzes costs and benefits of legislation, and advises members of the state legislature and their staff. She has a M.A in Geography from UC Santa Barbara, and a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from SUNY Buffalo.  
Gloria Partida, Mayor Pro Tempore, City of Davis Gloria is a longtime Davis resident and was elected to the Davis City Council in June 2018. Gloria attended college at the University of California at Davis where she majored in Zoology and currently works as a Neurobiologist at UCD. She has a long history of advocacy in the Davis community starting with disability advocacy and participation in many school and community organization boards and is a founder of the Davis Phoenix Coalition which promotes community inclusion. She has served on the city’s Human Relations Commission. In addition to managing a small business with her son with a disability, Gloria is active in raising her grandson.

Cindy Pickett, bio coming soon 



Jessie Ryan, Sacramento City Unified School District Raised in Sacramento by a struggling single mother; Jessie’s mom taught her that education was the key to opportunity in life. A proud product of public education, Jessie has spent more than a decade at the Campaign for College Opportunity where she works to increase college access and success for young people across the state. She successfully led efforts to improve college opportunities for thousands of low-income students in California and simplify the transfer process from community colleges to four-year universities. In 2016, Jessie authored Safe Haven School District policy that was lifted-up as a statewide model.
Bobbie Singh-Allen, Elk Grove Unified School District Bobbie Singh-Allen was elected in November 2014 to serve as a board member representing Trustee Area 4 for a four year term. After having been appointed to fill a vacancy in August 2012, she ran unopposed during her election. Ms. Singh-Allen served as Board President from December 2014 through December 2016. Ms. Singh-Allen has a vested interest in the success of the District as a parent, active school volunteer and community partner. Within the Elk Grove Unified School District community, she dedicates much of her time to improving the lives of students and families by leading anti-bullying initiatives and showing appreciation of multi-cultural awareness and diversity. Her role as a member of the Elk Grove Teen Center’s Board of Directors and member of the Elk Grove First’s Board of Directors shows her support for young people. Her work in the community also includes her position as a Board of Director for the Sacramento Area Women’s Chamber of Commerce and member of the Sacramento Regional Coalition for Tolerance.

Paula Villescaz, San Juan School Board Paula Villescaz was elected to the San Juan Unified School District Board of Education in 2016. Paula is a proud product of public schools and graduated from Mira Loma's International Baccalaureate Program and earned a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley. Paula is the Assistant Secretary for the California Health and Human Services Agency, where she coordinates the work of the California Department of Child Support Services, the Department of Social Services, the Office of Systems Integration, and the Child Welfare Council. Previously Paula was a Principal Consultant to the California Legislature where she advised on policy issues related to children's health, mental health, behavioral health, and substance use disorders and treatment programs. During the summers, Paula volunteers as a coach for the South Sacramento Junior Giants Baseball Program, and a Youth Counselor at Camp Okizu, which provides peer support and recreational programs to meet the needs of children and families affected by childhood cancer. 

Sacramento State University | 9:00 am to 2:30 pm

California State University Sacramento, 6000 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95819

Postponed until further notice