Young Women Run California 2020 Speakers

Speakers announced on a rolling basis. 

Jenny Bach, Secretary for the California Democratic Party and former Consultant for the Asian and Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus Since an early age, Jenny Bach has dedicated her life to improving her community and serving as a champion for the underrepresented. As a Sacramento native, she proudly served as a District Representative for State Senator Dr. Richard Pan and as a Consultant for the California Asian & Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus. She currently is the Director of Strategic Partnerships at a nonprofit, Golden State Opportunity, that serves to outreach and uplift low-income working Californians with effective anti-poverty tools like the California Earned Income Tax Credit and other public benefits. In college, Jenny served as Vice President of Communications of Sacramento State College Dems. She then went on to become the club’s president and mobilized students during a midterm election. She coordinated with various local campaigns to ensure that there were always eager students canvassing to secure the election of local Democratic candidates. After graduating from college, Jenny continued to remain active in her community by serving as Fundraising Chair for the Stonewall Democrats Club of Greater Sacramento and as Vice President of Fundraising of Sacramento County Young Democrats. Jenny has also served as Secretary and as Parliamentarian on the board of the California Young Democrats. 

Tiffaney Boyd, Legislative Assistant, Assemblywoman Shirley Weber, California State Assembly

Bio coming soon.

Cheri Greven, Director of Public Affairs, Planned Parenthood of Mar Monte Cheri is the Public Affairs Director for the Sierra / Sacramento / San Joaquin / East Bay region of Planned Parenthood Mar Monte (PPMM). She is responsible for legislative lobbying, community engagement, grassroots advocacy and media affairs. The Public Affairs team throughout PPMM, which is the largest Planned Parenthood affiliate in the country, is working to protect and promote access to vital reproductive health care for all communities. PPMM Public Affairs is also committed to promoting and expanding reproductive justice, working on a range of issues that impact a person’s ability to raise and educate their children in healthy communities. Before arriving at PPMM in June 2016, Cheri served the House of Representatives for eight years as District Director for Congressman Eric Swalwell in the San Francisco Bay Area and as Field Representative for Congressman Jerry McNerney both in the Bay Area and Central Valley. Cheri is a Bay Area native and received her B.A. in Political Communication from San Francisco State University.
Tamika Hamilton, Candidate for Congress, CA, District 3 Tamika Hamilton was born in Calvert County, Maryland in 1984. Estranged from her father and born to an underage mother, Tamika was fortunate to be raised by her grandparents who she credits with first instilling in her the importance of public service. Tamika’s grandmother, Geraldine, took on extra work cleaning houses, while her grandfather, Francis, worked two jobs to help provide for Tamika growing up. Tamika says she is so fortunate to have had role models in her life that taught her the importance of hard work and service to her country. Tamika’s grandfather, a Purple Heart recipient for his heroic service in the Vietnam War, was the first to encourage Tamika to serve her country in the military. Within a month of graduating high school, Tamika arrived at basic training for the United States Air Force. Over 14 years of active duty in the Air Force, Tamika has been stationed at five different bases and two deployments in the Middle East as part of Operation Enduring Freedom, the United States Global War on Terror. During her 14-year military career, Tamika was awarded the Air Force Achievement Medal, Joint Service Accommodation Medal, Air Force Meritorious Unit Award, and Air Force Good Conduct Medal. Two years ago, Tamika chose to become an active Air Force reservist so she would not have to deploy with young children at home.
Jett Hayward, Implementation Coordinator, CommunityConnect Labs Jett has been working for CommunityConnect Labs since graduating from Stanford University in June 2019. At Stanford, she studied International Relations, played rugby, and made podcasts. She is passionate about public service and using data for good.

Mona Pasquil Rogers, California Public Policy Team Lead at Facebook and Former Appointments Secretary, California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. Mona currently serves as the California Public Policy Team Lead at Facebook. Prior to joining Facebook, she served as appointments secretary in the Office of the Governor from 2011 to 2019. She was chief of staff to Lieutenant Governor John Garamendi from 2008 to 2009 and served as acting Lieutenant Governor from 2009 to 2010, becoming the first woman serving as Lieutenant Governor in California. She was deputy political director for John Kerry’s presidential campaign in 2004, political director for Governor Gray Davis’ gubernatorial campaign in 2002, California political director for Al Gore’s presidential campaign in 2000 and western political director for the White House Office of Political Affairs from 1996 to 2000.


Cecilia Ruesta, IGNITE Central Valley Fellow In undergrad at California State Fresno, Cecilia was a member of Students for Quality Education (SQE), where she mobilized students, faculty, and staff to address socioeconomic disparities in higher education. In addition to lobbying at the state level with SQE, she has also lobbied at the national level with United We Dream and other organizations to pass legislation that would grant deportation relief to thousands of immigrant youth. In the Women’s Studies Program, she helped organize campus-wide campaigns to end gender discrimination, racism, and violence against women and children. Cecilia is originally from Lima, Peru and immigrated to the United States at the age of 17. Cecilia holds a B.A. in Women’s Studies and a B.S. in Criminology and is currently in the MFT counseling program at California State University, Fresno. 
Jocelyn Yow, Policy Manager, IGNITE Jocelyn has over five years of experience in politics and has worked at all levels of government. She won her election for Eastvale City Council in Riverside County with a 40 point margin in November 2018, at the age of 23, and she went on to be the first woman of color serving on the city council. Prior to joining IGNITE, Jocelyn worked for Congressman Gil Cisneros and Speaker Nancy Pelosi. As the daughter of a Chinese-Malaysian immigrant and a Vietnamese refugee, she has deep empathy for immigrants and is committed to uplifting her community. In recognition of her community service, she has received the Rising Star Award from the California Democratic Party, Asian Pacific Islander Caucus and was recognized by Norco College as the Alumnus of the Year, in addition to being featured in the Inland Empire Magazine. Jocelyn is an alumna of Norco College and the University of California, Berkeley, and is currently pursuing her master’s degree in government at Harvard Extension.

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

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

Postponed until further notice