Emerge California Staff

Lindsay Bubar – Director of Programs

Lindsay Bubar is a Los Angeles-based political consultant who is best-known for her work recruiting, training and advising women and progressive candidates as they run for office.

Lindsay has worked with a broad range of clients, including her pivotal role in the effort to flip California’s 25th Congressional District as Rep. Katie Hill’s Senior Advisor. Lindsay has extensive campaign experience in California, including local, state and federal elections. Some of her campaign work includes Katie Hill for Congress, Henry Waxman for Congress, Alex Padilla for Secretary of State, Sandra Fluke for State Senate, Mike Bonin for Los Angeles City Council, Wendy Greuel for Mayor and more.

In addition to her campaign work, Lindsay has consulted for political and non-profit organizations, including Emerge California, Sen. Barbara Boxer’s PAC for a Change, California Progressive Electoral Table, California Environmental Justice Alliance, Communities for a Better Environment and the California Leadership Collaborative.

Working to ensure we have full gender equality in politics, Lindsay served as President and Vice President of Political Action for the National Womens Political Caucus, LA Westside for more than five years, helping to elect pro-choice women throughout Los Angeles County. Lindsay is also on the Advisory Board of Running Start, an organization dedicated to bringing young women into politics. Lindsay also serves as a Project Partner for the Truman National Security Project and previously served as a Board Member for the Los Angeles League of Conservation Voters. She is very active in many local political organizations, including Planned Parenthood Los Angeles and NARAL Pro-Choice California.

Lindsay was raised in the San Fernando Valley and graduated from the University of Southern California with degrees in Psychology, Business and Advertising. She currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband, David Graham-Caso and their two sons, Caleb and Emmett.

Lindsay can be reached via email at


Sierra DeSalvia – Director of Development and External Relations

Sierra has dedicated her career to creating pathways to access that break down interpersonal and political barriers. Her background is rooted in mediation, negotiation, stakeholder engagement, and professional development training. This foundation has allowed her to create strong partnerships between communities and government agencies as well as support the next generation of leaders.

In Baltimore, Sierra designed and implemented programs for the State’s Attorney’s Office, police department, Baltimore Housing Authority Section 8, department of social services, correctional facilities, and public schools. She also conducted over 200 professional development trainings for a range of organizations including women’s groups and government employees. Sierra holds multiple training and alternative dispute resolution certifications and was ranked one of the top mediators in the state of Maryland.

In her home state of New York, Sierra focused on families and racial equity. She facilitated community-wide dialogues on race and power dynamics. In an effort to expose the vast inequities in public school funding and de facto segregation of school districts, she ran cross-district “shadow day” exchange programs for students, parents, and teachers. During this time, Sierra also managed the Family Court Mediation Office for the fourth largest county in the state. She supported hundreds of families by providing alternatives to court proceedings through a process honoring lived experience and self-determined solutions.

In California, Sierra has focused on promoting women in leadership, fundraising for nonprofits, and improving local policy. At a private recruiting firm, she stewarded hundreds of applicants and focused on placing women in high-level leadership positions nationally. At SPUR, an urban planning policy think tank, Sierra led the strategic direction of over 100 fundraising events per year and supported the policy team by designing and facilitating regional community engagement initiatives.

At her core, Sierra believes better leaders and better policies can alleviate community conflict and root causes of inequity. She is driven by the need to create a government that represents women and families from all walks of life.

Sierra can be reached via email at


Alicia Duque – Operations

Alicia’s interest in politics was sparked by her Colombian upbringing in an era of civil unrest and social injustices. Her mother’s political discussions with other women over coffee in their home helped inspire her abiding interest in politics and her belief that women in public office can bring about the change we so desperately need.

She has applied her organizational skills to propel mission-driven organizations forward throughout her career. Issues she has worked on include increasing access to voting, promoting housing rights, and cultivating civic engagement. She was thrilled to join Emerge California in 2018 as their mission of increasing the number of Democratic women in office is close to her heart and one she sees as increasingly vital in the current political climate.

Alicia’s other passions include art and music. She is a proud East Bay resident, the resident Emerge California photographer, and a lover of the Oakland art and music scene.

Alicia can be reached via email at