Director’s Council

Emerge California Director's Council

The Emerge California Director’s Council is a core group of supporters committed to the organization’s mission of empowering Democratic self-identified women to run and win elected office. The purpose of the Council is to recognize supporters who serve as an integral part of the Emerge California movement, provide meaningful ways to engage with Alumnae, elected officials and the Emerge California community, and create opportunities for collaboration to further our mission and its impact.


Director’s Council Contribution
Contribution options for Director’s Council Supporters:

$1,000 contribution or more
$490 semi-annual recurring contribution ($980 annually)
$240 quarterly recurring contribution ($960 annually)
$75 monthly recurring contribution ($900 annually)

Membership Benefits

• Recognition as a Director’s Council member on website
• Invitations to exclusive Director’s Council events
• Complimentary tickets to the Annual Class Welcome Reception (January)
• Opportunities to meet Emerge California program members and alumnae
• Exclusive briefings and updates from the Emerge California Executive Director



Emerge California Director’s Council Members

​​The Aitken-Young/Chaknova Family
Alice McTighe
Alice Schaffer Smith
The Honorable Alison Cormack, Palo Alto City Councilmember & Emerge California Alumna
Amy Schioldager
Annie Eagan, Emerge California Board of Directors
Annie Lam
Beth W. Mora Esq., Emerge California Board of Directors
Carla Roth
Carol Winograd MD
Cassandra James, Emerge California Alumna
Catherine Lew, Co-Founder, The Lew Edwards Group
Cheryl Brandon
Christina Harbridge
Collin Wong
Courtney La Bau, Emerge California Alumna
Cyrus Bharucha
Danielle Cendejas, The Strategy Group, Emerge California Campaign Advisory Team Member
Delle Maxwell
Democratic Women of Monterey County
Diane Bell
Diane Paul
Erica A. Stewart, Mayor of San Luis Obispo & Emerge California Alumna
Erica Walters, Emerge California Campaign Advisory Team Member
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The Honorable Hannah-Beth Jackson, California State Senator
The Honorable Heidi Sanborn, Vice President of the Sacramento Municipal Utility District Board of Directors, Ward 7 & Emerge California Alumna
Jacqueline Piccini, Emerge California Board of Directors Secretary
Jacqueline C. Simon
Jamie Patton, Emerge California Campaign Advisory Team Member
Jane Cooper
Janice Rocco
Jennifer Fearing, Fearless Advocacy, Inc.
The Honorable Jessica Speiser, Governing Board Member of the Los Altos School District Board of Trustees & Emerge California Alumna
Jill Golub
Jill Nash
Julie Waters, Emerge California Board of Directors Treasurer & Emerge California Alumna
Karen Valentia Clopton
Kathleen Burke
Kathye Armitage, Board Member of the Santa Clarita Valley Water Agency & Emerge California Alumna
Katie Merrill
Lane Hering
Leif Wellington Haase
Lighthouse Public Affairs, LLC
Linda Gruber
Lindsey Nitta
Lisa Pritzker
Dr. Loraine Lundquist
Lori Horne
Lyla Mai Lauren
Lyn Christensen
The Honorable Mara W. Elliot, San Diego City Attorney & Emerge California Alumna
Mark West
Mary Jung, Emerge California Alumna
Melissa Goodman, Emerge California Alumna
Michelle L. Groleau
Michelle Jeung
Michelle Mercer and Bruce Golden
Naomi Seligman
Natalie LeBlanc, Emerge California Campaign Advisory Team Member
Natalie Samarjian, Emerge California Alumna
Nazly Mohajer
Papia Gambelin, Platinum Advisors
Patricia Seith, Emerge California Alumna
Political Solutions, LLC
Quinn Delaney
Rebecca Reeve Henderson
Renee Dake Wilson
Renia Webb, Emerge California Alumna
The Honorable Rob Bonta, California State Attorney General
Sabrina Ashjian, Emerge California Alumna
Sandra Fluke
Shawn VanDiver
SMART Local Union No. 104
The Smith and Barris Family
Steve & Sharon Edelman
The Honorable Susan Rose
Tyra Fennell, Emerge California Alumna
UFCW Western States Council
United Domestic Workers of America
Valerie Crane Dorfman
The Honorable Wendy Greuel

To learn more about the Emerge California Director’s Council and how you can get involved, please contact Sierra DeSalvia, Emerge California’s Director of Development, at

Director’s Council members are added on a rolling basis as they join and as permission is given to be listed. Don’t see your name? We are happy to help, please let us know at