Board of Directors

Emerge California Board of Directors



Janice Rocco is California’s Deputy Insurance Commissioner overseeing Health Policy and Reform at the California Department of Insurance (CDI).  Rocco led the Department’s successful efforts to implement the Affordable Care Act and was a key player in developing California’s related state health care reform laws.  Prior to joining Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones’ executive team in January 2011, Rocco spent twelve years working for the California State Assembly.  She served as then Assembly Member Hannah-Beth Jackson’s Chief of Staff from 1999-2004, next as the Senior Consultant to the Legislative Women’s Caucus in 2005, and in late 2005 went to work for then Assembly Member Dave Jones’ and served as his Chief of Staff until his term ended in 2010.

Rocco has worked to address a wide range of public policy issues including health care, domestic violence and sexual assault, early childhood education, income inequality, civil rights and reproductive rights.  As President of the Los Angeles chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW), Rocco appeared on The Today Show, Good Morning America, CNN, Fox News and Entertainment Tonight.  In her current position, she is interviewed regularly about health care and insurance issues.  Before working for the Legislature, Rocco worked for Planned Parenthood of Santa Barbara, Ventura and San Luis Obispo from 1994-1997.

Rocco has worked on many political campaigns and served as campaign manager for a number of successful state legislative races. She also worked on the campaign to defeat Proposition 73 (parental notification) and among her first campaigns was working to defeat Proposition 209 (anti-affirmative action measure).  Rocco served four terms on the national board of NOW, and has served on the PAC Boards of various organizations including the Santa Barbara Women’s Political Committee, NOW, California NOW and NARAL’s Privacy PAC.


AMBER MALTBIE, Immediate-Past Chair

Amber Maltbie is a political attorney in Los Angeles with Nossaman, LLP, specializing in campaign finance compliance and disclosure, election administration, and governmental ethics.  Ms. Maltbie was also recently elected to the Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council. Specializing in the intersection between U.S. and international election law, gender issues, and women’s political participation – Ms. Maltbie is also an adjunct professor of election law at the McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento, CA.

Ms. Maltbie has been widely recognized as a leading expert in gender and elections, and her work on women’s voting rights in emerging democracies has been cited in United Nations Development Programme reports and published by international NGOs.  In addition to her scholarly work on women’s voting rights, Amber has worked with the International Foundation for Electoral Systems in North Mitrovica, Kosovo during Kosovo’s first Parliamentary elections in 2010.

Prior to becoming an attorney, Amber worked for Oakland Congresswoman Barbara Lee as a district aide and political advisor, including managing her contested 2002 re-election campaign after the Congresswoman gave the only “no” vote against authorizing George Bush to wage an unchecked war. Amber also spent two years developing and implementing campaigns to increase voter participation in historically disenfranchised communities in Kentucky, the Cheyenne Reservation in South Dakota, Louisiana, Georgia and New Mexico. Amber is also co-founder of both Fem Dems of Sacramento and Mills College Fem Dems.




Courtney has over 16 years experience in the international political and business arena.  Courtney has served as a consultant, speaker, lecturer, and published author on a variety of topics, including foreign policy, ISIS, counterterrorism, and women in politics.  Although a native of Los Angeles, she has lived and worked all over the world and is deeply knowledgeable in foreign affairs, cultures, and international relations.  She speaks fluent Spanish and conversational Arabic.

Courtney currently serves as a Senior Advisor on behalf of the Department of Homeland Security, Office of Community Partnerships.  In this capacity, she is responsible for all counterterrorism and countering violent extremism efforts in Southern California, working directly with local and federal agencies as well as the Mayor’s office on strategic efforts and programs.  She serves as a direct link to DHS headquarters for the region, and works with religious and other community partners on building civil society, community resilience, and countering extremist narratives.

Prior to her time at DHS, Courtney consulted on projects with the Los Angeles Police Department’s Counterterrorism unit, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the Conservative Party in the United Kingdom, and various think tanks around the world. Courtney has also authored numerous publications and reports and has frequented numerous media and radio outlets as a subject matter expert.

Courtney is also the Vice Chair of Emerge California, an organization dedicated to recruiting and training Democratic women to run for political office. She is an appointed delegate to the California Democratic Party for a two-year term, and a former Hillary Clinton Presidential Campaign Alumni, having served in several roles within the campaign.  Courtney is also a Political Partner for the Truman National Security Project in Washington DC, and the Political Director for the Los Angeles chapter.  She was recently named one of Los Angeles’s “40 under 40” leading civic leaders by the Empowerment Congress.

Courtney previously worked and lived between Cairo, Egypt and Los Angeles as a Senior Investment Consultant for various companies in the region, analyzing opportunities within the finance, real estate and entertainment industries across the Middle East and Southeast Asia.  She was in Tahrir Square during the uprising and experienced the Egyptian revolution and the regional political shift first hand.

Prior to her work overseas, Courtney was a Global Investor for JPMorgan Securities in Los Angeles, responsible for advising on and the execution of client trades and strategies across all sectors of the stock market.  She started her career as an Analyst for JPMorgan’s Private Bank in New York and then Los Angeles prior to moving to the trading desk.

Courtney is also on call with various election monitoring agencies, having served all over the Middle East in this capacity.

Courtney graduated from the University of Southern California in 2001 with a B.S. in Business Administration.




Josefina Ramirez Notsinneh is a Senior Associate in Government Relations for Children Now, a leading nonpartisan umbrella research, policy development and advocacy organization dedicated to promoting children’s health, education, and well-being in California.

Josefina is experienced in working with a wide-range of public affairs governmental and corporate entities on successful legislative, community outreach, and media relations campaigns. She previously served as a Senior Legislative Consultant in the Office of Assemblymember David Chiu (D-San Francisco), and prior to that spent 4-years at Ogilvy Public Relations, in their Sacramento public affairs practice, where she was a key member of the West Coast Latino outreach specialty team.

Prior to Ogilvy, Josefina spent a decade working in state government and politics, progressing from completing California’s prestigious “Capital Fellowship” program, serving as a legislative aide and consultant, a committee consultant with the Assembly business and professions committee and serving as the capitol director for a legislator.

Throughout Josefina’s vast experience in public policy, politics and community leadership – she’s been immersed in developing state and local programs that meet the needs of diverse communities in California. Josefina has critical experience working with local stakeholders to create partnership opportunities to find solutions to pressing issues that underserved communities face, and also has wide involvement with political campaigns and knowledge of interacting with ethnic media.

Josefina has a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Chicano Studies from the University of California, Riverside. Originally from Orange County, she moved to Sacramento when she was selected as a Jesse Marvin Unruh Assembly Fellow in 2003. Josefina is a proud graduate of the Hispanas Organized for Political Equality (HOPE) Leadership Institute, a statewide leadership program for professional Latinas in California to gain vital leadership and advocacy skills. In 2013, Josefina was appointed by the California State Senate as a public member on the University of California Regents Selection Advisory Committee. She is actively involved in the Sacramento Latina Leaders Network. Josefina is also an alumna of the Chicano Latino Youth Leadership Project, and involved with the Asian Pacific Youth Leadership Project where she volunteers at these dynamic leadership conferences held annually in Sacramento for Latino and API high school students. Josefina lives in Sacramento with her daughter Olivia and husband Curtis who is a director of public affairs for the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation, a federally recognized tribal government in Yolo County.




Naomi Seligman is the president of Tower26, a strategic communications and public affairs agency.

She is the former director of communications for Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and was President of Seligman Consulting.

Naomi has built her career on transforming talented people and organizations into powerhouses of influence. Her hard-hitting strategies have consistently put her clients on the map over the past 20 years, in a career spanning both Coasts and the very different worlds of Washington D.C. and Hollywood.

She has played a pivotal role in ending the careers of some of the most corrupt members of Congress, exposing front groups and the corporate interests behind them and systematically rooting out misinformation in the media.

Naomi launched and directed the communications operations of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) and Media Matters for America. Her hard-hitting media strategies have penetrated every national media outlet, including CNN, the New York Times, NPR, The Daily and The Daily Show.

Naomi was the media force behind the defense of outed undercover CIA agent Valerie Plame Wilson and appeared briefly in Fair Game (2010), which portrayed Ms. Plame’s extraordinary journey.

She has worked with Carie LeMack, founder of the Global Survivors Network and Families of September 11, on publicizing the 2011 Academy-Award nominated short documentary, Killing in the Name (2010). And led the communication efforts for the documentary Inocente (2012).

She has worked with high-profile actors from Kim Cattrall to Ellen Page and John Leguizamo to the stars of Criminal Minds, successfully advancing their advocacy efforts. Last year, she launched the ‘Rebuild The Dream’ Campaign Tour with Van Jones, Shepard Fairey and The Roots in New York City.

Naomi has been featured on media including CNN, NPR, The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, Roll Call, The Hill, The Wall Street Journal, the Associated Press and writes for AmericaBlog.

Naomi is a partner with the Truman National Security Network and has worked extensively on Capitol Hill. She is president of Seligman Consulting.



Michelle Jeung is a Partner at MJE Strategies with over 15 years of political campaign research and communications experience. As a vice president at Storefront Political Media, she served as the lead on a competitive, statewide California campaign, as well as numerous other state and local campaigns. Her portfolio also included her work on a multi-year, multi-million-dollar brand advertising campaign for a Fortune 500 company.

Prior to returning to her home state of California, she served as the research director on a competitive U.S. Senate race in Nevada during the 2012 election cycle. While based in Washington, DC, Michelle spent a number of years as a research consultant – providing high-level political research and policy analysis to political campaigns, issue-based organizations and corporations across the country. She also held positions at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, Democratic National Committee and GMMB.




A working mom and lifelong Angeleno, Wendy attended LA public schools and graduated from UCLA. Wendy started her career in public service working for her mentor, former Mayor Tom Bradley, where for ten years she worked on a wide range of public policy issues including child care, senior care homelessness, housing, public health and education.

While in Mayor Bradley’s office, Wendy was a leader in the creation of LA’s BEST, a nationally recognized after school program that provides a safe and supervised environment for children after school, and helped found the city’s first childcare center.

At a time when few in government were paying attention, Wendy helped lead the fight to combat HIV and AIDS, establishing the first city/county AIDS task force and ensuring that the L.A. Gay and Lesbian Community Services Center remained open at a time when closure was threatened.

And while many of our veterans struggled with homelessness, Wendy walked the streets to meet them and assist them in securing housing. These experiences sparked a commitment to affordable housing that led Wendy to Washington D.C., where she served in President Clinton’s administration as the Deputy Director of the Interagency Council on Homelessness and later as the Southern California Regional Director at the Department of Housing and Urban Development.  At HUD, Wendy helped secure over one billion dollars in federal aid and coordinated the department’s response in the aftermath of the 1994 Earthquake.

In 1997, Wendy transitioned into the private sector, working for five years in the film industry as an executive at DreamWorks SKG. She understands the critical importance of the entertainment industry and its role in bolstering our state’s economy. At Dreamworks, as a member of the California Film Commission, and in elected office, Wendy has led efforts to fight piracy, protect intellectual property rights and pass strong incentives to stem runaway production, keeping these quality jobs in Los Angeles, where they belong.   She provided strategic guidance in their civic and philanthropic efforts in the Los Angeles Region.

In 2002, Wendy was elected to the Los Angeles City Council and quickly developed an impressive record of accomplishment by creating jobs, preserving open space and reducing traffic congestion.

Wendy was the architect of historic business tax reform that returned nearly $100 million to local businesses, eliminating the business tax for over 60% of small businesses. She preserved hundreds of acres of open space, more than any member of the City Council, and protected prominent ridgelines from development.

As Chairwoman of the Transportation Committee, Wendy focused on basic city services and became known as the “Pothole Queen” for her relentless pursuit of street improvements. She banned road construction during rush hour and created anti-gridlock zones to unclog our major thoroughfares. Wendy advocated for millions of dollars from the federal government to build new carpool lanes and was an early supporter of Measure R which is dramatically reshaping our transit future.

In 2009, Wendy was elected City Controller, becoming only the second woman in LA’s history elected to citywide office representing many of the communities in the 33rd District. As Controller, she brought a laser focus to examining government finances ensuring our taxpayer dollars were spent efficiently and she brought greater transparency to government. Her audits identified potential savings of millions of taxpayer dollars and advanced important causes including closing the LAPD backlog of untested rape kits and ensuring that women and minority-owned businesses are given fair access to contracting opportunities.

In 2013, Wendy was engaged by the Orange County Discovery Science Center to help open a new facility in the San Fernando Valley.  She is providing strategic advice on Board development, fundraising and civic engagement.  Discovery Cube LA will be the first major museum in the San Fernando Valley and will focus on four core initiatives:  STEM proficiency, early learning, healthy living and environmental sustainability.

Throughout her career, Wendy has gained a reputation as a consensus builder, a passionate advocate and a tough fiscal watchdog.

Wendy and her husband Dean are the proud parents of Thomas, who attends public school.



Senior Strategist, Special Populations,
Office of Financial Empowerment at Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Olivia Calderon has a distinguished career advancing policies to bring economic and social justice to disenfranchised and low-income communities. She has drafted over two dozen pieces of legislation, six of which were signed into law, including bills to expand the rights of returning Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans, protect patients from cancer causing x-rays, prevent sexual assaults on college campuses, and help working families exit poverty.

Olivia is Director of the City of LA’s Financial Empowerment Initiative in the Economic and Workforce Development Department. In this role, she develops and oversees city-led programs that help low-income Angelenos access the financial products and services they need to achieve economic security.

Previously, she was the California Legislative Director of the New America Foundation. Prior to that she served in the California Legislature as a consultant to the Assembly Transportation Committee, as a senior legislative consultant to the late California State Senator Jenny Oropeza, and as a Jesse Unruh Assembly Fellow. Olivia serves as the Chair of the California Asset Building Coalition that she cofounded in2009. She also serves on the California State Controller’s Financial Literacy Council and the Opportunity Fund’s Community Impact Advisory Board. Most recently she worked on President Obama’s reelection campaign as a field organizer in Iowa.

Ms. Calderon is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of UCLA. She also studied Arabic at the American University in Cairo as a National Security Education Program scholar and was awarded the prestigious 2010 American Memorial Fellowship by the German Marshal Fund of the United States.


ANNIE EAGAN, Board Member

Annie Eagan is the founder and principal of Annie Eagan Consulting, a Democratic fundraising firm.  Annie is a veteran of politics and strategic fundraising.  She is involved in all aspects of her firm’s work, including writing a finance plan, developing a donor message, expanding your current base of support, coordinating meetings with major donors and community leaders, executing an online strategy, and event planning services.  Her past and current clients include Congresswoman Barbara Lee, Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, State Controller Betty Yee, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond, State Board of Equalization Chair Malia Cohen, Assemblymember Phil Ting, Assemblymember Kevin Mullin, the Bay Area Caucus, Alameda County Superintendent of Schools Karen Monroe, nine-county ballot measure Regional Measure 3, nine-county ballot measure Yes on AA Clean and Healthy Bay, Sprinkler Fitters Union Local 483, Teamsters Joint Council 7 (partial list).  Prior to her career in fundraising, Annie worked for U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein for four years, two years as a member of Senator Feinstein’s legislative staff in Washington, D.C. and two years in her San Francisco office.


SANDRA FLUKE, Board Member
California State Director, Voices for Progress

Although best known for her advocacy for gender equality and reproductive justice, for the last decade, Sandra Fluke has devoted her career to public interest advocacy for numerous social justice concerns, such as LGBTQ rights, 

worker rights, economic justice, immigrant rights, and international human rights, including focusing on the impact to communities of color. Her work has been honored by the American Federation of Teachers, American Constitution Society, National Association of Women Lawyers, National Partnership for Women and Families, Planned Parenthood, and Women’s Campaign Fund, among others. Perhaps most inventively, Women’s eNews bestowed Fluke with the title “Truth-Teller to the Powerful” in their 2013 “21 Leaders for the 21st Century.”

She came to national attention in February, 2012, when Congressional Republicans prohibited her from testifying, instead hearing from a panel of only men on a question of women’s health. She then testified before the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee on the importance of women’s own private insurance covering contraception. Despite ongoing personal attacks, she continues speak out for social justice across news outlets, and addressed the Democratic National Convention. She served as a surrogate for the President in his reelection campaign, and helped elect over a dozen progressive candidates to Congress.  Continuing her public advocacy, she speaks to audiences across the country, in addition to her legislative policy work in Sacramento and D.C., and pro bono representation of victims of human trafficking.  She is currently an Innovation Fellow with Young Invincibles, focusing on the education, employment, and healthcare needs of young America.

Fluke graduated cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center as a Public Interest Law Scholar with a Certificate in Refugee and Humanitarian Emergencies.  In 2003, Fluke received a B.S. from Cornell University in Policy Analysis and Management, as well as Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. She currently lives in Los Angeles, California, with her fiancé, Adam, and their dog, Mr. President.



ANNIE V. LAM, Board Member

Annie V. Lam, principal of the Lam Consulting Group, is a recognized expert in public and nonprofit service. The Lam Consulting Group specializes in governmental affairs, organizational development, and nonprofit management. She is well known for her strategic approach to enhancing and revitalizing organizations.

Several groups she leads have complementary missions with leadership development focus: APIs Mobilize, the League of California Cities Asian Pacific Islander (API) Caucus, the League of California Cities Women’s Caucus, and the California Asian Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus Institute.

Annie founded APIs Mobilize to help cultivate greater participation of Asian Pacific Islander (API) youth in public service through educational opportunities. The League of California Cities API and Women’s Caucus support and advance API and Women local elected officials. Of particular note, she was instrumental in helping both Caucuses achieve revitalization goals by strengthening programs, increasing fund development, expanding membership recruitment, and nurturing new collaborative opportunities. And, through the California Asian Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus Institute she help increase participation of elected and career APIs in government through leadership and professional development programs.

She has served in various capacities in the political arena for over a decade. She has worked in the California Legislature as a legislative aide to Assemblymember Judy Chu and legislative director to Assemblymember Mike Eng. Following her tenure in the state legislature, she served as governmental affairs director for a healthcare trade association.

She is the recipient of the Bizwomen Headliner in Professional Services Award, the Sacramento Business Journal’s 40 under 40 Award, the Korean American Federation of Los Angeles’ Political Empowerment Award, the Center for Asian Americans United for Self Empowerment’s Partners in Public Service Award, the California Democratic Party’s API Caucus Rising Star Award, and the National Association of Asian Pacifics in Politics and Public Affairs’ 40 under 40 Award.

She holds a Master of Public Administration degree with honors and certification in public policy from the University of Southern California and a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors from UC Davis majoring in Asian American Studies.



JILL NASH, Board Member

Jill has a passion for transformative brands and has built and led strategically focused, global teams for companies in a variety of industry sectors. Previously, she has held executive leadership roles with LifeLock, Levi Strauss & Co., Yahoo!, Gap Inc., Charles Schwab and Transamerica Corp.

Jill serves on the board of directors for Water.Org. She’s received numerous industry honors and is a past president of the Organization of Women Executives. Jill holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from San Diego State University.



HON. SUSAN ROSE, Board Member

During her more than 30 years experience in public administration, education and community activism, Susan Rose has been committed to the advancement of women, workplace issues and civil rights. She served two 4-year terms on the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors during which she led efforts to create initiatives for affordable housing and homelessness, to improve the quality of life for women and families, and to ensure the environmental health of her community. Prior to that Susan was Executive Director of the Los Angeles City Commission on the Status of Women, held positions in local government and directed a non-profit agency.

Susan believes that women can make a difference in the lives of women and children through public policy. She has worked for the realization of gender equality on all levels of government by organizing women to become advocates and to assume political leadership. In 1988, Susan was a founding member of the Santa Barbara Women’s Political Committee (SBWPC) and serves on the advisory board of Close the Gap.  These organizations are dedicated to helping women gain appointed or elected office.

Currently, Susan Rose is Co-Chair of the Santa Barbara Human Rights Watch Committee (HRW) where she has focused her efforts on eliminating the national backlog of rape kits.  Susan serves on the advisory committees of the Women’s Rights Division of HRW and Women’s Campaign International, an international leadership development program. She has also served on the board of the local Planned Parenthood Action Fund and is a member of the Santa Barbara Advisory Board of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL). Susan is a director of the McCune Foundation and a trustee of Antioch University Santa Barbara where she initiated a women in leadership program.




Shawn VanDiver is a Senior Manager helping Deloitte government clients at the federal, state, and local levels in California, Arizona, and along the southwestern border. Having never had an opinion he wasn’t willing to share, he has been published in local, national, and international outlets, including the San Diego Union Tribune, USA Today, and The Guardian on myriad topics regarding the policy and politics of national and international security. He was Co-Founder of the San Diego Chapter Director of the Truman National Security Project and the Defense Entrepreneurs Forum. He serves on the Board of Directors for Emerge California, 4D PAC, and No One Left Behind. He attended National University and the Naval Postgraduate School and holds multiple certifications spanning the enterprise of homeland security, corporate security, and emergency management. A Navy Veteran, he enjoys cooking, sailing, and time spent with his incredible wife and their 10-year- old aspiring pirate / engineer / lawyer.