The CAT


Emerge California Campaign Advisory Team

What is the CAT?


CAT is Emerge California’s
Campaign Advisory Team 
—comprised of local
consultants and political experts.


Who is on the CAT?

 

AMBER MALTBIE

Amber Maltbie is a political attorney with Nossaman, LLP, specializing in campaign finance compliance and disclosure, election administration, and governmental ethics. Amber also specializes in the intersection between U.S. and international election law, gender issues, and women’s political participation. She serves as campaign counsel to candidates, PACs, and ballot measures.   Amber 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 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.

A native of Rockledge, Florida, Amber is currently based in Sacramento, California where she lives with her husband and two pets.  Amber is a graduate of Mills College in Oakland and earned her Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Pacific, McGeorge School of Law.


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ANNIE EAGAN

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.


 

ERICA WALTERS

Erica Walters is the Principal Consultant at Terris, Barnes & Walters. Prior to joining Terris, Barnes & Walters in early 1998, Erica Walters received her political training in the trenches of over 30 campaigns throughout the country. Today, Walters specializes in federal races, independent expenditure/527 campaigns and state legislative caucus work. She is personally involved in every aspect of the firm’s work, from message and strategy formulation to creative development to art direction and even to ensuring that post offices across America move the firm’s work on time, every time.

Before finishing college at Wesleyan University, she managed her first two races in Connecticut. The first, a state legislative race, provided a good introduction to the hard-knocks world of political campaigns when her candidate was declared the loser on election night, called by the Secretary of State the next morning and declared the winner, only to be called back an hour later and told the first count was right. A contrarian even at a young age, Walters has been hooked ever since.

In 1994, Walters worked for the Montana House and Senate Democratic Caucus. With a territory that stretched over 500 miles along Montana’s Hi-Line and included 24 legislative races, she helped manage everything from fundraising to field operations to media buying. In the Democrats’ worst year in decades (both nationally and in the state), Walters lost no incumbents. In the early part of the 1996 cycle, she served as joint caucus director, moving south for the end of 1996 as Coordinated Campaign director in Wyoming. Following a brief stint back on the east coast to manage an Annapolis, Maryland mayor’s race in 1997, Walters moved to San Francisco and joined her current firm. She became a partner in January 2003 and is honored to help elect Democratic candidates and further progressive causes.


 

JAMIE PATTON

Jamie Patton is Director of Digital Strategy at Uplift Campaigns. For more than 10 years, Jamie has served as a digital media strategist and general consultant for candidates, advocacy campaigns and ballot initiatives. Jamie previously designed and implemented hundreds of strategic digital media plans for campaigns at all levels at A4 Media. She also led campaigns as a Consultant for RMS Associates, a leading democratic consulting firm based in the Bay Area. Jamie previously served as the Campaign Manager for Congressman Brad Schneider, frequently cited among the most competitive congressional districts nationally.


 

JOHANNA SILVA WAKI
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Johanna Silva Waki is EMILY’s List State and Local West Coast Director.

Strategist. Advocate. Leader. Reformer. During her career, Johanna Silva Waki has embodied all these roles. Through various positions with non-profits, government agencies, and consultancies, Johanna has led initiatives to make legislative changes and promoted awareness and action regarding women’s health and empowerment. A tireless advocate for women’s issues with a commitment to planning, building, and executing strategic, winnable campaigns for pro-choice female candidates, Johanna has devoted her career to motivating others to act. Her proven history in public relations, advocacy, and non-profit management provides her with unique perspectives and insights into the most effective ways to bring about change, whether that is a change in government policies, a change in elected officials, or a change in public attitudes and perceptions.

In her current role with EMILY’s List, the largest resource for women in politics, devoted to electing pro-choice, Democratic women into office, Johanna partners with local, state, and regional groups and legislative caucuses to identify, recruit, train candidates, and build a pipeline of candidates that align with this mission. Leveraging polling data to create and administer training, she plans and launches campaign strategy, and works with individual campaigns and candidates to effectively manage their pursuit of office. She worked tirelessly to increase the number of Democratic, pro-choice women in both chambers of California’s state legislature. By 2018, the number of women legislators in California increased by 10%, and overall female representation in the state grew to more than 30%. In 2016, she led the effort to flip New Mexico’s House and Nevada’s state Assembly and Senate and increased the majority and number of women in Colorado’s State House. In addition to working closely with other Democratic candidates in the race, she advised then-candidate Maggie Toulouse Oliver, who would ultimately out seat the incumbent and be elected as New Mexico Secretary of State. 

In 2002, Johanna founded Hope Road Consulting, a full-service political consulting and public relations firm, which she led until 2015. One of her stand-out achievements was to manage Vote Hope 2008, which was the largest independent expenditure in support of Barack Obama for President. She led all fieldwork efforts in California, which included implementing data-driven strategies to identify potential voters. Her efforts included educating voters, increasing awareness, and improving voter registration rates among traditionally underserved communities in California.  

In addition to her political activism and strategizing, Johanna is also a sought-after speaker and thought leader. Along with multiple speaking engagements and guest lectures, she was recently profiled by San Francisco magazine as a leader in campaign strategy. She is also a Board Member of Tides Advocacy and is a former Emerge California Board Member who now co-chairs the organizations’ Campaign Advisory Team (CAT). She is a founding member of PowerPAC, a social justice organization committed to building long-term political infrastructure for underrepresented communities.

An immigrant of Nicaragua, Johanna, lives in the San Francisco’s Bernal Heights neighborhood with her parents, husband, son, and their loving Shih Tzu, Leo. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and La Raza Studies from California State University, San Francisco. 


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JORDAN CURLEY

Jordan Curley is the Senior Strategist for Kaufman Campaign Consultants. Hailing from San Francisco and now based in Sacramento, Jordan Curley has worked at all levels in campaigns across California, since 2004. Jordan brings her extensive work in political campaigns, policy development and community organizing to her role at Kaufman Campaign Consultants. In her work as a consultant at KCC, Jordan is directly involved with the strategic planning, field operations, community organizing, messaging, media production and external communications for her clients.

Jordan has served as campaign manager, spokesperson and field director to a variety of local and state candidate campaigns, as well as both local and statewide ballot initiatives that focused on the environment, public power, transportation, public safety, working families issues and economic development.

In addition to her work in campaigns, Jordan has also served as a Senior Policy Advisor as well as a Chief of Staff within the California State Legislature. In those roles Jordan worked with an exhaustive list of stakeholders to assist in drafting and ushering through landmark legislation focusing on elections issues, health, environment, woman’s issues, labor, equality, business and professional issues as well as local government.


 

MICHELLE JEUNG

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.


 

NATALIE LEBLANC
Natalie LeBlanc is the Founder and Principal at The Pivot Group. Natalie runs Pivot’s California operation and has worked in progressive politics for over fifteen years. A veteran of field and mail campaigns up and down the ballot, Natalie currently works with the Oregon State House Democratic Caucus and a number of congressional, state legislative and local candidates in California. Before joining Pivot, Natalie served as the Political and Legislative Director for NARAL Pro-Choice California and worked for mail firms Terris, Barnes and Walters and MSHC Partners. A passionate runner, she is thrilled to be back in Berkeley, California, where running outside 365 days a year is possible – though she does miss the bourbon drinking of the South.