The CAT

Emerge California’s Campaign Advisory Team

What is the CAT?

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

Who is on the CAT?

 

JORDAN CURLEY, Senior Strategist, 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.

 

ANNIE EAGAN, Strategic Fundraising & Community Development

Annie Eagan is the founder and principal of Annie Eagan Consulting.  Annie is a veteran of politics, strategic fundraising and community development.  Annie is involved in all aspects of her firm’s work, including but not limited to: list development; organizational goals; writing a finance plan; major gift prospecting and cultivation; coalition building; fundraising call time; online soliciting, events.  Her past and current clients include State Controller Betty Yee, Senator Bob Wieckowski, Assemblymember Kevin Mullin, Alameda County Superintendent of Schools Karen Monroe, Sprinkler Fitters Union Local 483, Teamsters Joint Council 7, Sierra Club Bay Chapter, Gabrielle Giffords for Congress, Senator Carole Migden, Assemblymember Fiona Ma (partial list).  Annie Eagan is a Board Member of Bay Scholars, a scholarship program tailored to underserved and low-income students, founded by Clint and Janet Reilly.  Prior to her career in fundraising, Annie worked for Senator Dianne Feinstein for four years, two years in her San Francisco office and two years as a member of Senator Feinstein’s legislative staff in Washington, D.C.

 

 NATALIE LEBLANC, 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.

 

AMBER MALTBIE, Attorney at Nossaman LLP

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.

 

JOHANNA SILVA WAKI, Principal Consultant at Hope Road Consulting

Johanna brings many years of experience in developing political strategy, organizing grassroots campaigns, media relations, organizational development and government affairs. She has led many of Hope Road’s major projects and is extensively engaged in the development of direct mail, messaging and communications.

Prior to Hope Road, Johanna was a Special Assistant to San Francisco’s Superintendent of Schools where she worked closely with parents and teachers, led coalitions, and managed the School District’s Bilingual Education Task Force, which set the implementation policy for bilingual education in San Francisco public schools.

She was a key advisor to the US Census Bureau’s 2000 Complete Count Committee where she created and implemented the Northern California Migrant Outreach Plan. As a field representative for a State Assemblyman, Johanna worked with community members on a wide range of community issues and legislative agendas.

Johanna was the Bay Area Field Director for the No on Prop 38 campaign where she led a coalition of educators, parents, and community members to successfully defeat the movement for school vouchers.

Johanna’s drive to politically engage disenfranchised communities is rooted in her family’s immigration experience. At the age of six, Johanna’s family moved to San Francisco from Nicaragua. She is grateful to local community organizations that helped her family overcome cultural and language barriers and for cementing the importance of community engagement.

Johanna currently serves as the President of the Board of Directors for the Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center, and sits on KQED‘s Community Advisory Panel. She is a former member of the Board of Directors for Emerge California, a political leadership training program for Democratic women and is Chair of Emerge California’s Campaign Advisory Team. She is one of the founders of PowerPAC.org, an organization building a social justice political agenda for California and serves on the Advisory Board of the San Francisco Women’s Political Committee.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and La Raza Studies from San Francisco State University.

Johanna lives in San Francisco’s Bernal Heights neighborhood with her husband, Yukiya Jerry Waki, and their Shih Tzu, Leo.

 

ERICA WALTERS, 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.

 

JENNIFER WEBBER, Principal Consultant at Jennifer Webber Public Affairs

Jennifer Webber is a public affairs, communications, and organizational strategist based in Oakland, California. She works with a broad range of clients including candidates for public office, nonprofits and advocacy groups to help them achieve their government relations, communications and political goals at national, state and local levels.

Webber specializes in message development, coalition building, project management and management consulting. Highly regarded for her candidate trainings, she’s known for her direct approach, honest advice, and ability to find humor as needed. Highlights include working to defeat a bill to establish a tip credit in Oregon while serving as the executive director of Oregon’s Commission for Women, advocating for injured workers to restore fairness to Oregon’s workers’ compensation system, overseeing the campaign to elect the first openly gay judge on any state’s highest court, managing the San Francisco campaign to pass a $1.6 billion bond to rebuild the Hetch Hetchy water system and consulting on the successful campaign to pass an Oakland, California ballot initiative to raise the minimum wage and provide paid sick days.

For the past several years, Webber has worked with a nonprofit organization that works on federal higher education and affordability issues. She has grown and coordinated a national coalition of consumer, labor, civil rights, veterans and college access organizations that works to ensure that taxpayer-funded federal financial aid does not go to poor quality, predatory career education programs that leave students buried in debt they cannot repay.  She also advises clients on earned media strategy and helps secure positive coverage in national news outlets.

Webber enjoys helping organizations identify and plan how to meet their long-term goals through her expert strategic planning, communications and meeting facilitation skills.

Working her way through college, Webber earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and History with minor in English and a certificate in Peace Studies from the University of Portland in Oregon. With a graduate assistantship at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana, she earned a Master’s Degree in U.S. History with a focus on the Progressive Era. She did additional graduate work in political science with specialty in public policy at The George Washington University in Washington D.C.