Participating in the 2016 Bernie Sanders campaign as a volunteer and alternate delegate was just the beginning. Senator Sanders inspired me to immerse myself in politics at the local, county, and state organizing level, as well as working on progressive campaigns throughout the state of California. You can see examples of the types of work I have done and campaigns I have worked on here. See also my resume.
I ran for party and local elected office in 2020. First, for SCCDCC in March as a newcomer in a large district, and then for City Council in a 4-seat at-large race with 10 candidates, including two incumbents, a former mayor, and a prior candidate. While I did not win these elections as a first-time candidate for each, it was a great learning experience, and I hope to have the opportunity to run again.
2020 Palo Alto City Council, Candidate
2020 Santa Clara County Democratic Central Committee, Candidate
After wearing a variety of different hats on prior campaigns, I felt ready to step up and run the whole thing on a small scale campaign in January 2019. It was a great experience, and I look forward to running more.
2019 California Democratic Party Delegate Election District 24, CommUNITY, Campaign Manager
Field & Data Strategy
As the digital strategy and data director on local campaigns in 2018, I used PDI, county data, ActionNetwork, and additional data sources to plan out our ground game, our lawn- and road-sign strategy, and our direct mail strategy. I also used this data in our online marketing and voter outreach, applying tried and true methods, such as county data, and newer methods, like VoterCircle (now Outreach Circle).
Bernie Sanders for President, Super-Volunteer & Canvass Lead for Mountain View
Hosted 18 canvasses in Mountain View and San José
Close the Gap California, Communications and Data Consultant
Alison Cormack for Palo Alto City Council 2018, Data Director
Stacey Ashlund for Palo Alto School Board 2018, Digital Strategy Director
Dotty Nygard for Tracy City Council 2018, Digital Strategy Director
2018 Primary: Elizabeth Warren for Assembly District 76, Digital Strategy Director
Communications & Graphic Design
I was honored to be managing graphics, branding, and communications presence for several campaigns since 2018. I designed print and online ads, email banners and content, and direct mail collateral, and in some cases, the candidate logo itself.
Many of the campaigns that I support in 2018 had little to no budget for graphic design. I reached out to numerous Emerge sisters who were running and offered to help them with one-off graphics and communications tech support, such as designing custom remit envelopes and setting up a MailChimp account and list for them.
In 2017, I created graphics for state party delegates who were running to help elect Kimberly Ellis. After the election, when the votes were being recounted, I was inspired by the inconsistency between those telling Kimberly to back down while simultaneously launching the "persist girl" campaign. I created a mashup of those two concepts to illustrate the irony, and it became the rallying image of the recount campaign. Kimberly used this iconic graphic as her profile image for over a year after the election, and is still in use by many of her supporters.
2020 Cari Templeton for Palo Alto City Council, Communications & Graphic Design
2020 Elizabeth Lavertu for State Assembly AD-71, Communications & Graphic Design
2020 Rhodesia Ransom for San Joaquín County Supervisor, Graphic Design
2020 Mountain View's No on Measure D, Graphic Design
2020 Additional Clients (ad hoc, not on staff)
Katie Causey for Palo Alto Unified School District
Ruth Causey for Philomath City Council
Liam O'Mara for Congress (CD-42)
2019 Close the Gap California, Graphic Design
2019 California Democratic Party Delegate Election District 24, Graphic Designer
2018 Stacey Ashlund for Palo Alto School Board, Digital Strategy Director
2018 Primary: Shay Franco-Clausen for San Jose City Council D-9, Graphic Design
2018 Helene Rouvier for Rural Caucus Chair, Communications Consultant
2018 Additional Clients (ad hoc, not on staff)
Anna Eshoo for Congress (CD-18)
Jackie Smith for State Assembly District 06
Patricia Munro for Livermore City Council
Rhodesia Ransom, Tracy City Council
Tracie Stafford for Elk Grove Mayor
Tara Sreekrishnan for Cupertino City Council
Rachelanne Vander Werf for Amer. River Trustee
Dionne Ybarra for Pacific Grove Mayor
Myel Jenkins for San Juan School Board
Lorien Cunningham for Cupertino School Board
Julie Caskey for Piedmont School Board
Kimberly Ellis for CA Democratic Party Chair, Graphic Designer. Created the Kimberly Ellis “Persist” logo mashup (see @KimberlyEllis10).
2017 California Democratic Party Delegate Election District 02, Graphic Designer
2017 California Democratic Party Delegate Election District 24, Graphic Designer
Fundraising & Volunteering
There are always ways to get involved in campaigns that one feels passionate about, even if one is already over-committed. I was honored to be able to fit in opportunities to help Josh Harder flip CD-10, to help Susan Ellenberg win a hotly contested endorsement, and to get the word out about an important school bond (while canvassing for my candidates).
Bernie Sanders for President, volunteer, event host, and canvass host
Shelly Masur for State Senate SD-13, fundraiser and door knocker
Josh Harder for Congress (CD-10), co-hosted $XX K fundraiser
Susan Ellenberg for Santa Clara County Supervisor District 4, endorsement advocate
Measure Z School Bond, canvasser
Political Party Positions
In addition to the actual campaign work, there is also the work of navigating and leading the political organizations that may influence or support the candidates. I am honored to have been part of the political side as well, through my participation in the County and State parties as a voting member, caucus leader, and committee participant. Through the Emerge program, I also learned so much about the mechanics of a campaign and how to gather support. And finally, a YUGE thank you to Sen. Bernie Sanders for inspiring me and so many others to step unabashedly into the arena of politics and public service.
Democratic National Committee (DNC)
2020 Appointed at-large Democratic National Convention Delegate for Sen. Sanders
2016 Elected potential DNC delegate (4th of 4 women), California Congressional District 18 (though did not attend convention, as we sent only one female delegate from our district)
California Democratic Party (CADEM)
2019 - Central Committee Member / Appointed Delegate, Assembly District 24 (Berman)*
2017-2019 - Progressive Caucus Executive Board, Communications & Media Officer
2017 - Central Committee Member / Elected Delegate, Assembly District 24
Santa Clara County Democratic Party (SCCDP)
2020 General - Endorsed Candidate for Palo Alto City Council
2020 Primary - Endorsement Committee Member
2019 - Bylaws Review Committee Member
2018 General - North County Endorsement Subcommittee Co-Chair
2018 Primary - Endorsement Committee Member
Emerge California alumna, Program Graduate, 2018