Providing Leadership and Service for Women Since 1983


Meet our 2020 Board of Directors 


Honorary Members - To be Announced



President: Angela Pontes

Angela is currently Legislative Director for Assemblymember Cecilia Aguiar-Curry. Prior to returning to the Capitol to serve in Assemblymember Richard S. Gordon's office, Angela worked in the Third House as a Legislative Coordinator and Advocate at Gonzalez, Quintana & Hunter, representing a range of clients. She also spent time working with the former First Lady of California, Maria Shriver, on her research and communications project titled "The Shriver Report: A Woman’s Nation Pushes Back from the Brink." Angela graduated from Georgetown University, where she majored in International Health and Spanish Language, and was also an NCAA Division I athlete.



Vice President: Amber King


Amber King serves as the Vice President of Advocacy and Membership for the Association of California Health Care Districts, where she provides leadership for ACHD’s Advocacy Team. Under Amber’s direction, ACHD’s Advocacy Team works with the State Legislature, legislative staff, committee staff, key coalitions, and internal and external stakeholders to analyze and recommend action on bills impacting ACHD members. Prior to joining ACHD in 2006, Amber provided support for Assemblymember Simón Salinas in his capitol office, working as a Legislative Aide. Amber received her degree from California State University, Sacramento where she majored in Government with a minor in Sociology. In addition to Amber’s duties at ACHD, she is a member of the Legislative Committee for the California Special Districts Association. Amber also served as a Co-Chair of the Charitable Giving Committee for the Capitol Network for several years before serving as Vice President.



Secretary: Michelle Reyes


Michelle joined Political Solutions in 2017 where she serves as an associate lobbyist. She has a distinguished background in media relations, public affairs, political campaigns, and public service. In her current capacity as an associate lobbyist she helps clients on an array of issues navigate through the complex world of politics and policy in the state Legislature. Prior to joining Political Solutions, Michelle served as a Communications Director in the California State Assembly, where she used strategic and instinctual media relations to help drive messaging on social media and to key constituencies and audiences at the local, state, and national level. Michelle has also served as Communications Director for the California Latino Legislative Caucus. During this time, she spearheaded statewide and nationally targeted media efforts to address issues that impact the Latino community.


Treasurer: Sakshi Walia


Sakshi currently serves as a Legislative Aide for Senator Steve Glazer where she covers issues pertaining to K-12 education, higher education, and environment. She also staffs the Senator on his Select Committee on Student Success allowing her to organize higher education campaigns and provide recommendations on best practices for students success nationwide. Prior to working in the Senate, Sakshi was an aide with Assembly Member Patrick O’ Donnell where she advised the Member on a variety of issues and provided policy recommendations. In addition, Sakshi is the Chair of the Sacramento Semester Alumni Association and an alum of the California Asian Pacific Islander Staff Academy Program. She received her degree from California State University, Fullerton in Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a double concentration in Finance and Economics and a minor in Political Science.



Immediate Past President: Rachael O’Brien 


Rachael currently serves as the Deputy Secretary for Legislative Affairs of the California Department of Food and Agriculture for Governor Newsome’s Administration. Rachael was previously appointed as Assistant Secretary in December 2017 by Governor Edmund G. Brown. Prior to joining CDFA, Rachael served as Manager of Government Affairs at the Agricultural Council of California, representing approximately 15,000 farmers across the state, ranging from small, farmer-owned businesses, to some of the world’s best-known brands. Rachael also served as a Legislative Advocate for Gonzalez, Quintana & Hunter, LLC, focusing on energy, water, climate and air quality policy. Rachael also worked as an Associate for EcoConsult, an environmental consulting firm, and held an internship position with then-Assemblymember Skinner’s Capitol office. Rachael is a graduate of California State University, Monterey Bay.




Members At Large


Kelli Boehm

Bio coming soon



Lindsey Goodwin

Photo and bio coming soon


Madison Dwelley


Madison Dwelley currently serves as an associate lobbyist at Political Solutions, representing local government, nonprofit, and retail clients before the California Legislature, Governor’s Office, and various state agencies. Prior to joining Political Solutions, Madison served as a public policy intern at the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce. Madison is a graduate of San Diego State University with Bachelor’s degrees in both Political Science and Criminal Justice with an emphasis in Law in Society and also holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from McGeorge School of Law.


Ivy Ridderbusch


Ivy Ridderbusch is a Legislative Advocate for the San Diego County Water Authority’s Government Relations Department. Prior to joining the Water Authority, Ivy served as a Field Representative in former Assembly Member Don Wagner’s Orange County district office. She received her B.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Irvine.


Committee Chairs


CHARITABLE GIVING: Madeline Cline & Andrea Daugherty


Madeline Cline



Madeline Cline serves as a Legislative Assistant for Renne Public Policy Group, which focuses exclusively on the interests of public agencies. Madeline is an alumnus of the Jesse M. Unruh Assembly Fellowship where she worked on policy areas such as housing, revenue & taxation, public safety, and natural

resources. Madeline graduated from Sonoma State University, where she studied Political Science and

Sociology.




EVENTS COMMITTEE: Natalie Lenhart

Natalie Lenhart is a Senior Program Director at Capitol Impact, a political and social impact consulting firm based in Sacramento. In this role, Natalie works on the implementation of various state, local, and philanthropic social impact initiatives. She specializes in coalition building, cross-sector collaboration, workforce development, education, and strategic planning. Previously, Natalie worked on Assembly and Senate campaigns and spent time as a constituent services representative. She received her B.A. in Comparative Government at UC Berkeley and her Master’s in Public Administration & Policy at the USC Price School of Public Policy.



GOLF COMMITTEE: Erin Norwood and Margo Parks


Erin Norwood


As a Partner of Norwood Associates, Erin Norwood provides clients with more than a decade of experience and a strong understanding of insurance, technology, health, and consumer issues. Erin has successfully lobbied the California Legislature, Governor’s office, and State Administrative Agencies on significant issues such as workers’ compensation, cable and internet legislation, pharmaceuticals, personal, property and life insurance, taxation, gambling and internet poker legislation. Erin is a graduate from California State University, Sacramento with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications Studies with an emphasis in Political Communications.  She also is a graduate from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law with a Master’s of Science in Law.


Margo Parks

Photo and bio coming soon



MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE: Deanna Jarquin and McKinley Thompson-Morley


Deanna Jarquin 


Deanna Jarquin serves as a Legislative Advocate for the Personal Insurance Federation of California. Prior to joining PIFC, Deanna was a Legislative Aide for Assembly Majority Leader Ian C. Calderon where she primarily advised him on policy issues related to education, insurance and banking and finance. She is an alumnus of the Jesse M. Unruh Assembly Fellowship. Deanna is a graduated from California State University, Chico with undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Women’s Studies.


McKinley Thompson-Morley

Photo and bio coming soon


MENTORSHIP COMMITTEE: Teresa Cooke & Kelsey McQuaid-Craig


Teresa Cooke

Teresa A. Cooke


Teresa Cooke serves as Senior Policy Advisor for the law firm Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, representing trade associations and private corporations on issues related to tax policy, environmental compliance, energy policy, labor practices, emerging technologies and automotives. Her work has included one of the country’s largest energy producers, an investor owned-utility, a major automobile manufacturer as well as numerous interests related to travel and tourism before the State Legislature, Governor’s Office and regulatory agencies. Prior to joining Brownstein, she worked for a top-25 lobbying firm in Sacramento with a focus on the firm’s energy, transportation and tourism-related clients. Before Teresa’s transition into lobbying, she spent more than five years as a volunteer with the California Democratic Party.



Kelsey McQuaid-Craig



Kelsey McQuaid-Craig, MPA, CAE joined California American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) in 2012 after working on the boards of local and statewide Democratic Party organizations. She serves as the Director of Policy and Programs, staffing the organization’s Board of Directors, planning the annual conference, among other responsibilities. Prior to that she worked as Program Associate and Government Affairs Associate for California ACEP. She earned her B.A. in Political Science from the University of California at Davis and her Master of Public Administration from the University of Southern California. She is a Certified Association Executive through the American Society of Association Executives.






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