Our Team


Ashley Swearengin, President and CEO, Central Valley Community Foundation, Former Mayor, Fresno

Michele Siqueiros, President, Campaign for College Opportunity

Sam Blakeslee, Founding Director, Institute for Advanced Technology and Public Policy, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo; former California State Senator, Assemblyman, and Assembly Republican Leader

Virginia Hamilton, former Regional Administrator, U.S. Department of Labor

Kathay Feng, National Redistricting Director, Common Cause; former Executive Director, California Common Cause

Pete Peterson, Dean & Senior Fellow, Pepperdine School of Public Policy, Davenport Institute, Pepperdine University

David B. Smith, CEO, X Sector Labs; former Managing Director, Presidio Institute; Co-Founder of CalOZ

Jonathan Stein, Voting Rights Program Manager, Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Asian Law Caucus

Duf Sundheim, Member, U.S. Fed. Court Advanced Mediation Practive Group; Principal, GPS Mediation; former Chair, CA Republican Party

Pete Weber, former Vice-President, FMC Corporation; former CEO, TeKnowledge, Inc.; former CEO, Riverbend International; Founder and Chair, Fresno Bridge Academy; Co-Chair California Forward

Zabrae Valentine, Collaborative convenor; Co-founder, CA Forward and the CA Forward Action Fund



Lande Ajose, Senior Policy Advisor for Higher Education, Office of Governor Gavin Newsom; former Executive Director, California Competes

Lenny Mendonca, Collaborative convenor; Chief Business and Economic Adviser, Office of Governor Gavin Newsom; Senior Partner Emeritus, Washington D.C. and San Francisco offices of McKinsey & Company



All of the Collaborative’s ‘consensus positions’ are first reviewed for accuracy by these folks, then circulated with all Collaborative partners for comment, and then shared for endorsements.

Caroline Danielson, Policy Director and Senior Fellow, Public Policy Institute of California

David Grusky, Professor of Sociology; Director, Center on Poverty and Inequality, Stanford University

Hilary Hoynes, Professor of Economics and Public Policy; Co-Director, Opportunity Lab, University of California Berkeley

Jesse Rothstein, Professor of Economics and Public Policy; Director, Institute for Research on Labor and Employment; Director, California Policy Lab; Co-Director, Opportunity Lab, University of California Berkeley

Sarah Bohn, Director of Research and Senior Fellow, Public Policy Institute of California



The Collaborative considers all signatories to our Consensus Positions to be partners in our work, and they are consulted in and help inform all major program decisions.



Zabrae Valentine

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