2016 Leadership Council

Megan Blackwell

Megan Blackwell

Communications Committee Chair

Marketing Manager
Otto Construction

Born and raised in Oregon and attended the University of Oregon (go Ducks!), where I graduated with a degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing. I moved to Sacramento in 2007, where I landed my first gig as the Director of Membership and Marketing for the…
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Orville Thomas

Orville Thomas

Communications Committee Co-Chair

Director of Government Affairs
California Alliance for Jobs

In planning my life, I always considered Sacramento to be a pit stop rather than a destination. Three years later, I can’t imagine setting down roots in any other area. From the growing food scene to an arena rising in downtown, Sacramento has everything that a young professional…
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Jennifer Ablog

Jennifer Ablog

Sponsorship Committee Chair

Community and Government Relations Manager
Kaiser Permanente

Sacramento is where my heart is. Born and raised in one of the most diverse cities in the country, I'm proud to call Sacramento my home. It's time the Sacramento region embraced its many attributes including the influence of the young professional. Cheers to EDGE as it provides…
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Heidi Pyle

Heidi Pyle

Sponsorship Committee Co-Chair


KP Public Affairs

As someone who was born and raised locally, I feel that no city will ever provide the balance of comfort and excitement that Sacramento does. Our beautiful region blends familiarity and hometown charm with opportunity and potential. We can bike the American River parkway, eat at restaurants that…
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Emily Dutch

Emily Dutch

EMERGE Summit Chair

Director, Student Life Programs
Drexel University Sacramento

After moving to Sacramento in 2009 to work for Drexel University, Emily joined Metro EDGE as a way to meet new people and get involved in the region.  After attending many of the great functions the EDGE puts on throughout the year, she joined the Professional Development committee…
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