2019 Leadership Council

Lauren Ellis

Lauren Ellis

Communications Committee Chair

Senior Communications Specialist
VSP Global

I was born and raised in Kansas City, and only recently moved my Midwest roots to Sacramento. When my husband and I moved here for work, we had no idea what to expect. Two and a half years later, I can proudly report that we’ve fallen in love…
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Evan Harris

Evan Harris

Communications Committee Co-Chair

Senior Account Executive
Edelman

Evan is a Senior Account Executive at Edelman Public Relations in Sacramento. He previously served as a communications director and legislative assistant in the California State Assembly and is a graduate of the University of Oregon (Go Ducks!). Outside of the office, you can find him and his…
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Kara Johnson

Kara Johnson

Engage Committee Chair

Community Engagement Coordinator
SAFE Credit Union

As a Southern California transplant, Kara Johnson has enjoyed using her role as a Community Engagement Coordinator with SAFE Credit Union to form relationships within Sacramento. Actively seeking out new opportunities to interact with nonprofits and volunteer organizations, she has been an active EDGE member since moving to…
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Jenn Fuss

Jenn Fuss

Engage Committee Co-Chair

Community Relations & Outreach Director
Clipped In Races

I’m a Sacramento native through and through, having left town only to obtain my business degree with a concentration in entrepreneurship from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. I loved growing up in Sacramento, and always planned to build my adult life here. I like to describe Sacramento as…
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Ravindar Singh

Ravindar Singh

Give Committee Chair

Community Engagement Coordinator
WellSpace Health

I started my journey at WellSpace Health in 2015 as a temporary employee. Once I had my foot in the door, I educated myself on all of the services offered by WellSpace Health. I fell in LOVE with the mission and my passion grew for the organization and…
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Rick Cogil

Rick Cogil

Give Committee Co-Chair

Loan Officer
Big Valley Mortgage

Rick began his mortgage career in 2011.  In the years prior, he worked in customer service until a position with a bank led him to his perfect match:  mortgage.  Rick fell in love with mortgage because it gave him an opportunity to build relationships and help others.  The…
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Chantel Johnson-Crockrom

Chantel Johnson-Crockrom

Develop Committee Chair

Community Engagement Representative
SMUD

I am extremely proud to call Sacramento my home! I first came here to take part in the 10-month Capitol Fellows, Senate Fellowship program in 2008. At the conclusion of the program, I moved away shortly to pursue graduate school and other career opportunities but moved back in…
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Felicia Reyes

Felicia Reyes

Develop Committee Co-Chair

Design Professional
Architectural Nexus

I’m a Sacramento native, with strong roots in the region. I spent 5 years in Savannah, Georgia where I graduated with a Bachelors in Fine Arts and a Master of Architecture from Savannah College of Art and Design. As a Design Professional at Architectural Nexus, it is my…
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Amanda Sebastiani

Amanda Sebastiani

Empower Committee Chair

Assistant Creative Director
Origin House

As an art director I create and build strategic campaigns for my clients, locally, nationally, and globally. I take pride in utilizing my design thinking and creative mind to not only do a good job for my clients, but also to participate in a renaissance movement that is…
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Chad Roberts

Chad Roberts

EMERGE Summit Chair

Attorney
Hefner Stark & Marois, LLP

Chad Roberts is an attorney at Hefner Law. He represents and provides strategic advice to landowners, developers, and homebuilders in all aspects of land use and real estate law. He has played a key role in entitling very significant residential, infill, mixed-use, retail, and industrial projects throughout the…
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Tashina Brito

Tashina Brito

EMERGE Summit Co-chair

Community Relations Manager
Capital Public Radio

A Sacramento native, I moved downtown upon receiving my (double) B.A. from UC Santa Barbara. That’s the point when I became aware of an interest in community and city development, triggered when first working for the Midtown Business Association. This interest has continued to develop as I enrich…
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Anna Fontus

Anna Fontus

Community Engagement Liaison

Policy Manager
Capitol Impact

Anna joined Metro EDGE in 2015 because she was seeking a place to connect with the amazing organizations, movements, and most importantly, community that Sacramento has to offer.  After 4 years of leading policy initiatives for a coalition of educators, researchers, employers and community organizations, she realized the…
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Monica Hans Folsom

Monica Hans Folsom

10-Year Anniversary Liaison

Partner - Employment & Business Litigation
Delfino Madden O’Malley Coyle & Koewler LLP

I never imagined when moving to Sacramento for law school in 2000 that it would become the place that I consider home. It has been exciting to watch Sacramento grow and develop into a thriving metropolis of opportunity for young professionals. It is also personally satisfying to live…
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