2021 Leadership Council

Gina McLaughlin

Gina McLaughlin

Communications Committee Chair

Content Specialist
VSP Global

Gina McLaughlin is a content specialist at VSP Global where she works on the Strategic Doctor Communications team. In this role, Gina develops communications strategies and executes tactics aimed at network providers to support different lines of business across the enterprise. Gina loves the work she does at…
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Sarah England

Sarah England

Communications Committee Co-Chair

Community Programs Coordinator
Raley's

As a lifelong ‘Sacramentan,’ Sarah England is dedicated to Sacramento’s growth and prosperity. Sarah currently serves as the Community Programs Coordinator for Raley’s, focusing on partnership development, external relations, and strengthening the communities in which the company serves. In this role, she also oversees all external communications for…
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Justin Stein

Justin Stein

Engage Committee Chair

Assistant Project Manager
Teichert

Justin is an Assistant Project Manager at Teichert Materials in Sacramento. At Teichert he focuses on land use permitting and the CEQA process. As a Sacramento native, Justin has a passion and understanding for the region. He enjoys the feeling of living in a mid-sized metropolitan city that…
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Josiah Prendergast

Josiah Prendergast

Engage Committee Co-Chair

Business Litigation Attorney
Weintraub Tobin

Josiah Prendergast is a business litigation attorney at Weintraub Tobin focusing on partnership and corporate governance disputes as well as traditional commercial litigation and bankruptcy matters. He moved to Sacramento after attending Cal (Go Bears!) and, following eight years of moves between DC, Florida, Virginia, the Bay Area,…
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Kelly Brown

Kelly Brown

Give Committee Chair

Business Planning Analyst
SMUD

I am a Sacramento area native who loves this region and wants to continue to see it thrive. I have a professional track record of success in corporate, start-up, and nonprofit companies. I am a proud double Aggie alum with an undergraduate degree in Managerial Economics and a…
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David Aguilar

David Aguilar

Give Committee Co-Chair

Financial Business Partner
Dignity Health Medical Foundation

David Aguilar is a financial business partner with the Dignity Health Medical Foundation.  Pursuing his passion for helping others chase their dreams, David also runs his own coaching business: Capital Coaching. He has a BA in Economics from UC San Diego and an MBA in Corporate Strategy and…
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Alexa Dimengo

Alexa Dimengo

Develop Committee Chair

Learning and Development Specialist
Tesco Controls, Inc.

Alexa is passionate about helping others grow, she enjoys training and developing others to reach their full potential. She moved to Sacramento a year and a half ago from Nashville, TN and you can find her exploring the city and local events, attending workout classes, camping, hiking, or…
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Michael Valania

Michael Valania

Develop Committee Co-Chair

Founder
The Full-Time Dreamer Project

Michael Valania is the founder of The Full-Time Dreamer Project, a strategic foresight consultancy focused on creatively envisioning the future to prepare organizations to serve their community by thinking through, generating insights on, and activating leadership to get ahead of change. His work has helped organizations from public…
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Liz Lorand

Liz Lorand

Empower Committee Chair

Director of Regional Development
California Restaurant Association

Liz became a Metro EDGE member in 2017 and has sat on a variety of committees since joining including Develop, Emerge (2020), and Empower. During the day, Liz is the Director of Regional Development, Statewide for the California Restaurant Association where she has worked since 2015. Liz found…
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Andrew Shannon

Andrew Shannon

Empower Committee Co-Chair

Tax Consulting Associate
Goodwin Consulting Group, Inc.

Andrew serves as a Tax Associate at Goodwin Consulting Group, Inc. and is the Co-Chair of the Empower Committee. Originally from San Leandro, Andrew is committed to fostering urban development and economic growth in Northern California. Outside of Metro EDGE, Andrew is a member of the Sacramento Urban…
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Joaquin Razo

Joaquin Razo

EMERGE Summit Chair

Vice President & Chief Strategy Officer
St. Helena Chamber of Commerce

Joaquin serves as the Vice President & Chief Strategy Officer for the St. Helena Chamber of Commerce in the Napa Valley. Working with a dynamic team, the St. Helena Chamber - a not for profit, serves over 300 member-businesses ranging from large international winery brands to small local…
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Janette Cruz

Janette Cruz

EMERGE Summit Co-chair

Enterprise Performance Team Lead
SMUD

Janette Cruz grew up in Silicon Valley and set up roots in Sacramento after completing her B.S. in Community and Regional Development with UC Davis, and then her MBA at their Graduate School of Management. Looking to further challenge herself inward and understand how to make an impact…
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