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EDGEucational Forum:: Civic Engagement + Joining a Commission

You talked, we listened. To provide an opportunity for young professionals in Sacramento to get more involved in key issues, we are bringing our first EDGEucational forum of 2017 your way.

Presented at the Downey Brand at Capitol Mall, a panel of executives and regional professionals involved in Civic Engagement will be discussing ways EDGErs can get involved with the different commissions in the Sacramento area like arts, planning, and parks and recreation. There are only 50 tickets available so don't hesitate to scoop yours up for an evening of education and opportunities to become involved with the community. Catering provided by Randy Peters Catering and Event Planning. Forum available to Metro EDGE members only.


  • Cornelious Burke, Bay Area Council, Sacramento's Planning and Design Commission
    • Cornelious manages the Bay Area Council’s Sacramento office, overseeing state policy and legislation and serving as one of the Bay Area Council’s liaison to the State Legislature and the Governor’s Office.Prior to joining the Bay Area Council, Cornelious served a real estate officer and special assistant to the Deputy Director of the Real Estate Services Division at the California Department of General Services. In this capacity he managed the state’s real estate portfolio and played a leadership role in statewide leasing, disposition of state-owned property, construction management, legislative analysis, and small business outreach. He also worked as a legislative aide for several members of the California State Senate and as a policy advisor to the Chairman of the California Legislative Black Caucus.

      A native of Los Angeles, he holds graduate degrees in urban planning and public administration from the University of Southern California and undergraduate degrees in political science and urban studies from Loyola Marymount University. Throughout college and graduate school, he interned for several governmental agencies, business advocacy associations and political campaigns. Currently he serves on the City of Sacramento’s Planning and Design Commission and on the Board of Directors of the California African American Museum. Wh

  • Susan Rohan, Mayor of the City of Roseville
    • Susan Rohan was elected to four-year terms on Roseville’s City Council in 2010 and 2014. She served two terms as vice mayor from 2010-2012 and 2014-2016, and two terms as mayor from 2012-2014 and 2016-2018.  Her city service includes being appointed to the Roseville Public Utilities Commission 2007-2010, to the City of Roseville Community Standards and Visioning Committee in 2003, to the Placer County Economic Commission from 1999-2005, and to the City of Roseville Grants Advisory Commission in its founding year of 1994 through 1999.  Susan served on both the Roseville Charter Review and Placer County Charter Review committees in the early 2000s.

      Susan owns a public affairs business, and is the former vice president of government and environmental affairs for the Del Webb Corporation.  

      Her leadership in the Capitol Region includes serving as chair of the Sacramento Area Council of Governments in 2016, the Placer County Transportation Planning Agency in 2016, the Western Placer Waste Management Authority in 2013, and the Placer County Economic Development Board.

  • Mike Marion, Drexel University Sacramento, Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission
    • Dr. Michael Marion, Jr. was appointed to the Arts Commission by the City in 2016. Dr. Marion is Associate Vice Provost at Drexel University Sacramento.As a senior administrator in higher education, Dr. Marion's responsibilities and expertise span a wide-spectrum of areas in education and leadership across an array of educational settings. Not only has Dr. Marion established himself as a leader in higher education, serving students in private and public universities, but also in the community. Dr. Marion promotes a strong commitment to civic engagement and recruitment and retention initiatives within the region, and has sat on many, committees, boards and commissions throughout his professional career.

      Dr. Marion has been a major art supporter through his work and leadership within Metro EDGE, Nehemiah Emerging Leaders Program and the Sacramento Metro Chamber of Commerce Executive committee. He has also enjoyed supporting local art projects like i.e. Portal, Bright Underbelly, “Own it” mural on J Street, Character on K and even sat on the board for the organization formally known as (La Raza Galeria Posada), currently known as The Latino Center of Art and Culture. When Dr. Marion’s not with his wife Tanika, (who also is an educator) and their son, he enjoys taking part in his own creative art expression within a local car club and various other interactive art initiatives and projects in the region. Dr. Marion earned his Associates in Arts, as well as his Bachelor and Master degree from San Diego State University and a Doctorate degree from the University of Southern California, and was just accepted into the prestigious Harvard University Summer Leadership program. He is a native of Portland, Ore., but calls Sacramento home.

  • Bernadette Austin, Bernadette Austin Consulting Services, West Sacramento's Planning Commission
    • Bernadette Austin is founder and principal of Bernadette Austin Consulting Services, which draws on a decade of experience in community development initiatives and public-private partnerships.In 2016 she became the first Associate Director of the Center for Regional Change at the University of California at Davis. In this capacity, she is responsible for the management and operations of an applied research center with a $1.4 million annual budget. Bernadette was appointed to the West Sacramento Planning Commission in 2014 and currently serves as Acting Chair.

      She previously served on the Parks and Community Services Commission for five years, including one year as Vice Chair and one year as Chair. She has served on the board of several local nonprofits, including Alchemist Community Development Corporation and the Sacramento District Council of the Urban Land Institute.

  • Justin Raithel, Revolutions Naturopathic, Folsom's Planning Comission
    • Justin Raithel grew up in The Woodlands, Texas, where he met his wife, Michele.  He graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Petroleum Engineering in 2002 from the Colorado School of Mines and was licensed as a Professional Engineer in 2009.  Justin spent 10 years as a petroleum engineer, working on three different continents.  He now serves as the Chief Operating Officer of Revolutions Naturopathic, a medical clinic with operations in Folsom and a new clinic opening in Roseville in August 2017.  Justin is currently appointed to the Planning Commission in Folsom and the Historic District Commission. He also serves on the board for the Quail Park Community Association, the Rotary Club of Folsom, and the Folsom Chamber of Commerce.  Justin is a founding steering committee member for Folsom’s Annual Community Service Day and also loves teaching capitalism to kindergartners through the Junior Achievement program.  He was recently honored as one of the Sacramento Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 recipients.
Downey Brand LLP

621 Capitol Mall

Date & Time
2.23.17 5:30-7:30pm