Immersion Day Part 3: Speaker Bios

Carlos Marquez, CM3 Advocacy, LLC

Carlos Marquez is the founder and principal of CM3 Advocacy LLC, a Sacramento based lobbying and public affairs firm. He's also the immediate past president of the Sacramento LGBT Community Center. Prior to founding CM3 Advocacy, Carlos served as Senior Vice President, Government Affairs at the California Charter Schools Association (CCSA) where he managed the organization’s legislative, budget, and regulatory priorities on behalf of over 1,200 charter public schools and 600,000 charter school students. Over the last 15 years, Carlos has served in a variety of leadership roles advancing the missions and advocacy goals of national progressive organizations that include the American Civil Liberties Union, United Way Worldwide, Service Employees International Union, and the LGBT Victory Fund. In 2019, Carlos was named “40 Under 40” by the Sacramento Business Journal. Carlos graduated from San Diego State University with a B.A. in journalism and political science.

Joel Hockman, Pucci’s Pharmacy + Rainbow Chamber President

Member since 2016, Owner of Pucci’s Pharmacy on J Street in Midtown. Joel has over 20 years of experience in corporate Marketing and Sales. Along with his husband Clint, a Pharmacist, they decided to purchase a thriving community pharmacy and Pucci’s was a natural fit. Pucci’s is focused on the total health and well-being of Sacramento and the surrounding areas. Their primary goal is to ensure that access to prescription and over the counter medications is delivered in a personalized and compassionate way to all members of the community. This philosophy is especially important to some of the challenging situations faced with the LGBT community of which Joel and Clint take a personal interest in. As a small business owner Joel is eager to work toward ensuring the business community is positioned for success by working with community leaders to focus on issues that drive diversity and economic prosperity.