Board of Directors

Kelly Akemi Groth, Co-President

gi3a0188-e1518145905305.jpgKelly Akemi Groth is a policy advisor and budget manager at NextGen America, a San Francisco-based nonprofit focused on preventing climate disaster and preserving prosperity for all Americans. Her work focuses on voting rights and elections in California. A seasoned political operative, Kelly has a background in community outreach and campaign strategy. Kelly also serves as a member of the SF Democratic County Central Committee, having been appointed in 2017.

Kelly holds a BA in Philosophy from San Francisco State University, and an MA in environmental sustainability from the University of Oregon.

Contact her at: kelly@sfwpc.org

Lia Azul Salaverry, Co-President

Lia SalaverryLia currently serves as a Legislative Aide for City Councilmember Nikki Fortunato Bas, representing Oakland’s District 2, with a focus on public safety, education and transportation policy.

Prior to this, Lia worked as the Campaign Manager for a successful statewide campaign for CA State Board of Equalization candidate and President of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, Malia Cohen.

Lia has experience on local, state and national campaigns and interned in Washington D.C. for Congressman Jared Huffman and for Barbara Ehrenreich’s Economic Hardship Reporting Project at the Institute for Policy Studies. In addition to her political work, Lia has held roles in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors.

Lia graduated Magna Cum Laude from UC Santa Cruz triple majoring in Philosophy,
Sociology and Legal Studies, and studied social entrepreneurship at Pompeu Fabra
University in Barcelona, Spain.

Contact her at: lia@sfwpc.org

Diane Le, Vice President

diane leDiane Le is a political finance professional and also currently serves as the Vice President of Finance for the California Young Democrats. She has worked to fundraise for the campaigns of Mayor London Breed, Mayor Ed Lee, Secretary of State Alex Padilla, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, numerous ballot measures, among others. Diane graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a degree in Political Science.

 

Sharon Chung, Political Action Committee Chair

sharon chungSharon Chung is an Outreach Supervisor at Civic Edge Consulting, a public relations firm in San Francisco that provides innovative strategic communications and authentic community engagement to improve the communities we live in.

Prior to this, Sharon worked as a legislative aide to Supervisor Catherine Stefani and as a community organizer for the San Francisco Shared Schoolyard Project. She has also worked on Kimberly Ellis for California Democratic Party Chair’s campaign in 2017.

Sharon graduated from Purdue University with a major in Political Science and two minors in Women Studies and Organizational Management. She is currently preparing to apply to law school and aspires to enter in the Fall of 2020.

Contact her at: sharon@sfwpc.org

Christine Randolph, Treasurer

christine-randolph-e1518414496959.jpgChristine Randolph is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, serving youth and adults with disabilities in workforce development. Christine has a proven record of culturally sensitive person centered clinical counseling. Christine has a BA in Psychology from SF State University, Masters in Counseling from SF State University and is nationally certified by the Commission on Rehabilitation Counseling. Additionally, Christine is a certified work incentives benefits planner from Cornell University Yang-Tan Institute on Employment and Disability. Christine is a union steward for AFSCME 2620.

Contact her at: christine@sfwpc.org

Traci Mysliwiec, Communications Co-Chair

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A brand strategist and content generator by trade, Traci Mysliwiec joined SFWPC to help develop messaging and concept ways to reach new audiences. After starting out on the advertising and public relations agency side, she has led communications departments in both higher education and nonprofit organizations, driving campaigns from conception through execution in a variety of evolving mediums.

Much of her career has been spent writing, editing and curating content for magazines, campaigns and digital platforms. She graduated from Ball State University with a Bachelor of Arts in journalism and minors in communications and Japanese.

Contact her at: traci@sfwpc.org

Sarah Musiker, Communications Co-Chair

sarah musikerSarah Musiker is a Bay Area local, instilling in her a commitment to community engagement and local issues. She currently serves as the Communications and Outreach Manager at WaterNow Alliance, a non-profit where she works with locally elected officials on sustainable water management and more resilient communities. Working all over the world on water quality, water technology and water equity, her work has focused on ensuring equal access to vital resources for all. An experienced project and community manager, she has worked in business development, relationship management, strategic partnerships, and on policy at federal, state and local level.

Sarah holds a BA from Smith College, where she quickly realized that she is too weak for East Coast winters. You can usually find her with snacks in her purse and a book in hand.

Contact her at: sarah@sfwpc.org

Nicole Lindler, Membership Chair

headshot_nicole lindlerNicole Lindler currently serves as Policy Advisor in the Office of Mayor London N. Breed. Previously, she worked as the Senior Asset Manager at Community Housing Partnership (CHP), a non-profit organization, where she oversaw a multi-million dollar portfolio of supportive units that house over 1200 of San Francisco’s formerly homeless population.

A native of the Bay Area, Nicole has held board roles on several local clubs and organizations. She has also worked to fundraise for many women-lead campaigns, including Kamala Harris for Senate and Buffy Wicks for Assembly.

Nicole holds a degree in Business Administration from the University of Southern California and an MPA from the Goldman School of Public Policy, UC Berkeley.

Contact her at: nicole@sfwpc.org

Naeemah Charles, Policy and Events Chair

naeemah charlesNaeemah Charles oversees public affairs for Planned Parenthood Northern California in San Francisco, Marin and Sonoma counties.

Prior to this, Naeemah worked as a legislative aide in Sacramento at the California State Assembly. Naeemah also previously served as staff for the San Francisco Democratic Party where she focused on community engagement, elections and voter education.

Naeemah graduated from San Francisco State University majoring in political science with a double minor in Health Education and Gender Studies. She holds a graduate certificate in Applied Politics and Government from Sacramento State University. In her free time, she enjoys aerial fitness classes.

Contact her at: naeemah@sfwpc.org

Frances Hsieh, Advisory Board Co-Chair

FHsieh headshotFrances Hsieh has over 20 years of electoral and political campaign experience, from grassroots field work to providing strategic direction, and has an extensive background in legislative and political affairs on both the local and statewide level. In addition to her work with SFWPC, Frances currently serves as the Recording Secretary for the San Francisco Democratic County Central Committee (SFDCCC), representing Assembly District 17. She is also active with her union, IFPTE Local 21, where she serves as Vice Chair of the Political Action Committee. In her day-to-day life, Frances works for San Francisco’s Office of Civic Engagement and Immigrant Affairs, implementing and enforcing the City’s strongest-in-the-nation Language Access Ordinance. Previously, she was a legislative aide for San Francisco Supervisor John Avalos, advising on legislative matters and managing constituent outreach and response.

Contact her at: frances@sfwpc.org

Jaynry Mak, Advisory Board Co-Chair

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Jaynry Mak is the Advisory Board Co-Chair and past President of SFWPC. Active in the women’s community for over 15 years, Jaynry mentors women interested in policy and promotes leadership opportunities for women.  She has served on the NARAL Pro-Choice America Power-PAC where she focused her efforts to oppose restrictions on abortion and expand access to abortion.

Jaynry is also the Chairwoman of the Board of Directors for Community Youth Center of San Francisco (CYC), a nonprofit organization providing programs and services to over 7,500 youth, young adults, and their families annually.  She has fought to increase awareness and funding for critical programs for youth, expanding CYC’s growth from an annual budget of $800,000 to over $10 million.  Jaynry has held leadership positions in numerous local community organizations, including serving as the past President of the Outer Sunset Merchants & Professionals Association.  As a direct result of her dedication, commitment, and service to the community, she was the recipient of Cathay Post #384’s Community Hero Award in 2015.

In her professional life, Jaynry is a licensed attorney at law in the State of California.  Previously, she has worked as the Special Assistant and Liaison to the Chinese American community for the late United States Congressman Tom Lantos, representing California’s 12th district, and as the Chief Legislative Deputy to Supervisor Fiona Ma in San Francisco. She has clerked for highly-respected Judge Lillian K. Sing (Ret.) and Judge Kevin McCarthy (Ret.).

Contact her at: jaynry@sfwpc.org