Board of Directors


Sharon is the lead administrator supporting the Director for the Center of Families, Children, and the Courts at the Judicial Council of California. Her passions include furthering gender equity, language access and social justice. She previously worked for Emerge America, was a legislative aide in City Hall, and represented the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency on various outreach and public engagement campaigns in the city. In her spare time, you can find Sharon phone banking for candidates, reading feminist novels, training for her next pageant, or taking photos of pop-up art sensations.


Nadia is an activist, organizer and digital communications consultant. Civic engagement and voter empowerment are her passions, and she has served in leadership for both Post March Salon and the United Democratic Club. Nadia is an Emerge California alumnae, and ran for a seat on San Francisco’s Democratic County Central Committee in March 2020. She currently serves on the board of the SF Marin Food Bank and is an appointed delegate to the California Democratic Party. Nadia received her BBA in Marketing from The University of Texas at Austin and her MBA from The George Washington University in Washington, DC.


Lily is a manager of strategic programs at Walmart Labs and has always been active in her community. She interned in the Office of Fiona Ma (then Speaker pro tempore of the California State Assembly) while she attended Lowell High School, and volunteered to improve Chinatown through Adopt-An-Alleyway. She was active in student government at UC Berkeley, and she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. Lily volunteers for San Francisco politicians and serves as a role model for other young girls and women at many community events through her involvement in beauty pageants. She is passionate about women’s rights, education, and improving representation of Asian Americans.


Megan Imperial currently serves as Legislative Aide to Supervisor Myrna Melgar in District 7. Her legislative portfolio includes Racial and Gender Equity, Transportation, Environmental Justice, Resilience and Emergency Planning, COVID Health, Small Business Support, Labor, and Budget. Megan started out in San Francisco Politics working with then Supervisor Farrell in District 2 and the transition teams for both Mayors Mark E. Farrell and London N. Breed. She assisted in implementing the Department of Violence Prevention in Oakland with the goal to reduce Gun Violence, Domestic Violence, and Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children by 80%. Megan most recently served the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission as a Policy & Government Affairs Analyst at the local/regional and state/federal level. Megan has a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies from UC Berkeley with a focus in Language, Culture, and Identity, and a specialty in Equity in Race and Gender Sociolinguistics.


Katie has over 12 years of experience developing policy and legislation for local and state government, supporting elected officials and providing strategic advice to advance public goals. She currently leads the autonomous vehicle (AV) policy program within the SFMTA where she advances local, state and federal AV and emerging mobility legislative and regulatory initiatives. Prior to her work on AVs, Katie served as the Director of State and Federal Legislative Affairs for the San Francisco Mayor’s office, as the Senior Government Affairs Analyst for the SFMTA and for the San Francisco Budget and Legislative Analyst’s Office.


Gabriela Jimenez currently serves as Senior Strategist at BergDavis Public Affairs. Her previous work experience includes Planned Parenthood Northern California, Eleni Kounalakis’ campaign for Lt. Governor, and Assemblymember Rebecca Bauer-Kahan’s district office. She is passionate about reproductive justice, health equity, and getting more women in office. Gabriela is an Emerge California alumnae and has previously served on the board of the San Francisco Young Democrats and as an Alameda County Public Health Commissioner.


Urvi Nagrani is an expert in medium & heavy-duty EV applications, sustainability planning, and the electric vehicle policy landscape. She has done a variety of consulting projects including being a Board Advisor at eIQ Mobility. Prior to then she was Director of Business Development at Motiv Power Systems where she spent over 6 years helping scale the team from prototype to commercial product including the first all-electric school buses and specialty work trucks. There she led all state and federal policy, and was the first person to secure an electric chassis certification from the California Air Resources Board. She has been an activist around many issues from LGBT rights to environmental justice and was elected as a DNC Delegate for Elizabeth Warren in San Francisco in 2020. She has a B.A. in Film & Media Studies from UC Santa Barbara and an A.A. in History from Foothill College.


Denise’s work experience includes years of campaign, advocacy, and organizing work as well as leadership roles in the nonprofit space. She currently works as a consultant focused on communications, engagement strategy, and events for progressive groups, including Netroots Nation, the Women Donors Network, Courage California, She The People, Vote Run Lead, & PCM, and numerous campaigns. Equity and gender issues have always been a focus of her work and volunteer efforts. Previously, she also served as an advisor and board member at MotherCoders, the United Way Bay Area and New Leaders Council. Originally from the New Jersey, Denise has resided in San Francisco for 15 years, and still tends to walk and talk at an East Coast pace and has very, very strong opinions about pizza.


Danisha is a connector by nature and practice. She has nearly 15 years of experience working in media, and is the Head of Paid Social Lead at Digitas where she partners with hands-on-key experts to create scalable and holistic activations, while highlighting the intersections of social, culture, and radical responsibility. Through Digitas, Danisha has taken the leadership role for Publicis Groupe’s San Francisco VivaWomen of Color chapter (a Business Resource Group) and creator of Digitas’ Multicultural Center of Excellence – a collective of BIPOC who are focused on bringing diversity, equity and inclusion to advertising. For her accomplishments, she is recognized as the recipient of prestigious awards. It doesn’t stop there; Danisha serves in various volunteer board and community roles including ColorComm Network and GirlVentures, while also being the self-partnered mother of two children, Kamaiyah and Ke’aun.


Lauren Roger works as a Senior Customer Success Manager for a marketing technology company, working with the top enterprise companies to create relevant and memorable experiences with their consumers. Previously, she worked at San Francisco magazine, where she was first introduced to the local politics scene in the city. As a 3rd generation San Franciscan, her goal is to help San Francisco and Bay Area residents feel informed for every election cycle and create a space where women can network with each other in their careers and passions. Lauren also serves on the Membership committee for Girls in Tech SF, focusing on the engagement, education and empowerment of influential women in the typically male-dominated industries of technology and entrepreneurship.


Tyra Fennell currently serves San Francisco Mayor London Breed’s administration as the Appointments Director and Community Liaison. Prior to this role, Tyra was the founding director of Imprint City, an organization activating underutilized areas in neighborhoods with arts projects, encouraging increased foot traffic to positively impact local economies. Tyra also served on San Francisco Mayor London Breed’s COVID-19 Economic Recovery Task Force, and is a current board member of Emerge California (and is also an Alumnae) and the San Francisco Bay Area Planning and Urban Research Association (SPUR). Tyra is a proud legacy graduate of Howard University.


Linda Liu’s passion is in workforce development, to ensure people have access to job opportunities, to allow them to live, work and thrive in San Francisco. Her dream is for public, private, and nonprofit sectors, to work in collaborations to create access to job opportunities in high-demand industries. She is also part of Coro’s Women in Leadership Program Spring Cohort 2021. Through this program, Linda hopes to learn leadership skills, how to navigate dynamic situations, and support other women as they advance in their career. Linda currently works at City College of San Francisco, she attended undergraduate at University of California, San Diego, currently pursuing a Master in Public Administration, at the University of San Francisco.


Zahra Hajee is a community and electoral organizer born and raised in the Bay Area. She currently works as a District Representative in Senator Scott Wiener’s Office, where she covers LGBTQ, labor, healthcare, and criminal justice reform issues. Prior to joining Team Wiener, Zahra worked for Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, supported Muslim rights advocacy efforts with Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles, and most recently was a Speakers Bureau organizer for the Yes on Proposition 15 campaign. Zahra is a graduate of UCLA and alum of the Southern California Coro Fellowship in Public Affairs.


Gillian Pressman is currently the Director of Development at YIMBY Action and Yes In My Back Yard, helping to grow resources for the YIMBY movement for abundant and affordable housing in San Francisco and beyond. Prior to YIMBY, she was the Senior Director of Development at Peer Health Exchange, a health equity nonprofit, and Massachusetts Executive Director at Generation Citizen, a civics education nonprofit that empowered young people to take local policy action. She has lived in San Francisco since 2017. In addition to SFWPC, Gillian serves on the Young Professionals Council of St Anthony’s Foundation.


Amber Bissell is a civil rights and labor and employment attorney with her own firm and is also a gender policy expert. She graduated from UCLA (B.A.), the London School of Economics (M.Sc in Gender and Social Policy; and Loyola Law School (J.D.) She has worked in the area of institutionalized harassment and discrimination for the last decade, both in advocacy and research roles. Amber co-authored “Technology and Human Trafficking: The Rise of the Mobile,” published by USC Annenberg. She was also instrumental in the publication of “Intersections of Human Trafficking, Domestic Violence, and Sexual Assault: National Organizational Advocacy Roundtable” by the Asian Pacific Islander Institute on Gender-Based Violence. She also assisted and edited numerous articles for publication on the issues of international law and civil rights and has been interviewed by such publications as the Wall Street Journal.


Jennifer Longley is an experienced nonprofit service provider and Democratic Party, public affairs and communications professional with over a decade of expertise organizing for better neighborhoods, providing political strategy, and developing effective communications approaches on behalf of clients throughout California, including San Francisco. She has also served as a strategic and media consultant and Executive staff to non-profit, labor and corporate clients and is a veteran of successful municipal, state legislative and federal candidate and issue campaigns. A proud SF State alum, Jennifer is an unapologetic gluten aficionado who, in the before times, could frequently be found at a Giants game or local theatre production.


Kim Castle is a lawyer, policy advisor, and proud graduate of Oakland Public Schools. She has served as an attorney to California Supreme Court Justice Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar, and worked for the San Francisco City Attorney. She also worked in the U.S. Senate and White House on issues relating to clean energy, housing justice, and financial regulation. Kim is passionate about electing more women and elevating historically underrepresented voices.


Amy Pineda is an experienced project and event manager, with a focus on process improvement and implementation. She is currently the Administrative Manager at Advancing New Standards In Reproductive Health (ANSIRH), a sexual and reproductive health research program at UCSF. Prior to working at ANSIRH, Amy worked at Sutter Health’s Institute for Health & Healing and NARAL Pro-Choice California, where she established their volunteer program. In her free time, she is a translator and hotline volunteer for Freedom For Immigrants and takes French lessons. Amy is passionate about social justice and true equity and inclusion.


Nicole 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.


Sarah 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.