People Category: Board Member

Jeremy Smith

Jeremy Smith has been the Deputy Legislative Director of the State Building and Construction Trades Council since 2010. Before that he was a Legislative Advocate at the California Labor Federation from 2004 to 2010. He started his career in organized labor as the Legislative Director of the Illinois AFL-CIO in 2001 after working for the Illinois State …

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Mark Herbert

Mark Herbert leads emerging national, mission-aligned initiatives for Small Business Majority, in addition to directing operations throughout California. In these roles, he identifies, operationalizes and scales new initiatives nationwide while overseeing the organization’s policy, outreach and development efforts across the state of California. Additionally, he directs Small Business Majority’s work on responsible small business lending issues. Mark …

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Rita Medina

Rita Medina is the Deputy Director of State Policy and Advocacy at the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA). With nearly a decade of experience in immigration policy and advocacy at all levels, Rita has championed advocacy within federal and state budgets, campaigns to advance immigrant rights including: federal immigration reform, defense of DACA and DAPA, implementation of …

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Peggy Wheeler

Peggy Broussard Wheeler serves as Vice President of Policy at the California Hospital Association (CHA). Ms. Wheeler is responsible for developing, advocating and executing public policies, legislation and regulations on behalf of CHA member hospitals at the state and national levels. Ms. Wheeler serves as the Issue Manager for Workforce, Housing and patients experiencing Homelessness, Equity, Social Determinants …

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Lance Hastings

Lance Hastings has held several leadership roles at MillerCoors the past 15 years. He served most recently as Vice President of National Affairs for MillerCoors. Prior to that he served as Head of Regulatory & Tax Affairs for SABMiller. He also represented Miller Brewing Company and MillerCoors in Sacramento as Director of State Government Affairs, where …

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Chione Lucina Muñoz Flegal

Chione Lucina Muñoz Flegal is a Managing Director at PolicyLink where she works to promote social, economic, and environmental equity. With deep expertise on issues of infrastructure, land use, housing, and environmental policy, Chione has over 20 years of experience building coalitions and leading policy campaigns to improve outcomes for low-income communities and communities of color in California. …

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Eric Flores

Eric Flores is the Policy Director for the California Workforce Association, and serves as the Association’s Local, Federal, and State Legislative Liaison on issues regarding workforce development. Eric serves the Association in its partnerships with the National Youth Employment Coalition, the California Labor and Workforce Development Agency Apprenticeship Task Force, and the California Workforce Association Foundation. Prior …

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Linda Collins

Linda Collins is Founder and Executive Director of the Career Ladders Project (CLP), a non-profit organization working to foster educational and career advancement for Californians through research, policy and strategic support to community colleges and their education, community and workforce partners. Linda is also founding Executive Director of LearningWorks, a partnership linking knowledge, policy and practice …

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John Brauer

John Brauer is the Executive Director of the Workforce and Economic Development (WED) Program at the California Labor Federation (CLF). The California Labor Federation’s affiliates represent over 2 million California workers. The purpose of the WED Program is to serve as an intermediary and a resource for unions in responding to economic and labor-market change. As …

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