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City Year Sacramento Board

Local community and business leaders work together to advance our mission to ensure public schools are places all students can thrive.

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Beth Broome, Board Chair

Senior Advisor to Provost for STEM Strategy University of California, Davis

Beth Broome is the Senior Advisor to the Provost for STEM Strategy at UC Davis. Beth leads the STEM Strategies team whose work centers around creating opportunities and advancing efforts to engage business, industry and regional stakeholders in supporting equity-driven STEM initiatives across the university. Her team accomplishes this by leveraging the university’s assets to build high quality partnerships that are mutually beneficial for both institutions and, most importantly, benefit students. Beth incorporates her background in interdisciplinary education, nonprofit and community planning expertise to create these strategic partnerships and initiatives aligned to the STEM mission of the University.

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Kevin Gordon, Vice Chair

President, Capitol Advisors Group

Widely viewed among the top education advocates in California, Kevin is the President and a founding partner of Capitol Advisors Group. Kevin was the longtime executive director of the California Association of School Business Officials (CASBO), and previously served as the chief lobbyist and assistant executive director of the California School Boards Association (CSBA). He also served as chief of staff to Congressman Robert T. Matsui and as a legislative advocate for the California Building Industry Association (CBIA).

He holds a master's degree in public administration from the University of San Francisco. Prior to that, while completing his undergraduate degree in communication studies at University of California, Davis, he was recruited by the IBM Corporation and served three years in its national marketing division for large systems.

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Julie Quinn, Previous Chair

Sacramento Managing Partner and Consulting Practice Leader Deloitte Consulting

Julie Quinn is Deloitte Consulting LLP’s Sacramento managing partner and Consulting practice leader. Julie has more than 25 years of consulting experience in business process management, strategy and transformation, organizational design and project management for large, complex public-sector organizations. Julie helps these state government agencies and departments improve efficiency and effectiveness in their internal operations by redesigning processes, developing short- and long-term organizational strategies, providing change management services and managing the implementation of complex transformation projects.

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Jen Ablog, AmeriCorps Cares Committee Chair

Community and Government Relations Manager, Kaiser Permanente

Jennifer Ablog works for Kaiser Permanente as the community and government relations manager. Jen is responsible for fostering a strong governmental, political and community network in the greater Sacramento area.

Prior to joining Kaiser Permanente, Jen was executive director of Cover the Kids and Healthy Kids, Healthy Future, a regional non-profit serving Colusa, El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento and Yuba counties. She began her career working in local government for more than 17 years. She has supported and provided leadership in a multitude of statewide organizations and agencies to address system changes within children’s healthcare.

She serves on the City Year and Mack Road Partnership Board of Directors, and previously served on College Track, My Sister’s House, Elk Grove Chamber and Metro EDGE’s Leadership Council. She was the 2017 and 2018 chair of Sacramento Region’s Internal Study Mission’s planning committee presented by the Sacramento Asian Chamber.

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Torreyana Johnson-Tripette, Communications Committee Chair

Mobile Clinics Operations Manager, VSP Global

Torreyana Johnson-Tripette is currently a member of the mobile clinics team at VSP Global, a team she joined in October 2018. In her current role, she is responsible for planning and facilitating mobile clinic events across the country to bring no-cost eye-care and eye-wear to people in need.

Torrey is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. She is a senior fellow in the Nehemiah Emerging Leaders program, 2008 recipient of the Sacramento Observer’s "30 Under 30” award and a 2013 recipient of the Exceptional Woman of Color Award from SacCulturalHub Magazine. Torrey is a current member of the Junior League of Sacramento, where she serves on the Corporate Relations and Diversity & Inclusion committees.

Torrey received her master’s degree in public administration and political management certificate from the University of Southern California and her bachelor of arts degree in broadcast journalism from Hampton University.

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Richard Musci, Philanthropy Committee Chair

Executive Vice President, Products & Delivery, Golden 1 Credit Union

Richard Musci is the executive vice president, products & delivery at Golden 1 Credit Union. Richard, who joined Golden 1 in 2013, brings more than 20 years of experience in financial services. Richard’s vision and leadership have been integral to strengthening Golden 1’s products and marketing programs, including negotiating naming rights for Golden 1 Center.

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Nancy Brodovsky

Principal, SacConnects

Nancy Brodovsky, the principal of SacConnects, a boutique recruiting firm, works with the boards of nonprofits and associations to ensure they have the best possible board members. She also works with the leadership of for-profit corporations to place their executives on the right nonprofit boards to maximize their benefit to the entity and the community. In addition, she assists in making connections to benefit her clients, facilitates retreats and board orientations and provides executive coaching for nonprofit executive directors and lay leaders.

Currently, she serves on the boards of American Leadership Forum, (ALF) (2016 Board Chair) and City Year Sacramento (served on since its inception). She is also a member of the Governance Committee for the YFC, (Youth Family Collective) and the Sacramento Metro Chamber of Commerce Civic Amenities Steering Committee member for the Cap to Cap trip in Washington, DC.

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Danielle Casey

Executive Vice President, Greater Sacramento Economic Council

As the executive vice president for the Greater Sacramento Economic Council, Danielle Casey oversees the organization’s business development, marketing and communications, investor engagement and research and strategy initiatives critical to advancing economic growth in Greater Sacramento.

Danielle received her bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University and master of administration from Northern Arizona University. In 2017 she was recognized as a national top ‘40 under 40 Rising Star’ in economic development by Development Counsellors International. In addition, she is co-founder of the Arizona Chapter of Women Leading Government.

An Air Force brat, Danielle has had the great privilege of living in Texas, Ohio, Alabama, Louisiana, Utah, Rhode Island and Arizona throughout her life. Upon joining the Greater Sacramento Economic Council she has now become a proud resident of California and Midtown Sacramento.

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Stephen Clemons

Chief Information Officer, SMUD

Stephen Clemons joined SMUD as chief information officer in February 2017, bringing with him over 20 years of information technology experience. As a member of the executive team, Stephen's responsibilities include SMUD’s information technology strategy, planning, implementation, operations, infrastructure and project management, as well as information security and privacy.

Stephen came to SMUD from the San Diego-based private sector cybersecurity firm iBoss Cybersecurity where he was the public sector vice president. His previous employment includes roles as a senior director for product management at Qualcomm in San Diego, chief information officer for the San Diego County Office of Education from 2007 to 2014, and chief enterprise architect for the State of California’s Office of the CIO in Sacramento from 2003 to 2006. Stephen received bachelor’s degrees in business administration and finance from California State University, Sacramento.

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Dan Coyle

Partner, Delfino Madden

As a partner at Delfino Madden, Dan Coyle works to assist national and regional employers in navigating the complex and consistently changing employment laws of California.

Described by clients as efficient, detail-oriented and accessible, Dan uses his over thirty years of employment law experience to strategize with clients to determine the best approach for cost-effectively responding to their employment law needs.

Dan has successfully defended individual and class action employment claims in state and federal court and private arbitrations. Dan has defeated class certification motions of national and state classes. He also represents public employers in employee discipline and post-termination due process hearings.

Dan also works with employers to prepare and implement employee handbooks and policies, draft contracts and confidentiality and severance agreements.

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Kenneth "KJ" Johnston

Founder, KJ2 Productions

Kenneth Johnston received his bachelors from Xavier University. After seven years of corporate sales Kenneth succumbed to his passion for film-making and returned to school for his master's of fine arts degree in film studies. In 2010, armed with his knowledge in sales, production and professional freelance video experience, Kenneth opened the doors to his business, KJ2 Productions.

Being a positive and productive role model in his community, he volunteers his time teaching media classes in after-school programs at local high schools. He also devotes time to The Boys and Girls Club and the Alpha Academy Mentoring & Tutoring Program.

Kenneth is a Nehemiah Emerging Leadership Program Senior Fellow and has been featured in numerous magazines for his leadership skills. Kenneth has received both California Senate and Assembly Resolutions for work that his company has done in West Africa and Haiti. Kenneth is an avid golfer. He is a proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and the 100 Black Men of Sacramento.

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Amy Lerseth

Executive Vice President, Business Operations, Buzz Oates

With more than twenty-five years’ experience in commercial real estate, Amy Lerseth is responsible for the execution of the investment strategy for assets valued in excess of $2B, for management of the development, construction, real estate, asset management and property management companies, as well as driving Buzz Oates’ strategic vision and growth. Ms. Lerseth is a member of NAIOP, ACRE (past president), ULI, and Sacramento Metro Chamber’s Economic Development Committee.

She’s a graduate of UCLA, 2011 winner of Sacramento Business Journal’s Women Who Mean Business award, and was honored as the 2019 recipient of CREW’s Nancy Hotchkiss Woman of Impact award. She’s an active member of the Sacramento community. She serves on the advisory board for City Year Sacramento, is a founding member of WomenUp, and served as the president of the board of directors for Stanford Youth Solutions.

Amy and her husband Brian have four sons, who they cite as their greatest achievements.

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Jennifer Navarro

Director of Development, College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics Sacramento State University

Jennifer Navarro is the director of development for the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics at Sacramento State. She works with alumni, industry and the community to enhance science and math education at Sacramento State through philanthropy and volunteerism. Previously Jennifer served as associate director of Foundation Giving at UC Davis and as director of strategic partnerships at the American Indian College Fund in Denver, Colorado.

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Kathie Sowa

Senior Vice President and Market Executive Central Valley and Central Coast, Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Kathie Sowa leads commercial banking teams serving clients >$50 million in sales revenue in the Central Valley and Central Coast of California for Bank of America Merrill Lynch. This includes clients from Redding to Bakersfield and Salinas/Monterey.

Kathie graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration in real estate finance from Eastern Michigan University and a Master of Business Administration from Loyola Marymount University. She is a graduate of the Pacific Coast Banking School and is a certified Six Sigma Greenbelt.

Kathie is active in the banking industry and the Sacramento community. She was the 2017/18 board chair for the Western Bankers Association and continues to serve on the board. Kathie has also served on the site board of City Year Sacramento for 7 years serving as the site board chair for 2 years.

Kathie and her husband, Joe, also support CASA Sacramento as advocates for foster youth. After living in El Dorado Hills for 16 years, Kathie and Joe moved to the Land Park neighborhood in 2017 and now reside in Sacramento.

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Deirdre Zimmermann

Chief Customer Experience Officer, Raley's

Deirdre Zimmermann is a marketing leader with more than 25 years of retail marketing experience, passionate about developing brands and connecting people to purpose. Deirdre joined Raley’s leadership team in 2015 as senior vice president of marketing, overseeing all touchpoints in the customer journey including advertising, loyalty and e-commerce. Promoted to chief customer experience officer in 2018, she is instrumental in shaping the team member and customer experience to continue to evolve the Raley's brand, centered around their purpose of improving the health of the people they serve.

She has served as vice president of marketing for several specialty retailers, including Brookstone and White House Black Market. She moved up through the industry, working both in-house and for ad agencies representing major brands such as Fitigues, Jil Sander, The Field Museum and Talbots.

Deirdre and her husband have one child and share a common passion for healthy food and entertaining.

National Strategic Partners

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  • Comcast NBC/ Universal logo
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  • Deloitte logo
  • New York Life Foundation logo
  • Pepsico logo
  • Red Nose Day logo

National Partners

  • Aramark logo
  • Bank of America logo
  • Bain Capital logo
  • Celanese logo
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