Sacramento Team

  • Andrew Pederson

    Capitol Director

  • Jesse Vallejo

    Associate Director of Legislative and Political Affairs

  • Pam Tuohy Novinsky

    Sacramento Administrator

Operations Team

  • David Crane


  • Cathy Dean

    Chief Operating Officer

  • Celeste Sempere

    Director of Engagement

  • Jeanne Gutierrez


  • Brian Jenkins

    Chief Information Officer



GFC Courage Committees

Govern For California Courage Committee chapters are 18 independent PACs that make direct contributions to legislators and other candidates for state or local office. Chapters maximize our impact in the State Legislature so we can fulfill our mission of becoming a permanent counter to special interests.

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Bay Area
Chaired by Greg Hirshman and Mason Harrison
Common Sense
Chaired by Alexander Mans and Nicholas Langdon
East Bay
Chaired by Eleanor Thornton and Alistair Thornton
Future Generations
Chaired by Colin Lind
Golden Gate
Chaired by Sachi Takahashi-Rial and Michael Joseph
Chaired by Aaron Thomas and Adam Sieff
Chaired by Fraser Preston and Celeste Sempere
Chaired by Connor Diemond-Yauman and Eli Bildner
Palo Alto
Chaired by Kathryn Hallsten and Craig Ritchey
San Diego
Chaired by Brian Jenkins and Eliot Hodges
San Fernando Valley
Chaired by Jason Levin and Ross Erlich
San Francisco
Chaired by Douglas Abbey, Greg Flynn and Mark W. Perry
Santa Barbara
Chaired by Katy Powers and Chris Terrill
Santa Clara
Chaired by John Dawson and Rick Tinsley
Santa Cruz
Chaired by Laura Kurek and Bryan Kurek
Chaired by Adam Thacher and Janice Thacher
Southern California
Chaired by Pamela Beck, Dennis Beck, Gretchen Willison and Bruce Willison
Chaired by David Crane and Cathy Dean
Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, California


We advocate for common sense solutions to the Golden State’s challenges by supporting laws, leaders, and ideas that help the greatest number of Californians and deliver high-quality public services at reasonable cost to taxpayers.