Kendra Harris has worked for over 15 years in government relations and public policy; with experience in both the government and non-profit sectors. In her career she has managed public policy, communications and community relations activities for social justice organizations. She began her career as a Senate Fellow and has served as a legislative consultant to members of the Senate and Assembly. Kendra spearheaded efforts to reinstate funding for domestic violence shelters after the Governor vetoed funding in 2009. She successfully led a campaign that resulted in the restoration of $16.3 million for shelters through special session legislation. Additionally, in 2010, she contributed to the full reinstatement of $20.4 million to shelters through budget strategy, advocacy and negotiations.
Kendra is especially dedicated to policy, systems change and programmatic efforts involving educational equity, health and human services, the welfare of women and girls and social justice movements.
Contact Kendra at: Kendra.Harris@women.ca.gov
FISCAL AND OPERATIONS DIRECTOR
Emily Sunahara joined the Commission as Fiscal and Operations Director in August of 2016. Emily comes to the Commission from 7 years with the Department of General Services where she worked in state procurement.
Emily holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from CSU, Sacramento and is LEAN process improvement certified.
Contact Emily at: Emily.Sunahara@women.ca.gov
Darcy joined the Commission in 2019 as the Communications Director. Prior to joining she worked as the Communications Liaison for Equity, Federal Advocacy and Governmental Relations at the Association of California School Administrators. She is also a founding partner and principal of Activism Articulated, a crisis communications firm located in Sacramento, CA.
Darcy holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Mills College in Photography and Visual Communication and a Master’s Degree from the University of Texas at Austin in Journalism.
Contact Darcy at: Darcy.Totten@women.ca.gov
PAY EQUITY SPECIALIST
Meryl joined the Commission in 2019 after serving as an Assembly Fellow in the Capital Fellows Program. She is a passionate advocate for Pay Equity and gender justice everywhere.
Meryl holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Literature/Writing from the University of California, San Diego.
Contact Meryl at: Meryl.Press@women.ca.gov
Stephanie joined the Commission in 2017 as the Policy Director. She has a long history of advocating for women issues, having started her career in an advocacy with the Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California in Sacramento.
She holds a Bachelor’s degree from CSU, Sacramento in Criminal Justice and is the Principal of SNT Consulting, Inc.
Contact Stephanie at: Stephanie.Tseu@women.ca.gov
Christina joined in the Commission in 2018 as the Administrative Assistant. Prior to the Commission she worked for the California Department of Health Care Services.
Contact Christina at: Christina.Bangoy@women.ca.gov