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As the Director of Public Recruitment, I help inspire and equip individuals to enter a career in California’s public sector. My background is in staffing, education, and corporate recruitment, and four years ago I transitioned from the private sector to state service when I became a Talent Acquisition Specialist. When I’m not sharing details about the exciting career opportunities with the public sector, I can be found watching Manchester United soccer games, playing tennis, and volunteering with NxtGov. I truly enjoy connecting with people and discussing the variety of opportunities available with the State of California.
As Treasurer of the Board, I ensure that NxtGov maintains its tax-exempt status as a 501(c)6 organization, advise the Board on implementing a balanced budget, and collaborate with the Board on developing the organization’s growth strategy. Additionally, I chair the organization’s Finance Council. Outside of NxtGov, I am a Principal Program Budget Analyst with the California Department of Finance, where I develop and defend a portion of the the governor’s annual budget and maintain oversight of several department and agency operational budgets. Previously, I served as a Senate Fellow with the office of state senator Steve Glazer and worked as an investment banking analyst with Ramirez & Co., Inc. in their Public Finance Division. I hold a Master’s of Public Administration from the University of Southern California and a Bachelor’s of Arts in Political Science and Economics from Loyola Marymount University.
As the Vice-President of NxtGov, I oversee the Executive Council and help direct and provide support for all our programmatic activities. I currently work as a Program Manager at the Institute for Local Government, a non-profit that empowers local governments to navigate complex issues, increase their capacity, and build trust in their communities. I have a Masters of Public Administration, a Bachelor of Science in Biology, and a minor in Interdisciplinary Studies. In my spare time I enjoy listening to audiobooks and going on outdoor adventures.
As the founder of NxtGov and President of its board, I work with our board members to support the operations and growth of our organization, which includes ensuring compliance with laws, executing our processes established by our bylaws, and building strong partnerships aligned with our organizational values. I also currently work at the Federal Partnerships Director of the Tech Talent Project where I help bring in tech executives into government. Before this, I was appointed by Governor Newsom to serve as the Assistant Secretary at the California Government Operations Agency.
Ask me about my adventures fixing the Department of Motor Vehicles or anything in the intersection of tech, policy, and operations! I have a Bachelor of Arts in History of Public Policy, and in my spare time I love to dance, walk, and travel.
As Secretary of the Board, I advise on NxtGov strategy and operations, and serve as Chair of the Elections Council. During my day job, I am a Housing Finance Specialist with the California Housing Partnership, where I help non-profit developers of low-income housing utilize federal, state, and local funding. Previously, I served in state government as Special Assistant to the State Controller and Staff Finance Budget Analyst at the California Department of Finance. I working to complete a Master of Business Administration, and in my free time I enjoy board-gaming, birdwatching, and babysitting.
My role as NxtGov’s Membership Officer is to build, engage, and manage the NxtGov membership base. I also oversee the Membership Council, which assists with providing membership oversight and program development to cultivate a diverse and engaged culture within NxtGov. Outside of NxtGov, I am the the Branch Chief of Career Development & Succession Planning at Caltrans. In this role, I lead a team that develops, implements, and maintains people-programs related to employee engagement, recognition, and career development. I have a Master of Business Administration, a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology, and a minor in History, and when I’m not working, you can catch me hiking, watching scary movies, and gardening. I also love a good brunch spot and enjoy hosting games nights with my partner.
Jessica Lopez is a a Senior Program Analyst for the Strategic Growth Council. She has a a B.S. in Public Policy and her Master of Public Administration from the University of Southern California. In her free time, she enjoys painting, listening to podcasts on crime and politics, hiking, re-watching TV shows, and reading books on mystery and mythology.
As the Director of Community Engagement, I organize service opportunities in the Sacramento community that leverage the many strengths and talents of NxtGov members. I am also an Air Pollution Specialist at the California Air Resources Board where my team and I develop, implement, and coordinate policies for programs that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve public health, advance equity, and support the transition to a clean and just economy. Prior to this job, I worked for several nonprofits where I provided direct technical assistance and capacity building services to local governments. I also served two terms as an AmeriCorps member for the City of Flagstaff in Arizona where I supported implementation and tracking of the municipal sustainability plan. I have a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies and a Master of Science in Environmental Policy and Management. In my free time, I enjoy hiking with my husband Nate and our two dogs.
As the Director of Professional Development, I assist current and future civil servants in pursuing their personal and professional goals. I am also currently a Talent Manager with the Department of Water Resources. For over a decade I have worked in Human Resources with the State of California with the goal of making HR work for you. I have a degree in Biological Science from UC Davis and live in East Sacramento with my husband and son. On the weekends you can find me running, swimming, or hiking.
As the Deputy Director of Public Recruitment for NxtGov, my role is to help individuals pursue jobs with the State of California by overseeing the implementation of processes that will equip and inspire individuals to enter public service. I currently work with the California Department of Housing & Community Development as a Lead Recruitment & Career Counseling Analyst where I guide and provide resources for individuals desirous of working for the State of California. I have a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria and a Masters in International Law & Diplomacy from the University of Lagos, Nigeria.
I am a passionate about helping people in any way I can and always striving to add the human part in the resources. I live in Sacramento with my family, and I love traveling, reading and putting smiles on people’s faces.
As the Director of Community Engagement, I turn my passion for collaborating with others and making positive contributions to the community by organizing service opportunities in the Sacramento region. I also work as a Senior Research Specialist for the California Debt and Investment Advisory Commission, which is an extension of the State Treasurer’s Office. In this role, I conduct research and data analysis on a variety of municipal debt issuance and investment-related topics. I graduated from the University of California, San Diego with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and earned a Master of Arts Applied Economics from San Diego State University. I enjoy volunteering, playing board games, trivia and spending quality time with my husband and son.