Women in California Politics
April’s Sacramento Press Club lunch featured political powerhouses Nancy McFadden, Cassandra Pye, Angie Tate and Sabrina Lockhart. Whether working for governors or for party leaders on both sides of the aisle, each has a unique insider perspective on the inner-workings of California’s government and political system. While they may not always agree on political issues, all of these women support the #WinLikeAGirl movement hatched here in Sacramento to ensure that more female political experts are quoted in news stories and featured on panels. This panel featured a discussion of the most current campaign and political issues from highly quotable sources.
For more than 30 years, Cassandra Walker Pye has enjoyed a successful career in communications, government, politics and advocacy for corporate interests in global, national, state and local arenas. In January 2015, she founded 3.14 Communications, LLC, a strategic partner to businesses, trade associations, non-profits and individuals seeking to influence stakeholders – linking modern communications tools with the well-written word. Pye has gained notoriety as an effective strategic facilitator, crisis counselor and executive trainer. Prior to launching 3.14 Communications, she was senior vice president for APCO Worldwide, a global strategic communication consultancy. In 2003, Pye was appointed deputy chief of staff to California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and served on his historic post-recall election transition team. She is former vice president of corporate affairs and political director for the California Chamber of Commerce, director of public affairs for the California Retailers Association, director of governmental relations for the California Grocers Association and state relations manager for the Food Marketing Institute, headquartered in Washington, DC. An award-winning writer, Pye is a regular contributor to CA Grocer magazine. She’s been a longtime advocate for women’s leadership in the public and private sectors and now serves as State Board President for California Women Lead, the only statewide, non-partisan organization committed to providing women the training and support they need to be successful in the political arena. She is member of the Board of Directors for Street Soccer USA (Sacramento), a member of the Leadership California’s Executive Advisory Council, a trustee for the California Blue Ribbon Commission on Autism Foundation and a senior fellow of the American Leadership Forum (ALF).
Angie Tate has served as Chief Finance Officer for the California Democratic Party during three of the most successful election cycles in the Party’s history (2010, 2012, 2014). Under Angie’s leadership, the State Party underwent a financial reorganization designed to place the Party on stronger fiscal footing by employing a more sustainable organizational model. As part of the reorganization, Angie helped raise the capital that allowed the Party to purchase a newly built, state of the art, LEED certified building: The John L. Burton Democratic Headquarters in midtown Sacramento. During the 2014 election cycle, Angie helped the Democratic Party and its elected partners raise more than 25 million dollars, no doubt contributing to the second statewide Democratic sweep in a row and allowing the Party to expand activist resources. Angie has spent the last 18 years working for Chairman John Burton in some capacity, including his Senate pro tem office in the State Capitol.
Sabrina Demayo Lockhart currently serves as communications director for the California Independent Petroleum Association. Sabrina has more than 15 years of media and public relations strategy experience. She is a former television journalist and spent a decade working in the State Capitol serving in senior roles for former elected leaders including Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, then-Assembly Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy, Senator Dave Cogdill and then-Assembly Republican Leader Connie Conway. Sabrina has also consulted a wide variety of clients ranging from political campaigns to parent-led education reforms. In 2007, she was nominated as one of the 100 Most Influential Filipina Women in the U.S. Working in the high-stress world of politics while juggling the demands of a family led Sabrina to a dedicated yoga practice and she is now a certified yoga teacher. She volunteer teaches veterans and medical staff at the Sacramento VA Hospital and volunteers for Yoga Moves Us, a non-profit that provides free weekly yoga classes in 5 Sacramento-area parks.
Details for the lunch:
Date: Tuesday, April 12
Time: 11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Where: State Building and Construction Trades Council Conference Center, 1231 I Street