Our Team

Joe Sanberg

Joe Sanberg believes that everyone who works – and everyone who wants to but can’t – should be able to afford life’s basic needs and live with financial security. He founded the Golden State Opportunity Foundation to expand financial security to the millions of Californians who work hard yet experience constant financial stress.

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Amy Everitt

Amy Everitt is the President of Golden State Opportunity, a leading force for creating financial security for California's working families. She has spent most of her career working in politics and policy running electoral, legislative, and advocacy campaigns at the state and federal levels.

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Sandra Lyon
State Director

Sandra Lyon has experience working with and providing strategic counsel to principals, elected officials, political candidates, and organizations at the federal, state and local level.

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Timothy Merritt
Chief Operating Officer

Timothy Merritt currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer of Golden State Opportunity. Prior to joining the team, he spent a decade working with national political figures at the highest levels including Congress, the Cabinet, and two presidential campaigns.

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Alejandra Campoverdi
Vice Chair

Prior to running for U.S. Congress in California in early 2017, Alejandra Campoverdi was founding Managing Editor of #EmergingUS at the Los Angeles Times, a digital platform founded by Jose Antonio Vargas that explored the emerging American identity.

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Wally Adeyemo
Board Member

Wally Adeyemo served as deputy national security adviser for international economics and deputy director of the National Economic Council, serving as President Barack Obama’s senior international economic adviser.

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Laura Capps
Board Member

Laura Capps has spent 20 years developing strategic communications and issue advocacy campaigns for the nation’s highest profile public officials, including President Bill Clinton, Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Secretary John Kerry’s presidential campaign, as well as leading non-profit organizations.

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Sebastien Chaubard
Outreach Manager, Texting Director

Sebastien Chaubard has been working with GSO since 2017, starting out as a program associate before earning his position as Outreach Manager.

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Blanca Lopez
Inland Region Campaign Director

Blanca Lopez is the Inland Region Director, executing GSO's mission in the place where she has primarily lived for most of her life.

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Jenny Bach
Director of Strategic Partnerships

Jenny Bach is a native of Sacramento, California. After graduating from Sacramento State University in 2015, she joined State Senator Dr. Richard Pan's office as a district representative and later served as a Consultant for the Asian and Pacific Islander (API) Legislative Caucus.

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Sofia Zavala
Los Angeles County Coordinator

Sofia Zavala is the Los Angeles County Coordinator. She currently coordinates partnerships, VITA events and outreach efforts in Los Angeles County.

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Morgan True
Communications Manager

Morgan True is Golden State Opportunity’s Communications Manager.

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Abigail Kilcullen
Finance and Program Associate

Abigail Kilcullen is a native of the Washington D.C. area, having moved out to the Bay Area in August of 2017.

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Juan Villa
Inland Region Coordinator

Juan Villa brings a wealth of community organizing tactics from the political campaign sector. His interest in community-based work stems from the need he saw in his home city of San Bernardino.

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Violeta Centeno
Los Angeles Community Organizer

Violeta was born and raised in the neighborhood of Echo Park, Los Angeles. Growing up she witnessed many disparities in certain regions of Los Angeles which lead her to a career path in Social Work.

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"The promise of America is that hard work should be honored with financial security. We founded Golden State Opportunity to ensure that promise holds true for everyone. We won’t be satisfied by anything less than a future where everyone lives with financial security."