FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Saturday, February 27th, 2016
San Francisco Technology Democrats
SAN FRANCISCO TECHNOLOGY DEMOCRATS OPEN SACRAMENTO CHAPTER
San Francisco, Calif. - The San Francisco Technology Democrats (SF Tech Dems) are expanding to Sacramento. We are proud to announce that Alicia Lewis, Lauren Kimzey, Laura Braden Quigley, and Khaim Morton are leading the charge in forming the newest chapter of the California Technology Democrats.
Alicia Lewis is currently the Chief of Staff to Assembly Member Nora Campos, representing San Jose. She leads a legislative team, advocating for change on issues of diversity in STEM, human trafficking, and closing the gender wage gap. Lewis also spent several years as the Deputy Legislative Director within the California State Senate. Tech and open-government policy is nothing new to this Sacramento resident, she has crafted numerous pieces of legislation that have ended in an increase in government transparency. We can thank Lewis for leading the charge in providing the first social media privacy protections for students.
Lewis shared “Sacramento is the political heart of California and tech policy is far too important an issue to continue being on the political sidelines. As an organized group, we can help promote technology as a way to advance our democratic values.”
Lauren Kimzey, a State and Local Government Affairs Manager for the Internet Association joins Lewis in cultivating the newest chapter of Tech Dems. Under the umbrella of the Internet Association, Kimzey has been exposed to some of the world’s leading Internet companies helping her navigate and represent tech legislation in our State’s capital. Previously she worked as a lobbyist for McHugh, Koepke & Associates, a boutique firm in Sacramento. Kimzey has been active in Sacramento politics for nearly a decade and brings a wide variety of experience in advocacy roles to the table.
Kimzey shared, “It’s an exciting time to be in Sacramento, the city’s transformation over the last few years provides us with a unique opportunity to draw attention and promote our burgeoning tech and innovation sector.”
Laura Braden Quigley comes to Sacramento Tech Dems with over 14 years of experience executing public affairs and strategic communications campaigns for corporate, political and nonprofit clients. Prior to consulting, Quigley was the Senior Director of Communications for the Sacramento Kings. She now owns and manages LBQ Strategies, which focuses on providing clients with public affairs, strategic communications, crisis communications, social media and event services.
“Technology has the power to connect people and transform communities. It provides good-paying jobs that can’t be outsourced and enables people to create new ventures, jobs and economic growth. I look forward to advocating smart policies that advance innovation and ingenuity.”
Khaim Morton joins as a Senior Staffer within the California State Assembly with over 15 years of government and legislative experience. Previously Morton served as the Chief of Staff for a California State Assembly member allowing him to obtain hands on experience developing coordinated and strategic policy for the legislative agenda. He is no stranger to policy development and execution and will be a strong rallying advocate for tech in the capital.
“I could not be more pleased with this amazing group of individuals and the experience they are bringing to the first chapter and expansion of Tech Dems. I look forward to working with the Sacramento Tech Dems on progressive technology policy in the heart of California,” said San Francisco Technology Democrats current President, David Cruise.
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