Sarah Rose, Chief Executive Officer
For nearly 20 years, Sarah has managed successful regional, state and national campaigns to elect progressive candidates and achieve landmark environmental practices and policies. Sarah is currently the Chief Executive Officer of the California League of Conservation Voters Education Fund, the nonpartisan voter engagement and capacity-building arm of the environmental community, as well as our sister organization, CLCV, the political action arm of the state’s environmental movement.
Sarah most recently worked with the Western Conservation Foundation, a public charity that gives grants to non-profits working to build leaders to protect the West’s land, air, and water. Previously she worked for more than 15 years at CLCV, first as Political Director and ultimately as Executive Vice President, overseeing CLCV’s electoral work along with its collaboration with the wider environmental community on legislative priorities.
Alyson Ogasian, Administrative & Development Assistant
Alyson has several years experience in the nonprofit sector, with a focus on arts organizations. Before moving to Los Angeles, Alyson worked in Development and Donor Relations at the Art Gallery of Ontario and later at Canadian Stage, the largest non-profit contemporary theatre company in Canada. She has volunteered at many other institutions in both the US and Canada including the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, The Hill-Stead Museum, The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, and Modern Fuel Artist Run Centre. Alyson is excited to put her nonprofit skills to use helping elect environmental champions and protect California’s air, land and water.
Rebecca Saltzman, Government Affairs Manager
Rebecca has several years of political advocacy, grassroots organizing and management experience with local and national campaigns and issue-based organizations. During the 2010 election cycles, Rebecca worked as Campaign Director for The Next Generation, a full-service campaign consulting, management and issue advocacy firm specializing in environmental issues in the Bay Area and across California.
Outside of work, Rebecca is a public transit and smart growth advocate having chaired the No on KK campaign committee and helping to defeat this anti-transit ballot initiative with 77% of the vote. She writes a blog, Living in the O, which focuses on Oakland community, politics, and planning. Rebecca graduated with a BA in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley.
Julianne Simitz, Development Manager
Julianne brings nearly a decade of experience in the nonprofit sector to CLCV Education Fund. Most recently, Julianne was Development & Communications Manager for Executive Service Corps of Southern California, an organization that provides coaching, consulting and capacity-building services to regional nonprofits. Prior to relocating to California, Julianne worked for progressive change at several national organizations including the Interfaith Alliance, People for the American Way and the Human Rights Campaign as well as consulting for Adams Hussey & Associates, a full-service, multichannel direct marketing firm supporting progressive clients.
Outside of work, Julianne serves as Vice President for Fundraising with the National Women’s Political Caucus – Westside Los Angeles Chapter, volunteers for Project Angel Food and is an avid painter and urban gardener. Julianne completed an Executive Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Georgetown University and graduated with BA’s in Political Science and Religious Studies from Dickinson College in Pennsylvania.