Experience

Principal
Mildred Consulting and Advocacy 10/08 – Current
Serve as a consultant providing public policy resources to health and human services programs that promote effective results for people. Specialize in research, analysis, policy writing, program planning, representation, training, and advocating for progressive public policy that represents the wise stewardship of public resources to positively impact people’s lives. Clients have included: the California Association for Adult Day Services, the Alliance for Leadership and Education, California Collaborative for Long-Term Services and Supports, Coalition for Compassionate Care of California, California Alliance of Child and Family Services, Napa Valley Support Services, The SCAN Foundation, California Healthcare Foundation, Colorado Foundation, National Council on Independent Living, California Association of Area Agencies on Aging, CalPACE, Inter-tribal Council of California, California Rural Health Association, Orange County Behavioral Health Association, California Institute for Mental Health and the California Foundation for Independent Living Centers.
Executive Director
California Network of Mental Health Clients 07/07 – 9/30/08
Served as Executive Director of the California Network of Mental Health Clients, a statewide non-profit organization representing persons with mental health disabilities. Responsible for the administration of a $700,000 program. Secured contracts for over $1.5 million in future funding for the organization. Developed strong collaborations with mental health community leaders and organizations, developed legal and public policy strategies, lobbied the legislature on critical priorities, served as spokesperson, and developed written program reports for funders.
Policy Consultant
Mental Health Oversight and Accountability Commission 03/07 – 06/07
Served as a special project policy consultant to the Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission. Developed, negotiated and presented the Student Mental Health Initiative, which created a special initiative for mental health prevention programs for students. Also worked with mental health stakeholders to develop a report and spending recommendations to direct $80 million toward eliminating stigma and discrimination against persons with mental health disabilities.
Associate Director – Mental Health Services Act
California Mental Health Directors Association 9/05 – 2/07
Served as resource person to county mental health directors in their implementation of Proposition 63, the Mental Health Services Act. Reviewed, analyzed and summarized policy documents, coordinated responses to decisions of the state Department of Mental Health, represented the Association to stakeholders and the public, advocated before the Mental Health Oversight and Accountability Commission, drafted position papers, advocacy letters and regulatory responses, facilitated negotiation and collaboration with a broad array of interest groups.
Consultant
California State Senate 10/98 – 8/05
Initially served at the Senate Majority Caucus and then for 6 years at the Senate Office of Research, as a policy expert on issues of disability rights, implementation of the Supreme Court’s Olmstead decision, mental health, developmental disability and substance use disorder. Initiated, wrote and staffed SB 130 (Chapter 750, Statutes of 2003, Chesbro), reforming practices of seclusion and restraints in California health facilities. Overall responsibilities included tracking and evaluating emerging state and federal policy issues, researching and gathering data, assisting Senators and committees in developing policy initiatives, writing briefing papers and reports, organizing informational hearings, drafting legislation and preparing background information and questions for the Senate Rules Committee for their confirmation hearings on Governor’s appointments.

Social Work Experience

Earned a Master’s Degree in Social Work concurrent with work in the Senate. These positions comprised graduate-level internships through the Social Work Division at California State University, Sacramento:

MSW II Intern
 Sacramento County Department of Health and Human Services, Senior and Adult Services Division 8/04 – 6/05
Provided research, policy and grantwriting support to the Division on issues involving Adult Protective Services, In-Home Supportive Services and the Public Guardian’s office. Major activities included completing a federal Administration on Aging grant for a case management program for elders, participating in the Sacramento County Elder Death Review Team, and editing Sacramento’s strategic plan for senior and dependent adults.
MSW I Intern
Sacramento County Department of Human Assistance, Senior Nutrition Services 9/03 – 5/04
Performed intake, assessment and referrals for elder clients of Meals on Wheels. Specialized in clients with complex issues such as dementia and mental health problems, and worked with Adult Protective Services, Geriatric Network and other agencies to assist them.

Fundraising And Political Experience

Early professional experience included community organizing, special events and fundraising as an independent political consultant as well as a staff member.  Key clients, campaigns and political experience included the California Democratic Party event with President Bill Clinton, State Treasurer Kathleen Brown, Assemblymember Phil Isenberg, Senator Byron Sher, Jerry Brown for State Party Chair, United States Senator Barbara Boxer, the Edmund G. “Pat” Brown Institute, Mayor Joe Serna, and then-Councilmember Darrell Steinberg.

Education

Master’s of Social Work Degree
California State University, Sacramento  2005

Bachelor of Arts Degree, Political Science
University of California, Davis  1987

Community Service and Advisory

San Francisco State University Student Success Program Advisory Committee – 2010 – Current
City of Sacramento Management Academy Graduate – 2011
California Social Work Education Center Advisory Board – 2008 – 2009
Sacramento County Mental Health Advisory Board – 2001 – 2003
Mercy Hospice Volunteer – 2001 – 2002

Honors

California State Senate – Honored on Senate Floor for Leadership and Advocacy  8/10
California Network of Mental Health Clients – Public Service Award for Partnership in System Change  12/03
Phi Alpha – Elected to the national Social Work Honor Society  5/04
Pi Sigma Alpha – Elected to the national Political Science Honor Society  6/87