Featured Alumni Friday


Featured Alumni Fridays is a great new series on Facebook that gives HPPA the opportunity to highlight the accomplishments of our many alumni while facilitating networking among the social media community!

If you would like to participate, please send an e-mail to info@hornetsppa.org that includes a picture of yourself and a short bio with information like your hometown, degrees, grade year, and current employment. Please also let us know what you love about Sacramento State! 

Recently Featured Alumni:  Krystal Moreno '11 and Johnnise Foster-Downs '97

 Foster-Downs      Krystal Moreno           

Johnnise Foster-Downs received her B.A. in Government from Sacramento State in 1997. Johnnise is the Municipal Services Manager with Republic Services – a multi-billion dollar, Fortune 300 waste and recycling company; one of the largest in the nation. She has served in this capacity for 2 ½ years and manages municipal contracts and government affairs for the Sacramento Business Unit. Soon after graduation Ms. Downs' began her career in politics as a volunteer on campaigns. Her hard work was quickly noticed and she was hired as the Field Representative for Sacramento County Supervisor Roger Niello, District 4 Supervisor. Downs served in that role for 5 years analyzing policy and acting as a liaison for the District 4 communities. She went on to become the Senior Field Representative for Congressman Doug Ose. She held this position until he retired from Congress.

Ms. Downs’ proven advocacy in local, state and federal government relations along with her strong leadership has produced solid results at all levels of government. She became the Director of Local Government Affairs for the California Restaurant Association where she successfully lobbied to prevent the passage of harmful ordinances that could negatively impact the restaurant industry. Her territory was the largest in the organization, covering nearly 40 counties in the northern California region. Ms. Downs lead the lobbying effort on several high-profile issues that gained national attention. During these campaigns she testified in hearings and was the Association’s spokesperson, giving live television interviews on CNBC, the Today show and various live and recorded television, radio and newspaper interviews in local, state and national mediums. Ms. Downs moved on to become the Director of Public Policy for the Sacramento Metro Chamber where she managed the day-to-day advocacy, outreach and promotion of the Metro Chamber’s goals throughout the six-county Sacramento region. Later, she found her home with Republic Services, where she remains today, tirelessly representing the trash and recycling industry. Johnnise Foster-Downs was awarded a Proclamation by the County Board of Supervisors in 2004 and received a Mention of Appreciation on the Floor of Congress and entered into the Congressional Record in 2005. She is a graduate of Leadership Sacramento, Class of 2013 and a graduate of the Nehemiah Emerging Leaders Program, Class 6, June 2015.

When asked about what she loved about attending Sac State, she shared, "I loved the beautiful campus. I loved the diversity of the student population. I loved that Sac State is located in the Capitol of (at that time), the 5th largest economy in the world, particularly given that my interest and focus is in government and politics."

Krystal Moreno '11 received her BA in Communications from Sacramento State. She was born in Anchorage, Alaska and serves on the legislative staff of Assemblymember Tom Daly. In her spare time, Krystal volunteers for Street Soccer USA, a non-profit organization designed to promote the growth and development of women facing domestic violence or drug and/or alcohol abuse through participation in a grassroots soccer program to achieve social change. Krystal is also a member of The HOPE Leadership Institute (HLI), class of 2016. The goal of HOPE’s Education programs is to promote and develop empowered Latinas. Krystal Moreno served as the first female President of the Hornets Policy & Politics Alumni for the 2015-16 year, HPPA's biggest year yet. Under Krystal's leadership, HPPA: 
*  Raised over $10,000 to fund scholarships and programming
*  Won its third consecutive Chapter of the Year award
*  Established the Annual Fundraising Dinner and continued the Golf Tournament fundraiser
*  Awarded the first round of HPPA's Public Service Scholarships; and
*  Continued to grow the What's Possible? Speaker Series; including the upcoming luncheon on homelessness, featuring Darrell Steinberg and other leading thinkers and practitioners
For all of this and so much more, Krystal was named the Alumni Association's Chapter Leader of the Year. We have been proud to serve with Krystal over the last year. Her positive approach and enthusiastic leadership made volunteer work a great pleasure. The Sacramento State community has benefited greatly from her leadership.

When asked to reflect on her time as president of HPPA, she shared, “Wow! What a year to remember. We definitely wouldn’t have achieved our goals without the efficiency of our board, financial contributions from our members and friends of HPPA, as well as the administrative staff support of the Alumni Association. It has been a very humbling experience to serve alongside some of Sacramento’s finest. I’m proud to be the first female President of HPPA and I’m excited to witness HPPA achieve even greater success under future leadership. This organization has made a lifelong impression on me and I’m ever so grateful for those wonderful memories, and the many more to come. I hope we continue growing our Hornet network because we owe it to ourselves and the generations after us to give back to our community by creating pathways for success. Personal thanks to the individual who introduced me to our alumni network, former HPPA President/Founder and local Sacramento City Councilmember, Eric Guerra! Gracias, amigo!"

If you would like to be our next Featured Alumni, please comment below or e-mail us at info@hornetsppa.org 

Previous Featured Alumni Friday