Center Staff

Steve Boilard
Executive Director

Steve is the Executive Director of the Center for California Studies.  He holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of California at Santa Barbara, as well as a Master's in Government from Sacramento State.  Prior to coming to the Center in 2012, he spent 14 years at the California Legislative Analyst's Office.  Steve appreciates the opportunity to remain connected with state government from the vantage point of a premier academic institution nestled in East Sacramento.

 

Brian Aguilar
Deputy Director and Director, Executive Fellowship Program

As a career educator, Brian's professional experience and passion has always been in providing opportunity through higher education.  In working with the Executive Fellows Program and the Center for California Studies, he is proud to cultivate and support the next generation of leaders in public service.  And one of his favorite elements of the job is working at Sacramento State.  The campus is a leader in the region in supporting diversity, achievement, and leadership.  He believes as a native of South Sacramento and an alum of our campus (MA, Bilingual and Multicultural Education, '06), the campus is uniquely poised to support the growth of our communities.

 

Megan Thorall
Director, Judicial Fellowship Program

Megan has been with the Center since 2008 and serves as the Director of the Judicial Fellowship Program. Working with the Judicial Fellows is invigorating. As a Director, Megan finds particular joy in creating opportunities throughout the year for Fellows to learn about the Judicial branch, court administration and to advance their educational and professional pursuits.  A Northern California native and proud graduate of both the CSU and UC system, Megan loves working in public service on such a beautiful college campus.

 

Pam Chueh
Director, Assembly Fellowship Program; Acting Director, Senate Fellowship Program

Pam Chueh has served as Director of the Jesse M. Unruh Assembly Fellowship Program since March 2011.  Pam has 25 years experience working in state and local government, including the past two decades in and around the Capitol.  She has served in a variety of roles with the California Assembly, including Special Assistant to two Assembly Speakers, Senior Consultant to the California Asian Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus, Legislative Aide, and Field Representative.  Pam has also served as a Legislative Advocate for Los Angeles County's Department of Public Social Services and a Community and Government Relations Manager for Kaiser San Jose.  Pam holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of California, San Diego. 

 

 

Rotce Hernandez
Director, The LegiSchool Project

Rotce joined the LegiSchool staff as program coordinator in 2015 and as Director in 2017. She received a B.A. in Psychology from Sac State and is currently working on her Master’s in Public Policy and Public Administration. Her experience in other departments include University Advancement, Annual Giving, and the Office of Institutional Research. She loves going to campus events and being involved with alumni groups. When she’s not at work or studying, she enjoys watching movies and planning vacations.

 

Sandra Bernard
Administrative Operations and Budget Coordinator

Sandra joined the Center in 2002. From 1987 to 2001 she worked at Stanford University in the Food Research Institute and in the Department of Psychology.  Sandra loves working at Sacramento State as it is such a beautiful campus with all the trees.  When not at work she enjoys gardening, painting and watching football.

 

Claire Bunch
Coordinator of Special Projects and Outreach

Claire has worked at the Center since 1998 and serves as the coordinator of special projects and outreach for the Capital Fellows Programs.  She enjoys working with Capital Fellow alumni and observing where they careers take them after a year in the fellowship.  She also enjoys working with staff in California's many universities as well as developing topics and implementing the annual Envisioning California Conference.  Claire grew up in California's Central Valley and is a graduate of Fresno State.  She has spent a majority of her career working for the CSU and in particular, enjoys the changing seasons of Sacramento States's scenic campus.

 

 

Nadia Esperanza Navarro Brown
Program Coordinator, Senate Fellows Program

Nadia is the Coordinator of the California Senate Fellows Program. Nadia joined the Center for California Studies in September of 2014 after working as a Legal Secretary for Legal Services of Northern California. Nadia graduated from New Mexico State University with Bachelors of Science degree in Secondary Education (Spanish), Bachelors of Arts degree in Foreign Languages and an Associate in Criminal Justice. Nadia also taught English as a Second Language, GED and Spanish classes while attending school at NMSU. Nadia enjoys working for California State University, Sacramento because of the beautiful campus which is full of Redwood trees, birds and squirrels.

 

Zoe Manzanetti
Program Coordinator, Assembly Fellowship Program

Zoe attended UC Santa Barbara where she spent her first three years studying as a Biology Major, studied abroad in Florence, Italy for five months, and then returned UCSB to change her major and graduate with an English Degree and Minor in Spanish. After graduation, Zoe moved to small-town Spain to teach English for a year with the Cultural Ambassadors, Auxiliares de Conversacion Program. Upon completion of the program, Zoe returned to her hometown of Sacramento where she began working at the Center for California Studies as the Assembly Fellowship Coordinator in October 2017. When she is not working, Zoe likes to spend her free time on a soccer field, either as a coach or player.

 

Ariel Rylander
Program Coordinator, Judicial Fellowship Program

Ariel Rylander, born and raised in Sacramento, has been with the center since 2013. She is the Judicial Fellowship Program Coordinator and is involved with many other aspects of the Center including media, photography and communications.  Ariel is studying Psychology at Sacramento State and is passionate about building future leaders. She loves volunteering at her local church and traveling on missions across the world. In her free time, she enjoys anything Disney, singing karaoke and binge-watching Netflix shows.