Capital Fellows Alumni Association

MISSION STATEMENT: The Capital Fellows Alumni Association is an alumni association for former fellows fostering development through a devoted and connected community,helping create good public policy and ethical leadership.

VISION STATEMENT: The Capital Fellows Alumni Association is recognized forcreating and supporting successful and effective leaders through unique events, quality services, and exceptional opportunities.

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Thank you again for your interest in becoming a member of the Capital Fellows Alumni Association! We are proud to welcome new members at any time during the year.

Becoming a member is easy. We have a one-time, lifetime membership fee of only $99. This fee officially makes you a CFAA member and a portion is contributed to the Timothy A. Hodson Memorial Fund. Your donation will be a reflection of the value of the Fellows programs and your continued engagement in the Fellows Alumni community.

Current fellows (class of 2017-18) can join for a special rate of only $49, if you sign up before the end of the calendar year of your fellowship (December 31, 2018).

In order to purchase membership, please go HERE. Fill in the corresponding amount (either $99 or $49) and your personal information.

Ranked for four years as one of the Top 10 Internships nationwide by, all of us in the Fellows community recognize the instrumental role the program played in our current and continued success either in the Capitol community or whatever professional endeavor we are engaged in.

The funds raised by purchasing a membership will assist CFAA in continuing several impactful programs, including:

  •   Quarterly mixers around the Capitol community, and throughout the nation.
  •   Connections with Capital Fellows Alumni of all generations and programs.  
  •   The support of brown bag lunches, educational speakers, career objective panels, etc.
  •   An annual contribution to the Timothy A. Hodson Memorial Fund.
  •   Finally, your contribution is tax deductible!

Your membership would be considered a charitable gift to an education not-for-profit organization established under 501(c)(3) guidelines in affiliation with Sacramento State and the Sacramento State Alumni Association.


The Capital Fellows Alumni Association is proud to announce its inaugural year of its Mentorship Program! This program is intended to provide our members, particularly new professionals, with an important resource –to offer advice on the fast paced environment of the Capitol.  

Applications are now closed for the 2018 year. For more information on next year’s program, please read below or email Louis Mirante at

Apply to be a mentor here.

Apply to be a mentee here.

About the Program

In the fast paced political arena, mentoring often becomes a priority that gets put on the back burner. Our goal as an association is to provide more professional development for our members and more opportunities for our alumni to give back. We have professionals in every facet of government and can place mentees and mentors together based on interest and career goals.


In general, mentors have at least 7-10 years of experience in the Capitol arena. Experience can be in a variety of areas including the Capitol, lobbying, Communications, work in a state department or agency. Mentors do not have to be located in Sacramento, but it is preferred.


Mentees are typically new professionals and recent fellow alumni with 5 years or less experience in the Capitol arena. New professionals will be given priority but any member who is interested in having a mentor can fill out the application and sign up.

Time Commitment

The time commitment for mentors is 1-2 hours per month and we ask that you have an in person meeting/coffee/lunch with your mentor 1 – 2 times a quarter.  Other communication such as emails and phone calls is also strongly encouraged. The length of the program is approximately 1 year. (November – November, focused on the Legislative Session). The deadline to sign up to be a mentor or mentee is January 5, 2018. We will pair people up by the middle of January and have a kick off breakfast meeting near the end of January.

2018 Calendar of Events

Friday, March 9th, 2018 - CFAA Speaker Series

The Capital Fellows Alumni Association would like to invite alumni and friends to join us for the next event in our CFAA Speaker Series with fellow alumni Alf W. Brandt! The event will be on Friday, March 9th at 12:00pm in the State Capitol, Room 113. Come hear how his experience as a fellow influenced his career and brought him to where he is today. We look forward to hosting him. 

If you plan to attend, please RSVP using this Facebook page. For any questions, contact or



Alf W. Brandt leads many efforts to advance environmental law, and water law in particular. In his day job, he serves the California State Assembly as Senior Counsel to Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon. Outside of work hours, he serves as Executive Director of the National Judicial College’s Dividing the Waters Program. 

Brandt has a long history in water policy debates. Drawing on that experience, Brandt has developed, analyzed and advocated for California water legislation, including playing critical roles in the development of the 2014 Water Bond, the 2009 Delta/Water Legislation, and the 2007 flood protection package. He also has found time to serve on the Council for the American Bar Association’s Section of the Environment, Energy and Resources, where he chaired the Section conference in Denver in October 2016.

Prior to joining the Assembly staff, Brandt served as a water lawyer for the Department of the Interior, Federal Agency Coordinator at the CALFED Bay-Delta Program, and as the leader of the City of Los Angeles delegation to the Board of Directors for the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. Brandt earned his J.D. in 1988 from University of California, Berkeley (Boalt Hall School of Law), and his B.A. magna cum laude in 1983 from UCLA.


For more information, please contact Sarah Couch ( or click here.




2018 Board Members 

Position Name Program & Year Email
Chair Sarah Couch Sen 14-15
Treasurer Brian Aguilar Exec 07-08
Secretary Brian Biering Exec 04-05
Membership Louis Miramante  Exec 15-16
Communications Shawn Lewis  Sen 13-14 Shawn.Lewis@NFIB.ORG
Events Nicholas Romo Sen 14-15
Tyler Aguilar Sen 16-17
Directors-at-Large Curtin Vandermolen Asm 09-10
Bernice Creager Sen 08-09
Derick Lennox Asm 09-10
Deanna Jarquin Asm 16-17
Adam Silver Exec 12-13
Assembly Fellow Representative Amer Rashid Asm 17-18
Senate Fellow Representative Elle Chen Sen 17-18
Executive Fellow Representative Ali Lake Exec 17-18
Judicial Fellow Representative Tayryn Edwards Jud 17-18
Nonvoting Members
Chair Emeritus Megan MacNee Asm 09-10
Membership Assistant Stephanie Park Sen 16-17