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Two advance in Sac State's California Studies program


Sacramento State’s Center for California Studies has moved a couple of familiar faces into new positions.

Megan Thorall, former director of the LegiSchool Project, has been appointed director of the award-winning Judicial Administration Fellowship program.

Terra Townsend, a former Capital Fellow and program assistant for the LegiSchool program is moving into Thorall’s previous spot.


Terra Townsend, left, and Megan Thorall.

Founded in 1982, the Center for California Studies seeks to strengthen democratic governance in the state by preparing people for public service and leadership. Services include the Fellowship programs in which students are placed as full-time employees in a legislative, executive or judicial branch office.

Another program is the LegiSchool Project, which engages young people in matters of public policy by creating opportunities for them to meet and share ideas with state leaders through projects such as interactive televised town hall meetings and statewide essay, photo and art contests.

Thorall replaces Donna Hoenig-Couch, who retired after 20 years with the Center. Thorall has spent the past five years directing the LegiSchool Project, holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, and is studying for her master’s degree in criminology, law and society at UC Irvine.

Center Executive Director Steve Boilard praised Thorall’s work. “Her dedication and commitment to experiential learning make her ideal for this crucial position,” he said.

Townsend has been with the Center for two years. She has worked with AmeriCorps and other nonprofits, has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and forensic psychology from Seattle University, and is enrolled in Sacramento State’s public policy and administration graduate program.

“Terra has shown a remarkable capacity for finding new ways to better advance the Center’s mission,” Boilard says.

For more information on the Center for California Studies, call (916) 278-6906 or visit For media assistance, call Sacramento State’s Public Affairs office at (916) 278-6156.

– Craig Koscho