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

CFAA’s 15th Anniversary Celebration BBQ

Please save the date for this family-friendly BBQ with the Capital Fellows Alumni Association to celebrate our 15th Anniversary as an organization. Entry is free. We will provide the main course and ask attendees to bring a side. 

Sunday, October 21st 
1:00 - 4:00pm 

William Land Regional Park
3800 West Land Park Drive
Sacramento, CA 95822

We will have lawn games and activities for all ages. Please RSVP via Eventbrite. For additional information, please visit the Facebook Page. 


CFAA & HPPA: New Fellows Welcome Reception

The Capital Fellows Alumni Association and the Hornets Policy & Politics Alumni Chapter of the Sac State Alumni Association are proud to once again co-host the New Fellows Welcome Reception. 

Thursday, November 1
5:30 - 7:30pm 
Location: Mayahuel (1200 K Street, Sacramento)

All four of the Capital Fellows Programs will be in Sacramento for workshops and programming. All fellows, alumni, and friends of the program are welcome to join us at this reception for hosted appetizers and no-host bar.

For more information, please visit the Facebook Page




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 Mirante  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