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 2018-19) 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, 2019).

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 second 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 due March 29th with decisions on pairings to be made soon after. For more information please read below or email Madeline Cline 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. (Focused on the Legislative Session). The deadline to sign up to be a mentor or mentee is March 29th, 2019. We announce pairs shortly after and have a kick off breakfast meeting on April 5th.

Calendar of Events

CFAA-Sponsored LA Mixer

We are excited to announce a Capital Fellows Alumni mixer in the Los Angeles-area! The event will be on Saturday, April 6th from 4:00 – 6:00pm at Angel City Brewery, 216 Alameda Street, Los Angeles. The Capital Fellows Alumni Association will be sponsoring hosted appetizers for the event.

 For more information, please check out the Facebook event.


2019 Board Members

Position Name Office Program & Year Email
Chair Sarah Couch Senator Patricia C. Bates Sen 14-15
Treasurer Brian Aguilar Executive Fellowship Program Exec 07-08
Secretary Deanna Jarquin Majority Leader Ian Calderon Asm 16-17
Membership Louis Mirante  California YIMBY Exec 15-16
Communications Shawn Lewis  NFIB Sen 13-14 Shawn.Lewis@NFIB.ORG
Events Nic Gauthier Asm Steven Choi Sen 17-18
Tyler Aguilar University of California Sen 16-17
Directors-at-Large Adam Silver California State Assembly Exec 12-13
Brian Biering Ellison Schneider Harris & Donlan, L.L.P. Exec 04-05
Gareth Smythe OPR Exec 16-17
Tre Bowles OPR Exec 17-18
Nicholas Romo Senator Connie Leyva Sen 14-15
Assembly Fellow Representative Wesley Whitaker Asm Jacqui Irwin Asm 18-19
Senate Fellow Representative Zaire Bailey Majority Leader Robert Hertzberg Sen 18-19
Executive Fellow Representative Nicole Cropper Department of Health Care Services Exec 18-19
Judicial Fellow Representative Logan Kemp Judicial Council Jud 18-19
Nonvoting Members
Chair Emeritus Megan MacNee Donate Life California Asm 09-10
Membership Assistant Madeline Cline Asm Melissa Melendez Asm 18-19