Staff

 

Astrid Ochoa, Executive Director

Astrid Ochoa is the Executive Director of Future of California Elections. Ms. Ochoa has  experience in implementing statewide reforms, policy analysis, government and public relations and leading cross-sector partnerships. She helped launch Future of California Elections, an innovative cross-sector collaboration to modernize California’s elections, building the organization from the ground-up. Previously, Ms. Ochoa worked at NALEO Educational Fund leading the organization’s national redistricting community engagement strategy. Ms. Ochoa was named one of 76 Influencers for The Sacramento Bee’s 2018 Influencer Series. She holds master’s degrees in public affairs and urban and regional planning from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University and a bachelor’s degree in international relations from Pomona College. Ms. Ochoa serves as adjunct faculty in the area of Governance and Policy at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs for the University of Minnesota. She was appointed for a second term to serve on the state Language Accessibility Advisory Committee by California Secretary of State Alex Padilla and is a former member of the Governing Board of the Association of Princeton Graduate Alumni.

 

Rachel Sherman, Project Manager

MeRachel Sherman is the Project Manager of Future of California Elections. Ms. Sherman brings experience in administration, research, and advocacy. Ms. Sherman has served as a Human Rights Intern with IIMA, an NGO with special consultative status in the United Nations’ Economic and Social Council in Geneva, Switzerland and as a Special Projects Coordinator at Loyola Marymount University. Ms. Sherman holds a master’s degree in international relations with a specialization in gender studies from New York University and bachelor’s degrees in political science and Chicano studies from Loyola Marymount University.