Astrid Ochoa

Executive Director

A_GarciaOchoa_photoAstrid Ochoa is the Executive Director of Future of California Elections. Ms. Ochoa has over a decade of experience in policy analysis, government and public relations and developing strategic partnerships. She was the first full-time hire of Future of California Elections and helped build the organization from the ground-up. Ms. Ochoa 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 Co-Chair to the California Secretary of State Language Accessibility Advisory Committee and is a former member of the Governing Board of the Association of Princeton Graduate Alumni.


Rachel Sherman

Project Coordinator

MeRachel is excited to join the Future of California Elections team and 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. She received her 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.


Katy Flaherty

Project Coordinator

Katy has a decade of experience working in higher and continuing education advising students, planning programs and events, and managing and evaluating courses. Her interest in advocacy led her to FoCE where she helped coordinate the 2017 conference, and she is excited to work on the 2018 conference and Voter’s Choice California. Katy is a graduate of Cal State Northridge where she completed her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in history.



Catherine Hazelton 

Voter’s Choice California Consultant

Catherine Hazelton is Principal Consultant at Hazelton Strategies, where she works with foundations, non-profits, and public sector organizations to design programs and implement strategies. From 2009-2016, Catherine was a Senior Program Officer at the James Irvine Foundation where she helped design and lead several key initiatives including the Future of California Elections, the James Irvine Foundation Leadership Awards, and an effort to deepen public engagement in redistricting processes. Before joining Irvine, Catherine was Associate Director of the nonprofit Fight Crime: Invest in Kids and served in both the capitol and district offices of California Assemblymembers Carol Liu and Jack Scott. Catherine has worked on numerous political campaigns including Hillary Clinton’s 2008 and 2016 Presidential campaigns. She earned a master’s degree in public policy at the University of California, Berkeley, and a bachelor’s degree in history at Scripps College. She also attended Pasadena City College where she engaged hundreds of students in grassroots advocacy.