Emerge Summit 2020 Planning Committee

Tashina Brito

Name: Tashina Brito

Employer/position:
Capital Public Radio’s Community Relations Manager

Role on the committee:
Emerge Summit Chair

A first-generation Sacramentan, Tashina previously served as the Marketing and Events Manager at the Sacramento Midtown Association (MBA). Charged with promoting programs to enhance the economic and cultural well-being of Midtown, she coordinated with businesses to leverage citywide marketing campaigns and co-managed the founding of the Midtown Farmers Market.

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Name: Joaquin E. Razo

Employer/position: Vice President & Chief Strategy Officer, St. Helena Chamber of Commerce

Role on the committee:
 Emerge Summit Co-Chair

Joaquin serves as the Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer for the St. Helena Chamber of Commerce in the Napa Valley. Working with a dynamic team, the St. Helena Chamber – a not for profit, serves over 300 member-businesses ranging from large international winery brands to small boutique stores. Joaquin is passionate about advocating and serving the local business community and helping St. Helena continue to be an international destination for travelers.

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Name: Katie Carbone

Employer/position: Sacramento Regional Builders Exchange Education Foundation

Role on the committee:
Breakouts Lead

Katie Carbone has been with the Sacramento Regional Builders Exchange Education Foundation since 2015 and manages programs for high school youth to expose them to careers in construction, architecture, engineering, and the trades. She was a top ten finalist in the 2019 Social Venture Partner’s Fast Pitch competition at the Golden 1 Center where she won more than $22,000 in cash and in-kind contributions for her organization.

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Name: Liz Lorand

Employer/position: Director of Regional Developnent, California Restaurant Association

Role on the committee: Breakouts Co-Lead

Liz is the Director of Regional Development for the California Restaurant Association. Liz joined Metro EDGE a little over a year ago and jumped right into a few committees. This year she sits on the Empower Committee and Emerge Summit Committee, in addition to being the PAC (Political Action Committee) appointee representing Metro EDGE on the Metro Chamber PAC Board.


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Name: Janette Cruz

Employer/position: Sr. Enterprise Performance Coordinator, SMUD

Role on the committee: Project Management Lead

Janette Cruz is Senior Enterprise Performance Coordinator for SMUD. In her current role, she and her team manage how enterprise metrics and project performance are presented to Board and Executive Leadership. She brings structure to chaos, enabling candid and collaborative engagement; and is excited to manage Emerge Committee logistics.

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Name: Noelani Dennis

Employer/position: Assitant Account Executive, Ogilvy PR

Role on the committee: Communications Lead

Noelani is an Assistant Account Executive at Ogilvy Public Relations in Downtown, Sacramento. At Ogilvy, Noelani is instrumental in helping clients of all sizes achieve their goals. Currently, Noelani supports clients such as the California Community Colleges “I Can Afford College” financial aid awareness campaign and the 2020 Census. Before Ogilvy, Noelani interned with the Sacramento Area Council of Governments where she found a passion for community engagement.

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Name: John Elmasian

Employer/position: Realtor with Keller Williams Real Estate and Owner of Elm Properties and Investments

Role on the committee: Ticket Sales Lead

A lifetime Sacramento resident, John Elmasian has been a Realtor since 2007. His career in Real Estate has positioned him in such a manner to be directly involved in the city’s unprecedented growth throughout Sacramento’s most transformative decade. John has attended Metro EDGE’s Emerge Summit for the last 4 years but has not held a leadership role until 2020. John believes Metro EDGE is a great organization for our city and is incredibly excited to contribute in the year to come. 

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danielle henderson

Name: Danielle Estrella-Henderson

Employer/position:  Manager, Resource Development at United Way California Capital Region

Role on the committee: Scholarships & Give Lead

Danielle serves as the Resource Development Manager for United Way California Capital Region. She has the chance to bring businesses, community leaders, educators, government, and nonprofits together to work on breaking down barriers to education as a method of reducing poverty.

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Name: Alyssa Huskinson

Employer/position: Founder of AH + Co

Role on the committee: Community Partnerships Lead

Alyssa Huskinson is the founder of AH + Co, a design, consulting and event management firm that helps clients elevate their reach within the Sacramento community. Before devoting her work fulltime to AH + Co, Alyssa worked as the Development Manager at Front Street Animal Shelter. In addition to being a consultant, Alyssa is a lover of all things Sacramento – an animal advocate, self-proclaimed foodie, travel addict, and a wannabe stay-at-home dog mom to two boys: Jesse James and Hunter S. 

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Name: Siven Ly

Employer/position: Organizational Change and Culture Manager, Alluma

Role on the committee: Logistics Lead

With a deep-rooted love for serving and strengthening her community, Siven serves as the Special Programs Manager at Alluma. Working with the executive and senior leadership teams, she develops, implements and monitors new projects and programs to support the strategic direction of the organization to create connections between people and the lives they dream of through health and social services. Her passion for helping those in need extends beyond her professional work, as she currently serves as a council member of Women United, a group focused on ensuring local foster youth are prepared for a successful transition to independence and ready for success in life. She has also spent the last 10 years creating and supporting various community programs on both the east and west coasts!


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Name: Amanda Sanchez 

Employer/position: Graphic Designer, Sanchez Social Designs

Role on the committee: Experience Lead

Amanda Sanchez is an independent graphic designer who believes that designers have a role and responsibility in our society. She runs Sanchez Social Designs, where she works with clients who make an impact in their community. Amanda is responsible for organizing Sacramento’s inaugural Design Week of May 2019. She is excited to join Metro EDGE’s Emerge Summit committee and is looking forward to what’s in store for 2020!

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