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Katie Valenzuela, Councilmember District 4

Katie Valenzuela was elected to serve District 4 in 2020. Her fundamental belief that people deserve a voice in decisions that impact them has guided her for over two decades of professional and volunteer work in community organizing and policy advocacy.

Katie started her professional career working for a civil rights law firm, where she helped a statewide coalition of parents and students fight for equitable education policies. Her focus eventually shifted locally, where she organized for housing and economic justice. Katie worked to develop deep relationships in neighborhoods across Sacramento, and helped form the Sacramento Urban Agriculture Coalition and the Sacramento Community Land Trust.

Katie’s community organizing experience led her to be the first Sacramento appointee to California’s AB 32 Environmental Justice Advisory Committee, where she became co-chair during the 2030 Target Scoping Plan process. Katie started a consulting firm to focus on supporting state-level and local groups fighting to achieve environmental justice. She was soon tapped to be the first consultant for the Joint Legislative Committee on Climate Change Policies, and then became Policy & Political Director for the California Environmental Justice Alliance.

Katie holds a bachelors and masters degree in Community Development from the University of California at Davis. She is a member of the Sacramento chapter of Democratic Socialists of America and works part-time as a consultant to environmental justice organizations working on state policy. Katie is a renter in Boulevard Park and spends her spare time with her two dogs, Buster and Chevy.



Michelle Pariset, Chief of Staff

Michelle Pariset comes to our team from Public Advocates, a civil rights law firm and advocacy organization, where she focused on tenant issues, housing, land use, public transit, and climate policy. She helped build statewide coalitions and passed many bills, including AB 686 - which brought affirmatively furthering fair housing into California law - and AB 1482 – the state’s anti rent gouging and just cause law.

Previously, she organized institutions and community groups with Gamaliel’s Sacramento affiliate, the Capital Region Organizing Project. Michelle graduated with High Honors from the University of California, Davis with a B.S. in Community and Regional Development, with emphases in Policy, Planning and Global Communities. She serves as an executive board member of the California Democratic Party, an elected delegate to the Democratic Party of Sacramento County, and as the chair of Organize Sacramento.

 

 

Mikayla Taylor, Executive Assistant

Born in Oakland and growing up in Sacramento, Mikayla has always considered the city of trees home. After experiencing the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement in a rural, predominantly white landscape, she realized the importance of community care and solidarity. After graduating from Humboldt State ('18), she moved back to the city that raised her. She immediately dove into organizing with Sunrise Sacramento, where she works to stop climate change and create millions of good jobs in the process. Through Sunrise, she has coordinated Voices of Color, an open mic night focusing on uplifting youth of color and leading the local organizers' care package program. When she isn't at an action or in a zoom meeting, you can find Mikayla recharging her battery with her cat or dancing in her living room to some sweet tunes! 

 

 

Skyler Henry, Council Representative

Skyler Henry is a lifelong Sacramentan and has a history of activism and community advocacy in the city. Skyler is the producer and a co-host of VOICES: River City, a podcast that aims to shine a light on local Sacramento government and politics, provide news commentary on local issues, and uplift community voices that are often left out of the conversation. Skyler also regularly interacts and works with local groups and organizations in town such as the local chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America and Norcal Resist, and has worked on several campaigns to enact change for the underserved in Sacramento in areas such as housing justice and police accountability. Skyler has deep roots in this city, and is passionate and dedicated to working towards making Sacramento a great and livable place for people of every background and walk of life.

 

Tamika L'Ecluse, Mayor/Council Intern

Tamika L’Ecluse is a life-long Sacramento resident, former educator, and non-profit leader. After 15 years of teaching in Early Childhood and Early Kindergarten, she joined the Greater Sacramento Urban League as a program manager, working toward reducing African-American child mortality in the Oak Park community of Sacramento. In 2018, Tamika returned to the classroom as a substitute Montessori ECE teacher and Sacramento City College to complete her Associate's Degree in Social and Behavioral Health. Currently, she is pursuing her undergraduate degree in Public Service & Public Policy through ASU’s Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions.

 

Tamika serves on the American River Flood Control District Board of Trustees in 2020 following an appointment to the board in 2019. On the ARFCD Board, Tamika helps to craft policies related to Sacramento's levees, water capture and distribution, flood protection, sustainability, and housing. Tamika has served as a board member, Vice President, and President of the Oak Park Neighborhood Association, served on the Board of Directors for the California Montessori Project, an appointee for the Promise Neighborhood Resident Advisory Board. She currently serves as President of Sutter Middle School PTSO, Vice President of Sacramento Investment without Displacement, and Child Care Committee Chair for the Sacramento Women’s and Girls Advancement Coalition (SWAC.)