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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! 

Moses Musallam, Intern

My name is Mousa (Moses) Musallam, I’m a Palestinian-Jordanian immigrant; I was born in Jordan and my parents came with my sisters and I to California when I was 11 months. I went to elementary, middle and high school in West Sacramento and now I am at Sacramento State University. I am majoring in Political Science with a focus in journalism.