CivicSpark Program Staff

CivicSpark is a program of the Local Government Commission (LGC), and as such most program staff are also LGC staff.

Ashoka Alvarez

SF Bay Area Regional Coordinator
Richard Balli photo

Richard Balli

CivicSpark Operations and Compliance Project Coordinator

Jesus Benavides

Climate Action Corps Regional Coordinator

Mackenzie Bolger

Senior Project Manager
Simone Cordery-Cotter photo

Simone Cordery-Cotter

Sacramento & Sierra Nevada Regional Coordinator

Danielle Dolan

Water Program Director

Abby Edwards

Administration & Development Project Manager
Angeline Foshay Photo

Angeline Foshay

Climate Action Corps Regional Coordinator
Shauna Goodman photo

Shauna Goodman

CivicSpark Program Director

Ken Herron

CivicSpark Training Consultant

Atley Keller

Water Program Manager

Cailey McCain

Service Learning Project Manager

Kate Meis

LGC Executive Director

Tim Mok

Greater LA Regional Coordinator
Hanna Nielsen Photo

Hanna Nielsen

Central California Regional Coordinator

Francisco Pares Olguin

CivicSpark Project Coordinator / San Diego Regional Coordinator

Savannah Rose

Northern California Regional Coordinator

Katie Webster

CivicSpark Project Coordinator

Our Partners

CivicSpark is a partnership of the Local Government Commission and the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research with many partner organizations supporting the program.

  • Local Government Commission: A nonprofit with over 35 years of broad expertise in supporting local government policies and projects, the LGC is CivicSpark’s overall program manager, providing statewide program infrastructure and overall fellow and local government support, coordinating training, and ensuring that performance goals are met.
  • Governor’s Office of Planning and Research: California’s comprehensive state planning agency is committed to assisting and supporting the planning and development of sustainable communities. OPR will work to ensure that CivicSpark aligns with state goals and project teams are using the cutting-edge tools and resources.
  • CaliforniaVolunteers: This State office manages programs and initiatives aimed at increasing the number of Californians engaged in service and volunteering.
  • Corporation for National and Community Service: The Corporation for National and Community Service is a federal agency that engages more than 5 million Americans in service through its core programs – Senior Corps, AmeriCorps and the Social Innovation Fund.