Michael has spent his career navigating politics and advocating for infrastructure and transportation development. He helped pay for college through a variety of construction jobs giving him a unique perspective from the front lines of the industry. Since joining the Alliance in 2008, Michael has helped secure billions of investment dollars towards public works and infrastructure projects. In 2008, the Alliance helped passed Proposition 1a, which allocated funds for the California High-Speed Rail Authority, as well as Proposition 22 in 2010, which protected local transportation funding. In 2014, the Alliance was instrumental in the passage of Proposition 1, which invested $7.5 billion to upgrade California’s water infrastructure. His broad portfolio covers legislative, political and regulatory issues, as well as statewide ballot initiatives and local transportation sales tax measures. Michael attended New Mexico Military Institute before serving in the Army National Guard, and he graduated from Texas A&M University with a B.A. in History. Michael currently lives in Sacramento with his wife Laura, a PR/public affairs consultant, and adopted mutts. In his free time, he enjoys spending time outdoors, hunting and spontaneous road trips throughout Northern California. Michael has explored 49 states and is eager to round out the list by tackling Alaska. (LinkedIn, Twitter)
Andrew Fields — Deputy Director
Andy has been a political professional for most of his adult life. He worked on his first campaign in 2004 following a stint playing soccer for the University of South Carolina where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Communications. After, Andy decided to pursue politics full time and went to Washington, D.C. to simultaneously work for the Business Roundtable and study at Georgetown University, earning his Master’s in Public Policy. Before starting with the Alliance in 2009, he spent four election cycles in the campaign field, working for a string of candidates for federal office, taking him from Washington, D.C., back home to South Carolina, to Missouri and finally ending in California’s fourth Congressional District, where it was too beautiful to leave and which he now calls home. Andy lives with his wife Amy, a Registered Nurse, and their young son Sawyer, who thankfully has started sleeping through the night. In his spare time Andy enjoys catching up on sleep, eating and, if there’s enough time, trudging through the occasional triathlon. (LinkedIn)
Kanisha is the wizard behind the computer tweeting, producing videos, writing content and keeping the Alliance’s website up to date. She joined the organization in 2013, bringing several years of experience within the communications field, especially new media and video strategy and production. She’s a Sacramento native with a Government Journalism degree from California State University, Sacramento, with a degree in Government Journalism. She was dead-set on becoming a reporter, but after several television news jobs and a change of heart, Kanisha switched her trajectory and landed a position with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service as a New Media/Public Affairs Specialist. There, she found her niche blending multimedia storytelling and advocacy. In her spare time, Kanisha enjoys camping, fishing and binge watching Netflix…when she’s not chasing her one-year-old daughter. (LinkedIn)
Jennifer is the glue that holds the Alliance together. She’s responsible for the internal operations of the organizations, provides administrative support to the Executive Director and serves as liaison to the Board of Directors. Prior, Jennifer served as an administrative assistant in the Senate Policy Unit for Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg and, before that, was a committee assistant for the Senate Judiciary Committee. Born and raised in Sacramento, she enjoys the outdoors, hiking and running. While Jennifer also loves to travel, when time allows, she’s frequently surrounded by her wonderful friends and family, including her numerous nieces and nephews.