Tamara Rasberry Harris is the Founder and Principal of Skyline Advocacy, a political and government relations consulting firm. Skyline Advocacy provides clients a personalized strategy to win campaigns, build community coalitions and amplify policy goals among key decision-makers.
Tamara is a +20-year veteran of the Capitol Community, mostly recently serving as Deputy Secretary of State under the historic administration of California Secretary of State, Shirley N. Weber, Ph.D. Prior to his appointment to the United State Senate, then-California Secretary of State Alex Padilla appointed Tamara as the Assistant Deputy Secretary of State for Strategic Business Partnerships, where she was responsible for building public and private partnerships between the Secretary of State throughout the Bay Area and Northern California.
Before returning to public service, Tamara had an extensive career in advocacy and policy. She was the manager of State Agency Governmental Affairs for Sempra Energy, responsible for maintaining Sempra’s interests in all state regulatory agencies and legislative advocacy. In 2004 she served as the Government Relations Advocate for the California State Council of Service Employees (SEIU), representing legislative and regulatory affairs for over 240,000 in-home supportive workers, nursing home caregivers and regional center staff. Prior to joining SEIU, Tamara was a Jesse M. Unruh Assembly Fellow and legislative aide to former Assembly Speaker Herb J. Wesson, and worked on legislation affecting women, children, labor and schools. Her first bill, a state-commissioned study on differential wages between men and women, was signed into law by Governor Gray Davis in 2001.
Tamara is an active member of the Capitol and Bay Area communities. She held several leadership positions in the Sacramento Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, was co-founder and first president of the Young Professionals of the Greater Sacramento Urban League, former board member of the Legislative Black Caucus Foundation, and a charter member and former President of the California Association of African American Advocacy Professionals. She is currently on the Board of the Junior Center of Arts and Science and Jack and Jill of America, Oakland Chapter. Tamara, a graduate of Spelman College, lives with her husband, Kirby Harris, and their two daughters in Oakland, California.
Alana graduated from Spelman College in Atlanta, becoming the first person in her family to earn a college degree. She went on to receive her law degree from McGeorge School of Law while raising her three children. While serving as a Deputy District Attorney in Sacramento County, she worked her way up from misdemeanor jury trials to prosecuting perpetrators of domestic violence, juvenile delinquency, general felony, and prison crime cases. Alana has worked to protect victims in the courtroom while also focusing on reducing crime in the community. A pioneer in the legal field, Alana mentored women on parole while leading the Florin Law Academy program to build legal career pathways for at-risk youth in South Sacramento.
After eight years as a Deputy District Attorney, Alana Mathews was recruited to help start the enforcement unit for the California Energy Commission and was later appointed Public Adviser for the agency by Governor Jerry Brown. In this position, Mathews launched the agency’s equity initiative to ensure California’s most vulnerable communities were protected under the state’s clean energy policies, programs, and investments. Alana expanded on this work as the Chief Consultant for Climate Change for the California Legislature, continuing to address disparities in policy and practice to protect vulnerable populations.
Alana Mathews now works for the Prosecutors Alliance of California, a coalition of reform-minded prosecutors working to promote criminal justice reform statewide and teaches at McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento.
In 2020 Mathews founded the Community Justice Collaborative to empower and educate underserved communities throughout Sacramento by hosting free educational legal clinics.
Alana and her husband, retired Army First Sergeant Eugene Arcurio live in Elk Grove, California. She has lived in Sacramento County for 25 years.
Tiffani Alvidrez is a Regional Policy Manager at Instacart. She uses her deep knowledge of public policy and her political acumen to help shape complex, cutting-edge public policy debates that define the future of work and e-commerce in the western region of the United States. Prior to Instacart, Tiffani built a career in California state policy and politics. She spent 10 years as a Chief of Staff in the California State Legislature and held positions at every level of state government, including a former governor’s administration and as a state civil servant. Tiffani serves on the boards of Leadership California and the Environmental Justice League. She is also a member of the SALA Series, a community of leaders from a variety of industry sectors who share a common motivation to engage around important societal and business matters and help drive positive change. Tiffani has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Davis and a Masters in Business Administration. She is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Tiffani currently resides in the Sacramento area.
Tak Allen serves as the President of the International Faith Based Coalition and works as an independent Community Outreach and Engagement Consultant for local non-profits, state agencies, and legislative officials.
Advocacy, education, empowerment, and change are the hallmarks of her personal
philosophy and professional work. These hallmarks are evident in her success changing the cultural landscape of community engagement in the greater Sacramento area, as well as the Northeastern Region of Texas.
Tak also shares her professional expertise in her roles as:
- President of The National Congress of Racial Equality,
- Co-Founder/owner of a Non-profit Bureau of Post-secondary education Institution –
- The Real Estate Preparatory School, and
- Chair of the Legislative Committee for the California Democratic Party’s Black Caucus.
Inclusion is a core principle in Tak’s work generate collaboration amongst community agencies in the greater Sacramento area. Her success in this work is predicated on targeted strategic partnerships and outreach opportunities. She understands the need to align with multi-faceted entities to produce the best outcomes.
Such collaborations have also resulted in the following outcomes
- Successfully orchestrated campaigns and summits,
- Useful legislation,
- Allocation of resources for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community members,
- Influence on legislation for education choice and charter schools,
- Contributions to both resources and legislative insight as it pertains to issues of mental health, economics, substance use and drugs policies that impact underserved and minority demographics,
- Workforce and resourcing programs for agencies like Pacific Housing, Inc
Tak Allen continues to apply her knowledge and skills to bring about a more equitably accessible life for all communities.
Most recently, Tak has expanded her community collaborations to include workforce development consultant to large organizations such as The Judah Project, and Urban Strategies, Inc. in addition to a variety of Legislators, state associations, as well as community nonprofits.
She provides focused programing as an independent Community Outreach and Engagement Consultant to enable each organization to expand their outreach and community engagement capacity to place resources and information directly into communities that need the most