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Nick Steinwender

State Chair

California Lutheran University

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Nick is a senior studying Business Administration at California Lutheran University. As the 2016 Field Director for the California College Republicans, he assisted in planning statewide deployments that resulted in roughly 250,000 direct voter contacts during the election cycle. For his work during the 2016 cycle, Nick received the California Republican Party's Lorelei Kinder Award, in addition to being named the 2017 College Republican of the Year. He plans to use his experiences to build up CFCR's political efforts across California and fight for the California comeback!

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Eric Dutra

Co-Chair

Whittier College

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Eric has been involved with local politics throughout his entire life. He studies at Whittier College and is majoring in History. Eric is the Vice President of the Richard M. Nixon Republicans.

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Executive Director

University of California, Davis

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Ryan graduated from UC Davis in 2019 and is currently a Senate Fellow at the Center for California Studies. In that capacity, Ryan works for Senator John Moorlach as a Legislative Aide. Throughout college, Ryan worked as an Assistant Account Executive at Meridian Pacific, staffing targeted candidate campaigns, statewide ballot measures, and fortune 500 public affairs efforts. Ryan is also a delegate to the California Republican Party, manages campaigns for Republican school board candidates, and volunteers as a pro-bono communications consultant for non-profits.

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Nico Villalobos

Treasurer

University of California, Santa Cruz

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Nico Villalobos is a sophomore studying Business Management Economics at UC Santa Cruz. He is also the Treasurer for the College Republicans at UC Santa Cruz. He looks forward to using his experience to help make California fiscally responsible again.

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Lizzy Terpening

Secretary

California State University, Chico

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Lizzy is currently studying to be an elementary school teacher at Chico State and is the current Vice President of the Chico State Republicans. She has been involved in College Republicans since her freshman year and worked for Congressman Doug LaMalfa on his reelection campaign in 2018.

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Victor Hernandez

Political Director

Chaffey College

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Victor Hernandez is studying Communications and Political Science at Chaffey College. Additionally, he is the President of the Chaffey College Republicans. For his work during the 2018 election cycle, Victor received the California Republican Party's Lorelei Kinder Award. Victor is also a proud Catholic and is a member of the Choir at his church, Our Lady of Mount Carmel.

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Ashlyn Johnson

Communications Director

Orange Coast College

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Jett Benavidez

Deputy Communications Director

Chaffey College

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Michael Curry

Activism Director

California State University, Chico

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Michael has been involved in Republican politics since first coming to Chico State in 2017. He served as a Regional Political Director for Congressman LaMalfa's 2018 Congressional Campaign. He has also served as the President of the Chico State Republicans, where he has organized dozens of activist events, guest speakers, and meetings on his campus. Michael is dedicated to working with Republican students from across the state and helping them bring Republican ideas to their campus.

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Karan Brar

Membership Director

University of California, Davis

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Karan is a junior studying Economics at UC Davis with a minor in Political Science. Karan understands that the future of the the California electorate is currently in college so he seeks to work with the California Republican Party in order to expand our outreach to college students. He seeks to talk about issues that effect college students & share what our solutions to these serious problems are.

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Helen Heng

Professional Development Director

University of California, Merced

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Helen Heng is the current Vice President of the College Republicans at UC Merced. As Director of Professional Development she is committed to the professional success of all College Republicans!

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Lauren Wallace

Northern Regional Vice Chair

University of California, Davis

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Lauren is a sophomore studying Managerial Economics and Political Science at the University of California, Davis. She currently serves as Treasurer for Davis College Republicans and was previously on the CFCR Credentials Committee. Lauren has assisted on many deployments across the state and looks forward to bringing them to the Northern Region. Additionally, she is excited to promote and expand Republican ideas across the Northern State and within College Republicans.

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Anakin Kasthuri

Bay Area Regional Vice Chair

University of California, Berkeley

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Jim Song

Central Valley Regional Vice Chair

University of California, Merced

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Jim Song is a junior majoring in Political Science at the University of California Merced. He is the President of the College Republicans at UC Merced. He got involved with politics when he joined the College Republicans his freshman year. Jim is working on expanding his club's membership, assisting the Merced GOP, and expanding the number of College Republican chapters in the Central Valley.

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Gabriella Geach

Central Coast Regional Vice Chair

University of California, Santa Barbara

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Gabriella Geach is a sophomore at UC Santa Barbara studying Political Science and Religious Studies. She is the Executive Liaison of the UCSB College Republicans. When she's not working within the CR community, Gabriella focuses on pro-life advocacy through local groups.

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Will Donahue

Los Angeles Regional Vice Chair

Loyola Marymount University

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Will is a sophomore Political Science major from La Verne California, and the current President of Loyola Marymount College Republicans. He has worked on several Congressional campaigns doing social media and graphic design. Will loves debating politics and hopes to one day run for a Congressional seat.

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Chrysta Cook

Southern Regional Vice Chair

Orange Coast College

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Chrysta Cook is a Public Health major at Orange Coast College. She is the current Recruitment Director for the OCC College Republicans. She looks forward to expanding the presence of College Republican chapters in the Southern Region.

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Dominic Roncone

San Diego Regional Vice Chair

California State University, San Marcos

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Dominic is a senior at California State University, San Marcos and studies Business with an emphasis in Marketing. He has been involved with local politics for 2 years now and is currently an intern with the Republican Party of San Diego County as well as the Treasurer of his CR chapter at CSUSM.

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