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!


Eric Dutra


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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Michael Curry

Executive 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 help connect them with Republican Party politics.


Nico Villalobos


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.


Lizzy Terpening


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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Veronica Nguyen

Communications Director

Westmont College

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Veronica Nguyen attends Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California, where she is majoring in Political Science and Economics & Business. During her first year, she became President of Westmont College’s Republican Club, where she strives for deliberation and graciousness as she engages in discourse. Veronica looks forward to promoting conservative thought and cultivating relationships with like-minded peers!


Jett Benavidez

Deputy Communications Director

Chaffey College

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Jett serves as the Vice President of the Chaffey College Republicans as well as a student Senator at Chaffey College. He works on a lot of local campaigns in his area and is striving to spread the Republican message across the state of California.


Austin Katz

Activism Director

University of California, San Diego

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Austin is a Senior at the University of California-San Diego majoring in Political Science with a minor in Law & Society. Austin is currently the President of the College Republicans at UCSD and has interned in DC at the White House and at the office of Senator Ted Cruz. Austin is excited to help bring positive change in campuses all across California.


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.


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!


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.


Anakin Kasthuri

Bay Area Regional Vice Chair

University of California, Berkeley

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Anakin is the President of the Berkeley College Republicans President. He is from Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas, and stands for Southern conservative values. His goals this year as Bay Area RVC are to help more college students from the Bay Area become active in and help out the Republican Party.


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.


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. 


Matthew Enriquez

Los Angeles Regional Vice Chair

Whittier College

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Matthew is studying at Whittier College and is majoring in Business. Matthew loves America, getting things done, and stories.

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Alex Padilla

Southern Regional Vice Chair

California State University, Fullerton

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Alex Padilla is a theatre major at California State University, Fullerton. He is currently the Secretary of the College Republicans at CSUF. He looks forward to bringing the chapters closer together than ever and expanding their influence in the Southern Region.


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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