Catherine Hazelton

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"Catherine Hazelton was appointed Senior Program Officer for the California Democracy program at the James Irvine Foundation in 2009. At Irvine, Catherine is primarily engaged in grantmaking related to governance reform issues, including redistricting and elections, and public media coverage of governance issues. She also manages many aspects of the James Irvine Foundation Leadership Awards. Before joining Irvine, Catherine served as Associate Director of the nonprofit Fight Crime: Invest in Kids California. Working with California’s law enforcement leaders, she devised and implemented strategies to earn public investments in early education programs. Previously, she spent three years as a Senior Legislative Aide to Assemblywoman Carol Liu and two years as a Legislative Aide and Field Representative to Assemblyman Jack Scott. Catherine also served as a Scheduling Director on Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and in various capacities on California initiative, legislative and congressional campaigns. Since 1997, Catherine has volunteered with the California National Organization for Women, serving on the Political Action Committee, advising the group on policy issues and leading a chapter. Catherine completed her master’s degree in public policy at the University of California, Berkeley and earned her bachelor’s degree in history at Scripps College. She also attended Pasadena City College where she trained hundreds of students in grassroots advocacy and organized dozens of state and federal student lobbying trips. Her research related to redistricting reform and women in California politics has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, Policy Matters and other publications."[1]


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  1. Help a Mother Out Board, organizational web page, accessed May 28, 2013.