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Amber Maltbie, Nossaman Public Policy Attorney, Elected Chair of Emerge California

Amber Maltbie, who serves as Senior Counsel in Nossaman’s Public Policy Practice Group, has been elected as the new Chair of the Board for Emerge California—an organization that is changing the face of California politics by identifying, training and encouraging women to run for office, get elected and to seek higher office.

In addition to her work at Nossaman, Ms. Maltbie serves on the Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council, and as an adjunct professor of election law at the McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento, CA. She has been widely recognized as a leading expert in gender and elections, and her work on women's voting rights in emerging democracies has been cited in United Nations Development Programme reports and published by international NGOs.  Ms. Maltbie has also worked with the International Foundation for Electoral Systems in North Mitrovica, Kosovo during Kosovo’s first Parliamentary elections in 2010.

“This is a great opportunity for Amber with a great organization. The core values of Emerge California and Nossaman align very well, as both are dedicated to helping women advance professionally in competitive industries,” said Fred Dombo, Chair of Nossaman’s Public Policy Practice Group.  “Nossaman has a number of policies and programs in place designed to ensure female attorneys can succeed, and we have been recognized within the legal community for our efforts.” In 2015 and 2016, Law360, named Nossaman one of the “100 Best Law Firms For Female Attorneys.”

Prior to becoming an attorney, Ms. Maltbie worked for Oakland Congresswoman Barbara Lee as a district aide and political advisor, including managing her contested 2002 re-election campaign. She also spent two years developing and implementing campaigns to increase voter participation in historically disenfranchised communities in Kentucky, the Cheyenne Reservation in South Dakota, Louisiana, Georgia and New Mexico, and is the co-founder of both Fem Dems of Sacramento and Mills College Fem Dems.

“Amber has been instrumental to Emerge California’s remarkable growth and success over the last few years,” said Executive Director Kimberly Ellis. “Under Amber’s leadership and with her statewide connections, we will continue to build a strong pipeline of women candidates who are ready to run and serve across California.”

Ms. Maltbie  has served on the Emerge California Board since 2014 and takes over from outgoing chair Kate Karpilow.

“Significant strides forward were made under the leadership of outgoing chair Kate Karpilow, including the launching of a new strategic plan - the 2020 Plan - which sets ambitious goals for recruitment, training, movement building and organizational operations. Karpilow also played a significant role in establishing Emerge's annual Sacramento event as a premiere fundraiser,” said Ms. Maltbie.

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