Coalition Staff

Jenya Cassidy, Coalition Director

Jenya stands for equity, dignity and organizing for power so more Californians can have a voice in public policy and at work. On nights and weekends, she plays a role in a housing rights organization and helps her kids with homework and afterschool activities. She enjoys reading, going to plays and musicals, listening to podcasts while cleaning, and joining picket lines wherever workers are on strike. Jenya lives in Alameda with her three children and is focused on building statewide legislative and education campaigns, building alliances with diverse Coalition organizations, keeping connected to national work-family policy, and the day to day running of Coalition work. Email: jenya(at)



Allison Guevara, Social Impact Consultant

Allison burns for systems that bring justice, well-being, and love to life. She cares for her two young children, helps with her aging parents, and is active in supporting working families in her community and across the state. She enjoys spending time in nature, exercising, reading historical fiction, and orchestrating her family life. Allison lives in Santa Cruz and her Coalition work focuses on strategic planning and organizational development, Paid Family Leave implementation, community education and outreach, and coalition-building. Email: allison(at)



Melisa Acoba, Legislative & Project Coordinator

Melisa's mission is to promote healthy communities by pursuing social justice and equitable access to resources that optimize quality of life.  She approaches work-life balance issues from a public health perspective, as her personal and familial experiences have shaped her interest in the impacts of chronic disease, cancer, and caregiving.  Melisa is an avid knitter and baker, and enjoys seeking out the arts – museums, live music, theater, and lots of comedy. She lives in Los Angeles and is focused on Coalition legislation, communications, administrative coordination, and southern California activities. Email: melisa.acoba(at)



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