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.



   Toni Gomez, Digital Director & Campaign Manager

Toni joins the Coalition after working on candidate and issue based campaigns in higher education and reproductive justice. A first generation college grad, Toni was raised in the shadow of the Sierras in the small town of Susanville, Ca. Gomez attended Mills College in Oakland where she graduated with a BA in Public Policy. Gomez went on to serve as a Senate Fellow under Senator Carol Liu, where she staffed the Senate Select Committee on Aging and Long Term Care. Toni is a strategist, communicator, and organizer and hopes to use her skills to move the mission of the California Work and Family Coalition forward.




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.


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