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Whitney Barazoto, Executive Director – Ms. Barazoto joined the Public Ethics Commission in April 2012, with over a decade of public service experience focused on enhancing government integrity – from ethics to efficiency – at state and local levels. She served as Government Affairs Director for the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC), California’s watchdog for activities related to campaign finance, conflicts of interest, lobbyist registration, and gifts to public officials. More recently, Ms. Barazoto was senior staff to the Commission on California State Government Organization and Economy (Little Hoover Commission), where she managed complex reviews of California State policy, operations and management that produced recommendations to the Governor and Legislature on how the state could improve government efficiency and effectiveness in the delivery of services. Prior to the FPPC, Ms. Barazoto worked as an aide in the California State Legislature, and she previously managed a public-health program for Contra Costa County. She holds a B.A. in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of California, Berkeley and a J.D. from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law.
Jelani Killings, Program Analyst – Mr. Killings joined the Commission's Intern Team in October 2013 to conduct government ethics research, draft policy analysis, and develop civic engagement programs. In August 2014, Jelani started as a part-time Program Analyst. Endowed with a strong passion for community outreach, Jelani has extensive experience with youth development as the Program Coordinator atSTS Academy, an after-school tutoring program. Active in his Pittsburg community, Jelani is currently serving as a board member on the COntra Costa Economic Opportunity Council. Jelani has a B.A. in Business Administration from Clark Atlanta University and is currently earning his Masters in Public Administration at California State University East Bay.
Joanna Saeteurn, Research Intern – Ms. Saeteurn joined the Commission's Intern Team in September 2013 to assist the Commission with research projects and give general administrative support. Joanna has a strong interest in learning how legislative policies are designed and implemented. As an Oakland resident, Joanna also works as an academic mentor for elementary school students. Joanna is currently earning her B.A. in political science and pre-law at California State University East Bay.
Laura Mandler, Law Clerk - Ms. Mandler is a student at UC Hastings College of Law in San Francisco. Laura served as a Commissioner on the Sacramento Youth Commission as a high school student, where she was first exposed to the workings of local government commissions. During the summer of 2010, she worked as an intern for the California State Senate Office of Research where she monitored state regulatory commissions and meetings. After spending her first 18 years in Sacramento, Laura attended Seattle University, where she graduated with a B.A. in politcal science in June 2013. She chose to attend law school in San Francisco to learn more about the Bay Area, its politics and also be closer to her family. Laura would like to practice Environmental and Land Use law for a local government in order to help develop more sustainable, vibrant and civically-robust cities.