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California Lawyers Association Appoints Nicole Stragalas as New Chief Member Experience Officer

Nicole Stragalas

SACRAMENTO, CA – July 8, 2024 – The California Lawyers Association (CLA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Nicole Stragalas as its new Chief Member Experience Officer (CMEO), effective July 8, 2024. In this role, which is a new position for CLA, Stragalas will lead the strategic development and implementation of initiatives aimed at enhancing the overall membership experience and engagement for the organization. 

With a distinguished background in member experience and organizational development, Stragalas brings over 30 years of invaluable leadership and expertise to CLA. Her proven track record in large-scale initiatives for member engagement uniquely positions her to drive innovation and foster a dynamic community within CLA.

“We are thrilled to welcome Nicole to the California Lawyers Association team,” said Chris Nguyen, Chief Executive Officer of CLA. “Her deep understanding of member experience and commitment to member satisfaction will be instrumental as we continue to evolve and expand our services for the legal community.”

As CMEO, Stragalas will collaborate closely with CLA’s leadership team and its 18 sections to develop and implement strategies that prioritize member needs, elevate engagement, and ensure that CLA remains at the forefront of providing exceptional value to its members.

With an extensive banking and credit union background, Stragalas has worked for large organizations, such as Wells Fargo, and smaller community-based credit unions, driving learning initiatives and other business growth plans in product redesign, knowledge management, and member relationship recovery.  With three master’s degrees and certifications in Lean Process Improvement and Coaching, Stragalas is a strong advocate for continuing education and professional development throughout the career life-cycle.

“I am honored to join the California Lawyers Association during such an exciting time of growth and innovation,” said Stragalas. “I look forward to working with the talented team at CLA and the volunteer leaders to create meaningful experiences that empower our members and strengthen our community.”

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Established in 2018 and headquartered in Sacramento, California Lawyers Association is the statewide voluntary bar association for all California attorneys. CLA’s mission is to promote excellence, diversity, and inclusion in the legal profession and fairness in the administration of justice and the rule of law. Visit us at to learn more about CLA or follow us on Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, or X.

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