Ona Alston Dosunmu
Chief Executive Officer
Ona Alston Dosunmu is the Chief Executive Officer of the California Lawyers Association (CLA). A recognized leader in the legal profession, Ona joined CLA with deep expertise in non-profit governance and operations. Her legal experience includes stints in both private law firms and in-house. Most recently, Ona held a number of positions at the Brookings Institution, where she was Vice President and General Counsel and served as Interim COO. As CEO of CLA, she is focused on supporting the Sections, serving members and fulfilling CLA’s mission by building the organization’s financial, technical and human capacity. Ona is particularly passionate about creating an organizational culture of trust, transparency, positivity and respect. In addition to the “basics” of running the organization, she is excited to build a new brand and to build relationships and partnerships with external stakeholders and constituencies.
Ona earned her law degree from Georgetown University Law Center after graduating with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a master‘s degree in sociology from Howard University. She has served on numerous legal and nonprofit boards, including the Children’s Law Center and the Corporate Pro Bono advisory board as well as two terms on the global governing board of the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC). She also chaired ACC’s board-level Advocacy Committee and was elected Chair of ACC’s national Nonprofit Organizations Committee.
Ona is a wife and the proud mom of twins: son, Taiwo and daughter, Kehinde. When she is not in the office or traveling for work, she enjoys biking, reading and swimming.
Director of Marketing and Membership
Tej’s experience working with a large not-for-profit member-based organization as well as several e-commerce retailers brings a fresh new perspective to the California Lawyers Association. He has a strong background in marketing, particularly digital marketing, and a passion for brand building and online sales. Tej is excited to transform the CLA member experience as he spearheads major strategic shifts in CLA’s marketing approach. In his free time, you will likely find him spending time with his family and friends.
Director of Governmental Affairs
Saul oversees the advocacy efforts and governmental relations. Before joining CLA in February 2018, shortly after CLA was established, Saul worked for the State Bar of California for 16 years as Legislative Counsel and as an attorney in the Office of General Counsel. Prior to the State Bar, he worked for three years as a Principal Legislative Analyst with the University of California, Office of the President. He started his legal career practicing civil litigation for 13 years at two large law firms in San Francisco. Saul’s pastimes include traveling, growing tomatoes, and perfecting his barbecuing skills.
Section Coordinator for Litigation, LPMT, and Workers’ Compensation
John started his career as the PAC Membership Coordinator at the CA Medical Association, worked as the Membership Coordinator and Database Administrator for the CA Peace Officers Association, and served as a Fellow with the CA State Senate. With these experiences under his belt, he has extensive association management insights that has proven invaluable to CLA. On top of all of these roles, he is also a former Sergeant in the Marine Corps. John came to CLA from the CA District Attorneys Association where he served for 5 years working as a Training Consultant. He has been part of three separate Association Management System conversions, and he is looking forward to working with the CLA team on this project that will enhance the member experience and streamline staff workflows. In his free time, John can be found running on the trails in Auburn or kayaking on the lakes.
Senior Section Coordinator for Business Law, Intellectual Property, and Solo and Small Firm
John has been a Section Coordinator staffing the Business Law, Intellectual Property Law, Solo and Small Firm, and Trusts and Estates Sections with both the CLA and The State Bar of California since 2012. He finds advocating for his Sections’ hardworking volunteers highly rewarding. Prior to becoming a Coordinator, John was a Senior Analyst in The State Bar Finance Department, where he performed accounting functions, analyzed budget data, and helped create budgetary policies, procedures and guidelines. Before moving to California in 2006, John honed his project management and financial experience in several positions at Dell in Austin, Texas. Outside of work, John enjoys working in his garden, traveling, and enjoying all the amazing food and wine the great state of California has to offer.
Section Coordinator for Trusts and Estates, Privacy Law, and Environmental Law
Prior to CLA, Camren began his career working in customer service and hospitality. He eventually became a Specialist at A.I.M. & Associates in Auburn, CA, where he helped developmentally disabled adults learn life skills and achieve time sensitive goals. Camren brings strong communication and organizational skills, dependability, reliability and excellent client service orientation to CLA. Outside of work, you can find Camren trying to squeeze the most out of life with endless new adventures, trying to escape the most difficult of escape rooms, binge-watching any binge-worthy show on Netflix or bonding with his friends and family over the great variety of food and drink Sacramento has to offer.
Section Coordinator for Labor and Employment Law, the Taxation Section, and CYLA
With 20 years experience working for litigation support services, Tiffany made the move to CLA during their debut year and has enjoyed all the challenges that have come with it. Prior to CLA, Tiffany was the office manager at Professional Legal Services where she guided employees to reach their full working potential. Tiffany is enjoying an empty nest and can be found reading on her kindle, diving into worlds of fantasy and dark tales of otherworldly creatures.
This Sacramento native has 5+ years of experience in the food service industry as well as 2+ years working in the retirement plan industry before joining the CLA team. With an education in Marketing and Business Management from Linfield College, Lauren takes on a detail-oriented approach with an eye for efficiency. She has risen through the CLA ranks from the role of Administrative Assistant working with the Sections of CLA, to Initiatives Coordinator. When away from the office, you will find Lauren at one of the local farmers markets, yellow flowers in hand, attempting to befriend a nearby dog.
Administrative Assistant for Litigation, LPMT, and Workers’ Compensation
Angela is an Administrative Assistant at the California Lawyers Association with a detail-oriented approach to data entry and office administration. Persistent and thoughtful in her actions, she believes that hard work combined with the law of attraction is the type of mindset it takes to achieve her professional and personal goals. When she isn’t working, you can find her studying or enjoying free time at Midtown eateries and spin class.
Prior to CLA, Brian was a Web Content Producer for the Sierra Club and an Interactive Media Specialist for Saint Mary’s College. These prior positions have given him valuable insights to blog writing, copy editing, and creating effective marketing campaigns. Brian is a firm believer in educating yourself and that is why you can find him taking refresher courses about PHP, programming languages, and back-end web development to keep up-to-date with current trends. Outside of work, Brian enjoys playing the ukulele, stargazing, watching soccer, and spending time with his family.
As a shareholder at Gilbert CPAs, Linda is the shareholder-in-charge of the firms accounting services and tax departments. She brings with her 20 years experience working in public accounting, with a strong background in NPO matters. She enjoys the challenges and opportunities that come with working with a variety of clients and enthusiastically brings those experiences to her daily work. On a sunny day, you will typically find her working in her yard or on the American River bike trail.
Brian brings over 20 years of experience as a writer and editor to the California Lawyers Association. He spent the first part of his career as a journalist before attending law school. After graduating with his Juris Doctor, Brian transitioned to political communications, working for a variety of associations. He eventually returned to journalism, working as a senior writer covering public sector technology law & policy. Brian came to CLA from the California District Attorneys Association, where he spent five years as the organization’s Managing Editor.
Brian is a devoted husband and father who enjoys sports, movies and music with his family. When not wordsmithing in the office, you may find him at your local bowling center. Brian has thrown multiple perfect “300” games and has been a member of the Professional Bowlers Association since 2014. He competes regionally throughout Northern California and Nevada.
Administrative Assistant International Law, Public Law, and Real Property
Mycah is the Administrative Assistant for the Real Property, Public Law, and International Law Sections for the CLA. Prior to CLA, Mycah worked as a Project Manager at a written translation company located in Davis, California. She has a BA in Russian Studies and continues to utilize her language skills in her work with the International Law Section. Outside of work, Mycah enjoys reading, writing, and spending time out on the Sacramento River.
Senior Marketing Coordinator
A linguist-turned-marketer, Jennifer enjoys building marketing initiatives from the ground up. Merging data-driven strategy and creative design to develop impactful & targeted campaigns, she is focused on sharing the stories of CLA, CYLA, the sections, and the foundation. In her free time, she travels every chance she gets. Whether it’s a quick weekend trip or an extended getaway abroad, it’s probably on her calendar.
Prior to CLA, Brianna worked as an Events Coordinator with the California Head Start Association, where she assisted with multiple annual meetings, supported board members and built a complete marketing and communications plan for the association. She brings to CLA over 5 years of experience in events, marketing, and upper level administrative support, as well as degrees in both business marketing and psychology. Her background includes working with C-Level executives and high-level management in both corporate and not-for-profit environments. Having visited 10 countries in the last two years, Brianna enjoys traveling internationally and hopes to expand her travels as often as possible.
Associate Executive Director, Education and Operations
Tricia is charged with leadership management of the overall work of the Association and with oversight of all operations, including daily financial and operational activities of the Association staff. Prior to CLA, Tricia worked at the State Bar of California for 28 years, serving in her most recent role as the Director of Operations in the Office of Education. Tricia has two children who both play college lacrosse and she and her husband enjoy traveling around the country to watch them play.
Human Resources Manager
Joanne has over two decades of human resource management experience ranging from talent management to strategic human resource planning and organizational consulting. Prior to launching her career at the CLA, Joanne held several corporate HR leadership positions in insurance, healthcare and professional services organizations. Joanne’s professional passion is providing HR solutions by building HR infrastructure through people, compliance and technology. As a result, she is super excited to be part of creating the organizational culture necessary to support the long-term success of the CLA.
Outside of work, Joanne enjoys spending time with her husband and two teenage children – hiking, cycling, working out at the gym, and traveling. Joanne also enjoys mentoring recent college grads on career exploration where she shares her knowledge and passion for HR.
Section Coordinator for Antitrust, UCL, and Privacy, Criminal Law and Family Law
Victoria made the move to Sacramento from the heart of one of California’s agricultural counties. As the daughter of a farmer, she was instilled with the importance of hard work and a job well done. She has experience in customer service and administrative assistance in several different of industries. This experience gives her the ability to provide the necessary support and assistance to the volunteers and members of CLA. On the weekends, you can usually find her spending time with family and friends. She enjoys a good book, dancing, and just about anything related to the Arts.
Senior IT Manager
Prior to joining CLA, Kevin was a Support Engineer and Team Lead at Automattic where he oversaw 13 support engineers who provided technical support to the users of the WordPress.com website and blogging platform. A jack of all trades, Kevin has also worked in finance roles and spent ten years in the military. With his experience working in the technology, finance, and customer support fields, he is an expert at bridging the gap between IT and end users. Outside of work, Kevin spends his free time chasing his three sons and getting lost in the mountains.
Associate Executive Director, Initiatives and External Relations
Ellen is responsible for CLA’s Access to Justice, Civics Engagement and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Initiatives, CLA’s Bar Relations function and involved in several association development projects. Prior to joining CLA, she was the Executive Director/CEO of the San Diego County Bar Association (SDCBA) where she oversaw the implementation of a myriad of programs, initiatives, innovations and services to support the Association’s 10,000+ members. Before joining the SDCBA, Ellen served as Section Director of the American Bar Association’s Section of Dispute Resolution in Washington D.C. A trained mediator and facilitator, Ellen has a passion for facilitating strategic plans for regional bars and CLA sections. Also a volunteer, she serves on the Board of the National Association of Bar Executives (NABE) where she will become president in 2021 and locally on the Board of the Crawford Law Academy and Foundation. In her spare time, she loves to cook, golf with her husband, read Feng Shui books and support her daughter’s love of the performing arts. She is thrilled to be part of CLA and helping to build an association for today’s lawyers.
Administrative Assistant for Environmental Law and Trusts and Estates
Yesica Nava (Yesi) is a first-generation immigrant who understands the importance of representation in the legal field. Her experience with nonprofit organizations who provide free legal representation to low income communities allowed her to witness firsthand the effects of new legislation on the average person. Outside of work, Yesi enjoys playing with her puppy or spending time with friends.
Jennifer directly supports the Executive Director, Ona Dosunmu. Prior to CLA, she was a seasoned public servant with the City of San Jose working for a variety of elected officials in various capacities such as Executive Assistant/Communications Specialist, Deputy Chief of Staff, Policy Analyst and Intern. Jennifer worked on a range of policy issues directly impacting the community such as public safety, education, transportation, economic development and land use. Now as an Executive Coordinator, Jennifer brings her writing, organizational, and people skills to the table by maximizing the Executive Director’s daily schedule and serving as a staff liaison to the Officers and Board of Representatives. Outside of work, Jennifer is a proud pee wee soccer mom and enjoys spending time with her family, especially watching/re-watching Disney movies with her three girls.
Sponsorship & Development Manager
Matt is responsible for building corporate sponsorships and non-dues revenue opportunities. He has nearly a decade of experience in the non-profit marketing & corporate partnership field, most recently serving as Director of Business Development for the California Medical Association. Prior to CMA, Matt spent 6 years as Director of Membership & Corporate Development with the California Pharmacists Association. Matt is always looking for innovative approaches to draw sponsorship interest and revenue, and excels at connecting associations with outside organizations. In his free time, Matt enjoys spending time with his daughters and traveling. He’s also a baseball devotee, and a member of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR).
Administrative Assistant for Business Law, Intellectual Property, and Solo and Small Firm
Prior to CLA, Nicole worked at Andy’s Candy Apothecary and at a personal training gym as an Admin Assistant. She looks forward to combining her customer service experience and organizational skills from both jobs to help CLA members with anything they might need. Outside of work, you can find her hiking, reading a good book, or spending time with family and friends.
Operations, Training & Development Manager
With 13 years of experience in the State Bar of California, Kristina has climbed the ladder, starting as an Administrative Assistant and rising up the ranks to Executive Senior Administrator then to Section Coordinator. Her valuable skills in customer service, management, and administration of policies contribute greatly to her current position. In the office, she is extremely supportive of her team and is readily available to work on creative solutions to any problems that may arise. Outside of work, Kristina can found relaxing anywhere from her couch to the beach, where she is likely suntanning with a cocktail in hand.
Armed with a Business Degree from Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences in Finland and a strong background in Marketing and Organizational Management, Dimisha brings valuable insight and nuances to CLA. Dimisha started out as a Marketing Assistant and slowly made her way to Field Coordinator. Through these past experiences, Dimisha found her interest in working more hands on within operations. Her strong leadership and organizational tools allow her to share the values of a Lean organization with the Registration Department. She strives to provide the best customer experience for CLA members. On her free time, Dimisha enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking and biking while spending quality time with her small family.
Meeting and Event Planner
Beth has been embedded in events for the past 7 years and brings proven tactics as well as unique ideas to CLA’s event. Full of positivity and energy, Beth is passionate about creating unforgettable experiences for CLA members. The fun never stops whether it is securing a local comedian or a live band for an evening event. In Beth’s free time, she loves to exercise, hike outdoors and travel away for a long weekend. Beth is very well-versed in the Sacramento Community and loves to contribute any way she can.
Joyce is a member of the web team, focused on updating the website to maintain relevant information and increase user-friendliness for CLA members. A strong believer in the power of positive thinking in the workspace, she strives to create an approachable work environment and close relationships with her co-workers. Joyce enjoys a good board game night with her closest friends but can also be found exploring the streets of San Francisco.