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Francine Castanon, Associate

Francine Castanon, Associate

Francine Castanon is an Associate with California Consulting and will be responsible for client relations and business development in Ventura, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo Counties. Francine is a U.S. Army combat veteran and holds a B.A. from Cal State Northridge. Francine is currently finishing her Masters Degree in public finance. She has experience working for State Board of Equalization Member Fiona Ma and currently serves on the City of Oxnard Homeless Commission as a Commissioner. California Consulting is proud to welcome Francine to our team.

JC Rivers- Project Manager

JC Rivers has a Ph.D. in Leadership and Organization from Columbia University’s Teacher’s College.  With over 30 years in leadership positions, her professional experience, expertise, and interest are in health care and education management, organization development, capacity- and infrastructure- building and social responsibility.  During the 1990s, Dr. Rivers was founding staff for several government-sponsored, and commercial managed care organizations, and have extensive experience in human services, school systems, and higher education.  She has been a guest speaker with forums on public health, urban education, and grant and revenue development.  She currently serves as a member of several boards of directors.  Dr. River’s has a passion for social justice and championing causes for the disenfranchised and underserved urban and rural communities.

Mario Santoyo-Senior Associate

Mario Santoyo is California Consulting’s Senior Associate in the Central Valley. Mario is a civil engineering graduate from the University of the Pacific Stockton, where he served as associated student body President for UOP’s School of Engineering.

Mario retired as the first Executive Director for the San Joaquin Valley Water Infrastructure Authority who represents five Counties (Merced, Madera, Fresno, Tulare and kings). Mario has 38 years of professional experience in the water resources field, serving as a civil engineer for the U.S Bureau of Reclamation and as the Assistant General Manager for the Friant Water Authority, where he represented 21 Central Valley Project water agencies from Merced County to Kern County. While at Friant he was technical lead on the following projects:

  • Friant/NRDC San Joaquin River Restoration pre-settlement studies
  • Friant and Metropolitan WD Water Management Partnership
  • USBR Upper San Joaquin River Basin Storage Investigation Studies
  • 2009 Comprehensive Water Legislative Package

He was a co-founder and served as Vice President for the Clean Water and Jobs for California Coalition representing State wide organizations for water, business, labor and Agriculture. He also is the Executive Director for both the California Latino Water Coalition (Coalition) and it’s Foundation, these non-profit organizations formed to enhance Latinos’ policy input in issues related to California’s water resources

  • Appointed by Governor Schwarzenegger to the State Parks and Recreation Commission, serving one term as Vice Chair of the Commission.
  • Chairman of the Fresno County Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO)
  • Commissioner on Fresno State University Agriculture and Water Commissions
  • Served as Planning Commissioner for the City of Reedley and Selma

Adelaide Hsu, Project Manager

Ms. Adelaide (Adel) Hsu is our newest project manager. Adelaide (Adel) Hsu is an experienced program administrator, coordinator and grant writer with over 15 years of experience for public entities.

Ms. Hsu has worked with agencies in Northern and Southern California and has successfully written applications to obtain over $5M in new funding from private, County, State, and Federal sources and has worked with City, County, and non-profit agencies.

She has also designed programs, policies and procedures that strike a balance with policy priorities, grant requirements and laws. She is committed to leveraging the strength of each agency and works with them to create realistic goal-driven plans that maximize the use of the grants and grant funds to enrich communities.

Ms. Hsu holds an MA in Public Administration from Brandman (Chapman) University, and a BA in Mass Communications from Siena College, Philippines.

California Consulting attends the Los Angeles County Division LOCC Annual Officer’s Installation Dinner.

California Consulting CEO Steve Samuelian and Statewide Sr. Director Holly Bachman attended the Los Angeles County Division, League of California Cities, Annual Officer’s Installation Dinner. Thank you LOCC for hosting a superb sold-out event. We were pleased to join the 88 cities from across L.A. County this evening.

Special congratulations to all of the new officers and especially newly installed President Councilman Juan Garza of the City of Bellflower. (Pictured far right)

California Consulting, Inc is a proud League Partner of the League of California Cities and we applaud all of the hard work the League does for cities across the State. A packed dinner at Events at the Mayne. It was great to see so many of our clients (cities) that we serve. #Grants #GrantWriting

California Consulting CEO Steve Samuelian and Statewide Senior Director Holly Bachman attend the LA County Division League of Cities Annual Installation of Officers Dinner.

California Consulting CEO Steve Samuelian and Statewide Sr. Director Holly Bachman attended the Los Angeles County Division, League of California Cities. Thank you LOCC for hosting a superb sold-out annual installation of officers dinner. We were pleased to join the 88 cities from across L.A. County this evening.

Special congratulations to all of the new officers and especially newly installed President Councilman Juan Garza of the City of Bellflower. (Pictured far right)

California Consulting, Inc is a proud League Partner of the League of California Cities and we applaud all of the hard work the League does for cities across the State. A packed dinner at Events at the Mayne. It was great to see so many of our clients (cities) that we serve. #Grants#GrantWriting

California Consulting is pleased to announce the Education First: Regional Social and Emotional Learning Convening Grants.

California Consulting is pleased to announce the Education First: Regional Social and Emotional Learning Convening Grants.

Education First: Regional Social and Emotional Learning Convening Grants

Deadline: September 6, 2019 (LOI)

Amount: $50,000 to $100,0000

Eligibility: To be eligible to apply for a maximum $100,000 Regional SEL Convening grant, you must:

  •        Be a partnership between two or more organizations, where one organization is a school district/local education agency (LEA) or charter network/charter management organization (CMO).
  •        Be planning a convening that is “regional” and not confined to participants in a single school district or charter network.
  •        Consider SEL implementation and equitable and culturally affirming environments significant strategies for improving student outcomes.

Education First, in partnership with the NoVo Foundation, is currently accepting applications for the 2019 Regional Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Convening Grants program. The goal of this program is to help district and school communities create a convening that builds educators’ and other adults’ capacity to meet students’ social, emotional, and academic needs with an equity lens. Education First will award two to four grants of $50,000 to $100,000 each to districts, charters, and their partners to design and host a convening in their region by the end of the 2020 calendar year. Selected applicants will receive technical assistance from Education First during the design phase of their grant. Awardees will have the opportunity to participate with a group of national SEL practitioners, experts, and advocates at the SEL in Action Convening in 2020. 

If you or your entity would like California Consulting to write this application, please contact our Southern California Office at 323-728-9002.