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Dan Rodriguez, Associate Southern California

Dan Rodriguez, Associate Southern California

Dan Rodriguez is an Associate of Southern California for California Consulting. He is responsible for business development in the Southern California Region. Mr. Rodriguez is a Government and Strategic Affairs Consultant with public affairs firms and government relations firms specializing in fund development, regional water, and cannabis industry matters. Former Los Angeles County Business Federation Business, Development Manager.  Employed as Chief Executive Officer for Boys & Girls Clubs of Brea-Placentia-Yorba Linda for 8 years and Board Chair, Pomona Valley Boys & Girls Club.

Elected to City of Pomona’s Council District 3 and appointed Mayor Pro-Tem.  During his tenure, Rodriguez was instrumental in providing a vital leadership role in creating and implementing a joint School District-City liaison team to help shape school district reform agenda.  Co-chaired the Mayor’s violence prevention task force resulting in the formation of the Youth Commission and the Pomona’s youth and family master plan. Employed with Pomona Unified School District for as high school police officer and Child Welfare & Attendance manager for over 15 years.

Employed as Director of Operations and Strategy for Empowering Lives International stateside office directing school and agriculture operations in Kenya, Southern Sudan and DR Congo, then employed as Community Engagement and Strategy Director for D.C. based Urban Strategies as Southern California Regional Director for CA community and family development grant initiatives.

Proudly, Dan was born and raised in Pomona, married, father of two grown daughters and son and resides in Pomona, CA.   Earned Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership & Development, 2005, Biola University, La Mirada, CA, and engaged in specialized real estate broker licensing pursuits.


Christina Gonzalez, Project Manager

Christina Gonzalez is a project manager with California Consulting. She has written grants for 20 years with a focus on efforts in medicine, minority health, workforce and community development. Chris is familiar with Federal and State funding as well as private and public foundations. Located in the Inland Empire, Chris works with agencies within Southern California. She attended UCLA and Anderson @ UCLA where her MBA field study introduced her to fund development and grant writing.

Holly Choon Hyang Bachman, Statewide Senior Director

Holly Bachman, Statewide Senior Director, will oversee clients and potential clients throughout California.

Holly has over 16 years of in marketing, PR, events and business development including serving as a Membership Consultant since 2014 and recently Co-Chair of LA Area Chamber of Commerce non-profit Council where she assists in growing membership and consults with various small, medium and large businesses and organizations in the greater community.

Holly received her B.A. in Sociology/Social Psychology from the University of Minnesota and has been living in California for the past 11 years. She enjoys spending time with friends and family, watching movies, attending sporting events, and most importantly giving back to the community through mentoring and organizing various local and national events that promote identity, diversity, and unity. Holly is also a member of the Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce, Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC), University of Minnesota Alumni Association and currently, resides in the Pasadena area.

Jennifer Welling, Project Manager

Jennifer Welling is a Project Manager with California Consulting. Based in the Santa Cruz area of the Central California coast, Jennifer Welling has 30 years’ experience as a grant writer and grants manager.

In addition to a successful consulting business for more than 20 years, Welling spent 12 years as Grants Officer/Subaward Specialist for the Office of Sponsored Projects at the University of California, Santa Cruz.  Working primarily with the Ocean Sciences, Institute of Marine Sciences, and Ecology & Evolutionary Biology Departments, this work involved the submission of federally and privately sponsored proposals for faculty research.  Concurrently, Welling served as the Subaward Specialist for the university, managing all extramural agreements and amendments, and maintaining all federal A-133 (now Uniform Guidance) compliance and monitoring requirements.

Welling has had success writing private foundation and corporate foundation proposals for programs for children with developmental and physical disabilities, performing arts programs, multicultural arts events, educational and arts enrichment programs, parent support and assistive technology programs for autism, and autism early intervention for young children.

Welling finds the greatest reward in grassroots grant management and grants writing.

Lee Neves, Associate – Central Valley

Lee Neves, Associate for California Consulting is responsible for the Central Valley,  and is based in Stockton, CA. A graduate of the University of the Pacific and the McGeorge School of Law at the University of the Pacific, Lee has nearly 20 years experience in governmental affairs and community relations, including leadership positions with members of the State Senate, State Assembly and a Fortune500 company.  He is active in several volunteer organizations and activities here in Northern California , including being on the Executive Board of the Pacific Athletic Foundation, March of Dimes Signature Chef Auction Committee and for the last four years, playing Santa Claus for Central United Methodist Church.



Julie High, Ed.D.


Dr. Julie High is a Project Manager for California Consulting. Julie has over twenty-five years experience in grant writing for education. She has secured more than $35 million in educational grant funding, with over $25 million for one school district.

Julie has experience working in many roles in public education: high school teacher, staff development specialist, middle school instructional coach, preschool director, after school program director, elementary principal, and director of program evaluation and IT. Throughout all of these primary roles Julie focused on improving education for traditionally underserved populations with successful Federal and State grant funding. In 1994 Julie organized a community collaborative of private businesses and social service agencies to improve services to the outlying community. This collaborative continues to meet and promote community health through its current family resource center base.

Julie earned her Bachelor’s degree from UCLA, Master’s degree from San Jose State University, Professional Administrative Credential from the University of Santa Clara, and her Doctorate in Education from Fielding Graduate University.

When she’s not writing grants, Julie can be found riding and competing in upper level dressage with her Lusitano gelding, Cefiro do Ceu.

Tove Beatty, Project Manager

toveTove Beatty has over 15 years of experience with federal, state, local and foundation grants’ proposals, winning and preserving over $100 million in funding to date. She has worked for both nonprofit and governmental agencies on complex portfolios of up to $30 million in capital and operational funding for everything from human services and hospice care to public transportation and urban planning.


Her grants-related skills do not stop at proposals and budgeting, Tove is also a legislative analyst, expert in “reading the tea leaves” of long-term funding trends and strategizing advocacy efforts on behalf of clients.


She has been a nonprofit Executive Director, Assistant Director and Administrative Director and has two decades of grants’ budgeting, administration and reporting expertise.


Tove graduated magna cum laude from San Jose State University, is a published author, and more recently served on the American Public Transportation Association’s Legislative Committee and TransForm’s Steering Committee for their annual urban planning legislative conference.


Most recently, she volunteers at the Oakland Animal Shelter and enjoys working in her garden.

Harout Harry Semerdjian, Associate- Southern California


Harout Harry Semerdjian is California Consulting’s Associate- Southern California. Harout is responsible for working with clients and potential clients in the Southern California region.

Prior to California Consulting, Harout Harry Semerdjian was a public policy professional and foreign policy expert with experience in government and legislative affairs, and non-profit management, and academia. Harout comes from the Office of Los Angeles Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell, where he served as a Legislative Deputy with a primary focus on public safety, innovation & technology, and human relations.

His past positions include Program Analyst for SOS International LTD, a U.S. Department of Defense contract firm in Washington D.C., Executive Director of the KNOW Genocide coalition, a human rights-focused non-profit organization in Boston, MA, and Research Associate at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.


Harout is an active community member in Los Angeles. He has served as a Board Member of the East Hollywood Neighborhood Council and currently serves on the Government Relations Committee of the Armenian National Committee of America – Western Region.Harout holds B.A. and M.A. degrees in modern History from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and an M.A.L.D. from The Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy at Tufts University.

He has also been a PhD scholar at the University of Oxford, St. Antony’s College. Harout’s academic specialization includes global energy geopolitics, counter-terrorism and security studies, human rights, and regional affairs (Middle East and Eurasia).

Imelda Padilla, Associate- Southern California

Imelda PadillaImelda Padilla is California Consulting’s Associate – Southern California. Imelda is responsible for working with clients and potential clients in the Southern California region. Imelda Padilla is a young professional who comes to the team with a strong understanding of public funding, public policy development and hands on intergovernmental relations.
In addition to her formal education, Political Science BA from UC Berkeley with a double minor in Chicano Studies and Philosophy, she has also been a part of other policy based programs like UCLA Community Scholars, and the USC Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science research groups.
For many years she has been a community organizer to winning campaigns and successful events for the environment- (Clean Up-Green Up LA), youth justice- (Adelante Hombre Latino Youth Summit- San Fernando Valley), and income equity- (LA Raise the Wage).
Imelda is also a commissioner for the Los Angeles County Commission on Woman and Girls.
She is currently in grad school at the California University of Northridge where she is receiving her Master’s in public administration with an emphasis on leadership and nonprofit management.

Dr. Albert Solano, Senior Advisor

Dr. Albert Solano, Senior Advisor

A long-time educator, consultant, and trainer, Dr. Solano has extensive experience in private and public sectors. He advises on matters of education-related proposals, and grant writer coaching. He holds a doctorate in education from UCLA.