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Derek Rojas- Associate- Southern California

Derek Rojas is a Southern California Associate for California Consulting. Derek has been in the solid waste industry for over 27 years, the majority of that time spent with Valley Vista Services, serving in various capacities. He began as their sales and Marketing Manager, with his role evolving to focus on business development and public relations. Derek enjoys the process of promoting and growing a business through positive representation at various trade shows and government organizations.
He enjoys the responsibility of maintaining, improving, and creating new business relationships with school districts, city, county, state, and federal officials.
He has served on several chamber boards and philanthropic committees and currently volunteers his time with Meals on Wheels and local service clubs in the San Gabriel Valley.
Derek and his wife live in Corona and have one daughter who is away at college.

Sigfrido Rivera, Project Manager

Sigfrido Rivera, Project Manager
Sigfrido Rivera brings to California Consulting 30 years of experience in grant writing, grant program administration, urban planning, land acquisition, airport land use compatibility, and public outreach at the municipal level.
Previously, during his 30-year career with the City of Ontario, Sigfrido successfully secured and implemented $126 million in federal and local grants. Before retiring from the City, he negotiated and implemented an Acquisition, Disposition and Development Agreement to build and 16-acre business park (under construction) near Ontario International Airport. Sigfrido’s extensive experience in grant writing and implementation proved instrumental in securing the grant funding to complete the voluntary property buyout phase of the project and relocate the residents from the project site. He served on the City’s Development Advisory Board and on the Ontario International Airport Noise Advisory Committee for over 10 years.
Sigfrido holds a B.A. in Urban Studies from California State University, Northridge and a Master in Urban and Regional Planning from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. He is fluent in Spanish (speak, read and write).


Julie St. Jean- Project Manager

Julie St. Jean is a Project Manager for California Consulting. She has worked in the housing and community development field for more than 20 years and has written HUD, CDFI and local funding applications for clients across the country.
In addition to writing grant applications, Julie also has served as a grant reviewer for CDFI FA, TA, NACA and NMTC programs; US Department of Health and Human Services; US Department of Labor; Econometrica; NeighborWorks America; Administration for Children and Families (ACF) Office of Community Services (OCS); and the Community Services Block Grant Program. She has also overseen the application design and scoring process for national housing counseling programs and conducted grantmaking with NeighborWorks America. As a reviewer and administrator for several programs, Julie is knowledgeable of scoring processes, program priorities and back-end analyses related to how funders determine grantee pools. She also helps clients measure impacts and determine strategic and growth goals to strengthen their applications.
Julie holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Communication from The George Washington University, and a Master’s degree in Political Science with a concentration in Quantitative Methods from the University of California at Riverside. She has held Public Policy and Public Relations positions with the AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust, Fannie Mae, NeighborWorks America and local elected officials.

Stephen Sanger, Associate- Bay Area

Stephen Sanger

Stephen Sanger has over 20 years of substantial public sector experience working as a consultant and public employee.  Mr. Sanger’s expertise lies in the areas of fiscal and economic impacts of development, economic development, community development, public finance, housing, and land use planning. His expertise is a result of having authored well over 50 complex analyses for various California cities, counties, school districts, and special districts.  His studies have provided the basis for federal and state grant applications for economic development, community development, and housing for municipalities and special districts across California.

Mr. Sanger also has a background in housing policy analysis, housing development, and community development. Mr. Sanger has conducted demographic and fiscal projections, as well as legislative and policy analyses for local governments and elected officials. In previous positions, Mr. Sanger has completed sales and use tax, property tax, and demographic projections, analyzed proposed legislation and existing codes and regulations relating to property tax, land use regulations, and development impact fees, analyzed bond issuances and budgets, and conducted nexus studies for school impact fees and school enrollment forecasting.

Mr. Sanger holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration (M.P.A.) and a Bachelor’Degree in Social Sciences (B.S.) from San Jose State University. Mr. Sanger is a member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI), California Redevelopment Association (CRA), California Association for Local Economic Development (CALED), Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM), and the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA). Mr. Sanger is the past Chair of the City of Oakland Housing, Residential Rent, and Relocation Board (7 years), and Chair of the Alameda County Parks, Recreation, and Historic Commission (10 years), and served as an Intern to the United States Senator Dianne Feinstein.  Mr. Sanger resides in Oakland, CA with his wife and three young children.

Shannon K. Aronin, Project Manager

Shannon K. Aronin is an expert writer, speaker, and connector. She is passionate about finding the right words for the right place that will not only inspire your audience but compel them to act.

Shannon fell in love with grant writing in college and has two decades of fundraising and communications experience working both as an employee for nonprofit organizations and as an independent consultant. She has written hundreds of proposals and successfully raised millions of dollars in local, state, and privately funded grants. She has particular expertise in education, workforce development, and youth development.

Shannon received her bachelor’s degree in International Studies from Johns Hopkins University with a concentration in Nonprofit Organizations.

Dan Rodriguez, Director of Operations

Dan Rodriguez, Director of Operations 


Dan Rodriguez is California Consulting. Inc.’s Director of Operations. Prior to California Consulting, Dan held various positions as government relations with municipalities and agencies specializing in business development and investor relations consulting, a former Los Angeles County Business Federation (BizFed) Business Development and Investment Relations Consultant, and as CEO for the Boys and Girls Clubs for Brea-Placentia-Yorba Linda for 7 years. He also served as volunteer Board Chair for Pomona Valley Boys & Girls Club.

A former elected official for the City of Pomona and appointed Vice-Mayor where he co-chaired the Mayor’s Violence Prevention Task Force resulting in the formation of the Pomona Youth Commission and the Pomona’s Youth and Family Master Plan. Prior to being appointed Vice-Mayor, Dan was employed with the Pomona Unified School District as a High School Police Officer and Child Welfare & Attendance Manager and Superintendent Special Liaison for over 15 years.

Dan earned his Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership & Development, 2005, Biola  University, La Mirada, CA and is pursuing Biomass Broker License and Blockchain Certification.

Christina Gonzalez, Statewide Grants Manager


Christina Gonzalez comes to California Consulting with varied experience in fund development and with a passion for technical writing. With experience in federal, state and county funding, Chris’ emphasis has been on “Green” and special climate control grants, medical and healthcare focus, community services and a strong focus on education.

Christina currently works with both cities and school districts to identify valuable funds for all types of municipal and education needs.

Chris attended UCLA with a double major in Microbiology and Economics. She obtained her MBA at the prestigious Anderson School of Management and academic medical degree @ Charles Drew, both at UCLA.  Her post-doctoral research in the East coast focused on socio-ethnic economic patterns and federal investment trends.

Christina’s personal focus is to encourage cities and schools to identify and apply for funding at all levels of government and to match cities, schools, and nonprofits successfully with private foundations for specialized projects. She resides in the Imperial Valley with her son, a college student, and both are cultural and environmental activists.

Holly Bachman, Statewide Senior Director

Holly Bachman, Statewide Senior Director

Holly Bachman serves as the Statewide Senior Director for California Consulting and oversees a team of 15 professional grant writers, assists with client retention as well as business development throughout California.

Holly has over 20 years of experience in marketing, PR, special events and business development including serving as a Membership Consultant since 2014 and recently Co-Chairs the LA Area Chamber of Commerce Non-Profit Council where she helps grow 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 lived in the SF Bay area for 8 years including Santa Clara, San Mateo and San Francisco and currently lives in the Los Angeles area / Pasadena for the past 5 years. Holly also started her own foundation in 2011 called Mixed Roots Foundation that raises awareness and funds for the adoption and foster care community nationwide.

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 and the serves as the Co-Chair for the Multicultural Alumni Network for the University of Minnesota

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.