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Jake Whitaker, Project Manager

Jake Whitaker is a Project Manager for California Consulting with several years of experience as a grant writer. He first discovered his passion for grant writing while assisting a colleague with an emergency shelter grant. Jake has written numerous successful grant applications on behalf of government agencies and non-profits for highly competitive state and federal funding. These awards include the Board of State and Community Corrections’ (BSCC) Justice Assistance Grant and Youth Reinvestment Grant, the Bureau of Justice Assistance’s (BJA) Justice and Mental Health Collaboration grant and the Swift, Certain, and Fair Supervision grant, and the Office of Emergency Services’ (CalOES) the Transitional Housing (XH) Program, Elder Abuse (XE) Program, Emergency Shelter (KE) Program, Violence Against Women Vertical Prosecution (VV) Program, and the Victim Advocacy in Detention Facilities (KA) Program.

Jake currently serves as a Board Member for the Woodland Joint Unified School District, his hometown where he grew up and went to school. He also worked as a Legislative Assistant in the Oregon State Assembly while attending college, with a focus on agriculture and education policy. Since a young age, he aspired to be a public servant.

After graduating from Willamette University in Salem, Oregon with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science, Jake returned home and spent five years working for the Yolo County District Attorney. During this time, he honed his skills as a grant writer and program analyst. He specialized in obtaining funding for programs that provide alternatives to traditional prosecution using restorative justice, enhance services for victims of crime, and address the intersection of poverty, mental health, and addiction with the criminal justice system. Jake also has a strong background in program design and evaluation.

“The most satisfying part of being a grant writer is that when you do your job well, the things that you write on paper become reality. It’s an incredible feeling. It’s an opportunity to help organizations obtain resources to improve their communities, and that’s why I love this line of work

Moriah Bradley – Associate San Diego County

Moriah Bradley is an Associate for California Consulting serving the San Diego County Area. A native San Diegan, Moriah attended High Tech High International (HTHI) in Point Loma. As a teenager at HTHI, Moriah’s interest in social justice was ignited when an opportunity to volunteer with San Diego Teen Court was presented. She has served as Presiding Juror hearing the cases of teens, oftentimes at-risk youth, and providing restorative justice for those first-time offenders. Moriah went on to intern at the San Diego County Public Defender Office and has been passionate about law, politics and social causes ever since.

Moriah is Chair of the NAACP San Diego Branch Health Committee and leads a team of local health professionals to execute programming that (1) work(s) to promote, protect and maintain the health of African Americans; (2) assess the health needs of the community, (3) advocate(s) for equal access to health education, care, treatment and research for all Americans; (4) sponsor(s) health-related activities such as health forums, fairs, and workshops highlighting issues of importance to people of color; and (5) support health initiatives of the Association. Bradley also serves as Vice Moderator for the Southern Association Southern California Nevada Conference of the United Church of Christ and volunteers as Managing Site Director for one of the San Diego Food Bank’s Emergency Food Assistance Program (EFAP) sites. 

Moriah has a BA from the University of San Francisco in Politics with a minor in Chinese.

Therese Cisneros- Remington, Associate

Therese Cisneros-Remington serves as our new San Diego Associate. She will cover the SD region and will be responsible for Business Development and Client Relations for the Company. Therese Cisneros-Remington has 25 years experience in the field of education and partnership development.

Therese attended Whittier College and California State University of Fullerton, where she majored in Human Development with a focus in Early Childhood Education and minor in Psychology focusing on Social Development. After receiving her BA, Therese started teaching kindergarten in the mornings, then became the assistant director in the afternoons. She had no idea then, that her 5 years of experience would be the cornerstone to a successful business career in education. Therese then received a position as a Social Worker, followed by a Nutritionist and currently the Marketing/Business Advisor for the Palomar Community College GEAR UP Partnership Grant.

Therese has surpassed Partnerships Contracts for the GEAR UP grant with securing 65 businesses over her 18 years at Palomar College. Community relations is key to understanding the pulse of how and why businesses want to participate in grant programs. Therese has created a format to engage local businesses to collaborate with high school students within the GEAR UP grant.

Her community involvement provided opportunities with Chambers, Economic Development Councils, non-profits and educational agencies. Learning how to start a business at Chamber workshops lead to her 2009 business called W.I.N. Consulting. Therese offers business coaching to women in small business, basically, how to gain partnerships for referrals, resources leading to revenue. At the same time, she was offered a 2 year contract to be an Internet Radio talk show host with WS Radio in San Diego. Her show was called Success Story Radio, her host name was Destiny. She hopes to return to radio in 2020.

Her community involvement spans from appointed to the United States Selective Service, to Walnut Creek Transportation Commissioner, to San Diego Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse Board to Founding Board President 2004 of the National Latina Business Women Association San Diego Chapter. In 2005, Therese was installed as the Marketing Director to San Diego Encuentros Leadership Board of Directors. In January 2020, Therese created a women’s collaborative to focus on educating the public on Human Trafficking. She used her 5th Annual Women of Success North County Biz Expo to launch a San Diego North County panel on Human Trafficking. Her friend, Summer Stephen, San Diego County District Attorney did the keynote address.

Therese is married to Philip, and they devoted 12 years as Foster Care Parents in San Diego County.

Angelica Tellechea- Associate

Angelica Tellechea is California Consulting’s Associate for Northern California. Angelica will provide business development and represent California Consulting at events in both the Bay Area and Sacramento. As our State Capitol representative, Angelica will be working with state officials and state agencies on grant writing-related matters.

Angelica Tellechea was born in the Imperial Valley and was raised in the border town of Calexico California. Since leaving her hometown of Calexico, Angelica has followed her passion for bringing communities together through strategic development, outreach and partnerships through various spectrums that include: education, large scale projects in construction and engineering, tech, and politics.

Her unconventional work style, keen sense for establishing relationships, and unique lens for strategic development allow her to work with the best in California. Her professional and political network includes the top stakeholders in State, Federal and professional sectors.

Angelica received a BA in Spanish Literature from California State University Sacramento and an MA in Professional Studies with an emphasis in Contracts and Intellectual Property from the George Washington University. She is currently working in the EdD program, Leadership and Administration in Education, from NorthCentral University. Ms. Tellechea worked in the bay area for several years where she has worked with bay area school districts. Angelica currently lives in Sacramento and is fluent in Spanish.


Mary Galvan Rosas- Statewide Senior Director

Mary Galvan Rosas is California Consulting’s Statewide Senior Director.

Mary’s career has covered managing government relations with local, and state leaders for over 20 years.  In addition, her expertise to position her employer/client with key community stakeholders as a trusted partner to create effective policy in priority areas has placed Mary in top positions across California.

Mary’s career in alliance development spans across the Western Region of the United States mobilizing community groups on issues in the fields of energy, health, and community engagement.  In addition, she was a gubernatorial appointee by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to serve as Deputy Director of the California Department of Consumer Affairs Division (CCED).  Here she led a team of 120 with five offices across the state to promote fraud prevention programs by engaging local municipalities and community leaders.

Her community involvement includes serving as a Commissioner for the Los Angeles County Department of Public Social Services, Board Secretary for Latinas Lead California PAC and Vision Y Compromiso, a statewide organization providing training to promotores that deliver services to low-income communities.

Mary was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley and is a resident of Granada Hills, CA.

Chris Bowen, Associate

Christopher Nikhil Bowen has nearly 10 years’ experience in business, public policy, and political advocacy. He currently serves as California Consulting’s Southern California Associate and is the Chairman of the West Hollywood Transportation Commission.

Bowen framed political messaging of private property-related initiatives and legislation locally and statewide with media and elected officials as the Deputy Communications Director for the Greater Los Angeles Association of REALTORS®. In 2018 Bowen served as the Los Angeles County Business Federation (BizFed) Polling Committee Chair, where he was able to increase membership input to elevate the prioritization of housing issues for additional advocacy efforts.

As a political consultant, Bowen has run local and countywide campaigns in the Los Angeles area including Jeffrey Prang’s successful bid to become LA County Assessor, as well as campaigns in West Hollywood and Culver City.

Bowen’s experience as a lobbyist and communications professional provides him a keen understanding of how businesses and government interact.

Bowen served as a Graduate Fellow for Former Senate Minority Leader Bob Huff (R-CA) as well as a Legislative Intern for U.S. Senator Bernard Sanders (I-VT) in Washington D.C.

Bowen holds a Master’s Degree in Political Theory from California State University, Los Angeles (CSULA), a Bachelor’s Degree in Politics with a Minor in History from Marymount University, conducted his post-baccalaureate at Oxford University and studied abroad at Institut Catholique de Paris.  He lives in West Hollywood with his husband and their 2 dogs.  

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. She joins us with over 18 years of experience coordinating, managing and administering housing programs in Northern and Southern California for County, City, and non-profit agencies. Programs include Housing Choice Voucher, Family Self Sufficiency, Continuum of Care, Rapid Rehousing, Tenant-Based Rental Assistance, and First Time Homebuyer Programs.

Ms. Hsu is also an experienced grant writer who has successfully obtained grants from private, County, State, and Federal sources. 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 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.