Elizabeth Aguilera is an award winning multi-media journalist who will cover health and social services for CALmatters.
Senior Editor, Engagement
Pamela is an award-winning network strategist experienced in using a wide range of strategies across multiple platforms to inform and interact with broad networks of stakeholders.
Jessica comes to CALmatters from The Mercury News, where she worked as a one-woman Sacramento bureau covering politics and state government.
Julie Cart is a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter who has worked as an environmental reporter, sportswriter and national correspondent during her three decades with the Los Angeles Times.
She was founding editor of California Magazine Online, and holds a certificate in digital media from UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism’s Advanced Media Institute.
Mary Honer studied at Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts before transferring and graduating from San Francisco State University.
Editor and CEO
Co-Founder David Lesher was Director of Government Affairs at the Public Policy Institute of California, a non-partisan think tank focused on state policy issues. Lesher has more than 25 years of journalism experience, largely at the Los Angeles Times where he was a political writer, state Capitol reporter and assistant national editor for the White House campaign.
His work entails distilling complex policy topics into easily digestible charts and graphs, working with reporters on the data components to their stories, and finding compelling original stories in data.
Her piece on “The Price of Education” revealed how fragile school funding is in California, particularly as teacher retirement costs rise amid economic uncertainty.
Product & Technology Director
Seán McMahon joins CALmatters as our Director of Product and Technology.
Laurel covers California politics for CALmatters, with a focus on power and personalities in the statehouse.