Candice prides herself in being a geek, artist, and activist.
Candice was born and raised on the island of O‘ahu in Hawai‘i and is the daughter and granddaughter of Filipino immigrants who came to the United States to follow the American Dream. Candice studied Digital Animation at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. It was there where she discovered a passion for student advocacy. She was elected and served as a representative to the Associated Students of UH for four years. She represented Hawai‘i to meet with U.S. House of Representative Neil Abercrombie and the late, legendary Representative Patsy Mink with the United States Students Association in Washington, D.C.
Candice worked for a special effects startup as an Art Director for music videos and assisted in special effects for television. Her artwork has been featured in television shows, commercials, movies, and music videos. She moved to San Francisco, where she honed digital ad buying and management skills working for Yelp.
In 2009, she combined her passion for politics and geekiness to work for Organizing for America as a Summer Organizer, then as the California Deputy New Media Director. In 2010, she became Northern California’s Regional Field Director, managing several volunteer teams and ran one of the most productive election hubs in the nation.
Candice has been with California-based political consulting firm 50+1 Strategies from its start in 2012 and has worked on nearly every client that the firm has worked with. She specializes in print design and has won several national awards for her logo, billboard, and mailer designs.
She also has run trainings on the visual design at Netroots Nation four years in row. She really loves mentoring other designers, especially those who are women and people of color. She currently serves on the board of the San Francisco Eastern Neighborhoods Democratic Club as a director.
In her spare time, Candice enjoys geeking out to anything Star Wars, playing music and video games, and cheering on the San Francisco Giants.