Molly Parnell was born and raised in San Diego and graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Advertising.
Molly is President & Founder of Golden State Strategy Group, a California based political strategy and fundraising company.
Molly has held positions in both the government and political arena. In 2003, she began her career working for the Arnold Schwarzenegger for Governor campaign and then went on to serve in the Governor’s administration in several capacities including scheduling, external affairs and First Lady Maria Shriver’s office.
Molly began her fundraising career in 2006 as Deputy Finance Director for the California Republican Party. She was quickly promoted to Finance Director and eventually Chief Financial Officer. During her time raising funds for the largest State Party organization in the country, Molly built an expertise in creating and enhancing fundraising programs from top to bottom.
In 2012 Molly started her company, Golden State Strategy Group. In the six years since the company’s foundation, Molly has taken on clients ranging from the California Republican Party, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Congressional Leadership Fund Super PAC, CA Trailblazers, CA State Senate, CA State Assembly and local races such as Sacramento County Supervisor. Molly has raised over $125 Million for campaigns in just over a decade of work.
Molly and her husband, Jake, live in Sacramento and have three children, Jack, Parker and Ben.