John Myers

Sacramento Bureau Chief- Los Angeles Times

John Myers has led the Los Angeles Times’ coverage of state government as Sacramento bureau chief since 2015. He also writes a weekly newsletter on California politics and provides regular news analysis. Prior to joining The Times, he spent more than two decades in radio and television news, much of that as an award-winning reporter covering Sacramento. He has served as the moderator of gubernatorial debates and has spent much of his career exploring ways to expand statehouse coverage through online blogs and a California politics podcast. A resident of the capital city, he holds degrees from Duke University and UC Berkeley.

Moises Merino

President/CEO- MBA Public Affairs 

Moises Merino has over 15 years of political and public policy experience at the local, state and national levels. In 2015, he was named one of the “40 Under 40” best and brightest in the industry by the American Association of Political Consultants. He’s also been recognized for his accomplishments and featured by Latino Leaders Magazine. He has appeared on major television networks such as CNN, Univision, Telemundo, and TV Azteca.

Moises is one of the premier experts on the subject of the Latino vote. His methodological approach to messaging is a key component to gaining support for public policy initiatives. His strategic planning incorporates cultural and cross-cultural ideologies and values that help shape public opinion.

Moises is the founder of the Latino Leadership & Policy Forum and GROW Elect, an organization that has recruited, trained, and elected over 200 Latinos to public office. He has served as political director and advisor on a number of high profile campaigns, including Meg Whitman for Governor, John McCain for President, Arnold Schwarzenegger for Governor, and George W. Bush for President.

Moises is from East Los Angeles (Boyle Heights) and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in History with minors in Spanish Literature and Chicano Studies from UCLA. In addition, he went on to earn a Master of Public Administration degree.

Vince Fong

Chair- Assembly Republican Elections

In 2016, Vince Fong was elected to represent the 34th Assembly District, which encompasses most of Kern County.

Vince serves on the following Assembly committees: Budget Committee (Vice Chair), Transportation Committee (Vice Chair), Appropriations Committee, and Business and Professions Committee.

Vince began his career with Congressman Bill Thomas, Chair of the Ways and Means Committee, working on international trade policy. He then returned home to serve the residents of Kern County.

For nearly a decade, Vince served as the district director to House Leader and Congressman Kevin McCarthy, until Vince was elected to the State Assembly in 2016. 

Vince is a lifelong resident of Kern County. He earned a bachelor’s degree from UCLA and masters from Princeton University. He serves on the boards of the Jim Burke Education Foundation and Honor Flight Kern County where he works to send WWII, Korean War and Vietnam Veterans to Washington, DC to see their memorials.

Sam Oh

Vice President- Targeted Victory

Sam helps lead Targeted Victory’s political campaign division and has over a decade of experience managing and consulting candidate campaigns and ballot initiatives at the local, state, and federal level. Sam most recently served as Chief of Staff to a U.S. Representative who served on the House Energy & Commerce Committee, Republican House Leadership Team, and was the Deputy Chair of the National Republican Congressional Committee.

Ruth Bernstein

President & CEO- EMC Research Inc.

Ruth Bernstein is President and CEO at EMC Research, a national women-owned polling and opinion research firm. She has been polling on a wide variety of political, policy and social marketing projects for almost three decades. She is especially proud her work helping to elect women and people of color to elected office and securing voter approval for education, transportation, affordable housing and environmental protection.

Seema Mehta

Political Writer- LA Times

Seema Mehta is a political writer for the Los Angeles Times who covered the 2020 presidential campaign. She was a Knight-Wallace fellow at the University of Michigan for the 2018-19 academic year studying automation and AI and their impacts on voters in the Midwest. She previously covered the 2016, 2012 and 2008 presidential campaigns, as well as multiple gubernatorial, Senate and mayoral races. A graduate of Syracuse University, the East Coast native swore when she joined The Times in 1998 that she would only spend a few years on the Left Coast. Many years, a husband, a house and a few cats later, she can’t imagine living somewhere she couldn’t golf year-round.

For the past 10 years, Mitchell has also served as Vice President of the bi-partisan Political Data Inc where he works with both political parties, campaigns, nonprofits and universities, with a specialty in polling and survey data. Mitchell earned his Associates Degree from Orange Coast College, an Undergraduate from American University and Masters in Public Policy from USC.

Paul Mitchell

Vice President- Political Data, Inc.

Paul is Vice President of Political Data Inc, a bipartisan voter data firm based in California, and owner of Redistricting Partners.

Mitchell has conducted the redistricting for more than 100 cities, school boards and community college districts, including the Los Angeles Unified School District, and most recently, the Cities of Santa Ana, Davis and Napa. The firm’s work on racially polarized voting analysis and demographics has aided dozens of agencies as they navigate the California and Federal Voting Rights Acts.

Mitchell also works with nonprofit organizations, such as the Irvine Foundation, the American Civil Liberties Union, the Advancement Project, and others in building community engagement and working throughout California on elections and voting issues.

Mitchell has been regularly cited in the media as an expert on elections and redistricting, including as the subject of a CNN Presents special on the decennial redistricting process, being interviewed on the PBS News Hour election coverage in 2020, participating in the 538 Podcast series on redistricting reform, and as a regular analyst on California-based network TV election coverage.

For the past 10 years, Mitchell has also served as Vice President of the bi-partisan Political Data Inc where he works with both political parties, campaigns, nonprofits and universities, with a specialty in polling and survey data. Mitchell earned his Associates Degree from Orange Coast College, an Undergraduate from American University and Masters in Public Policy from USC.