Advisory Committee

The Lab Advisory Committee consists of individuals with knowledge, skills, and abilities that can help the Lab fulfill its Mission and Vision.

The Committee meets remotely via Zoom once every 3 months for 1 hour to discuss the Lab.

Membership on the Committee is not compensated.

Members expected utilize their lived experiences, academic training, and professional experiences to provide advice and recommendations to the Lab Team.

Committee Members

Alex Alcantara

Alex Alcantara is currently enrolled at the University of California, Davis to pursue a Bachelor of Arts in History with a minor in Political Science. Their main areas of interest include U.S. historical relations with the Philippines, the history of sexuality in the U.S., and political theory. Alex previously attended Grossmont College and Cuyamaca College, where they earned Associate of Arts degrees with Honors in History, Political Science, English, and French. Apart from academics, Alex likes to roller skate, cook Filipino dishes, and hang out with their pets Luna, the mini rex rabbit, and Frankie, the red-eared slider.

Eshu Bhambra, B.A.

Eshu Bhambra is currently a Juris Doctor candidate at Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles, California. Eshu began her undergraduate studies at Fresno City College, then transferred to University of California, Merced where she completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science with an emphasis in Pre-Law and American Government. While at UC Merced, Eshu participated in the UCDC program where she interned for Congressman Jim Costa in the U.S. House of Representatives. Eshu also conducted extensive policy research in courses taught by Professor Franco such as Congressional Politics and California Politics. She has experience in researching environmental, transportation infrastructure and education policy issue areas. Following graduation, Eshu began working as a legal assistant at a consumer rights law firm for two years, and an attorney’s assistant for an additional year. In her free time, Eshu enjoys volunteering, cooking, and traveling. She is looking forward to supporting the Lab Team and is always open to chat. 

Jazmin Marroquin, M.P.P.

Jazmin graduated with a Masters in Public Policy from McGeorge School of Law in 2019 and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and a History minor from UC Merced in 2017. She currently lives and works in Sacramento, CA as a legislative aide to Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, where she manages and analyzes proposed legislation and staffs several policy areas. She previously worked as a Graduate Student Assistant at the California Air Resources Board and CalRecycle, and interned for the Center for Business and Policy Research at UOP and Congressman Jim Costa’s Merced district office. Jazmin is a bilingual Spanish speaker. She enjoys hanging out with her friends and family, reading, attending concerts, and visiting new places and trying new food.

Lavina Tallo, B.A.

Lavina graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Sociology, magna cum laude, from San Diego State University in 2021. She applied for law school in 2021 and will begin her studies at Western Sierra Law School in Fall 2021, with an intent to receive her Juris Doctor in May 2025. She earned her Associate’s Degree (A.A) in Political Science with Honors and Magnum Opus from Cuyamaca College in June 2019. In addition, Lavina has 2 years of experience as a Legislative Intern for the California State Senator Joel Anderson. She also has five years of experience in legal and administrative work. Her interests are in the functions and roles of Local and State Governments and in Public Law and Policies. During her free time, Lavina enjoys spending time with her friends and family, reading books, and hiking. She is fluent in Chaldean, Arabic, and literate in Spanish.

Lydia Snow

Lydia Snow is currently attending Biola University in La Mirada, California, where she is obtaining a B.A. in Journalism and Integrated Media, with a concentration in writing and publishing. She previously attended Cuyamaca College and Grossmont College as a high school concurrent enrollment student. At Biola University, Lydia is a freelance writer for The Chimes student newspaper, and she was recently selected as a candidate for membership in the Biola University chapter of The National Society of Leadership and Success. During the summer of 2021, Lydia was a writing intern for Women in Technology International (WITI), a leading organization for the advancement and inclusion of women in business and technology. Since 2018, Lydia has also enjoyed her role as a citizen science volunteer for Zooniverse, an online research platform where she analyzes wildlife data.

Meeting Agendas and Minutes

Meeting DateAgendaMinutes
September 20, 2021Welcome – 2 minutes
Round Table Introductions – 38 minutes
Discussion about the Lab – 20 minutes
December 2021
March 2022
June 2022
September 2022
December 2022
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