Cathy has had a long association with the California State Archives and The California Museum. Retired from the California Secretary of State’s Office, she most recently served as the Elections Director. Cathy has held many positions within the office, including stints at the Archives, the press office, Chief of Business Programs and over a decade in the elections field. Although she also served as Chief Deputy Secretary of State and briefly as Acting Secretary of State, her field of expertise is California’s initiative and ballot measure processes.
Cathy is a founding member of the Sacramento Women’s Action Network (SWAN), a group of women who provide financial and other support to local charities. She lives in Sacramento with her husband Terry.
Wendy Franklin retired from California State Parks in 2012 after three decades of work with state park museums and cultural resources. Wendy’s areas of special interest include historic house museum operations and preservation of collections. She served in a variety of curatorial positions with California State Parks during her career, including two years as Chief Curator for the Leland Stanford Mansion State Historic Park and eight years as Curator of the California State Capitol Museum. She holds a BA in American Studies from the University of California, Davis. Wendy also serves on the Collections Committee of the California Historical Society.
Richard, who retired as a Colonel from the U.S. Air Force and the Defense Intelligence Agency, has served as an accredited U.S. diplomat to eleven countries. His most recent work has been in non-profit business management.
Caren Daniels Lagomarsino, a native Sacramentan and identical twin, graduated with a Political Science degree from the University of California at Davis in March of 1972. She began her career in the California Secretary of State’s Office in April of that year, and spent the next 35 years serving Secretaries of State in numerous management capacities – more than 20 years as spokesperson for the agency; Chief of Elections (6 years); Candidates and Elections Program Manager (4 years); and Chief of the Political Reform Division (5 years). She left State service to become Director of Marketing and Communication for PRIDE Industries in May of 2007. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the service award from the National Association of Secretaries of State. Caren has been an active advocate for the State Archives since 1972, and has done occasional consulting and volunteer work since her retirement in 2008. She married Bruce Lagomarsino in February of 2014. They reside in Elk Grove when not traveling.
Greg has been on the board since 2012. He covered the Capitol for the San Francisco Chronicle from 1988 through 2007. After leaving the Chronicle, he created California’s Capitol, a website offering a unique perspective on state government and politics that tries to put current events into historical context. His work appears regularly in Capitol Weekly and other statewide publications. He’s also the host of “Politics on Tap,” a talk show on the California Channel. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. appointment Greg as State Librarian in March 2014.