The California Museum Board of Trustees Announces Three New Members
Michael W. Cappelluti, Carol Dahmen & Steve Juarez further the Board’s representation & influence in education, finance & government sectors
SACRAMENTO, CALIF. — August 9, 2012: The California Museum’s Board of Trustees announced the addition of new members: Michael W. Cappelluti, President of The Highlands Consulting Group, LLC; Carol Dahmen, Political Marketing Manager at Comcast Spotlight; and Steve Juarez, Associate Vice President and Director of State Government Relations for the University of California.
“The California Museum Board set out to bring new members who are distinguished for their leadership and achievements in both Sacramento and California,” said Richard S. Costigan III, Chair of The California Museum’s Board of Trustees. “We are proud to announce the addition of not one but three such distinguished individuals with the additions of Michael Cappelluti, Carol Dahmen and Steve Juarez to our roster.”
“I look forward to working with these three well-respected members of the community,” said Dori Moorehead, Executive Director of The California Museum. “Their appointment furthers The California Museum’s influence in the finance, education and government sectors, which demonstrates the Board’s commitment to representing the state’s most influential industries.”
MICHAEL W. CAPPELLUTI
Michael W. Cappelluti is the President of The Highlands Consulting Group LLC, a management consulting firm he founded in 2002. He has over 20 years of consulting experience in improving public sector agencies’ efficiency and effectiveness. In prior positions, Michael was Vice President at Synergy Consulting and Senior Consultant at Price Waterhouse.
He has a Master of Business Administration from UC Berkeley Haas School of Business and a dual Bachelors degree in Economics and English from UC Berkeley. For the past four years, he has served as a board member for the Entrepreneurs’ Organization, Sacramento Chapter as Finance Chair. Michael grew up in California’s Central Valley and currently resides in Sacramento with his wife Robyn and son Ryan.
A Sacramento native with an extensive background in political communications and media relations, Carol Damen brings 18 years of public policy and program management experience to her new position on the Museum’s Board of Trustees. In 2005, Carol joined Comcast Spotlight in the position of Political Marketing Manager, where she is responsible for growing political advertising and government funded program revenues.
Prior to her tenure at Comcast, Carol was Chief Deputy Director of Communications in the Governor Gray Davis Administration, Communications Director for Secretary of State Kevin Shelley and Communications Director for the Department of Conservation. After graduating from CSUS with a degree in Journalism and Government, she began her career as Media Assistant for George H.W. Bush’s 1988 Presidential campaign. In addition to The California Museum’s Board of Trustees, Carol also serves as an Executive Board member on the American Association of Political Consultants.
Steve Juarez is Associate Vice President and Director of State Government Relations for the University of California, where he is responsible for all policy matters affecting the University that come before the California Executive Branch and Legislature. In prior positions, Steve was Executive Director at JPMorgan in the Public Finance Division; Director of Financial Management for the J. Paul Getty Trust; Assistant Vice Chancellor for Government & Community Relations at UCLA; and Chief Legislative Representative for the County of Los Angeles in Sacramento. He also served the California Debt Advisory Commission as Executive Director and has represented the State Treasurer’s Office on a wide spectrum of public finance matters and in policy positions with the State Legislature and Los Angeles local government.
Steve sits on the Boards of the National Association of Counties Financial Services Corporation and the Southern California Leadership Network and is a member of the California State Association of Counties Finance Corporation. He is a Senior Fellow with the Luskin School of Affairs Public at UCLA. For five years, Steve served as an appointed member of the Los Angeles City Fire and Police Pension Board. He is a graduate of UCLA (B.A., Political Science) and USC (Masters of Public Administration).