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Emily Rusch
Executive Director

Author: Emily Rusch

Executive Director

(510) 844-6803

Started on staff: 2001
B.A., Willamette University

Emily directs CALPIRG’s advocacy efforts, and is a leading voice in Sacramento and across the state on protecting public health, consumer protections and defending our democracy. Emily oversaw CALPIRG’s recent efforts to stop the overuse of antibiotics on California’s livestock operations, and has spearheaded CALPIRG's policy work to reduce the high cost of health care and protect consumers in the marketplace. She also sits on the Board of Directors for Health Access California and the Consumer Federation of California. Emily works in our Oakland, Calif., office, and loves camping, hiking, gardening and cooking with her family.

Started on staff: 2001
B.A., Willamette University

 

Started on staff: 2001
B.A., Willamette University

 

Started on staff: 2001
B.A., Willamette University

 

Started on staff: 2001
B.A., Willamette University

 

Earlier this week the Secretary of State announced a groundbreaking new partnership with Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom and all three public systems of higher education to encourage eligible students to register and vote. CALPIRG Education Fund's New Voters Project is proud to have played a supporting role in the project. Learn more about the formalized partnership to increase student voter participation. 



FIRST: CALPIRG Students Board Chair Liam Horstick and CALPIRG Campus Organizer Matt Gough meet with UC President Janet Napolitano after UC adopts the agreement
SECOND: CALPIRG staff and students with Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and Secretary of State Alex Padilla
THIRD: Secretary of State Alex Padilla and CALPIRG Education Fund Executive Director Emily Rusch rock CAStudentVote.org sunglasses
FOURTH: CALPIRG staff and students with members of the CA Community College Board of Governors and Secretary of State Padilla after they adopt the agreement

We hope this groundbreaking agreement for youth voter engagement serves as a model for local community college districts and private institutions to consider adopting, as well as campuses outside California. Commitments to do simple things like sending out all-campus emails and providing pop-up voter registration reminders on commonly used campus webpages can have a significant impact on students’ voter registration rates. We’re particularly excited about the commitment by the UCs to test out a model for using already available student information to help make registering to vote online even easier.

In the meantime, with one month before the voter registration deadline, the CALPIRG student chapters are currently recruiting volunteers to help out with the non-partisan voter registration and get-out-the-vote efforts we're spearheading on a dozen campuses across the state. Check out www.castudentvote.org.

All across the state, CALPIRG campus organizers and students are running trainings and recruiting volunteers to help register students to vote, ask them to pledge to vote, including holding trainings for student government leaders and other student groups on campus.

 

Emily Rusch
Executive Director

Author: Emily Rusch

Executive Director

(510) 844-6803

Started on staff: 2001
B.A., Willamette University

Emily directs CALPIRG’s advocacy efforts, and is a leading voice in Sacramento and across the state on protecting public health, consumer protections and defending our democracy. Emily oversaw CALPIRG’s recent efforts to stop the overuse of antibiotics on California’s livestock operations, and has spearheaded CALPIRG's policy work to reduce the high cost of health care and protect consumers in the marketplace. She also sits on the Board of Directors for Health Access California and the Consumer Federation of California. Emily works in our Oakland, Calif., office, and loves camping, hiking, gardening and cooking with her family.

Started on staff: 2001
B.A., Willamette University

 

Started on staff: 2001
B.A., Willamette University

 

Started on staff: 2001
B.A., Willamette University

 

Started on staff: 2001
B.A., Willamette University