The Corbin and Kaiser Team

 

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Samantha Ayres Corbin

Samantha leads strategic initiatives and the advocacy program for Corbin and Kaiser. She has 14 years of experience managing advocacy, outreach and development, and workforce investment and alignment programs for political, trade, and non-profit organizations.

Samantha began providing policy, government relations and advocacy expertise in 2009, following her work in the Assembly as a Senior Policy Analyst for Former Majority Leader Alberto Torrico. There, she supported the member in areas of education, health and human services, and public safety.

Samantha has worked with a number of public interest groups including the Children’s Advocacy Institute, Center for Public Interest Law, and Deposition Reporters Association to support policy, government relations, and advocacy efforts.

Samantha’s scope of advocacy has grown significantly in the past six years. In her work with Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, she has been a dogged advocate for consumer privacy, including protecting student privacy on social media while preserving public safety. Additionally, Samantha advocates for California Tax Reform Association (CTRA), an organization whose board is comprised of major public employee unions and that advocates to preserve the budget funds that support schools and other public services.

Samantha also possesses significant experience in the areas of research, policy, and advocacy in the areas of early education, K-12, post-secondary, and workforce development. Since 2010, she has provided strategic guidance, program development and management, and policy expertise to all of the following organizations: Educational Results Partnership (ERP), Campaign for Business in Education Excellence (CBEE), and California Partnership for Achieving Student Success (Cal-PASS)

Samantha has also worked with both traditional schools and charter schools in multiple states. Samantha participated in a multi-state program to research special education funding, delivery, and quality in higher performing charter management organizations as compared to their traditional Association counterparts. This work, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, resulted in the creation of “A National Perspective on Special Education Delivery in Charter Schools” (2010. Corbin, S. Rafferty, M., and Wright, K.), which outlines various state funding models, legislative barriers, and other unique challenges of special education delivery in the charter setting.

Prior to her work in the Assembly, Samantha has several years of experience managing policy, development, and outreach programs for a variety of organizations including: California RV Parks Association, Consumer Attorneys of California, and California Chamber of Commerce. Samantha possesses a degree in Business from the University of Phoenix.

 

 

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Danielle Kando-Kaiser

Danielle is a seasoned professional specializing in governmental advocacy, marketing, proposal writing, and copywriting that earn her client’s recognition and contracts. She has more than two decades of experience in creating print and social media advocacy and marketing campaigns for the state’s leading governmental agencies, commissions, trade associations, political organizations, and the nation’s top luxury brands. Danielle’s published work can be found on Calchamber.com, VisitCalifornia.com, Williams-Sonoma.com, Potterybarn.com, Westelm.com, and EdibleSacramento.com.

Danielle has played a major role in numerous state and national advocacy, marketing, public relations, and communications campaigns. From 2014 through 2016, she led the organization and direction of monthly, state-wide meetings of the Fair Shake Commission on Income Inequality, chaired by Tom Steyer of NextGen Climate. The work of the Commission focused on public health issues affecting the poor and homeless populations of California, including disability, and mental and behavioral support services, access to affordable housing, appropriate nutrition, early childhood health and wellness, climate change, and access to quality childcare and education.  In 2013, she authored a $300 million award-winning proposal for BuildLACCD, a community economic and career tech development program in the Los Angeles Community College Association. During this time, Danielle also developed curricular content and on-line testing modules for Pearson Education Systems.

Danielle joined the California Travel and Tourism Commission (CTCC) in 2008, where she managed production of the official California Visitors Guide, Road Trips Driving Guide, official state map, and 11 international guides. During this time, Danielle managed the production of all content, marketing and publications for the Commission’s domestic and international websites, including visitcalifornia.com. Danielle also coordinated all marketing advisory and co-op advertising coalitions. Danielle has received numerous awards for her work on behalf of clients, including a 2010 SASI Award 2010 for Best Marketing Campaign on behalf of CTTC.

Prior to this, Danielle managed the magazine, publications, and online presence for the California Building Industry Association (CBIA). While there, she was also awarded the Western Publications Associations Maggie Award for Best Association Publication two years in a row (2008, 2009).

From 2002 to 2005, Danielle acted as the Publications Editor for the California Chamber of Commerce. During this time, she edited and wrote the Chamber’s weekly membership publication, two monthly political newsletters, membership and marketing materials, and the annual Business Issues Guide. In addition, she played a significant role in the re-design of the Chamber website: www.calchamber.com.

Danielle possesses a BA from the University of California, Davis and an MA from San Francisco State University.