Rob Lapsley was named president of the California Business Roundtable in 2011, a nonpartisan organization consisting of the senior executives of the state’s major companies. Previously, he served as VP and state political director for CalChamber; president of RCL Consultants and VP for Arnel Development, one of the largest private real estate companies in Southern California. Lapsley served in the U.S. State Department during the Iraq War and as chief of staff to former Secretary of State Bill Jones, serving as undersecretary of state from 1995 to 2001. Lapsley served in the California Assembly from 1987-2002 and is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force.
Tracy Jackson is the executive vice president chief human resources officer for SAFE Credit Union. She’s been married since 1997, and is mother of three daughters — or four, counting her current exchange student from Brazil.
Ryan is a freelance photographer specializing in editorial and portraiture. With over 14 years experience in photography, his work has been published in Comstock’s, Sacramento Magazine, The Wall Street Journal and elsewhere. Ryan also serves as an adjunct instructor for the photo department at Sacramento City College. He specializes in lifestyle, commercial, travel and documentary-style portraiture. Born in the Philippines, Ryan grew up in Texas and moved to Sacramento in 2004. For more, visit www.ryanangelstudio.com.
Dr. Jessica Kriegel works as an organizational development consultant for Oracle Corporation, where she acts as an adviser and strategist in organizational development, change management and talent development. In 2016, she authored Unfairly Labeled: How Your Workplace Can Benefit From Ditching Generational Stereotypes, published by Wiley. She completed her doctoral degree in educational leadership and management with a specialization in human resources development from Drexel University. Jessica also has an MBA in international business.
Suzanne Lucas spent 10 years in corporate human resources, where she hired, fired, managed the numbers and double-checked with the lawyers. Read more at www.evilhrlady.org. On Twitter @RealEvilHRLady.
Daniel Barnes is a freelance writer, film critic, beer enthusiast and member of the San Francisco Film Critics Circle. His work has appeared in the Sacramento Bee, Sacramento News & Review, East Bay Express, Philadelphia Weekly, Sacramento Magazine, San Antonio Current and many other fine print and online publications across the country.
Vanessa Labi is a freelance contributor to Comstock’s magazine. She earned her B.S. in English at UCLA. Vanessa specializes in culture, arts, lifestyle and personal essays. As a long-time style blogger, she documents her personal style, daily inspiration and favorite hangouts at Babe-sicle.com. She can be found on Instagram @babesicle.
Jordan Venema is a California-based writer that enjoys gin and teaching himself dead languages. He received a master’s of liberal arts from St. John’s College, but swears he’s learned more from his precocious son, Cassian, than he ever did from a book.
Rich Ehisen writes Comstock’s monthly Discourse column, featuring insightful interviews with the Capital Region’s most influential leaders. He is also the managing editor of the State Net Capitol Journal. His work has appeared in print, online and on video in Government Technology, Sunset, San Francisco Magazine, California Journal, Sacramento Magazine and the Lexis Legal Network. On Twitter @WordsmithRich.
Jennifer writes about food, travel and sustainability for publications around the world. She earned her B.A. in geology and English at Mount Holyoke College and is currently completing her M.A. in creative writing at UC Davis. See her work at jcfrgsn.journoportfolio.com.