NAMI California Advocacy Department

Below find information on NAMI California's advocacy team.
For information on all NAMI California staff, please click here.

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cAITLIN SHEA, aDVOCACY MANAGER

A born and raised Texan, Caitlin moved to California for adventure, big trees and cold beaches, and a great job with NAMI California.

In 2017, Caitlin graduated with a dual master’s degree in Public Affairs and Community and Regional Planning from the LBJ School of Public Affairs and the University of Texas at Austin. During her time in graduate school, she held two policy internships with a special emphasis on child well-being among children from low-income families and underserved communities.

Before graduate school, she managed field divisions of political campaigns, worked for the Texas Senate, and held numerous internships with nonprofits and legislative officials. She enjoys walks with her pit bull, Rosie, good conversation with friends, and developing her yoga practice.

As Advocacy Manager, she is responsible for overseeing NAMI CA’s policy and outreach efforts to move the needle on key policy priorities.

Contact: caitlin@namica.org

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Sashary Zaroyan, statewide organizer

Sashary joined NAMI California as a Statewide Organizer in August 2018. Sashary is a recent graduate from the University of the Pacific with a BA in Political Science. Throughout his undergrad, Sashary became involved in congressional campaigns throughout the Central Valley and student life on campus. He was involved with student government and led rallies and protests to empower student voices. During his senior year at Pacific, he held a policy and programs internship with California Coverage and Health Initiatives to learn more about healthcare enrollment and implementation in California. Currently, Sashary is pursuing a Master of Public Administration at McGeorge School of Law.

Sashary became passionate about mental health while in high school. He was one of the founding members of Healing Connections in Monrovia, CA. The committee was created in 2012 when the community faced five suicides in the past four years. The task force committee is made of community members, city officials, students and Monrovia Unified School District staff. Its task was to put on a series of community outreach and educational events to raise awareness of suicide prevention and mental health. The committee went on to receive the Golden Bell Award by the California School Boards Association.

Sashary lives in Sacramento and during his free time he enjoys napping, long walks to the fridge, and grabbing boba with friends.

Contact: szaroyan@namica.org

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Jansher rasa, legislative and policy analyst

Jansher joined NAMI California as a Legislative and Policy Analyst in 2018. Prior to joining NAMI, he worked in the legislative research and legal field.

Originally born in Belgium, he moved to California to attend high school and college. Jansher graduated with a BA in Political Science and International Relations from the University of California Davis. After college, he worked as a Legislative Research Associate at a third-party legal research firm in Sacramento. In 2013 he began attending Syracuse University College of Law in upstate New York. During his time there, he participated in the National Mock Trial Team Program and was a Supervising Editor for the Syracuse Law and Civic Engagement forum.

After graduating, he worked in financial compliance before transitioning to a law clerk position at an insurance defense litigation firm. Jansher now supports NAMI California’s advocacy department as a policy analyst, hoping to improve California’s healthcare, social welfare, and criminal justice polices.  

Jansher lives in Sacramento, is an avid Bay Area sports fan, and enjoys playing or watching basketball and soccer in his free time.

Contact: jansher@namica.org