Astrid Ochoa, Executive Director

Astrid Ochoa is the Executive Director of Future of California Elections. Ms. Ochoa has  experience in implementing statewide reforms, policy analysis, government and public relations and leading cross-sector partnerships. She helped launch Future of California Elections, an innovative cross-sector collaboration to modernize California’s elections, building the organization from the ground-up. Previously, Ms. Ochoa worked at NALEO Educational Fund leading the organization’s national redistricting community engagement strategy. Ms. Ochoa was named one of 76 Influencers for The Sacramento Bee’s 2018 Influencer Series. She holds master’s degrees in public affairs and urban and regional planning from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University and a bachelor’s degree in international relations from Pomona College. Ms. Ochoa serves as adjunct faculty in the area of Governance and Policy at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs for the University of Minnesota. She was appointed for a second term to serve on the state Language Accessibility Advisory Committee by California Secretary of State Alex Padilla and is a former member of the Governing Board of the Association of Princeton Graduate Alumni.


Katy Flaherty, Project Coordinator

Katy Flaherty is the Project Coordinator of Future of California Elections. Ms. Flaherty brings experience in program planning, research, and event coordination. Ms. Flaherty spent a decade advising students at CSUN and UCLA Extension, and has previously helped to plan the 2017 and 2018 FoCE conferences. Ms. Flaherty holds a master’s degree in history from California State University, Northridge.


Guadalupe Flores, Deputy Director, Communications and Outreach

Lupe Flores has worked in communications, journalism and public relations in the non-profit sphere for nearly two decades after serving in the military, with a primary focus in the arts,higher education and higher ed policy. His creative achievements include “The Coyote Stratagem,” published in Applause Books’ “The Best American Short Plays 2010-2011,” the 2012 Kennedy Center’s Ken Ludwig Scholarship, and was a finalist for the 2012 Arizona Theater Company’s National Latino Playwriting award. He holds a bachelor’s in English and theatre arts from the University of the Incarnate Word, a master’s in playwriting from Texas State University, and a master’s in playwriting from the University of Iowa.