Our TeamCivic Edge Consulting is an employee-owned, women-led business based in San Francisco. Our team is comprised of individuals with strong academic and practical credentials who have worked in government, run largescale campaigns, served as aides to elected officials, managed large events, worked in respected nonprofit organizations, written for local media outlets, and have considerable experience in the communications and public relations fields.
Lisbet Sunshine has over twenty years of political, business and management experience in the Bay Area. Before Civic Edge Consulting, Lisbet served as chief advocate for San Francisco State University, where she led local, state and federal civic engagement and government affairs for the university. Her passion for creating opportunities for student engagement in politics and policymaking resulted in the creation of the Willie Brown Leadership Center at SF State and a nationally recognized voter registration and education effort.
A proven strategist and coalition builder, Lisbet started her career at the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, served under three mayors, and worked for several city departments, including the Department of Parking and Traffic (now the SFMTA) and San Francisco International Airport.
Lisbet received her B.A. from Yale University. A dedicated marathon runner, she is active in environmental and health-based non-profits in Marin County and serves on the Larkspur Recreation and Parks Commission.
After a decade of work on Capitol Hill and with nonprofit organizations across the country, Amber Shipley moved to San Francisco to live the dream. She brings a keen understanding of how to advance our clients’ public policy and communications goals, and excels at designing and implementing strategic initiatives across a diverse array of issue areas. Amber is a big-picture thinker with a wicked attention to detail and passion for providing the best possible service to our civic sector clients. In addition to her love for politics, Amber is an avid gardener and loves brewing (and drinking!) beer. On sunny days, you’ll find her running on trails in the Presidio or riding her scooter around San Francisco.
Alia Al-Sharif is a communications and creative messaging whiz who leads complex, multi-stakeholder campaigns and initiatives throughout the Bay Area. She consistently thinks outside of the box and utilizes field best practices – while applying a flair all her own – to excel at meeting her clients’ most challenging endeavors. Alia has worked on numerous political campaigns and brings ten years of coalition building and event management experience to the firm. She studied Public Affairs and Practical Politics as a graduate student at the University of San Francisco where she had the privilege of being taught by some of the country’s most well respected politicos. In her spare time, Alia enjoys blazing the Bay Area’s trails by bike, and is actively involved in a handful of local organizations that promote access, equity and thriving communities for all.
Senior Strategic Advisor
Peter Lauterborn leads innovative multimedia outreach campaigns for multiple county-wide agencies. Born in the San Francisco and with a passion for the entire region, Peter previously served as a Legislative Aide with the San Francisco Board of Supervisors focusing on environmental policy, transportation, bicycle and pedestrian safety, health, and education. He also directed the educational YouthVote Civic Engagement program through the Department of Children, Youth, and their Families. Peter majored in History at San Francisco State University and spends his free time playing music, rock climbing, and cooking.
Paisley Strellis has more than a decade of communications and outreach experience, working in both the public and private sector. She is an East Bay native with deep roots in and strong affections for the region, who honed her writing skills covering city politics for a community newspaper. She is an expert at making complex municipal and regional issues accessible to community members and translating the language of planners into that of laypeople. Paisley was also an early employee at market research firm Kelton Global, and has considerable experience in both qualitative and quantitative data research and analysis as well as field research. Event production is another interest Paisley has pursued and she has assisted in the production of conferences and public events. Paisley holds two BAs from U.C. Berkeley, one in Psychology and one in English Literature.
A seventh-generation Bay Area native, Annie comes to Civic Edge Consulting with strong roots in and a deep passion for Bay Area politics. Her interest in civic engagement took flight during her tenure at the YMCA, where she worked on grassroots efforts to strengthen the local community. Relational by nature, Annie next put her skills to use in Senator Barbara Boxer’s Constituent Services Office and on U.S. Representative Eric Swalwell’s 2012 campaign for Congress. Annie earned her B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley, with a major in Political Science and a focus on the intersection of race and politics. Annie is an NPR enthusiast, a fierce card game competitor, and a lover of bagel shops and bookstores.
Senior Project Manager
Alison Channon is a communications strategist with deep experience working with non-profits and advocacy organizations. She combines the skills of a digital strategist, PR professional, writer and advocate to build communications plans that make an impact for her clients. Her experience ranges from international maternal health campaigns to local initiatives in the Bayview Hunters Point neighborhood of San Francisco. Originally from Chicago, Alison comes to San Francisco after five years working in advocacy in Washington, DC. Alison holds a degree in history and women and gender studies from Brandeis University.
Senior Project Manager
Zoe’s interest in marketing and community outreach began with a neighborhood beautification project in high school. Since then, she has developed the organizing skills to support communities as they access public programs and services as well as the communication skills to make the technical accessible. Zoe’s master thesis on tax sales communicated to housing advocates the opportunity to use the tax code to build below market rate housing. Her ability to develop compelling stories extends to work in the political and legislative spheres. As a policy analyst with Consumers Union, and as an organizing fellow with a campaign consulting firm, Zoe worked to develop stories and move public opinion. Zoe holds a B.A. in history from Carleton College and a Masters of Public Policy from Mills College, where she also served at the President of ICMA (International City/Country Management Association). Before returning to San Francisco, Zoe biked cross-country, twice.
Anouk Versavel is a global citizen – having lived in Germany, France, Belgium, South Africa and across the United States, she brings a global awareness to her local work. She has extensive experience working at women’s health and security non-profits, including managing the Global Feminisms Project (GFP), and looks forward to continuing to support public sector work as a member of the Civic Edge team. Anouk is a graduate of the University of Michigan, receiving her B.A. in Women’s Studies, Sociology, and Community Action Social Change (CASC). In her free time, you can catch her upside down in yoga class, planning her next trip, and exploring her new home in San Francisco.
Ela Banerjee brings a strong commitment to forging meaningful connections with community members to Civic Edge Consulting. She previously worked for the national oral history project StoryCorps, where she facilitated recordings of diverse personal and community stories from across the entire San Francisco Bay Area to be archived in the Library of Congress. Ela received her B.A. from UC Berkeley, where she studied cognitive science, education, and creative writing. Her nuanced sense of empathy and background in community partnerships helps her lead Civic Edge’s diverse, multilingual team of Outreach Ambassadors. In her free time, Ela loves filmmaking, writing, and finding the best breakfast foods in the East Bay.
With a background rooted in marketing communications as a writer and editor with the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, Kate returned to her native Bay Area and continued to refine her strategic messaging skills as marketing communications manager for Oakland Ballet Company. She added to her research and first-hand knowledge of the role of media in as a local newspaper reporter and investigative journalist. Kate graduated from the University of Chicago with a B.A. in history and continues to pursue a passion for food, wine and travel as a certified sommelier.
Senior Account Manager
Cheryl Reiss has over two decades of expertise in stakeholder outreach, media relations, messaging, branding, strategic communications and content development. Before Civic Edge Consulting, Cheryl worked for organizations ranging from governmental agencies and tech companies to non-profits and elected officials at the local, state and national levels. This background, coupled with her law degree, helps clients translate complex subject matter into clear, simple messaging that resonates with a variety of audiences. Cheryl received her B.A. from the University of Florida and her law degree from the University of San Francisco. She loves to travel and spend time with friends and family eating great food and talking late into the night.