Chief Executive Officer
Nancy Drabble came to CAOC in 1986 after a stint with Ralph Nader’s consumer rights organization, “Nader’s Raiders.” At CAOC, she was a behind-the-scenes player in the “napkin deal” crafted at Frank Fat’s restaurant in 1988, helped defeat the “Terrible 200s” initiatives in 1996 and has played an instrumental role in budget negotiations to protect the courts. A native of Los Angeles, Drabble received her law degree from UC Berkeley.
Nancy, originally from Soledad, California, attended Santa Clara University where she received a Bachelor of Arts, followed by a Juris Doctorate at the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. She has lobbied for the Consumer Attorneys for over twenty years, specializing in consumer legal rights. She is also a Past-President of Women Lawyers of Sacramento and a current board member of the Consumer Federation of California where she received its 2010 Consumer Champion Award.
Lea-Ann guides CAOC’s political operations, including research and support of candidates and statewide causes favoring consumer legal rights. She helped defeat three initiatives and kept five anti-consumer measures off the ballot. As a legislative advocate, she specializes in environmental and insurance law, civil procedure and health care, including landmark legislation holding HMOs accountable for injuries to patients. She has a law degree from McGeorge School of Law.
Chief Operating Officer
Laurie Klimchock oversees CAOC's organizational operations, including Membership, President's Club, Business Partnerships, Education, Finance and organizational growth strategies. Laurie spent 15 years in strategic business and marketing positions with the California Medical Assn., real estate developments, the PGA Tour and Hilton Resorts. She currently serves on the executive committee of the National Trial Lawyers Executives (NATLE). Laurie is a graduate of Northern Arizona University.
Lori came to CAOC in 1987 and has worked in nearly every department over her quarter century with the organization. She now directs our continuing legal education efforts, special events and sponsorships. She also serves as a liaison for local chapter formation, events and education. Before coming to CAOC she worked in Assemblyman Phillip Isenberg’s district and Capitol offices. Lori graduated from Cal State Sacramento with a bachelor’s degree in government.
Eric Bailey spent 26 years as a reporter for the Los Angeles Times. He has written extensively about the environment, drug policy and state government. In 2000, he covered the presidential campaign and Florida recount. He was a member of the Times’ Capitol bureau in Sacramento before joining CAOC as communications director in January 2010. He is a graduate of UC Berkeley and has a master’s in journalism from USC.
Forum Managing Editor
Sharon Scott is among CAOC’s most veteran staffers, arriving in 1980 after graduating summa cum laude with a degree in public administration and government from Evangel College. At CAOC she serves as managing editor of the organization’s bimonthly Forum magazine as well as administrator of CAOC’s popular list servers and it’s web page.
J.G. Preston joined CAOC as press secretary in 2009 after a quarter-century career as a radio and television reporter in Sacramento and Minnesota, including more than 20 years as a contributor to and co-host of a weekly newsmagazine program on Twin Cities Public Television. He also worked in radio as a morning show host and sports play-by-play broadcaster. He attended Carleton College in Northfield, Minn.
Darlene Golladay is CAOC Development Manager, handling the organization’s President’s Club and numerous membership and fundraising initiatives. She has been with Consumer Attorneys of California for more than 10 years, including a prior stint as membership director. Darlene is a longstanding member of CalSAE/California Society of Association Executives. Born and raised in Sacramento, Darlene attended California State University, Sacramento.
Paul Woods joined CAOC in 2012 as Grassroots Manager. A San Francisco native, Paul grew up in the Bay Area and Sacramento before joining the U.S. Navy in 1996. After serving on active duty, Paul earned a bachelors in political science at the University of San Diego. After several years in sales, Paul’s love of politics and service led him to work for a consulting firm and most recently as a district rep and campaign manager for Assemblyman Richard Pan.
Jacqueline Serna joined CAOC in 2011. As Legislative Counsel for CAOC, Jacquie has worked to enact key consumer protections for elder abuse victims, make hospitals safer by spearheading key patient safety measures and most recently, enacting legislation to ensure fair and just compensation for injured undocumented immigrants. Jacquie specializes in employment and consumer protections and has spent the past 5 years fighting the harmful effects of forced arbitration. Born and raised in Boyle Heights, Jacquie is a proud "Double Bruin," receiving her bachelor's degree (B.A. cum laude) and her law degree from UCLA School of Law.
Associate Staff Counsel
Saveena Takhar joined CAOC in 2013. She has a dual Masters of Business Administration degree from CSU, Sacramento and Juris Doctorate degree from McGeorge School of Law. She is also a volunteer advocate for the Sikh Coalition. She was selected for the Sikh Coalition’s 2013 Advocacy Academy in Washington, DC where she participated in a Sikh civil rights policy briefing at the White House.
Deputy PAC Manager
Samantha Helton serves as CAOC’s deputy PAC manager, responsible for coordinating CAOC’s political fundraising efforts. She earned a degree in history and government from CSU, Sacramento. Samantha serves as the California Democratic Party Progressive Caucus Communications and Media Officer, past president of Sacramento County Young Democrats and co-chair of the CYD Progressive Caucus. She is on the Sacramento Animal Care Services Board and volunteers as a board game tester for a major gaming company.