Renee’s foray into public policy happened quite by chance. One minute she was working at an environmental law firm paying her way through college and the next minute she was working for then-Senator pro Tempore Bill Lockyer. A year later, she started working for then-State Senator Mike Thompson, who ran for Congress and won in 1998. And just like that, Renee moved to Washington, D.C. to work for Mike. While in D.C. she realized her true calling was not so much politics but more public health policy. So, she left the “Hill” and worked for the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance in D.C. She fell in love with the non-profit world, and when she moved back to her native California, she began working for the American Lung Association in California. After four years, she decided to give politics one last college try and began working as a Program Manager for Polka Consulting. Then life happened and she became a mom to a beautiful baby boy, Nathan and shortly thereafter, she became a full-time mom. Once her son, who was diagnosed with autism at the age of two, began school, she leaped at the opportunity to come back to the American Lung Association in California and has never looked back. When not working, you will find her spending time with her amazing son Nathan, preferably in a pool. Or on Facebook talking about her undying devotion and love to the Steelers.