Brad Branan has been a journalist for 27 years, most recently as the cannabis reporter at The Sacramento Bee. Branan is the son of an investigative reporter. He is also a backpacker, skier, whitewater rafter and a certified California naturalist (UC ‘16.) Before moving to Sacramento, Branan worked for newspapers in Fresno, Tucson and elsewhere.
Jennifer Fergesen is senior editor for Comstock’s magazine. She writes about food for publications around the world and has received awards for her reporting on the restaurants of the global Filipino diaspora. See her work at jcfrgsn.journoportfolio.com and globalcarinderia.com.
Julianna Boggs is a journalist, nuclear mechanic and amateur space historian living in Sacramento. She specializes in food, arts, culture and pop-science writing, and has been working on a single book about all these things for many years. Keep up with her at juliblogs.wordpress.com or on Twitter @Juliboggs.
Al Eby is a professional photographer and the owner of Blue Wing Gallery in Woodland. Growing up, Al’s love of photography was inspired by his father. As an adult, photography became a natural way for him to reflect on his adventures and share them with other people.
Kevin McCarthy is an independent consultant whose work focuses on challenges faced by leadership teams implementing strategic change. He is also an executive coach. Previously, Kevin worked as an associate with Change-Logic, a global firm that focuses on large organizations working to align ambidextrous strategic change efforts.
Port J. Parker formed Parker Law Group in January 2018. He has more than 23 years of experience in numerous areas of law. He specializes in complex business, civil, tort and probate litigation. He has extensive transactional experience and acts as General Counsel to a diverse group of businesses throughout California, Florida, Nevada and Arizona.
Vanessa Labi is assistant editor for Comstock’s and a writer who specializes in arts and culture. She earned her English degree from UCLA. She shares cultural commentary, essays and recommendations in her newsletter, The Vessel. See her work at Vanessa-Labi.com. On Instagram @Vanessa.Labi.
Courtney McKinney is a writer and communications manager in Sacramento. Her writing has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, Salon and the Huffington Post, among others. Courtney graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Yale University in 2011. Courtney once worked at A24 Films in New York — the company that released Lady Bird the same year she moved to Sacramento.
Lisa Montanaro is a productivity consultant, success coach, business strategist, speaker and author who helps people live successful and passionate lives, and enjoy productive and profitable businesses and careers. Lisa is the author of several books, including The Ultimate Life Organizer and DECIDE to be Organized.
Jennifer Montgomery has served as a Placer County Supervisor since 2008. Raised in Redwood City and Palo Alto, Montgomery earned her bachelor’s degree from Mills College and then studied horticulture at Sierra College.