The California Fire Foundation has a committed staff team that establishes and executes the strategic plan, policies and initiatives of the California Fire Foundation.
Elena Ruiz is a fundraising, communications, and strategy expert with extensive political and nonprofit experience. Currently, Elena serves as the Director of the California Fire Foundation, a statewide non-profit dedicated to providing emotional and financial assistance to firefighters, their families, and the communities they protect. Formed by California Professional Firefighters, the largest statewide union representing over 30,000 frontline firefighters, the Foundation’s scope includes an array of survivor and victim assistance programs and community initiatives.
Previously, Elena was the Director of Engagement and Strategic Initiatives for the Greater Sacramento Economic Council, the leading economic development organization tasked with driving jobs and investment into the six-county capital region of California. At Greater Sacramento, Elena managed the organization’s public and investor engagement programs, industry and strategic councils, events, fundraising efforts, policy work, external relations, research and analytics, and strategic initiatives. Prior to Greater Sacramento, Elena spent years leading multi-million dollar fundraising operations for competitive congressional races across the country, including the most expensive House race in the US in 2014.
Elena is a proud University of Arizona Wildcat, where she studied Public Policy, Health Administration, and Philosophy. Elena is deeply invested in building vibrant communities and has worked with numerous nonprofit organizations as a board member and fundraising coach; she currently serves on the Board of the Sacramento Regional Family Justice Center and is a member of the Global Shapers Sacramento Hub, an initiative of the World Economic Forum.
Sara Rogers is currently a Program Manager for the California Fire Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization providing emotional and financial assistance to families of fallen firefighters, firefighters and the communities they protect. Formed in 1987 by California Professional Firefighters, the California Fire Foundation’s mandate includes an array of victim and survivor assistance projects and community initiatives.
Prior to joining the California Fire Foundation, Sara served as a Field Representative for State Senator Lois Wolk in California’s 3rd Senate District where she acted as a liaison to constituents through developing and maintaining relationships with community members, organizations, and businesses, as well as assisting constituents with issues related to state agencies. Sara also served as the Deputy Field Director for Dan Wolk’s State Assembly campaign, where she planned, organized and implemented field operations within California’s 4th Assembly District in addition to managing interns and volunteers to distribute the campaign message through direct voter contact.
Sara holds her bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of California, Davis in addition to minors in Comparative Literature and Art History. She began working at the California Fire Foundation in January 2017. Sara was raised in Mount Shasta, California and moved to the Sacramento region in 2012.
Brittany Trudeau is currently a Program Manager for the California Fire Foundation, where she works with the SAVE program, the Cal-LAST team, Firefighters on Your Side, and other Foundation projects. As a part of the Foundation team Brittany works to serve California’s firefighters in many different capacities, from disseminating fire safety information to prevent disasters to assisting fire departments in difficult times when they have lost one of their own.
Prior to joining the Foundation, Brittany served as an Association Manager for multiple statewide trade associations, such as the California Pool and Spa Association and the California Growers Association. These groups provided services and representation for individuals and businesses throughout California, ranging from single-operator small businesses to multinational corporations. In her role as Association Manager, Brittany provided comprehensive membership, communications, database, and administrative support in a variety of capacities. Her specialties included membership database implementation and management, long-form communications, and online presence management.
Brittany is a proud alumna of the University of California, Davis where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Classical Languages and Literature and specialized in Latin translation and literary analysis, with a focus on the societal views of women in Augustan Rome as expressed through epic poetry. Brittany was born and raised in the Bay Area of California before moving to the Sacramento region in 2007.