Keturah Kennedy, Campaign Manager, moved to Costa Mesa from her native Missouri to attend Vanguard University. While earning her degree in Cultural Anthropology, she decided she’d found her true home in Orange County. Keturah is a graduate of the Arrow Leadership Program. Prior to joining Team Kotick, Keturah was the Executive Director for Costa Mesa-based Mika Community Development Corporation. Keturah is a committed champion for immigration reform, has served on several non-profit boards and is a former mobilizer for the Evangelical Immigration Table. Although free time is scant on the campaign trail, Keturah relishes opportunities to run Back Bay and travel the world whenever she can.
Natalie Adams, Deputy Campaign Manager, is an Orange County native, raised in San Clemente, who attended public schools for all of her education. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Arizona in Family Studies and Human Development. After graduating, Natalie worked in the nonprofit sector at the Boys and Girls Club of Laguna Beach. She also spent time working in the technology startup world in San Francisco before moving to London to pursue a Masters degree in NGO and Development Management from the University of East London, which she was awarded in 2017.
In the wake of the 2016 election, Natalie felt compelled to return to the United States and work in politics. She feels now, more than ever, we need to work tirelessly to elect honest, compassionate and forward-thinking individuals to public office. Natalie is dedicated to improving healthcare policy in the United States and advocating for those with pre-existing conditions. In her free time you can find her at the beach or riding horses in San Juan Capistrano.
Leona Laurie, Director of Public Relations, is a Costa Mesa native and graduate of Estancia High School. After three years at Orange Coast College, Leona left Orange County to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in English from Principia College in Illinois. She followed with a Master’s Degree in Communication and Society from the Journalism School at the University of Oregon. She’s spent time in St. Louis, the Bay Area and Los Angeles, working in public relations and digital marketing. No matter how far she travels, or for how long, she inevitably begins longing for the waves at 32nd Street in Newport Beach and the trifecta of taco havens on 19th Street in Costa Mesa: El Toro Bravo, Taco Mesa and Wahoo’s. Then she comes home.
Leona is a devoted patron of the arts, seeing everything she can at South Coast Repertory, Segerstrom Center for the Arts and the Chance Theater. Her love of the performing arts was fostered at EHS by legendary drama teacher Barbara Van Holt, and it has informed her commitment to championing diversity in any way she can and working towards equality for everyone. She donates regularly to LA Kitchen, ProPublica and Wikimedia.
Emily Small, Field Director, is a native of Sacramento, California, and has been living in Orange County since 2009. Emily is currently pursuing a double Master’s from the University of Southern California, where she has already earned a Master of Social Work (MSW), and is working toward her Master of Public Administration (MPA) with an emphasis in public policy.
While working as a clinician at a local community mental health clinic, Emily began to notice firsthand how the rising cost of living, income inequality and wage stagnation adversely impact an array of individuals from diverse backgrounds and experiences. This was formative in helping Emily understand how critical it is to have leaders in place to implement, and advocate for, sustainable economic policy that works for all Americans.
When Emily is not working or studying, you can find her hiking around Crystal Cove State Park, dining at Bear Flag in Newport Beach or reading a book and sipping a delicious almond milk cappuccino from Portola in Costa Mesa.