Meet The Team
Golden State is committed to employee development and success. We encourage learning, creativity, and risk taking by our staff and consultants.
Previously, Nick served as the Vice-Chair of the City of Santa Rosa, CA Planning Commission, Vice-Chair of the California Democratic Party Environmental Caucus and was a member of the California Community College Trustees Board of Directors.
Eliza Hodgson is a public policy professional with experience in strategy, policy development and issue advocacy. Before joining GSGR, Eliza spent five years doing both communications and legislative work, providing strategic policy advice to federal decision makers. She served as a Senior Adviser to a Shadow Cabinet Minister in the Australian Parliament, where she led the development of a range of social policy reforms to advance Indigenous and elder rights. Prior to this, she worked in land rights, legal and health policy. A passionate problem solver, Eliza has worked with federal, state and local governments as well as industry and community groups.
After a successful career in Australia, she now calls California home. Eliza holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts in Politics and History from the University of Newcastle.
Alyssa Grimes, Business Manager
Alyssa graduated from the Santa Rosa Junior College with two Associates degrees, one in Business Administration and the other in Social and Behavioral Sciences. Her previous work experience includes upward development at Safeway, where she became the Assistant Store Manager, followed by work experience at a Title company, where she facilitated escrow transactions and internal administration.
With Golden State, Alyssa oversees AR and AP, provides HR support, and manages daily administrative operations. She is excited to grow alongside the rest of the Golden State team, and provide back-end support.
Dr. Jennifer Price, D.C., State Compliance Specialist
Lauren graduated from Sonoma State University with an English degree and minors in Philosophy and Psychology. Since then, her experiences have taken her across Sonoma County. She is currently on the Executive Board for the Santa Rosa Metro Chamber's Young Professionals Network, where she serves on the Communications Committee, creating content and producing media for members and the community, and a member of the North Bay Vistage Emerging Leaders program. Lauren is also an acting stand-in cohost for the radio segment CannaBiz on the Drive with Steve Jaxon, airing on KSRO.
With GSGR, Lauren works alongside an incredible cast of dedicated workers and innovative thinkers. Her position as the Marketing and Event Associate bridges the gap between business and consumer, creating content that is inventive, educational, and accessible.
As the Administrative Assistant at Golden State Government Relations, Savannah oversees the daily operations and tasks necessary to maintain a well-organized and functional office space. She is just beginning her professional career and is excited to develop with a company that has such strong values and varied experiences that contribute to an amazing work environment.