Prior to joining Harbage Consulting, Maria was an account assistant with Ziegler Associates, an independent public affairs firm in Sacramento, providing communications and public affairs support to nonprofit organizations, government entities, state and national associations, and businesses. At Ziegler Associates, Maria worked with clients to develop and implement public affairs plans that included identifying key audiences, creating collateral materials, and targeting media outreach.
She previously worked at the University of California–Davis Campus Unions Event Services Department where she helped organize, plan, and manage more than 7,000 annual events held throughout the UC Davis campus. She also served as the lead assistant to the administrative services director for UC Davis’ Picnic Day – the largest student-run event in the nation. Maria is a graduate of the University of California–Davis with B.A. degrees in English and Psychology. She balances her free time between taste testing happy hours throughout Sacramento, training for her next race, and reading her way through James Joyce’s Ulysses.
Prior to coming to the United States, Gurjot taught economics and business environment at Punjab University in Jalandhar, India. He has experience in hospital management and administration and holds a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy and a master’s degree in finance and management from Panjab University in Chandigarh, India.
Gurjot has a keen interest in economic development and is an advocate for societal holistic development that is sustainable, attainable, and available for every social class, especially the underserved. He enjoys spending time with his family and German shepherd, reading, and watching historical movies and documentaries.
Prior to joining us as executive assistant, she spent 14 years serving in key administrative and accounting roles at the National Health Policy Forum at George Washington University. She is a seasoned event planning professional, having organized and managed over 300 meetings and site visits, specifically for congressional and executive branch staff on Capitol Hill.
Marcia is currently pursuing completion of her accounting degree. She is always looking for the next DIY project and is presently repainting her home, one room at a time. She enjoys driving the open road and takes frequent trips on the weekends, when time permits, to visit with her son, who’s working on his dream of becoming a pilot.
Jie graduated from the University of San Francisco with a B.S. in accounting and finance. He has a passion for photography and enjoys traveling and taking landscape photographs. Jie spent a year as a professional photographer for corporate events and private parties.
Prior to joining Harbage Consulting, Jie practiced the trade of a chocolatier – creating gourmet chocolate tailored for the California wine industry. He also donates his chocolate treats to homeless shelters in Sacramento, such as Loaves and Fishes. Jie is an advocate for human rights and equality. When not in the office, he enjoys spending time in the Sierra Nevadas backpacking, hiking, and doing various adrenaline-infused activities. He also enjoys spending time with his two Shiba Inu.
Romulo volunteers for the Sacramento Food Bank every Thanksgiving and volunteers for My Sister’s House, a non-profit organization that raises awareness of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking. He is an ambassador for the National Alopecia Areata Foundation and meets with the group every month at the University of California–Davis Medical Center in Sacramento.
During his free time, Romulo attends many Golden State Warriors, San Francisco Giants, and San Francisco 49ers games. You can also catch him at the American River Bike Trail every triathlon season and on the slopes of Lake Tahoe every snowboarding season.