Mindy Romero is founder and director of the California Civic Engagement Project (CCEP) at the UC Davis Center for Regional Change. She is a political sociologist whose research focuses on the intersection of political behavior and race/ethnicity. She has been invited to speak about civic engagement and political rights in numerous venues, and her research has been cited in major news outlets, including the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, Politico, and the Huffington Post. She joined the PPIC Statewide Survey Advisory Committee in 2016; she also serves as president of the board of Mutual Housing California and vice-chair of the Social Service Commission for the City of Davis. She holds a PhD in sociology from the University of California, Davis.