Aubrey Farkas Harris
Government Affairs in Los Angeles, California
Aubrey Farkas is the Director of Civic Engagement at the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, where she oversees government affairs, and the development of emerging civic leaders. In her role, she was part of the team that successfully doubled the allocation of California’s homeland security grant, and in 2016 worked closely with the California legislature to pass the state’s anti-BDS legislation.
Previously, Aubrey served as Legislative Affairs and Communications Director for Assemblymember Matt Dababneh, where she was responsible for setting the member’s legislative agenda by proposing bill topics and securing legislative sponsorships, as well as promoting his legislative priorities. During the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, she worked for Valley Presbyterian Hospital as Community Development Manager, where she was responsible for overseeing government affairs and business community outreach in compliance with the law.
For nearly eight years, Aubrey worked for Congressman Brad Sherman (D-CA) in his congressional offices as well as on his 2012 re-election campaign. As the congressman’s Deputy Campaign Manager, Aubrey was responsible for formulating and implementing the campaign’s political outreach operation, directing digital communication and media strategies, fundraising, and overseeing special projects. She also served as a Policy Deputy and Field Representative in Congressman Sherman's district office, where she was responsible for communicating the congressman's positions by interacting daily with various constituencies.
Aubrey served as a Vice President on the board of Los Angeles County Young Democrats, California’s premier and largest young Democrat organization. A political junkie, other high-profile campaigns Aubrey worked on include Hillary Clinton's 2006 Senate and 2008 Presidential campaigns, Barbara Boxer's 2010 Senate re-election, and Phil Angelides for Governor in 2006. Aubrey earned a Masters of Public Policy (M.P.P.) from the USC Price School of Public Policy and B.A with university honors from University of California at Davis.
Aubrey's true passion is LA's food scene, and you will frequently find her in taquerias and cheese shops throughout the region. If a career in public affairs does not work out for her, she plans to move to a Parisian artist colony.