Aubrey Farkas is the Director of Civic Engagement at the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, where she oversees government affairs, and the development and recruitment of emerging civic leaders.
Previously, Aubrey served as Legislative Affairs and Communications Director for Assemblymember Matt Dababneh, where she was responsible for promoting the member’s legislative priorities, as well as helping set the member’s legislative agenda by proposing bill topics and securing legislative sponsorships. She also worked for Valley Presbyterian Hospital as Community Development Manager, overseeing community, business and government outreach efforts.
Aubrey worked for Congressman Brad Sherman (D-CA) for seven years, and during that time, served in several different capacities. She worked as Congressman Sherman’s Deputy Campaign Manager during the 2012 re-election campaign and was responsible for formulating and implementing the campaign’s digital communication and media strategies, obtaining political endorsements and special projects. She also served as the congressman's Policy Deputy and Field Representative, where she was responsible for communicating the congressman's positions by interacting daily with various constituencies.
While living in Washington DC, Aubrey worked for Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), a non-profit watchdog organization dedicated to exposing corruption in federal politics. As President George W. Bush left office, she was part of the team who wrote a published report on the revolving door politics of the Bush White House.
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 large campaigns Aubrey worked on include Hillary Clinton's 2006 Senate and 2008 Presidential campaigns, Barbara Boxer's 2010 Senate race, and Phil Angelides for Governor in 2006. Aubrey earned a Masters of Public Policy (MPP) from the USC’s Price School of Public Policy and B.A from UC 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.