California Adult Education Legislative and Budget Cycle
Participants can expect to develop a deeper understanding of how CAEAA works to define legislative priorities and how the organization advances those priorities using the 2020/21 legislative priorities as a lens.
Steve Curiel, CAEAA Vice President, Legislative Action
Steve Curiel is principal of Huntington Beach Adult School and the Vice-Chair for the Coast Adult Education Consortium. For over 20 years he has worked in and advocated for Adult Education. Steve has served at various levels of CCAE leadership and is currently the state Past-President. He has also served on various state and county level committees and is an annual presenter on the CalPro Leadership Institute in the areas of Adult School Budgeting, WIOA, and Adult Education Advocacy. In addition to his teaching and administrative credentials, Steve has a Masters in Business Administration, which he undertook in order to be a more effective adult school administrator.
Dawn Koepke, Legislative and Budget Advocate
Dawn Koepke was named a partner in 2012 after joining the McHugh team in December 2003. She has been a key asset to the firm, handling the legislative, regulatory and research needs of the firm’s clients and lobbies in the policy areas of public safety, health and human services, resources, environmental safety, chemical management, and adult education. Dawn serves as a co-chair of the Green Chemistry Alliance and a member of the Thursday Group, business-friendly sweat-equity coalitions whose efforts are focused on green chemistry and an array of environmental legislative and regulatory actions.
Prior to joining the McHugh team, Dawn served as a member of the Davis Administration. As Special Assistant to Governor Gray Davis she helped manage the Governor’s daily activities, assisted the Legislative Affairs team, coordinated and prepared responses regarding major policy and legislative action on behalf of the Administration in response to public inquiry.
Dawn graduated from San Francisco State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations. As a component of her degree in International Relations, Dawn studied abroad at the Universidad de Salamanca in Spain where she completed an intensive Spanish language and literature program.
In 2006, Dawn completed her Master’s Degree in Public Policy & Administration (MPPA) from California State University, Sacramento with special focus in regulatory affairs and collaborative studies. Dawn’s thesis work focused on regulation as a policy tool to achieve policy goals with specific focus on environmental regulatory efforts in California.