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CMTA Gears up for 2020: Adds new policy staff, elevates executive staff

 Jan. 6, 2020 Sacramento, CA -- Sacramento, CA – Today, the California Manufacturers & Technology Association (CMTA) announced the addition of Mayte Sanchez as Senior Policy Director. This comes a few weeks after the addition of Lawrence Gayden as Legislative Manager and the recent promotion of Nicole Rice to Senior Policy Director.

"CMTA's team is growing in the right direction, and I am so proud of our existing and new staff," said CMTA’s Lance Hastings. "The Making California legislative agenda and brand is positioned for success, and we are prepared to carry the powerful message of manufacturing to the California Legislature."

Mayte Sanchez comes to CMTA from the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) where she was their Senior State Affairs Liaison, managing their legislative portfolio. Prior to that, Sanchez was Senior Legislative Aide to Assemblymember Susan Eggman. Sanchez will lead CMTA’s energy advocacy, as well as some of the Association’s environmental initiatives. Sanchez is actively involved in the Young Professionals in Energy Sacramento Chapter, and California Women in Energy.

Nicole Rice, elevated to Senior Policy Director, has been with CMTA for eight years and leads the Association's labor and employment issues and will take on larger responsibilities in her new role.

Lawrence Gayden, CMTA's newest Legislative Manager, came to CMTA from the advocacy firm, Political Solutions, and he is fast becoming an important part of our organization. (Recent press release on Lawrence HERE)

Administratively, 36-year CMTA veteran Renee Cabrera was also promoted to office manager, and our intern Ashley Hong was promoted to Legislative Analyst and she will lead research efforts on various issues impacting manufacturers.

On the executive side, Gino DiCaro was elevated to Senior Vice President, and he will help lead the organization with his tremendous experience and contributions to CMTA over the years. After 24 years Gino has risen through the Association on the Communications and Services side. Gino’s focus will remain in Communications while overseeing the Association’s services but he will also help lead the organization and implement the organization's vision and strategy.

"CMTA’s 2020 team is in place," concluded Hastings. "These new additions and promotions within the incredible 12-person CMTA staff are going to ensure CMTA is a respected and trusted resource and partner in Sacramento. There is so much to do to improve the business climate for the next generation of California’s manufacturers, and I couldn’t be more excited to get to work."

You can meet and congratulate the entire staff at CMTA’s Legislative Open House on January 22 from 4 to 6 pm at CMTA’s headquarters at 1121 L Street. RSVP to Geri Royer at

(CMTA Govt. Relations team from left: Lawrence Gayden, Nicole Rice, Mayte Sanchez, Ashley Hong, Loretta Macktal)

Mayte Sanches at CMTA logo
CMTA's newest addition Mayte Sanchez - Senior Policy Director


The California Manufacturers & Technology Association, celebrating its Centennial Anniversary this year, has advocated for pro-growth laws and regulations before the California legislature and administrative agencies since 1918. Total output from manufacturing in California is $288 billion per year, 10 percent of the total economic output of the state. Manufacturers employ 1.3 million California workers paying wages more than $25,000 higher than other non-farm employers in the state. twitter: @cmta

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