The Honorable Sebastian Ridley-Thomas (Ret.) serves as Director of the California Policy and Research Initiative (CALPRI). He leads the polling, focus group, and civic engagement efforts of one of California’s prominent polling organizations focused on African American civic interests.
Sebastian is a millennial dedicated to community building and empowerment. He is also Chief Strategist to the African American Voter Registration, Education, and Participation (AAVREP) Political Action Committee.
Prior to joining CALPRI, Sebastian served Southwest and West Los Angeles in the California State Assembly for three terms where he focused on economic empowerment and healthcare access. Sebastian graduated from Morehouse College in 2009, where he majored in sociology.