The Perfect Time + The Perfect Opportunity.
Now is the time to build our party in California and become a model for other states to follow. Sashi has the passion for outreach, the ability to work with diverse groups, and the track record of hitting the ground running and making an impact. Through focused registration efforts in targeted communities, we could tip the scales in our favor in the key growing demographics. We need to send the message that the party's leadership cares about growing the party.
- 2012 RNC delegate for CA Congressional District 2
- State Board Member, California Women's Leadership Association
- 2010 Candidate, Marin Municipal Water District
- Former Chairman, Marin County Republican Central Committee
- 2008 Republican Nominee for CA Senate District 3 (2 delegate appointments)
- 2008 McCain/Palin Surrogate
Rising Star. The Marin Independent Journal featured Sashi, the youngest and the only Republican, as one of "Seven Marin Politicians on the Rise" (2010). As a McCain/Palin surrogate, Sashi addressed the media and spoke to voter groups as a voice for the party. Sashi helped start Republican clubs in half the high schools in liberal Marin County and continues to be a resource to them.
First Generation American. A child of Sri Lankan immigrants, Sashi grew up steeped in the American Dream and its promise of opportunity and freedom for hardworking, ambitious people. Her father, a doctor, and her mother, a dentist, both changed careers and earned MBAs; her mother also graduated from law school when Sashi was a freshman in college. Sashi's family moved to California from New York when she was a baby.
Strong Communication Skills. At 17, Sashi was accepted at University of Missouri-Kansas City's School of Medicine. She later transferred to the English/Journalism department and was editor-in-chief of the university newspaper. After college, Sashi moved to the Bay Area to work first at IBM, and then at Siebel Systems. She started out on the technology side but soon discovered that her communication skills enabled her to bridge the gap between technology and marketing. At 25, she was the Vice President of Product Development at a high-tech start-up. It was at a networking event in the heyday of the dotcom boom that Sashi met her husband, Dave.
Small Business Owner. An entrepreneur at heart, Sashi moved on to start her own business, Keystone Business Development, which creates marketing partnerships between smaller start-up companies with a new product and larger companies with an existing customer base. She has worked with companies such as Wells Fargo, Build.com, AAA, Diageo, and the Champ Car World Series.
Bringing People Together for Positive Results. Sashi used her leadership skills to host highly successful business networking events every month over a ten-year period, working with the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce and other business groups. She enjoyed the art of making good business connections, seeing the impact that it had, and the positive results that people got from the events. She honed her public speaking and facilitation skills by organizing executive board retreats and speaking before large groups. She was named Honorary Chairman of the Business Arts Council Awards Dinner, a 650-person event and twice chaired the San Francisco Chamber Ambassadors Club. Community Activism. Sashi always looks for ways to multiply the impact of her involvement. Her already impressive organizational experience led her to join the board of the Oberlin Dance Collective (ODC). The youngest of the group's 29-member board that included executives from Citibank and Wells Fargo, Sashi was asked to chair the committee for their annual fundraiser at the Coppola winery in Napa. Under her leadership, the net income from the event doubled. Sashi has also served on the Bank of San Francisco Advisory Board and was president of the Shelter Ridge Homeowners Association Board of Directors (a 184-unit common interest development).
Sashi lives in Marin County with her husband Dave, a former racecar driver and current NASCAR consultant, and their 2 daughters, Ava and Sabrina.
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Today I am excited to announce that I am running for Vice Chair of the California Republican Party. I humbly ask for your support.— Sashi McEntee (@Sashi) December 9, 2012