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California State AssemblyCandidate for District 54

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Tepring Michelle Piquado

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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Improving public education and implementing programs that address barriers and setup our students for success.
  • Keeping our communities safe, reducing crime and protecting our neighborhoods.
  • Ensuring a strong economic future so that everyone has equal opportunity to get a good job, provide for their children and build economic security for their families.



Profession:Scientist, Educator
Policy Scientist, RAND Corporation (2014–current)


Brandeis University PhD, Neuroscience (2010)
Brandeis University Master of Science, Neuroscience (2007)
Georgetown University, Washington DC Bachelor of Science, Computer Science (2001)

Community Activities

Diversity Co-Chair, RAND Corporation (2016–current)
Council Member, University of California Irvine, Dean's Leadership Advisory Council (2016–current)
Committee Member, Black History Month planning committee (2016–current)
President, Georgetown University's Los Angeles Alumni Association (2016–current)
Board Member, SACNAS (Advancing Hispanics/Chicanos & Native Americans in Science) (2009–2015)


As a neuroscientist and professor, Dr. Piquado has improved the health and wellbeing of people from children to older adults. Her work includes national efforts to help first responders and veterans suffering from traumatic brain injuries and mental health conditions. Tepring also researched the neurobiology and psychology of speech comprehension, and how it is affected by changes in hearing ability as we age. Her research has been awarded grants collectively exceeding $1 million from the U.S. Department of Defense, the American Heart Association, and the U.S. Army. In 2013, Tepring was recognized as a “Distinguished Fellow” by the California State Senate for her work as a Science and Technology Policy Fellow to expand access to services in low-income communities and combat climate change through HOV legislation.

The daughter of a teacher and granddaughter of Air Force service men, Tepring grew up in Sacramento, California. She was a middle and high school math and science teacher serving communities in Sacramento and Los Angeles.

Tepring and her husband, Sgt. John Magallanes of the Long Beach Police Department, have made Rancho Park their home. Tepring and John enjoy the local restaurant scene and socializing with friends.

Who gave money to this candidate?


Total money raised: $172,970

Top contributors that gave money to support the candidate, by organization:

Tepring Michelle Piquado
Employees of RAND Corporation
Associated General Contractors of America
California Restaurant Association
California Trucking Association
Californians for Jobs and a Strong Economy
Dart Container
Employees of FauzyLogic
Gray for Assembly 2018
Jim Cooper for Assembly 2018
Jim Frazier for Assembly 2018
Tim Grayson for Assembly 2018
Tom Daly for Assembly 2018
Employees of Underground Facilities Safe Excavation Board

More information about contributions

By State:

California 78.17%
Illinois 4.44%
Tennessee 3.70%
Michigan 3.50%
Other 10.19%

By Size:

Large contributions (97.59%)
Small contributions (2.41%)

By Type:

From organizations (65.96%)
From individuals (34.04%)
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the California Secretary of State.

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

While California grows and more companies are moving here, too many families in my community are struggling to find good jobs and provide for their children. I will be a voice for our families in Sacramento and work to keep our neighborhoods safe, strengthen our schools and give every child a chance to succeed. That’s why I have earned the endorsement of Assemblymember Adam Gray and Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin.

 As a Neuroscientist, I was funded by the American Heart Association and the U.S. Army to help students and service members find good jobs. I helped the Department of Defense treat first responders and veterans suffering from traumatic brain injuries. I am proud of my work as a Science Fellow at the California State Senate to expand access to healthcare services and combat climate change through HOV laws.

I will always push for better ideas and fact-based policies over wasting taxpayer money on outdated systems.

Before I was a Scientist, I was a middle and high school Math and Science Teacher. Too many parents in Los Angeles are dealing with underperforming schools. We need to offer families better choices.

I will stand up to the special interests and fight for more affordable housing.

My husband serves in the Long Beach Police Department. I know we can do more to keep our neighborhoods safe, reduce theft, break-ins and other crimes.

I will focus on solving problems and be a VOICE for working families. 

Dr.  Tepring Michelle Piquado

(657) 229-2874

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— March 21, 2018 March for Science LA

I marched to celebrate scientists, scientific achievement and scientific progress. I continue to strive for evidence based policy decisions that work for our diverse communities locally and globally.

#EvidenceMatters #DiversityMatters #YouMatter

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