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Becky Beland McNaught


Becky Beland McNaught is a seasoned strategist who works at the intersection of policy, politics, and communications. Becky served as California First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom’s chief of staff for the first three years of the Newsom Administration, establishing the First Partner’s policy agenda, creating and executing statewide initiatives to further the mission of gender equity and children’s wellbeing, and developing comprehensive communications strategies to position the First Partner as a thought leader and top surrogate for Governor Newsom.

Prior to this role, Becky served as the Democratic Counsel for the U.S. Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee and was the lead author of the Committee’s 2017 minority staff report “Tackling the Gender Gap: What Women Entrepreneurs Need to Thrive.” She was previously the Counsel to U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer, whom she advised on immigration, civil rights, law enforcement, and other policy issues. Becky was a longtime aide to Maria Shriver and served as the deputy managing editor of The Shriver Reports, a series of groundbreaking reports on the transformational role of women in American life.  Becky earned her B.A. from New York University and a J.D. from American University’s Washington College of Law.

Becky lives in Sacramento with her husband, John, and their son Sebastian.