Our Mission

To empower youth to be active and valued participants in decision making processes at all levels.

Our Team


James Muldavin

Founder/Executive Director

Jim is the Executive Director of the California Center for Civic Participation. Prior to founding the organization in 1980, Muldavin mowed lawns, scooped ice cream, moved furniture, sorted mail, washed dishes, cleaned buildings, poured beer, drove trucks, worked on the docks, and waited tables. After college at UCSB and working for a political awareness project for Boston area teens founded by his Aunt Albie, he returned to California to establish Capitol Focus, the flagship program of the California Center. He is amazed at the longevity of the organization and grateful for the thousands of youth and adults whose curious spirits, generous hearts and thoughtful minds have made his work so rewarding. After a good day at the office, Muldavin's perfect day includes a ride on his bicycle, a short nap, and a big plate of Mexican food (made with fresh local ingredients of course) enjoyed with his family and friends, old and new. Email Jim at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Belen Flores

Associate Director/Program Director

Belen Flores was born and raised in north Sacramento, CA where she enjoyed playing soccer and engaging in outdoor recreation.  After graduating from high school in 2001, she was recruited to the Sierra College women’s soccer team.  After two semesters of classes she decided to move out of her parent’s house and venture out into the world on her own.  In 2007 she moved to San Diego for a fresh start and a change of scenery, but a year and a half later decided to return home after realizing the value of a college education.  She wanted to finish her bachelor’s degree.  While majoring in Mass Communication, she simultaneously gained a passion for politics during the historical 2008 presidential election of Barack Obama.  Interning for places like the district office of Pro Tem Senator Steinberg and the Center for Civic Participation she established her interest in civic engagement and policy making.  She completed her degree in 2010 and is looking forward to everything the post-graduate world has to offer.  Email Belen at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).