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 she was recruited to the Sierra College women’s soccer team.   After a few years of classes she decided to move to San Diego for a fresh start and a change of scenery, but a year and a half later decided to return home to finish her college education.  While majoring in Mass Communication at CSUS, 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 California Center for Civic Participation, she established her interest in engaging low-income and diverse groups of youth to the political process so that they may take meaningful action in their communities.  Over the past six years at the CA Center Belen has helped mobilize hundreds of youth through her environmental program Green Focus and as Associate Director, intends to expand several civic education programs for youth across the state.  Email Belen at bflores@californiacenter.org