"I definitely have a very unique profile," Wicks said. "I have the experience and the relationships and the skills that I've developed over the course of time to be an effective legislator."
In the White House, Wicks worked to mobilize support for the Affordable Care Act before its passage. She then ran Hillary Clinton's 2016 campaign in California.
Wicks hopes that tireless face-to-face outreach within the 15th District can complement her enormous campaign war chest, most of which was raised from donors outside of the area.
Wicks is the only leading candidate who is not in public office, so the house parties also provide an invaluable opportunity to introduce herself to voters.
"I've never been on a ballot before, apart from when I was president of my eighth grade class," Wicks recalls with a laugh. "But as someone who comes to this as a community organizer, I'm doing what I know how to do."
The 10 Democrats running in this liberal district have precious few policy differences, so the positions Wicks has staked out apart from the field stand out.
She favors reforming, but not repealing, the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act, which limits local governments from enacting rent control. Wicks said the legislature should look at a rolling rent control policy, which would allow buildings to "age" into rent control after a certain number of years.
"My concern about a full repeal would be that it would halt any new building of homes," she said.
And Wicks has not joined other Democrats in the field in calling for a moratorium on new charters schools in the state.
"I think local districts should decide how many charters and what their charter makeup looks like for their district," she said.
But Wicks doesn't end each house party with a laundry list of campaign promises. Instead, she emphasizes her intellectual curiosity and "solutions-oriented" approach.
"The answers aren't easy, right?" Wicks said. "We need to figure out the right kind of policy, what's also realistic within our politics. How do we go about actually solving the problems we need to?"