Papia is a Government Affairs Manager for Pacific Gas and Electric. Before working at PG&E, she served as the Public Affairs Director for the California Apartment Association Tri-County Division. In that role, she managed the political action committee budget in San Mateo, Santa Clara, and Santa Cruz Counties. Papia has also served in positions in the solid waste and recycling industry. Raised in San Jose, she graduated from Independence High School and San Jose State University. Papia is currently working toward her Master of Science degree in Mass Communications.
An active community volunteer, she serves or has served on numerous boards and commissions. Gambelin is a City of San Mateo Parks and Recreation Commissioner, Northern California Secretary of the California Democratic Party API Caucus, San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce Chamber Pac Trustee, EMERGE California Board of Directors Chair and Guadalupe River Park and Gardens Board Member (2005-2009). Additionally, Papia served as a SUNPAC Trustee (2008-2010), Vendome Neighborhood Association Board Member and Founder (1999-2008), Asian Americans for Community Involvement Board Member (2008-2010), Rotary of San Jose member (2006 – 2010), Junior League of San Jose 2002-2008, and County of Santa Clara Commission Florence Italy Sister County Commissioner 2000-2004.