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2016-17 WPI-State Fellows
More effective than a single lobby group, our Women’s Policy Institute (WPI) amplifies the voices of women and trans folks throughout the state, training them to be policy advocates and champions for gender justice. WPI includes two year-long programs in which community-based leaders of diverse backgrounds and experiences are paired with mentors and work in teams to advocate for and implement important policy projects at the state and at the county levels. To date, we’ve trained nearly 400 advocates, and these brilliant leaders have moved significant policy including helping to pass over 28 statewide laws that have improved the health, safety and economic wellbeing of millions of families and communities in California. Learn about the impact of this program.
We are grateful for our partnerships with foundations and our giving circles, which provide key funding for select WPI teams. This year we partnered with the following funders to support our Women’s Policy Institute: Fund for Nonviolence, California Wellness Foundation, Southwest Airlines, Marineau Family Foundation, Blue Shield of California Foundation, YWCA of the Mid-Peninsula Donor Advised Fund, Union Bank, Economic Development & Justice Giving Circle of the Women's Foundation of California, Peggy and Jack Baskin Foundation, Race, Gender and Human Rights Fund of the Women's Foundation of California, The California Endowment, Annenberg Foundation, Southern California Edison, Ralph M. Parsons Foundation, Levi Strauss Foundation, WHH Foundation, and one anonymous funder.
Below are the five teams from this year’s WPI-State class.
Child Care Team
Clarissa Doutherd, Parent Voices Oakland
Stephanie Flores, California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls
Jennifer Greppi, California Child Care Resources and Referral Network – Parent Voices California
Begoña Guereca, California Child Care Resources and Referral Network
Ericka Omena Erickson, Marin County Child Care Commission
Criminal Justice Team
Sasha Buchert, Transgender Law Center
KellyLou Densmore, Transgender, Gender Variant & Intersex Justice Project
Coral Feigin, Western Regional Advocacy Project
Janetta Johnson, Transgender, Gender Variant & Intersex Justice Project
Aria Sa’id, St. James Infirmary
Environmental Justice Team
Raquel Mason, Physicians for Social Responsibility – Los Angeles
Abigail Ramirez, Leadership Counsel for Justice and Accountability
Laiseng Saechao, Asian Pacific Environmental Network
Trauma Justice Team
Sara Behmerwohld, Human Options, Inc.
Jessica Huerta, Coalition for Human Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles
Cindy Marroquin, Rape Trauma Services
Hemali Shah, South Asian Helpline and Referral Agency
Angela Turner, Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice
Reproductive Justice Team
Sarah Hutchinson, ACT for Women and Girls
Amanda Le, ACLU of San Diego and Imperial Counties
Sara Spriggs, ACCESS Women’s Health Justice