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 

Woods Ervin, 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

Amy Aguilera, People Organizing to Demand Environmental and Economic Rights  

Raquel Mason, Physicians for Social Responsibility – Los Angeles  

Abigail Ramirez, Leadership Counsel for Justice and Accountability  

Laiseng Saechao, Asian Pacific Environmental Network  

Madeline Stano, The Greenlining Institute


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

Cristina Flores

Sarah Hutchinson, ACT for Women and Girls

Amanda Le, ACLU of San Diego and Imperial Counties

Sara Spriggs, ACCESS Women’s Health Justice

Diane Tober, University of California, San Francisco Institute for Health and Aging