On May 8th, our Annual Legislative Reception returns to celebrate and honor the efforts of community leaders, legislators, and our Women’s Policy Institute (WPI) fellows and alumni who are committed to securing gender, racial, and economic justice in the state of California.
This year’s reception is dedicated to the memory of Nancy McFadden (1959-2018), Chief of Staff to Governor Jerry Brown, former Board Member of the Women’s Foundation of California, and a lifelong advocate for gender justice.
The Women’s Policy Institute (WPI), the Women’s Foundation of California’s flagship program, amplifies the voices of community-based leaders throughout the state, training them to be policy advocates and connecting them with decision-makers to influence policy. To date, WPI has trained more than 450 advocates and local leaders who have helped to pass 32 statewide laws and impact county and city policies, improving health, safety and well-being for all Californians. The Annual Legislative Reception is our opportunity to be in community with and celebrate the people that make this program a success.
This year we will honor the incredible efforts of U.S. Congresswoman Jackie Speier, Senate President pro Tempore Toni Atkins, the co-founders of the We Said Enough campaign, and Vice-President and Co-Founder of Alianza Nacional de Campesinas Mily Treviño-Sauceda. All of these individuals have demonstrated an unwavering dedication to ending gender-based violence and oppression and ensuring economic security for transgender and cisgender women, genderqueer and non-binary people, and transgender men, as well as their families and their communities.
“The California Endowment is a wheelchair accessible space and an ASL interpreter will be provided for this event. In order to assist our efforts to accommodate guests with severe allergies, environmental illness, multiple chemical sensitivity, or related disabilities, please refrain from wearing colognes, perfumes or other scented or chemical products to the event.”