Announcing our 2013-14 Women's Policy Institute Fellows - Women's Foundation California

WPI fellowsWe’re thrilled to announce our 2013-14 class of the Women’s Policy Institute. This groundbreaking program brings  women’s expertise to the legislative process while increasing the number of policies that address the needs of women and families.  Women leaders who go through the program learn how to work with legislators on promising solutions to our state’s most pressing problems.

Over the past 10 years, the Women’s Policy Institute has transformed nearly 300 women into effective policy advocates and resulted in 20 legislative victories that strengthen California’s communities. In 2013, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law three bills that Women’s Policy Institute fellows worked on, including the California Domestic Worker Bill of Rights, which provides overtime pay to housekeepers, childcare providers, and caregivers. More than 90 percent of domestic workers in California are women.

This year is especially exciting because we’re launching three new teams: workforce development, safety net programs, and college and career access.

This year’s class of 25 community and nonprofit leaders are:

Maria-Elena Caprio, Shanti Project, San Francisco

Martha Cornejo, Centro La Familia Advocacy Services Inc., Fresno

Alysia Cox, Volunteer, LIFETIME, Alameda

Alison De Lucca, Southern California College Access Network, Los Angeles

Jenny Dominguez, River City Food Bank, Sacramento

Gemma Donofrio, California Association of Food Banks, Oakland

Lindsay Gervacio, Families in Good Health, Long Beach

Samantha Hodges, Sacramento Housing Alliance, Sacramento

Tanya Koshy, East Bay Community Law Center, Berkeley

Melodie Kruspodin, Peace Over Violence, Los Angeles

Nicole Marquez, Worksafe, Oakland

Ana Muniz, Youth Justice Coalition, Inglewood

La Tausha Nedd, LIFETIME, Oakland

Diane Ortiz, Hollister Youth Alliance, Hollister

Julia Parish, Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center, San Francisco

Vanessa Perez, Time for Change Foundation, San Bernardino

Catalina Ruiz-Healy, GradGuru, San Francisco

Ramla Sahid, SAY San Diego, San Diego

Deborah Peterson Small, Break the Chains, Oakland

Naomi Soto, RAP Foundation, Palm Desert

Krysti Specht, JCYC Education Programs, San Francisco

Mariya Taher, W.O.M.A.N. Inc., San Francisco

Christine Trowbridge, Step to College, San Francisco State University,

San Francisco

Nicole Vick, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, Los Angeles

Diana Zuñiga, Californians United for a Responsible Budget, Inglewood

Every year, fellows represent the diversity of California, working in communities across the state and ranging in age from mid 20s to over sixty. They bring strong leadership skills and deep issue knowledge about health care, domestic violence, reproductive justice, criminal justice, economic opportunity, education—all issues that have an impact on the well-being of women and their families.  Selected fellows will go through an intensive experiential yearlong training, getting the information, access, hands-on experience and mentorship they need to understand, create and change public policy. With guidance from policy experts, fellows will apply their new skills and knowledge to advancing a policy and legislative project of their choosing.

With support from Atlantic Philanthropies, the Women’s Policy Institute now has been replicated in five states: Wisconsin, Georgia, New Jersey, Illinois and Rhode Island. 

This work is powered by you.

The feminist future we are building together in California is going to be built by all of us sharing our time, our money, and our skills.  Please consider contributing today.

Together We Are Unstoppable.

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