We believe those closest to systemic problems are best equipped to develop and create the solutions we need. This grounding principle serves as the foundation of our training programs: the Solís Policy Institute, the Summer Leadership Institute, and the Funders Policy Institute.
Identify as BIPOC
Impacted by the Carceral System
Fellows in SPI State Class of 2023
In-Person Class since COVID
This year marked the 20th Anniversary of the Solís Policy Institute (formerly Women’s Policy Institute). Gathering together in the courtyard of the California Museum filled us with overwhelming pride to belong to such an amazing community. With nearly 300 attendees joining us, including 130 alums from across the state, and supported by the commitment of 17 sponsors, this event will fuel us forward in our work to advance racial, economic, and gender justice.
Bea Solís Power Fund:
This year, our Bea Solís Power Fund solidified our commitment to empowering transformation by disbursing small grants to support SPI Alums to continue with their policy advocacy work.
Signed into Law
When intersectional feminist policy becomes law, we’re all winners. And we won big last legislative cycle: 5 SPI State Bills made it to the Governor’s desk, with 4 signed into law.
Passed by the District
This year’s Solís Policy Institute Local class was the first all BIPOC class in the 20-year history of SPI, with 18% identifying as nonbinary or agender.
The Solís Policy Institute Local – Monterey team, our monolingual Spanish-speaking team, passed a resolution by the Alisal Union School District affirming support of early learning programs. Learn more about the successes of the past year.
27 Young Feminists
Summer Leadership Institute (SLI)
In 2022, we hosted the second SLI. Over 20 young feminists, ages 14 to 18, dreamed, reimagined, and co-created California’s intersectional feminist future in community. In 2023, we strengthened our recruiting, doubling the number of applicants to 70 from across the state.
Over 90 alums
Funders Policy Institute (FPI)
In 6 years and with over 90 alums, we’ve committed to leveling up funding for policy advocacy that advances racial, economic, and gender justice.