Women’s Policy Institute (WPI)

Social change: Not for the faint of heart. The perfect job for a community leader.

WPI Alumni

The Women’s Policy Institute invests in community leaders, not policy change.  But our fellows have managed to do it all—learn, influence public discourse and win.

Let’s take a quick trip down memory lane: In our second year, in 2004, our WPI-State fellows helped pass a bill, AB 1796 (Mark Leno) that allowed people with some felony convictions to qualify for food stamps if they complete or enroll in drug treatment programs. That was a huge economic justice victory for thousands of Californians. In 2012, our fellows helped pass the anti-shackling law of pregnant women in California’s prisons and jails. Two WPI-State teams worked on this bill in 2010 and 2011 and they helped pass it in 2012. It took three years and an incredible amount of work but they persevered, worked closely with each other and the women’s rights champion Speaker of the Assembly Toni Atkins—and they were successful.

In 2013, the Domestic Worker Bill of Rights, a law our WPI-State fellows worked on for years, passed giving domestic workers—the majority of whom are women—their long-denied right to overtime pay. That law improved the lives of over 90,000 working people in California.

And in 2015, we expanded our groundbreaking WPI-State program to the local level by introducing WPI-Local. Our network of powerful, resourceful and trailblazing alumni is now growing faster than ever.

Fellows who graduate from WPI programs become part of a statewide network of powerful women and trans people. Alumni continue to strengthen the network and their advocacy through alumni advocacy days, issue trainings, and regional convenings.  Together and with their communities, 76% of alumni are still engaged in policy advocacy post-WPI.

We’re honored to have had the opportunity to train and ignite nearly 450 strong, savvy, passionate leaders and give them an opportunity to change policies, laws and budgets that govern our political, social and economic lives.

 

2017-2018 WPI-State Class

  • Alexis Alvarez
  • Jasmine Amons
  • Kathryn Andrew
  • Vrindavani Avila
  • Danielle Beavers
  • Alison Chopel
  • Jodi Doane
  • Avni Desai
  • Holly Fleming
  • Marianna Garcia
  • Rocío González
  • Susan Hagos
  • Eunisses Hernandez
  • Amber-Rose Howard
  • Jessica Jollett
  • Dey Nava
  • Amber Akemi Piatt
  • Jazmin Posas
  • Felisa Preskill
  • Jeylee Quiroz
  • Romarilyn Ralston
  • Maya Ram
  • Suni Serena Ramirez
  • Clarissa Rivas
  • Terez Sanogo
  • 2017-2018 WPI-State Class Bios

2016-2017 WPI-State Class

  • Amy Aguilera
  • Sara Behmerwohld
  • Sasha Buchert
  • KellyLou Densmore
  • Clarissa Doutherd
  • Ericka Omena Erickson
  • Woods Ervin
  • Coral Feigin
  • Cristina Flores
  • Stephanie Flores
  • Jennifer Greppi
  • Begoña Guereca
  • Jessica Huerta
  • Sarah Hutchinson
  • Amanda Le
  • Janetta Johnson
  • Raquel Mason
  • Cindy Marroquin
  • Abigail Ramirez
  • Aria Sa’id
  • Laiseng Saechao
  • Hemali Shah
  • Madeline Stano
  • Sara Spriggs
  • Diane Tober
  • Angela Turner
  • 2016-2017 WPI-State Class Bios

2015-2016 WPI-State Class

  • Teniope (Teni) Adewumi
  • Nicole (Nikki) Brown-Booker
  • Elizabeth (Lizzie) Buchen
  • Wendy Calimag
  • Trisha Chakrabarti
  • Marienne Cuison
  • Stephanie Fajuri
  • Erin Garner-Ford
  • Evarosa (Eva) Holt-Rusmore
  • Claudia Huerta
  • Elizabeth (Lizzy) Laferriere
  • Rachael Langston
  • Sarah Leadem
  • Lolita Lledo
  • Shazia Manji
  • Guadalupe Garcia Montano
  • Penelope (Penny) Morris
  • Sydnie Reyes
  • Tracey Rick
  • Blanca Vasquez
  • Zoe Willmott
  • Lynn Wu
  • Azadeh Zohrabi
  • 2015-2016 WPI-State Class Bios

2015-2016 WPI-County Class

  • Amber Amaya
  • Sara Cooley Broschart
  • Kim Carter
  • Waunette Cullors
  • Monica Curca
  • Lupita De Anda
  • Veronica De Lara
  • Mayra Perez Diaz
  • Porscha Dillard
  • Jessica Farris
  • Aurora Garcia
  • Sarah Glenn-Leistikow
  • Sharon Green
  • Eunisses Hernandez
  • traci ishigo
  • Mihae Jung
  • Dora McKean
  • Lois Perkins
  • Sahar Pirzada
  • Daisy Ramirez
  • Vanessa Robinson
  • Yalda Satar
  • Christina Tsao
  • Renea Wickman
  • Diana Zuñiga
  • 2015-2016 WPI-County Class Bios

2014-2015 WPI-State Class

  • Miki Carpenter
  • Marsha Chien
  • Crystal Gurrero
  • Cynthia Guzman
  • Sequoia Hall
  • Marlene Hurd
  • Melodie Kruspodin
  • Irona Lofton
  • Graciela Larios
  • Lisa Marroquin
  • Stephanie Medley
  • Nancy Mejia
  • Nikki Newsome
  • Stephanie Nguyen
  • Maria Reyes
  • Marissa Seko
  • Ana Siria Urzua
  • Heather Warnken
  • Kim Williams

2014-2015 WPI-County Class

  • Angelica Alvarez
  • Jasmine Arenivar
  • Elizabeth Ayala
  • Kimberly Barazza
  • Alma Diarte
  • Demitria Espinoza
  • Ramona Feliz
  • Rosie Flores
  • Luz Gallegos
  • Erica Gonzales
  • Nancy Gonzalez- Valenzuela
  • Michele Hasson
  • Sahara Huazano
  • Jean Kayano
  • Penny Newman
  • Yosmin Nunez
  • Olivia Quijano-Guevara
  • Aurora Saldivar
  • Anayeli Zavala

2013-2014 WPI-State Class

  • Maria Caprio
  • Martha Cornejo
  • Alysia Cox
  • Alison De Lucca
  • Gemma Donofrio
  • Jenny Dominguez
  • Lindsay Gervacio
  • Samantha Hodges
  • Nicole Marquez
  • Ana Muniz
  • LaTausha Nedd
  • Diane Ortiz
  • Julia Parish
  • Vanessa Perez
  • Tanya Koshy
  • Melodie Kruspodin
  • Catalina Ruiz-Healy
  • Ramla Sahid
  • Naomi Soto
  • Krysti Specht
  • Mariya Taher
  • Christine Trowbridge
  • Nicole Vick
  • Diana Zuniga

2012-2013 WPI-State Class

  • Coreen Aguilar
  • Virginia Ballantyne
  • Cheauvon Brown
  • Carmen Burgos
  • Krystle Contreras
  • Mirna Flores
  • Jolene Forman
  • Sierra Harris
  • Emily Harris
  • Colsaria Henderson
  • Tamiko Johnson
  • Laura Kanter
  • Celina Keshishian
  • Nomsa Khalfani
  • Jennifer Kim
  • Mari Lopez
  • Jacquie Marroquin
  • Nayantara Mehta
  • Grace-Sonia Melanio
  • Alba Mercado
  • Adriana Moreno
  • Lisa Pedersen
  • Catherine Porter
  • Vonya Quarles
  • Suely Saro (Ngouy)
  • Phoebe Seaton
  • Laura Segura
  • Kaile Shilling
  • Amber Talburt
  • Jeanette Torres
  • Jocelyn Vargas
  • Cheryl Whittle
  • Debbie Wood
  • Alice Yang

2011-2012 WPI-State Class

  • Kimberly Aceves
  • D. Hafsah Al-Amin
  • Nina Alcaraz
  • Evette Brandon
  • Ingrid Brostrom
  • Megan Burgoyne
  • Alexandra Desautels
  • Jamie Dolkas
  • Nahid Ebrahimi
  • Monica Flores
  • Elizabeth Gonzalez
  • Paulina Gonzalez
  • Emily Harris
  • Laura Jimenez
  • Lucia Kimble
  • Kelly Lewis
  • Carolina Martinez
  • Cinthya Munoz
  • Lanita Morris
  • Kim McGill
  • Grace-Sonia Melanio
  • Laura Melgarejo
  • Angel Meraz
  • Darryl Molina
  • Constance Pierre
  • Catherine Porter
  • Elizabeth Romero
  • Stephanie Romero-Crockett
  • Arneta Rogers
  • Diana Ross
  • Socorro Santillan
  • Karina Serrano-Perez
  • Mari Rose Taruc
  • Melanie Tom
  • Irene Tynes
  • Shirley Wilson

2010-2011 WPI-State Class

  • Lisa Marie Alatorre
  • Anna Lee
  • Theresa Martinez
  • Mailee Wang
  • Miya Yoshitani
  • Christine Cordero
  • Katie Joaquin
  • Altagracia Torres
  • Nancy Zuniga
  • Anita Le
  • Stella Kim
  • Carmen Reyes
  • Judy Harper
  • Helen Campbell
  • Lisa Leon
  • Shonda Hutton
  • Roberta Battle
  • Alicia Harris
  • Tamaya Garcia
  • Beatriz Herrera
  • Claudia Reyes
  • Tamika Butler
  • Christi Baker
  • Anne Warren
  • Natalie Collins
  • Gwendy Donaker Brown
  • Daniela Ramirez

2009-2010 WPI-State Class

  • Alicia Walters
  • Ashley Boyd
  • Aditi Vaidya
  • Kim Gilhuly
  • Julia Tal Caplan
  • Terry Dodge
  • Marci Fukuroda
  • Juana Rosa Cavero
  • Jocelyn Vivar
  • Jessica Jew
  • Elvira Castillo
  • Saima Husain
  • Traci Townsend-Gieg
  • Aaliyah Muhammad
  • Leane Marchese
  • LeaJay Harper
  • Julia Goodman
  • Hannah Hill
  • Brooke Hollister
  • Lucia Gonzalez-Schlosser
  • Beatriz Garcia
  • Jenny Chung Mejia

2008-2009 WPI-State Class

  • Noor Dawood
  • Karuna Jaggar
  • Connie Galambos Malloy
  • Susie Smith
  • Victoria Tolbert
  • Kimberly Irish
  • Erin Cassard Schultz
  • Barbara Clifford
  • Daniela Simunovic
  • Phoebe Seaton
  • Pilar Mendoza
  • Monica Martinez
  • Cynthia Banks
  • Suguet Lopez
  • Farideh Hatami
  • Diana Ramos
  • Jessie Ryan
  • Lola Young
  • Shanell Williams
  • Hamdiya Cooks-Abdullah
  • Denise Coleman
  • Anna Wong
  • Corrin Buchanan
  • Sunaena Chhatry
  • Claudia Haas
  • Kristina Wertz
  • Karla Rodriguez
  • Tina Ling
  • Tina Cosentino
  • Nancy Wong
  • Anne Im

2007-2008 WPI-State Class

  • Sumayyah Waheed
  • Jill Shenker
  • Nancy Abdul-Shakur
  • Guadalupe Rodriguez
  • Marlene Sanchez
  • Laura Moser
  • MaiKa Yang
  • Marilyn Bamford
  • Caroline Farrell
  • Susan Castagnetto
  • Strela Cervas
  • Xiomara Corpeño
  • Veronica Olmos McDonnell
  • Preeti Kulkarni
  • Micheline Wilcoxen
  • Jody Leibman Green
  • Gabriela Valle
  • LaDawn Best
  • Michelle Freeman
  • May Lee
  • Fabiola Lao
  • Pat Washington
  • Anna Lindberg-Cedar
  • Andrea Cristina Mercado
  • Chela Vazquez
  • Baylee DeCastro
  • Libby Benedict
  • Mariah Messer
  • Diahnna Nuñez
  • Amanda Cassel Kraft

2006-2007 WPI-State Class

  • Beth Youhn
  • Njoke Thomas
  • Laura Hurst
  • Vanessa Huang
  • Emily Galpern
  • Dana Ginn Paredes
  • Lai-San Seto
  • Annie Marie King Meredith
  • Maria Lemus
  • Jenny Whyte
  • Inez Gonzalez
  • Isela Gracian
  • Elina Green
  • Esther Bush
  • Candice Kim
  • Manjusha Kulkarni
  • Bethany Leal
  • Lisa Fu
  • Susan Cruz
  • Alcira Dominquez
  • Sharmeen Premjee
  • Karen Farley
  • Margaret Libby
  • Anya Lakner
  • Stella Ng
  • Shirlee Zane
  • Lynsay Skiba

2005-2006 WPI-State Class

  • Cherri Allison
  • Sharon Fuller
  • Nicole Monastersky Maderas
  • Rita Wustner
  • Sylvia Richards-Swan
  • Mia Villanueva
  • Silvia Viramontes
  • Anai Ibarra-Lopez
  • Sara Haskie-Mendoza
  • Marie Auyong
  • Tahra Goraya
  • Karin Pally
  • Ann Hayman
  • Marisol Franco
  • Rocio Cordoba
  • Shaila Mistry
  • Barbara Ellis
  • Elaine Sierra
  • Emily Chen
  • Astrid Zometa
  • Emily Waterbury
  • Daphne Scott
  • Jennifer Rakowshi
  • Lacy Serros
  • Parker Dockray
  • Jacqui Snowden
  • Aimee Durfee
  • Heidi Li

2004-2005 WPI-State Class

  • Anuja Mendiratta
  • Julia Liou
  • Jess Zimbabwe
  • Sharon Cohen Landau
  • Tracy Weitz
  • Yvonne Nenadal
  • Karen Fox Olson
  • Gloria Flaherty
  • Susan Burton
  • Kynna Wright
  • Alejandia Domenzain
  • Audrey Diaz
  • Cynthia Babich
  • Veronica Rivera
  • Kim Carter
  • Ceclilia Zamora
  • Lisa Tobe
  • Britta Guerrero
  • Shannon Farley
  • Caroline Barlerin
  • Dana Lanza
  • Abigail Coursolle
  • Jo Seavey-Hultquist

2003-2004 WPI-State Class

  • Lorraine Kennix Provost
  • Alissa Friedman
  • Kathryn Forbes
  • Debbie Tom-McCray
  • Camila Chavez
  • Saphay Nan
  • Namju Cho
  • Melinda Cordero-Barzaga
  • Therese Hughes
  • Luz Chacon
  • Martha Chono-Helsley
  • Mily Trevino-Sauceda
  • Robbie Gonzalez-Dow
  • Atta Stevenson
  • Karen Shain
  • Christina Wilson
  • Carlina Hansen
  • Katie McCall
  • Helen Ewan-Storey
  • Sherri Lynn Batie
  • Robyn Flores
  • Sarah Galetti