Women’s Policy Institute (WPI)

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2018-2019 WPI State Fellows

More effective than a single lobby group, our Women’s Policy Institute (WPI) amplifies the voices of cisgender and transgender women, non-binary and genderqueer people, and transgender men throughout our state, training them to be policy advocates and champions for gender, racial, and economic justice. WPI fellows reflect the diversity of California as well as the different types of organizations in the nonprofit sector. Our fellows work on a range of issues impacting their communities, thus creating a multi-issue network that encompasses the breadth of the social justice movement.

The Women’s Policy Institute-State Class of 2019 is one of the most diverse in WPI history: 80% of fellows identify as people of color, 32% are immigrants, 36% are queer or identify as something other than heterosexual, and 12% are not cisgender. This year’s fellows range in age from 21 to 50.

The 2018-19 WPI-State fellowship year launched in October 2018. Teams are working on policy projects in the following issue areas: criminal justice, economic justice, environmental justice, reproductive justice and trauma justice. Follow us on social media to stay up-to-date on the Class of 2019 and each team’s policy project.

WPI-State Class of 2019 Bios


Criminal Justice Team

Dominique Nong (she/her)
Children's Defense Fund-CA

Jayda Rasberry (she/her)
Time for Change Foundation

Danica Rodarmel (she/her)
Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights of The San Francisco Bay Area

Michaé Pulido (she/her/they/them)
The TransLatin@ Coalition

Economic Justice Team

Jessica Guerra (she/her)
Child Care Alliance of Los Angeles

Donna Cullinan (she/her)

Esperanza Fonseca (she/her)
Restaurant Opportunities Centers United

Sabina Crocette (she/her)
Legal Services for Prisoners with Children (LSPC)

Cecilia Castro Diaz (she/her)
Dolores Huerta Foundation

Environmental Justice Team

Reproductive Justice Team

Tracy Zhao (she/her)
API Equality-LA

Lorena Garcia Zermeño (she/her)
California Latinas for Reproductive Justice

Mandy Taylor (she/her)
Health Access Foundation - California LGBTQ Health & Human Services Network

Karen Scott (she/her)
University of California, San Francisco

Martha Gonzalez (she/her)
Christie's Place

Trauma Justice Team

Wendy Lau-Ozawa (she/her)
Asian Pacific Institute on Gender Based Violence

Tavae Samuelu (she/her)
Empowering Pacific Islander Communities

Julie McCormick (she/her)
Children's Law Center of California

Jess Torres (they/them)
Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking

Payal Sinha (she/her)
Peace Over Violence