Solís Policy Institute - Local
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As the name suggests, our Dr. Beatriz María Solís Policy Institute Local training focuses on building strong advocates ready to craft local policy and shape community budgets. Each SPI-Local cohort is made up of teams from various counties around the state. SPI-Local is conducted in both English and Spanish.

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2021 SPI-Local Issue Areas:

The Women’s Foundation California’s Solís Policy Institute (SPI) focuses on shaping just policies that will positively impact the lives of non-binary and genderqueer people, cisgender and transgender women, and transgender men in California. This year, SPI-Local aims to feature teams working to address racism, anti-Blackness, and cis-hetero-patriarchy through the following specific areas:

Our Criminal justice reform team supports the development of local alternatives to law enforcement response when a non-violent emergency call is placed in Santa Cruz County.

Maria Barranco

Program Manager, Monarch Services

Leeann Luna

Program Manager, Monarch Services

Adriana Mata

Director of Programs, Pajaro Valley Prevention and Student Assistance

Working with the City of San Diego, our Community Health team implements local and actionable climate equity goals to support robust and resilient communities.

Maria Muhammad

CEO, I Am Green

Michelle Kearney

Volunteer, San Diego Urban Sustainability Coalition (SDUSC)

Jacquelyn Clark

Climate Ambassador/Volunteer, San Diego Urban Sustainability Coalition (SDUSC)

Focused in San Francisco, our Trauma Services and Prevention team works to ensure adequate housing and supportive services to survivors of gender-based violence.

Dulce Garcia

Policy Director, Office of Sexual Harassment and Assault, Response and Prevention (SHARP)

KellyLou Densmore

Director, Office of Sexual Harassment and Assault, Response and Prevention (SHARP)

Jupiter Peraza

Program Associate, Transgender District of San Francisco

Based in western Riverside, our Criminal Justice Reform team creates more housing opportunities for formerly incarcerated folks by reversing discriminatory housing policy.

Avalon Edwards

Policy Associate, Starting Over Inc

Emma Li

FREE Project Associate, Media Coordinator, Starting Over Inc

Toya Vick

Participatory Defense Organizer/Peer Support Spc.

Jessica Alcocer

Economic Justice Organizer

Focused on the high desert region of LA county, our Reproductive Health, Rights & Justice team advances the needs of Black Angelenos who are pregnant or parenting young kids while experiencing homelessness.

TaVia Iles

Volunteer/Board Member, Project Joy

Marquisha Henderson

Policy and Advocacy Co-Chair

Jana Wright

Director of Policy, LA Best Babies Network

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