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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2022 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:

Focused on eliminating anti-Black racism, our team works to reimagine child safety and support families in crisis in Los Angeles County beyond the family regulation system, inaccurately known as child welfare, with an ultimate goal of disbanding the system.

Reshona Benjamin

Board Member,
Parenting For Liberation

Keshia Adeniyi-Dorsey

Family Justice Tribe

Jay Brissette

Community Organizer,
Parenting For Liberation

Based in southern Santa Cruz County, our team partners with youth to support the development of restorative justice policies in our school districts.

Sofia Cuentas

Community Health Policy Coordinator,
Pajaro Valley Prevention and Student Assistance

Jazmin Ponce

Community Engagement Manager,
Second Harvest Food Bank Santa Cruz County

Crystal Gonzalez

Senior Policy Analyst,
Pajaro Valley Prevention and Student Assistance

Focused on the primarily Spanish-speaking Alisal Union School District, our Community Health team works to create stronger family connections to the school district through accessible and equitable early childhood programming and preschool enrollment.

Erika Arreola

Community Organizer,
First 5 Monterey County

Gaby Silva

Community Organizer,
First 5 Monterey County

Working across Los Angeles County, we promote just transition policy that protects our workforce, encourages a just economy, and addresses the intersections of mass incarceration, climate change, COVID-19, and racial inequity.

Michaé De La Cuadra

B2SL Campaign Coordinator,
Californians United for A Responsible Budget

Bryanna Siguenza

Judicial Accountability Coordinator,
La Defensx

Megan Castillo

Re-Imagine LA Coalition Coordinator,
La Defensa

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