Solís Policy Institute - State
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Solís Policy Institute – State

The Dr. Beatriz María Solís Policy Institute (SPI) State is a policy advocacy and leadership training fellowship for advocates and activists who work in non-profit or grassroots organizations.

We accept applications from genderqueer and non-binary people, cisgender and transgender women, and transgender men, especially BIPOC folks, who want to build their skills, on behalf of their organizations, to influence public policymaking at the state level.

At its core, SPI-State affirms that the people closest to the problems and harm should be centered and shaping the solutions to address them. SPI-State seeks to diversify the policy arena by building the leadership of people impacted by gender-based oppression, violence, and discrimination. Each year the WFC chooses specific intersectional issue areas for SPI fellows to advance. Check out our past policy wins.

SPI-State 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-State aims to feature teams working to address racism, anti-Blackness, and cis-hetero-patriarchy through the following specific areas:

For grassroots leaders and community organizations that work to create places where families and communities are healthy, safe as is possible within our current systems. Health includes more than physical conditions; health has social, cultural and economic impacts on the well-being of communities. Health is also determined by racial, gender and economic circumstances, with direct ties to the history of anti-Blackness and oppression in our country.

Katherine Cabrera

Program Manager, Capacity Building, The Greenlining Institute

Mandy Diec

Director of California, Southeast Asia Resource

Ariana Federico-Mondragon

Interim Director of Organizing at Mid-City CAN

Sophia Rodriguez

Partner Relations Manager, La Familia

Jenna Haywood

Associate Director of Community Mobilization

For grassroots leaders and community organizations that work to address the harmful and oppressive impacts that the criminal justice system has on the lives of Californians, especially those impacted by racial and gender injustice.

Airam Coronado

MILPA Collective

Sandra Johnson

Fair Chance Community Organizer, Legal Aid at Work

Isabella Borgeson

Inside/Outside Senior Organizer

Ivana Gonzales

Family Unity Coordinator

Su Kim

Policy Manager/Legal Assistant, UnCommon Law

For grassroots leaders and community organizations that work or support programs that focus on the economic security of individuals impacted by systemic gender-based discrimination. This includes organizing low-wage and informal workers, advocating for better implementation of safety net programs, local workforce development, and the promotion of small business ownership.

Nicole Meda

Executive Administrator, Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO)

Sylvia Romo

Northern CA Program & Policy Director

Sela Steiger

Staff Attorney, Legal Aid at Work

Norma Palacios Cruz

Policy Associate, Drug Policy Alliance

Andrea Borgen Abdallah

RAISE Restaurants Community Manager

For grassroots leaders and community organizations that work to support programs that expand and protect the rights of all people to make informed decisions about and exercise control over their sexual and reproductive lives.

Malissa Thomas

Staff Attorney, Free to Thrive

Arisa Dhiensiri

Development Associate

Mai Thao

Political Director, Courage California

Camila Camaleón

Administrative Coordinator, Gender Justice Los Angeles

TaVia Iles

Executive Director, The EmpowerTHEM Collective

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