WPI-State and WPI-County Alumni

The Women's Policy Institute is not about winning; it’s about learning. But our leaders 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 women in California.

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

We're honored to have had the opportunity to train and ignite nearly 400 strong, savvy, passionate leaders and give them an opportunity to change policies, laws and budgets that govern our political, social and economic lives.

 

WPI-STATE

 

2003-2004 Class

Aspen Baker
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

 

2004-2005 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

 

2005-2006 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

 

2006-2007 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

 

2007-2008 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

 

2008-2009 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

 

2009-2010 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

 

2010-2011 Class

Theresa Martinez
Lisa Marie Alatorre
Mailee Wang
Tiffany Eng
Anna Lee
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

 

2011-2012 Class

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

 

2012-2013 Class

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

 

2013-2014 Class

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

 

2014-2015 Class

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

 

2015-2016 Class

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

 

WPI-COUNTY

 

2014-2015 Class

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

 

2015-2016 Class

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