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Resources for Women In California



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Campaign Trainings for Women

California List
Founded in 2002, California List works to protect Democratic women incumbents facing tough re-elections and recruits strong candidates to run for promising open or viable seats in the California State Assembly and Senate. A fundraising network modeled after EMILY’s List, California List identifies and recommends outstanding women candidates to its members. California List partners with EMILY’s List and Emerge California to provide candidate and campaign trainings.

For more information:
Bettina Duval, Founder
California List
212 26th Street
Suite 150
Santa Monica, CA 90402
info@californialist.org
(310) 458-9355

California Women Lead
Founded in 1974, California Women Lead is a non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated to providing leadership and campaign trainings, networking opportunities, and policy discussion forums for women interested in or holding elected and appointed offices at the state or local level. California Women Lead has nine chapters hosting training events throughout the state. Leadership trainings prepare women for political involvement, either running for office or serving in appointed positions.

In addition to leadership trainings, California Women Lead provides over 30 appointments trainings annually to teach women about the responsibilities involved and application process for positions on governmental boards and commissions.

Finally, California Women Lead organizes “women’s dialogues” on issues that affect women, including obstacles that women of both major parties face in running for office. Additional networking and training events throughout the year conducted by individual chapters are posted on the California Women Lead website.

For more information:
Rachel Michelin, Executive Director/CEO
California Women Lead
rachel@cawomenlead.org
(916) 551-1920

Emerge California
Sponsored by Emerge America
Emerge California, an affiliate of Emerge America, is a political candidate training program for Democratic women in California who want to pursue careers in politics at the local and state levels. The Emerge mission is to inspire and prepare Democratic women across the state to run for and win public office by providing comprehensive training and access to powerful political networks. Twenty-five to thirty applicants are chosen annually to participate in once-monthly weekend workshops over the course of seven months.

For more information:
Kimberly Ellis
Emerge California
kimberly@emergeca.org
contact@emergeCA.org
(510) 593-0731

Pipeline to Leadership:  Securing Spots on Boards and Commissions
Sponsored by the Lawyers Club of San Diego
Pipeline to Leadership: Securing Spots on Boards and Commissions features a panel of representatives discussing the many opportunities to serve on boards and commissions, the application process, the benefits of serving on boards, and more. The training is sponsored by the Lawyers Club of San Diego which seeks to advance the status of women in the law and in society.  

For more information:
Lawyers Club of San Diego
701 B Street, Suite 224
San Diego, CA 92101
info@lawyersclubsandiego.com
Phone: 619-595-0650

Political Boot Camp
Sponsored by Run Women Run
Run Women Run was founded in 2008 as a nonprofit, non-partisan organization with a mission to inspire, recruit, train, mentor and support pro-choice women for elected and appointed office in San Diego County. The group sponsors educational and networking seminars on women and politics, donates to pro-choice women candidates as a political action committee, and sponsors political boot camps in concert with local organizations to provide information on the facets of running for political office from campaign fundraising to honing your message.

For more information:
Michelle Burton, President
Run Women Run
8140 Lost Vallecitos Boulevard
San Marcos, CA 92069
president@runwomenrun.org

Ready to Run® California
Sponsored by Mount St. Mary's College Ready to Run™ California provides non-partisan political training to encourage women to run for government leadership positions. The day-long program targets women considering or recently deciding to run for political office, providing training and mentoring by campaign professionals, political women, and officeholders. Ready to Run® California is part of the Ready to Run™ National Training Network of the Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP) at Rutgers University (NJ).

For more information:
Heather Schraeder
Director of Special Events and Public Programs
Mount St. Mary's College
12001 Chalon Road Los Angeles, CA 90049
hschraeder@msmc.la.edu
(213) 477-2761

The Marian Bergeson Series
Established in 2004, the Marian Bergeson Series is a nine-month series aimed at preparing Republican women for their next level of public involvement, including elected and appointed office. Selected Fellows participate in monthly trainings in various locations throughout the state on political history and processes, running successful campaigns, and philosphy and ethics. They are presented additional networking opportunities with Republican leaders through meetings in Sacramento and Washington, DC. The Marian Bergeson Series is an expansion program of the Richard C. Lugar Excellence in Public Service Series, founded in 1989 to encourage, mentor, and prepare selected women leaders for new levels of involvement in government and politics.

For more information:
Ann Rommel, Executive Director
The Marian Bergeson Series
8 Fresian
Coto de la Caza, CA 92679
info@thebergesonseries.com
(949) 589-3871

Ventura County Women's Political Council
The Ventura County Women's Political Council is a multi-partisan organization whose objective is to achieve equality for all women. The organization encourages, recruits, trains and supports diverse women candidates who support the goals of VCWPC and will bring a woman's perspective to every issue, foremost including reproductive health; the environment and social, educational and economic justice.

For more information:
Ventura County Women's Political Council
P.O. Box 6603
Ventura, CA 93006
vcwpcouncil@gmail.com




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Campaign Trainings (women and men)

Campaign Academy
Sponsored by the California Democratic Party
The California Democratic Party regularly hosts two-day comprehensive campaign trainings for grassroots activists across the state with locations throughout the state. Trainings are not necessarily geared towards candidates, but candidates do attend and have called the programs very beneficial in starting to plan their campaigns.

For more information:
Chris Masami Myers, Managing Director
California Democratic Party
1401 21st Street
Suite 200
Sacramento, CA 95811
chris@cadem.org 
(916) 442-5707

Contra Costa Republican Party
The Contra Costa Republican Party holds an annual Candidate Boot Camp open to individuals interested in working on a campaign or running for office.

For more information:
Contra Costa Republican Party
PO Box 5079
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
(925) 930-9551



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Leadership Training Programs For Women

California Issues and Trends Program
Sponsored by Leadership California
Founded in 1988, Leadership California is a non-partisan network of women leaders dedicated to advancing the leadership role of women in California. Since 1992, its California Issues and Trends Program (CIT) has educated women on public policy issues, challenges, and demographic trends facing California. Sixty women are chosen annually to participate in quarterly sessions around the state where experts provide them the knowledge necessary to take leadership roles in California’s public and private sectors.

For more information:
Leadership California
253 North San Gabriel Boulevard
Suite 101
Pasadena, CA 91107
info@leadershipcalifornia.org
(626) 793-7384

California Women Lead
Founded in 1974, California Women Lead is a non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated to providing leadership and campaign trainings, networking opportunities, and policy discussion forums for women interested in or holding elected and appointed offices at the state or local level. California Women Lead has nine chapters hosting training events throughout the state. Leadership trainings prepare women for political involvement, either running for office or serving in appointed positions. In addition to leadership trainings, California Women Lead provides over 30 appointments trainings annually to teach women about the responsibilities involved and application process for positions on governmental boards and commissions. Finally, California Women Lead organizes “women’s dialogues” on issues that affect women, including obstacles that women of both major parties face in running for office. Additional networking and training events throughout the year conducted by individual chapters are posted on the California Women Lead website.

For more information:
Rachel Michelin, Executive Director/CEO
California Women Lead
rachel@cawomenlead.org
(916) 551-1920



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Leadership Training Programs (women and men)

Leadership L.A.
Sponsored by the Southern California Leadership Network and the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce
Established in 1987, the Leadership L.A. (LLA) program includes nine monthly, full-day sessions devoted to key community issues and personal development exercises. Selected Fellows are active community leaders throughout Los Angeles County who will benefit from the first-hand experiences and education about issues like water, education, health care, public safety and arts, culture and the creative economy. Participants get an in-depth knowledge of L.A. city and county and build strong and lasting relationships with one another and with organizations they encounter.

For more information:
Taleen Ananian
Leadership L.A.
Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce
350 South Bixel Street
Los Angeles, CA 90017
scln@lachamber.com
(213) 580-7524

Leadership San Francisco
Sponsored by the Leadership Institute
Leadership San Francisco (LSF) is an organization dedicated to educating and developing community trustees who will make significant contributions to strengthen and transform our community.The LSF program develops future community leaders who are both knowledgeable about the city and concerned with its well-being. Individuals selected to participate in Leadership San Francisco explore community trusteeship, the ambition to work for the common good and serve the primary needs of others by holding their community in trust. Ten full-day monthly sessions are held from September through June. Sessions explore topics that include, but are not limited to, government, housing, transportation, health, social issues, education, regionalism, nonprofit organizations, the media and the effect these sectors have on the economy, jobs and quality of life.

For more information:
Diane Easton
Leadership San Francisco
Leadership Institute
235 Montgomery Street, 12th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94104
deaston@leadershipsf.org
(415) 352-8826

Leadership Southern California
Sponsored by the Southern California Leadership Network and the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce
Leadership Southern California (LSC) enrolls approximately 40 interviewed and selected mid- to senior-level executives annually in a 10-month leadership development program to expose participants to regional public policy issues across Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino, Riverside, Ventura and San Diego Counties. Fellows also travel to Sacramento and Mexico for classes featuring leaders from private industry, government and the non-profit sector.

For more information:
Taleen Ananian
Leadership Southern California
Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce
350 South Bixel Street
Los Angeles, CA 90017
scln@lachamber.com
(213) 580-7526

National APAWLI Signature Fellowship
Sponsored by the Center for Asian Pacific American Women
The National APAWLI Signature Program (Fellowship) selects Asian Pacific American women with 8+ years of work/community experience and who are already viewed by their organizations, communities, and/or families as capable and talented high achievers  to participate in a seven-month leadership development program. APAWLI fellows convene for three sessions that move participants from self-reflection to preparation for leadership roles.

For more information:
Rosie Abriam, President and CEO
The Center for Asian Pacific American Women
1750 Montgomery Street
San Francisco, CA 94111
info@apawomen.org
(415) 310-6978

New Leaders Council Los Angeles
New Leaders Council (NLC) was formed in 2005 to train and support the next generation of progressive political entrepreneurs—young professionals in their twenties and thirties who are leading industries, setting trends, and building institutions that support robust civic and political life in a global America. NLC accomplishes this mission primarily through the NLC Institute - a political entrepreneurship training program held 10 days over a five-month period that builds local teams of young professionals in 19 cities across the nation. NLC Fellows learn entrepreneurship, leadership, and political management skills from over volunteer faculty from relevant industries. Fellows are also paired with career mentors, join a national alumni network, and agree to fundraise to support the next class of Fellows.

For more information:
mriddle@newleaderscouncil.org
edesobe@newleaderscouncil.org

New Leaders Council Orange County
New Leaders Council (NLC) was formed in 2005 to train and support the next generation of progressive political entrepreneurs—young professionals in their twenties and thirties who are leading industries, setting trends, and building institutions that support robust civic and political life in a global America. NLC accomplishes this mission primarily through the NLC Institute - a political entrepreneurship training program held 10 days over a five-month period that builds local teams of young professionals in 19 cities across the nation. NLC Fellows learn entrepreneurship, leadership, and political management skills from over volunteer faculty from relevant industries. Fellows are also paired with career mentors, join a national alumni network, and agree to fundraise to support the next class of Fellows.

For more information:
Adel Syed, Co-Director and Co-Founder
New Leaders Council Orange County
 asyed@newleaderscouncil.org
Angelica Ramos
 aramos@newleaderscouncil.org

New Leaders Council Sacramento
New Leaders Council (NLC) was formed in 2005 to train and support the next generation of progressive political entrepreneurs—young professionals in their twenties and thirties who are leading industries, setting trends, and building institutions that support robust civic and political life in a global America. NLC accomplishes this mission primarily through the NLC Institute - a political entrepreneurship training program held 10 days over a five-month period that builds local teams of young professionals in 19 cities across the nation. NLC Fellows learn entrepreneurship, leadership, and political management skills from over volunteer faculty from relevant industries. Fellows are also paired with career mentors, join a national alumni network, and agree to fundraise to support the next class of Fellows.

For more information:
Dayanna Macias-Carlos
dcarlos@newleaderscouncil.org
nlcsac@nlcsac.org

New Leaders Council San Diego/San Diego Leadership Alliance
New Leaders Council (NLC) was formed in 2005 to train and support the next generation of progressive political entrepreneurs—young professionals in their twenties and thirties who are leading industries, setting trends, and building institutions that support robust civic and political life in a global America. NLC accomplishes this mission primarily through the NLC Institute - a political entrepreneurship training program held 10 days over a five-month period that builds local teams of young professionals in 19 cities across the nation. NLC Fellows learn entrepreneurship, leadership, and political management skills from over volunteer faculty from relevant industries. Fellows are also paired with career mentors, join a national alumni network, and agree to fundraise to support the next class of Fellows.

For more information:
Colin Parent, Co-Director
colin@colinparent.com

New Leaders Council San Francisco
New Leaders Council (NLC) was formed in 2005 to train and support the next generation of progressive political entrepreneurs—young professionals in their twenties and thirties who are leading industries, setting trends, and building institutions that support robust civic and political life in a global America. NLC accomplishes this mission primarily through the NLC Institute - a political entrepreneurship training program held 10 days over a five-month period that builds local teams of young professionals in 19 cities across the nation. NLC Fellows learn entrepreneurship, leadership, and political management skills from over volunteer faculty from relevant industries. Fellows are also paired with career mentors, join a national alumni network, and agree to fundraise to support the next class of Fellows.

New Leaders Council Silicon Valley
New Leaders Council (NLC) was formed in 2005 to train and support the next generation of progressive political entrepreneurs—young professionals in their twenties and thirties who are leading industries, setting trends, and building institutions that support robust civic and political life in a global America. NLC accomplishes this mission primarily through the NLC Institute - a political entrepreneurship training program held 10 days over a five-month period that builds local teams of young professionals in 19 cities across the nation. NLC Fellows learn entrepreneurship, leadership, and political management skills from over volunteer faculty from relevant industries. Fellows are also paired with career mentors, join a national alumni network, and agree to fundraise to support the next class of Fellows.

For more information:
nlcsiliconvalley@gmail.com



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Organizations Committed to Political Parity

Black Women Organized for Political Action
Founded in 1968, Black Women Organized for Political Action’s primary goals are to activate, motivate, promote, support, and educate African-American women about the political process, encourage involvement, and to affirm commitment to and solution of those problems affecting the African-American community. Through its statewide chapters in seven states, including California, BWOPA works to articulate collective positions on issues affecting African Americans while providing leadership, training and mentoring to engage members in the political process.

For more information:
Black Women Organized for Political Action
920 Peralta Street
Suite 2A
Oakland, CA 94607
staff@bwopa.org
(510) 763-9523

California Federation of Democratic Women
The National Federation of Democratic Women (NFDW) supports the inclusion of women’s voices in the Democratic Party. With 32 chapters nationwide, the NFDW promotes Democratic Party goals and candidates and works to unite women party members behind them. NFDW chapters recognize potential women candidates and encourage their candidacies for office.   Members attend meetings, organize educational and political events, volunteer for campaigns, and support candidates for office.
For more information:
Lyn Shaw-Hilfenhaus, President
California Federation of Democratic Women
9732 Via Siena
Burbank, CA 91506
camember@nfdw.com

California Federation of Republican Women
The California Federation of Republican Women, a chapter of the National Federation of Republican Women, promotes an informed public through education and activity, works to increase the effectiveness of women in the cause of good government, promotes knowledge of the principles and policies of the Republican Party, encourages active citizenship, and coordinates with the California Republican Party to support Republican candidates.

For more information:
Mariann Hedstrom, President
California Federation of Republican Women
1029 J Street
Suite 340
Sacramento, CA 95814
president@cfrw.org
(916) 442-4084

California List
Founded in 2002, California List works to protect Democratic women incumbents facing tough re-elections and recruits strong candidates to run for promising open or viable seats in the California State Assembly and Senate. A fundraising network modeled after EMILY’s List, California List identifies and recommends outstanding women candidates to its members. California List partners with EMILY’s List and Emerge California to provide candidate and campaign trainings.

For more information:
Bettina Duval, Founder
California List
212 26th Street
Suite 150
Santa Monica, CA 90402
info@californialist.org
(310) 458-9355

California NOW
Sponsored by the National Organization for Women
Founded in 1966, the National Organization for Women (NOW) is the largest organization of feminist activists in the United States whose goal is to take action to bring about equality for all women. NOW is a multi-issue, multi-strategy organization that takes a holistic approach to women's rights. The organization's official priorities are winning economic equality and securing it with an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that will guarantee equal rights for women; championing abortion rights, reproductive freedom and other women's health issues; opposing racism and fighting bigotry against lesbians and gays; and ending violence against women. NOW has over 550 chapters in all 50 states that participate in education and advocacy activities. Information on state and local chapters of NOW is available on the national NOW website and through state chapters.

For more information:
Patty Bellasalma, President
California NOW
915 L Street, Suite C245
Sacramento, CA 95814
president@canow.org
(916) 442-3414

California Women 4 Women
The mission of California Women 4 Women is to increase the awareness of women in the political process and support women for election to public office. 

For more information:
Gwendolyn Cross
Founder
25920 Iris Ave., Ste. 13A #328
Moreno Valley, CA 92551
californiawomen4women@gmail.com
Fax: (951) 485-4531

California Women's Leadership Association
The California Women's Leadership Association (CWLA) is a statewide organization committed to bringing together influential women to effect meaningful change in our communities and government through education and advocacy. CWLA believes in free market principles that emphasize:
  • smaller government and the role of government as a facilitator, not a regulator Individual freedom
  • responsibility and accountability; and
  • economic growth through lower taxes and entrepreneurship.

CWLA identifies and assists women with opportunities for involvement in significant decision making opportunities and positions, including financial assistance from the group's PAC arm.

For more information:
California Women's Leadership Association
P.O. Box 60235
Irvine, CA 92602
cwla@cwla.us
(949) 858-7448

close the gap CA
Close the gap CA is a statewide recruiting campaign to find talented, progressive women to run and win seats in the California legislature in 2014 and 2016.  Over the past 10 years, women's representation in our state legislature has declined from 30% to 25%; women of color dropped from 44% of women legislators to just 32% today. In 2014 and 2016, nearly 50% of Assembly and Senate seats will open up. Progressive women can win many of them. Working with women's political and civic organizations, past and current legislators and with Educate Our State, Planned Parenthood Affiliates of CA and women in the forefront of anti-poverty efforts, we can identify, recruit and connect promising prospects to the resources that will enable them to run and win.

For more information:
close the gap CA
555 Bryant St #241
Palo Alto, CA 94301
(650)326-2216 – Voice Mailbox #3
alice@closethegapca.org

National Women's Political Caucus California
Sponsored by the National Women's Political Caucus
The National Women’s Poliltical Caucus California works to increase women’s participation in the political process and to identify, recruit, train and support feminist women for election and appointment to public office. Group efforts focus on education, endorsements, and fundraising. The California Women’s Political Caucus is a chapter of the National Women’s Political Caucus.

For more information:
Teray Stephens
220 Newport Center
Newport Beach, CA 92660
(866) 936-1917
president@nwpcca.org

Run Women Run
Run Women Run was founded in 2008 as a nonprofit, non-partisan organization with a mission to inspire, recruit, train, mentor and support pro-choice women for elected and appointed office in San Diego County. The group sponsors educational and networking seminars on women and politics, donates to pro-choice women candidates as a political action committee, and sponsors political boot camps in concert with local organizations to provide information on the many facets of running for political office, from campaign fundraising to honing a message.

For more information:
Michelle Burton, President
Run Women Run
1531 Grand Avenue
Suite D
San Marcos, CA 92078-2463
president@runwomenrun.org

San Francisco Women's Political Committee
Established in 2002, the San Francisco Women's Political Committee (SFWPC) is a multi-party organization that works to engage women in all dimensions of the political process. SFWPC makes female and male candidate endorsements, initiative endorsements and presents the only woman's slate card in San Francisco. The committee advocates for policy improvements that support the empowerment of women, girls and community.

For more information:
Jaynry Mak
FPPC #1243711
PO Box 191783
San Francisco, CA 94119-1783
jaynry@sfwpc.org
info@sfwpc.org

The Center for Asian Pacific American Women
The Center for Asian Pacific American Women (formerly known as Asian Pacific American Women's Leadership Institute, APAWLI) is dedicated to the holistic development of women who come from Asian and Asian Pacific Islander backgrounds. The Center's vision is to be the place where every Asian and Asian Pacific Islander American woman can come together to hear each other's voices, celebrate accomplishments and find the support to embark on personal and professional growth, at whatever stage in life. The Center offers members a variety of development programs, conferences, seminars and networking activities that address the emerging needs of Asian and Asian Pacific Islander American women, including the National APAWLI Signature Program that provides leadership development to selected fellows annually.

For more information:
Rosie Abriam, President and CEO
The Center for Asian Pacific American Women
1750 Montgomery Street
San Francisco, CA 94111
info@apawomen.org
(415) 310-6978

Ventura County Women's Political Council
The Ventura County Women's Political Council is a multi-partisan organization whose objective is to achieve equality for all women. The organization encourages, recruits, trains and supports diverse women candidates who support the goals of VCWPC and will bring a woman's perspective to every issue, foremost including reproductive health; the environment and social, educational and economic justice.

For more inforation:
vcwpcouncil@gmail.com
 



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Women’s Political Action Committees (PACs)

Antelope Valley Women in Action - PAC
Antelope Valley Women in Action PAC is composed of individual Democratic women independent of any political party, organization, officeholder or candidate with a common purpose to support the election of Democratic candidates, particularly but not exclusively female candidates, to partisan and non-partisan office in the Antelope Valley and surrounding areas. At the group’s discretion and as resources permit, they may support Democratic candidates, or oppose non-Democratic candidates, anywhere in the state of California, as well as support or oppose measures on local or state ballots.

For more information:
Antelope Valley Women in Action - PAC
lyndavon@roadrunner.com
(661) 435-5057

Black Women Organized for Political Action State PAC (BWOPA)
Founded in 1968, Black Women Organized for Political Action’s primary goal is to activate, motivate, promote, support, and educate African-American women about the political process, encourage involvement, and affirm a commitment to, and solution of,  problems affecting the African-American community. The organization created a political action committee in 1999 to help achieve its political goals.   

For more information:
LaNiece Jones, Executive Director
Black Women Organized for Political Action State PAC (BWOPA)
920 Peralta Street
Suite 2A
Oakland, CA 94607
staff@bwopa.org
(510) 763-9523

California List
Founded in 2002, California List works to protect Democratic women incumbents facing tough re-elections and recruits strong candidates to run for promising open or viable seats in the California State Assembly and Senate. A fundraising network modeled after EMILY’s List, California List identifies and recommends outstanding women candidates to its members. California List partners with EMILY’s List and Emerge California to provide candidate and campaign trainings.

For more information:
Bettina Duval, Founder
California List
212 26th Street
Suite 150
Santa Monica, CA 90402
info@californialist.org
(310) 458-9355

California Women's Leadership Association PAC
The CWLA Political Action Committee is a separate 527 organization that endorses and financially supports candidates for state and local office, with a special focus on developing and promoting viable women candidates who share CWLA’s principles.

For more information:
California Women's Leadership Association PAC
P.O. Box 60235
Irvine, CA 92602
cwla@cwla.us
(949) 445-4600

California Women's Political Caucus
Sponsored by the National Women's Political Caucus
The National Women’s Poliltical Caucus of California works to increase women’s participation in the political process and to identify, recruit, train and support feminist women for election and appointment to public office. Group efforts focus on education, endorsements, and fundraising. The California Women’s Political Caucus is a chapter of the National Women’s Political Caucus.

For more information:
Melissa Fox
49 Bolinas
Irvine, CA 92602
President@nwpcca.org
(949) 683-8855

California Women's Political Summit
The California Women's Political Summit is a statewide confederation of women-oriented PACS formed in 1989. The group meets 3-4 times per year to talk to candidates, network, and discuss political issues. The Summit does not give money or endorse candidates, but all the member PACs within the group do. While some of the PACs endorse male candidates, the Summit itself invites only female candidates to its networking meetings.

For more information:
Adrianna Babior
1531 Purdue Avenue
Los Angeles, Ca 90025
(310) 477-7081

Democratic Activists for Women Now (DAWN)
Founded in 1992, Democratic Activists for Women Now (DAWN) supports the election and appointment of progressive Democratic women candidates to office. The group also provides scholarships to women interested in attending Emerge California, a political training program for women.

For more information:
Carla Collins, President
Democratic Activists for Women Now (DAWN)
P.O. Box 6614
San Jose, CA 95150
(408) 275-6981

Democratic Women of the Desert
The Democratic Women of the Desert are dedicated to promoting social, economic and political policies that reflect the priorities of women by:
  • educating members about women's issues
  • increasing political awareness and participation of all women in the community
  • actively recruiting young women; and
  • raising campaign contributions for Democratic women candidates.

The group serves the entire Coachella Valley of California including: Palm Springs, Cathedral City, Rancho Mirage, Palm Desert, La Quinta, Indian Wells, Coachella, Desert Hot Springs and surrounding areas.

For more information:
Ingrid Pratt, Membership Chair
Democratic Women of the Desert
ingrid2r@yahoo.com
(760) 218-0377

Democratic Women of the San Fernando Valley
Democratic Women of the San Fernando Valley works to promote issues of importance to women by amplifying their voices in the creation of policy for the California Democratic Party. The group seeks to engage, mentor, promote and empower women to participate in the Party's activities, in addition to training and educating qualified Democratic women to run for public office and seek appointment to boards and commissions.

For more information:
Lyn Shaw, President
Democratic Women of the San Fernando Valley
c/o Lyn Klein
5210 Zelzah Avenue #216
Encino, CA 91316

Hispanas Organized for Political Equality Political Action Committee (HOPE PAC)
HOPE Political Action Committee is a non-profit, non-partisan political action committee committed to promoting and increasing the active participation of Latinas in elective office at the local and state levels, on public and private policy-making boards and commissions, and in all aspects of the political process. Beyond financial assistance, HOPE PAC plans to provide training for Latina candidates and policymakers in conjunction with other organizations.

For more information:
Monica Rodriguez, Board President
Hispanas Organized for Political Equality Political Action Committee (HOPE PAC)
hopepacboard@yahoo.com

Los Angeles African American Women PAC
Founded in 1991, the Los Angeles African American Women Political Action Committee (LAAAWPAC) is dedicated to endorsing and supporting California African American Women running for national, state, and local offices.

For more information:
Los Angeles African American Women PAC
8306 Wilshire Bouelvard
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
jyh@dslextreme.com
(323) 547-7748

National Women's Political Caucus California
Sponsored by the National Women's Political Caucus
The National Women’s Poliltical Caucus California works to increase women’s participation in the political process and to identify, recruit, train and support feminist women for election and appointment to public office. Group efforts focus on education, endorsements, and fundraising. The California Women’s Political Caucus is a chapter of the National Women’s Political Caucus.

For more information:
Teray Stephens
220 Newport Center
Newport Beach, CA 92660
(866) 936-1917
president@nwpcca.org

National Women's Political Caucus of California, Los Angeles Westside PAC
The National Women’s Political Caucus of California’s Los Angeles Westside Political Action Committee meets throughout the year to interview candidates for local commissions, city council, California Assembly and Senate candidates who request the organization's endorsement. Individuals interested in an NWPC endorsement can contact the organization for an application and interview.

For more information:
Lindsay Bubar 
National Women's Political Caucus of California, Los Angeles Westside PAC
lindsay.bubar@gmail.com
(818) 516-4697

San Francisco Women's Political Committee
Established in 2002, the San Francisco Women's Political Committee (SFWPC) is a multi-party organization that works to engage women in all dimensions of the political process. SFWPC makes female and male candidate endorsements, initiative endorsements and presents the only woman's slate card in San Francisco. The committee advocates for policy improvements that support the empowerment of women, girls and community.

For more information:
Jaynry Mak
FPPC #1243711
PO Box 191783
San Francisco, CA 94119-1783
jaynry@sfwpc.org
info@sfwpc.org

Santa Barbara Women's PAC
The Santa Barbara Women's Political Committee is a non-partisan political action committee dedicated to furthering gender equality and feminist values through political and social action, and education. The Santa Barbara Women's Political Action Committee works to recruit, promote and support progressive women for political office. They endorse the candidacies of feminist candidates (women and men) who actively support group goals and promote a feminist agenda.

For more information:
Jane Gray, Board President
Santa Barbara Women's PAC
P.O. Box 90618
Santa Barbara, CA 93190-0618
info@sbwpc.org

Seneca Network State PAC
The Seneca Network is a membership list that financially supports Republican women running for Congress, statewide, and state legislative office.

For more information:
Colleen C. McAndrews
1441 Fourth Street
Santa Monica, CA 91405
Colleen@bmhlaw.com
(310) 458-1405

Ventura County Women's Political Council
The Ventura County Women's Political Council is a multi-partisan organization whose objective is to achieve equality for all women. The organization encourages, recruits, trains and supports diverse women candidates who support the goals of VCWPC and will bring a woman's perspective to every issue, foremost including reproductive health; the environment and social, educational and economic justice.

For more information:
vcwpcouncil@gmail.com

Women Building for the Future - The Future PAC
Though in 2008 more African-American women voted than any other group in the United States, few hold elected offices because of lack of financial support. The Future PAC is the first national political action committee designed to provide support and funding to African-American women seeking public office at the federal and state levels of the United States government, and when deemed strategically advantageous, also at the local level.

For more information:
Joy Atkinson
Women Building for the Future - The Future PAC
4201 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 615
Los Angeles, CA 90010
futurepac@womenbuildingforthefuture.com   
(323) 954-3777

Women For: Orange County
A grassroots advocacy membership organization for issue Orange County women care about human and civil rights, peace and justice, education, healthcare, and the environment.

For more information:
Pauline Merry, President
P.O. Box 5402
Irvine, CA 92616
womenforoc@aol.com

Women in Leadership
Founded in 1993, Women In Leadership is a bi-partisan organization dedicated to electing pro-choice women to public office. WIL supports candidates at the local, state and national levels who share a commitment to ensuring access to reproductive health care for all women. In addition to financial support for women candidates, WIL holds a series of luncheons to introduce supporters to women leaders and candidates.

For more information:
Women in Leadership
c/o Pam Gilmour
2 Singletree Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660
info@womeninleadership.com

Women's Political Committee
Established in 1977, the Women's Political Committee supports progressive women candidates, primarily in California, who are seeking elected office at all levels of government.  Candidates must support the National Feminist Agenda, that includes choice, pay equity and civil rights.

For more information:
Kathryn Kerfes Amira, co-chair
Valerie Wisot, co-chair



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Political Appointments Projects

California Women Lead
Founded in 1974, California Women Lead is a non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated to providing leadership and campaign trainings, networking opportunities, and policy discussion forums for women interested in or holding elected and appointed offices at the state or local level. California Women Lead has nine chapters hosting training events throughout the state. Leadership trainings prepare women for political involvement, either running for office or serving in appointed positions. In addition to leadership trainings, California Women Lead provides over 30 appointments trainings annually to teach women about the responsibilities involved and application process for positions on governmental boards and commissions. Finally, California Women Lead organizes “women’s dialogues” on issues that affect women, including obstacles that women of both major parties face in running for office. Additional networking and training events throughout the year conducted by individual chapters are posted on the California Women Lead website.

For more information:
California Women Lead
admin@cawomenlead.org
(916) 551-1920



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Women’s Legislative Caucuses

California Legislative Women's  Caucus
Formed in 1985, the Legislative Women's Caucus represents and advocates on behalf of the diverse interests of women, children and families throughout California and seeks to increase participation and representation of women in state government. The Legislative Women's Caucus is bipartisan, open to all women members of the California Legislature, and embraces the goal of empowering all women to be self-sufficient, independent, and equal partners in their homes, communities, places of work and government.

For more information:
Elizabeth Fuller, Assembly Consultant and
Bryn Sullivan, Senate Consultant  
California Legislative Women's  Caucus
1020 N St., Room 156B
Sacramento, CA 95814
bryn.sullivan@sen.ca.gov
elizabeth.fuller@asm.ca.gov    
Fuller: (916) 319-3564
Sullivan: (916) 651-1540