October, November and December 2014 CA Women Lead Members: New Signups and Renewals

Thank you to our members who renewed their membership and those new members who support our mission to ENGAGE * EMPOWER * ELECT:


(through Dec. 11)



Wendy Jonathan; Palm Desert
Dayra Allen-Attar; Pacific Palisades

Pauline Nzeribe; Campbell
Wendy Bucknum
Nancy Hersman; Manhattan Beach

Diane Miller; Sacramento
Sue Frost; Citrus Heights
Cathey Ryder; Huntington Beach
Louise Walker; Dixon
Susan Freeman; South San Francisco
Jacquelyn Kilpatrick; San Marcos
Marlo Richardson; Playa del Rey


Advance America
California Dental Association

AAUW – California; Sacramento

Cathy Christian; Sacramento

Lillian Conroe; Los Angeles
Kristine Mollenkopf; Santa Maria
Maya Heinert, MD; Sacramento
Cynthia Moore; Roseville
Mary Rose; Santa Barbara
Christy Woods; Sacramento

Del Laine; South Lake Tahoe
Kathy Kinley; Ontario
Juliana Feriano; Tuolumne
Leanne Kent; Elk Grove
Devon Lowery; Lafayette
Magdalena Bordeauz; Los Aneles
Gayle Isreal; Danville
Jennifer Kresge; Saint Helena
Dominique Yancey; San Ramon
Delaine Eastin; Davis
Nancy Chadwick; Oceanside
Michele Nealon-Woods; Los Angeles
Gail Murray; Walnut Creek
Eileen Schnitger; Sacramento
Stephanie Lynch; Bakersfield
Becky Johnson; Sacramento
Ella Gower; Walnut Creek
Bonnie Lowenthal; Long Beach
Kara Ralston; Camarillo
Lisa Page; Sacramento
Mary Wallers; Sacramento
Cecelia McCloy; Walnut Creek
Eileen Burke-Trent; Gridley
Barbara McGee; Ridley
Sherri Loveland; Tustin
Kristen Schreder; Redding
Mary Whipple; San Ramon
Janet Lopez; Sacramento
Melissa Fox; Irvine
Susan Lovenburg; Davis


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Status of California Women in Elected Office 2014

California Women Lead is proud to release our post-election report providing a snapshot of the total number of women serving in elected office across the state. The report, entitled California Women in Elected Office 2014highlights the total number of women serving on County Boards of Supervisors, State Legislature, Board of Equalization, Executive Offices and Congress.

Click here to view the full report.


Also, in case you missed it, check out CA Women Lead CEO Rachel Michelin who was recently in the news, providing an analysis on the 2014 General Election results.

Not a member of California Women Lead? Your financial support helps us ENGAGE EMPOWER ELECT more women throughout the state. We hope you will consider supporting us today!

 California Women Lead is a nonpartisan 501c3 organization.
As such we do not endorse or contribute to political candidates.  
Our goal is to empower women to seek their full leadership potential 
through education, training and network development.
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CA Women Lead Reports on the General Election

Rachel Michelin, CEO and Executive Director of California Women Lead was interviewed by Capitol News Network on the upcoming election and its impact on the status of women serving in elected positions. The interview segments can be viewed by clicking on the links below.


KXTV News 10 in Sacramento


KGET 17- NBC affiliate in Bakersfield

As Michelin indicates in the interview, there is a lot of work to be done with increasing the number of women serving in leadership positions across the state. At the local level, women are serving in low numbers relative to statewide offices.

A report entitled “Snapshot on the Status of Women in City Government” was released earlier this year by California Women Lead, in partnership with the League of California Cities Women’s Caucus, revealing that women represent just 28 percent of California City Council members. CA Women Lead will be updating this report after the election this Tuesday, November 4th, which will serve as a precursor to a larger report detailing the status of women serving in office at all levels of government including Executive offices, Board of Equalization and County Boards of Supervisors.

In addition to the updated report, CA Women Lead will be releasing the latest election results as they come in on Tuesday, analyzing the impact the election has had on the number of women serving in elected office and closely watching a handful of very tight races underway. Be sure to visit CA Women Lead’s website, blog, Facebook and Twitter for the latest election information.

And, most importantly, if you have not yet voted, be sure you vote on Election Day. Or you may drop off you absentee ballot at any polling place within your county if you have not already mailed one in.

Not sure where to vote?  Click here, enter your address, and get door to door directions to your polling place!

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CA Women Lead on Capitol Public Radio

In Case You Missed It….

California Women Lead CEO and Executive Director Rachel Michelin is featured in this morning’s Capitol Public Radio (CPR) segment entitled “Getting Women Ready For Battle”. The segment is the second part in a third part series- “Up Against the Ceiling: The Push for More Women in California Politics.”

In the segment, Michelin highlights the importance of increasing the number of women serving in public office and California Women Lead’s mission to Engage Empower and Elect more women leaders by supporting them and providing the knowledge and training needed to run for office.

… Studies show that when women run for office they’re just as likely to win as men. But many women aren’t running. Rachel Michelin is Executive Director of
California Women Lead, a non-partisan group that trains women to run for office or get political appointments.

         “What I hear is I’m not qualified, I don’t know enough, I’m not an expert on the issues, I need to do my research,” she says.

          Michelin says typically, for every one woman running for the state legislature, four men are running.

          “It’s still hard for women to be successful, in both political parties,” she says. “There still is very much a good ‘ol boys club out there when it comes to politics.”

Listen to Michelin’s expanded interview with Capitol Public Radio here.

CA Women Lead, in partnership with the League of California Cities Women’s Caucus released a report earlier this year on the current number of women serving in City Councils. The study, entitled “Snapshot on the Status of Women in City Government,” revealed that women represent 28 percent of the state’s city councils, a number that does not reflect the female population.

Read the full report here.

CA Women Lead is a nonprofit, nonpartisan association of women holding – or interested in holding – elected or appointed office. The organization’s mission is to give California’s women the tools they need to be successful in both their political and professional lives.

When a woman strives to be a leader in her community, CA Women Lead has a training program and networking events held across the state to help her meet her goals. The generous support of CA Women Lead’s members and Corporate Partners enables CA Women Lead to reach hundreds of women across all political, ethnic, and socioeconomic lines to help them enhance their political and professional lives. If you are not yet a member, consider joining today.

CA Women Lead’s premier annual networking event is just around the corner. Tickets and sponsorships are now available for the Legislative Welcome reception on January 28th. Join CA Women Lead in honoring the Women’s Legislative Caucus and women serving in statewide office. Purchase your ticket or become a sponsor today.

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September 2014 CA Women Lead Members: New Signups and Renewals

Thank you to our members who renewed their membership and those new members who support our mission to ENGAGE * EMPOWER * ELECT:


Holly Carter; Fresno

Brenda Roberts; Oakland
Mayor Amy Howorth; Manhattan Beach
Jennifer Stoll; Portland, Oregon
Lucy Dunn; Irvine

Jill Sprenkel; Discovery Bay
Helen Lee; Cerritos
Melody Appleton; Castro Valley
Ruthee Goldkorn; Moreno Valley
Gina Bogna; Newhall
Carmel Angelo; Ukaih
Sandra Lucchesi Storer; San Ramon
Nancy Teel; Mission Viejo
Linda Galliher; Danville
Maryam Zar; Pacific Palisades
Marketa Houskova; Sacramento



Susan Johnson; El Dorado Hills

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August 2014 CA Women Lead Members: New Signups and Renewals

Thank you to our members who renewed their membership and those new members who support our mission to ENGAGE * EMPOWER * ELECT:


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Katherine Reuter, Phd., Santa Monica
Commissioner Veronica Vargas; Danville
Cheryl Storer; Clovis
Klaudette Christensen; Costa Mesa

Banafsheh Behnam; Rancho Cordova
Nicole Winger, Sacramento
Councilmember Jennifer Fitzgerald; Fullerton
Liz Ditz; Redwood City
Alisha Wilkins; Riverside
Sarah D’anjou; Torrance
Caroline Godkin; Sacramento
Mary Kreber Varipapa; Santa Ana
Linda Galliher; Danville


Jan Mazyck; Los Angeles
Nancy Jackson; Victorville

Linda Davis Alldritt; Sacramento
City Auditor Courtney Ruby; Oakland

Rita Saenz; West Sacramento
Anne White; Livermore
Elizabeth Bain; Oakland
Soyla Fernandez; Sacramento
Barbara LeVake; Sacramento
Councilwoman Karen Stepper, Danville
Michelle Brattmiller; Sacramento
Krista Martinelli-Larson; South San Francisco
Mark Carlson; Sacramento
Karen Humphrey; Sacramento
Victoria Horton; Sacramento
Susan Steinhauser; Los Angeles
Sandra Fluke; West Hollywood
Diane Vanderpot; Sacramento
Tamara Chapman Davis; Rohnert Park
Doreen Boxer; Irvine
Sonia Amezcua; Camarillo
Council Member Linda Budge; Rancho Cordova
Assemblymember Ken Cooley; Rancho Cordova
Council Member Angela Swanson; South Lake Tahoe
Council Member Abbe Land; West Hollywood
Meg Desmond; Sacramento
Susan Muranishi; Oakland
Mayor Mary Ann Lutz; Monrovia
Honorable Tricia Hunter; Sacramento
Karen Zamarripa; Sacramento
Cheryl Chisolm; Los Angeles
Anna Dermenchyan; North Hollywood
Margaret Bulat; Laguna Hills

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Legislative Welcome in Sacramento

PicMonkey CollageWednesday, January 28, 5:30 – 7:30 PM
at the Park Ultra Lounge
1116 15th Street, Sacramento map

Join CA Women Lead and Honorary Co-Hosts Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins and Minority Leader Kristin Olsen as we honor the Women’s Legislative Caucus and women serving in statewide office.

Click here to download the sponsorship form.


Online registration is now closed. Tickets are $100 at the door.
Accepting only major credit cards.



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CA Cable and Telecommunications Association
The Boeing Company
Capitol Advisors Group LLC
California Medical Association
Shaw/Yoder/Antwih, Inc.
California Cattleman’s Association
United Airlines

Californians Allied for Patient Protection
California Beer & Beverage Distributors
Charlene Zettel, UC Regent and CEO of Donate Life CA
FSB Core Strategies
Lucas Public Affairs
Perry Communications Group

American Nurses Association – California
Capitol Partners, LLC
Civil Justice Association of California
County Welfare Directors
Edelstein Golbert Robson & Smith LLP
Helen M. Thomson, former Assemblywoman/State President CA Women Lead
Lutheran Office of Public Policy – California
Miller Public Affairs Group, Inc.
National Women’s Political Caucus of California
National Women’s Political Caucus- Los Angeles West Side
Nicholson & Olson CPA’s
Pane & Pane Associates, Inc.
Senator Liz Figueroa (retired)
Tejon Ranch
Wilke, Fleury, Hoffelt, Gould & Birney LLP
50+1 Strategies

Assemblymember Katcho Achadjian
Assemblymember Rob Bonta
Assemblymember Ken Cooley
Assemblymember Mike Gipson
Assemblymember Richard Gordon
Assemblymember Mark Stone
Senator Anthony Cannella
Senator Mark Leno
Senator Andy Vidak

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New Study Reveals that Women Represent 28 Percent of California City Council Members

Aug.. 28, 2014

CONTACT: Rachel Michelin, California Women Lead
(916) 501-3074


New Study Reveals that Women Represent 28 Percent of California City Council Members

Sacramento- Despite statistical gains made nationally for women in elected office, the number of women in California serving in elected office, particularly on city councils, does not reflect California’s female population, according to a report released jointly by California Women Lead and the Women’s Caucus of the League of California Cities. The report shows a continued need for increased representation by elected women on city councils across the state.

The report, entitled “Snapshot on the Status of Women in City Government,” reveals that the number of California women serving on City Councils is not as high as one would suspect, and did not mirror the gains women made in other parts of the country.

According to the report, which will be updated following the November election, just 706 women serve on California city councils, making up only 28 percent of the elected seats. Significant statistics from the study include:

  • Women comprise 50.3 percent of California population, but only 28 percent of city council seats;
  • 61 cities in California have a women majority council;
  • 71 cities have no women on the councils;
  • 40 percent of cities have only one woman on the council;
  • Of the 12 highest populated cities in the state -Riverside, does not have any women on the council; Los Angeles, Fresno and Bakersfield have only one woman.

“This report is a call to action for women in politics in California,” said San Jose Councilmember Rose Herrera and Women’s Caucus President. We need to elect more women on city councils throughout the state. Especially alarming is the low percentage of women on the city councils of California’s 12 largest cities.”

“This report shows that women serving in city government is trending a bit higher than women serving in the Legislature or on county boards of supervisors, but is far from representing the total number of women who live in California. There is much work to be done to empower and inspire more women to consider serving on city councils throughout the state,” said Rachel Michelin, executive director of California Women Lead. “Women are more likely to seek office when they receive the right support, so California Women Lead continues its efforts to encourage, train and mentor women to be leaders in their communities and beyond, reminding them, ‘if not you, then who?’ We are focused on increasing the number of women candidates, and the number of women who are elected, in the 2014 and 2016 election cycles.”

To help counter the apparent lack of parity for California women running for – and being elected to – local and state office, California Women Lead conducts workshops with the goal of focusing attention on the need for the effective leadership that women uniquely provide, whether it’s serving on a school board, as a county supervisor, as a state legislator, or in the halls of Congress; and to offer support and guidance to those women who respond to the call for effective leadership that is so desperately needed.

For an on-line version of the report, click here.

Listen to Rachel Michelin’s interview with ABC 7 KGO Radio in San Francisco/Bay Area here.

And here.


About California Women Lead - California Women Lead is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to providing leadership training, policy discussion forums, and networking opportunities for women holding – or interested in holding – elected or appointed office.  The report was written by Rachel Michelin, Executive Director/CEO, California Women Lead.  For more information about the California Women Lead, its programs to encourage and train women to be leaders in their community and state or to support California Women Lead financially, please visit

About The League of Cities Women’s Caucus - The Women’s Caucus is a diversity caucus organized within the League of California Cities. The Women’s Caucus endorses and supports the League of California Cities (LCC) mission to restore and protect local control for cities through education and advocacy in order to enhance the quality of life for all Californians and to support policies that directly promote the development and redevelopment of safe and healthy cities. Our mission, as a bipartisan and multicultural group of elected or appointed officials and their colleagues, is to support women in public office, support issues that affect and benefit women, and provide a network of support for both men and women at the local level who are working to overcome barriers for women.

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Celebrating Women in Politics

Jan PerryWednesday, October 1 | 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
So Cal Gas Company
555 W. Fifth Street| Los Angeles, CA map 

Please join the California Women Lead State Board of Directors as we recognize our 2014 “If Not You, Then Who” Leadership Class graduates and network with women leaders from the Los Angeles area.

Featuring Special Guest:

Jan Perry, General Manager, Economic & Workforce Development Department, City of Los Angeles

Ms. Perry is also a CA Women Lead State Board member & former Los Angeles City Councilwoman.

Click here to download the event flyer.


Online registration is now closed. Due to tight building security, there are no tickets at the door.



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BlogHer Recap

California Women Lead hosted a suite during BlogHer14, an annual conference that brings together bloggers from all over the world. It was a great networking opportunity for us and also an amazing vehicle for delivering the important message that we need to increase the number of women serving in elected and appointed positions at all levels of government and continue to Enage, Empower and Elect more women into leadership roles in not only California, but worldwide.

Our message was spread through social media with our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts buzzing with updates from our events and panels held in the suite. These included

Why & How Women Can Engage in Civic Life
Featured Panelists included:

  • Cassandra Pye, former Deputy Chief of Staff, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
  • Rachel Michelin, CEO, California Women Lead; Appointee, Office of Governor Edmund G. Brown

California Women Lead & The Plus 1 Project Open House

California Women Lead and Engender Media Group launched the Plus 1 Project. Bloggers and social media influencers were encouraged to post their “Plus 1″ to the voting booth, helping spread the importance that every vote counts.

Current Issues in Health Care for Women & Families
Women’s health issues are among the top policy issues facing women leaders and voters this year. CA Women Lead was joined by a panel of health care practitioners and advocates for a candid discussion on current issues in women’s health and how folks could use their blogs to affect change.

The Girlfriends’ Guide to California Politics

Featured Panelists included:

  • Betty Yee, Candidate for CA State Controller, Vice President of CA Women Lead and Member, CA State Board of Equalization
  • Mary Hughes, Founder, Close the Gap CA
  • Erin Kotecki Vest, Former Political Director, BlogHer & blogger at Queen of Spain
  • Cassandra Pye, Senior Vice President of Public Affairs, APCO Worldwide

A full recap can be viewed in the image below or by clicking here.

BlogHer Recap

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