About Ready to Run

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    The Ready to Run® event is a non-partisan campaign training annual event for women hosted by Mount Saint Mary’s University. The program focuses on the election process and provides opportunities for women interested in politics to gain experience about the political process. Mount Saint Mary's University is the exclusive Southern California partner of Ready to Run with the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Those invited to present at the event are not asked to share their political views, rather to share their experience as high ranking elected officials. We do not discuss political issues or specific legislation and MSMU does not endorse the political views of those asked to present.

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    National Fundraiser Trainer Nancy Bocskor. 2. (Left to right) Commissioner Yvonne Burke,
    MSMU President Ann McElaney-Johnson and Assemblymember Autumn Burke

    For the past four years, our program has trained hundreds of women to run for office,
    seek appointed positions, and manage campaigns. Attendees walk away with:

    • "How to" instructions on running for office
    • Fundraising skills
    • Media and public speaking training
    • Real-world advice and best practices from experts
    • Strategies for positioning yourself for public leadership
    • Inspiration and strategies to launch a successful campaign
    • A better understanding of party politics
    • Internet strategies for political campaigns

    “Ready to Run is uniquely designed to give women the fundamental tools they need to start thinking about running for office while creating a setting that allows these likeminded women to find empowerment in each other. The program brings together current elected officials, candidates, and campaigners alike to create a cohesive dialogue about the importance of encouraging more women to run and electing more women to office.” Nanette Barragán, Congressional candidate, served as the first Latina ever elected to the Hermosa Beach City Council and Ready to Run success story.

    Why Support Ready to Run?

    There needs to be more women in public office. Research shows that women make government more transparent, inclusive and accessible. Women bring different priorities and experiences to public life, including perspectives that have been largely absent in public policymaking. Women change the way government works, and their voices are needed around the country.

    Ready to Run? While it may start off as a question, by the time you leave the stories, information, and resources shared will empower you to answer the call."
    - Sonia Lopez, District Field Representative, Office of Senator Holly J. Mitchell, 30th State Senate District and Ready to Run success story.

    Past Speakers

    Nancy Bocskor, National Fundraiser Trainer
    Mayor Aja Brown, City of Compton
    Assemblymember Autumn Burke, California State Assembly, District 62
    Yvonne B. Burke, Commissioner, California Transportation Commission;
    Former U.S. Congresswoman
    Assemblymember Ling Ling Chang, California State Assembly, District 55
    Assemblymember Cristina Garcia, California State Assembly, District 58
    Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez, California State Assembly, District 80
    Wendy Greuel, Former City Councilmember and Controller for the City of Los Angeles
    Ana Guerrero, Chief of Staff, Office of Mayor Eric Garcetti
    Karriann Farrell Hinds, Board of Directors, National Women’s Political Caucus LA
    Mayor Lindsey Horvath, City of West Hollywood
    Gemma Jimenez, California Secretary of State Office, Election Division
    Kathleen Kim, Commissioner, Los Angeles Police Commission
    Sheila Kuehl, Los Angeles County Supervisor
    Senator Connie Leyva, California State Senate, District 20
    Senator Carol Liu, California State Senate, District 25
    Councilmember Karina Macias, City of Huntington Park
    Councilmember Nury Martinez, City of Los Angeles, District 6
    Assemblymember Melissa Melendez, California State Assembly, District 67
    Senator Holly Mitchell, California State Senate, District 30
    Rebecca Ninburg, VP, City of Los Angeles Commission on the Status of Women
    Tori Osborn, Former Deputy Mayor for Los Angeles Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa
    Celestine Palmer, President Emeritus and Founder, LAAAWPAC
    Mona Pasquil, Appointments Secretary for California Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr.
    Jan Perry, General Manager, Economic & Workplace Development Dept.,
    City of Los Angeles
    Robyn Ritter Simon, president, RRS Political Strategies and ran for LA City Council
    in 2001 and 2009
    Monica Rodriguez, VP, City of Los Angeles Board of Public Works
    Senator Loretta Weinberg, New Jersey State Senate, Majority Leader, District 37
    Betty Yee, California State Controller
    Val Zavala, VP, New and Public Affairs, KCET