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Los Angeles City Councilmember Nury Martinez to speak Feb. 8 at Mount Saint Mary’s University campaign training for women

Contact:Phillip Jordan

Los Angeles, Jan. 23, 2014 — Los Angeles City Councilmember Nury Martinez (D-6) headlines a distinguished lineup of elected officials, political consultants and media figures speaking at Ready to Run on February 8 at Mount Saint Mary’s University. The intensive, one-day campaign training prepares women interested in running for elective office or otherwise getting involved in public service.

Ready to Run begins with a keynote address by L.A. Councilmember Martinez, the only women currently on the Los Angeles City Council and the first Latina elected to the chamber in a quarter-century. The remainder of the day includes interactive training sessions, networking opportunities and panels headlined by influential politicians and public policy experts in Southern California.

Among the many trainers and panelists speaking at Ready to Run are: Mayor Aja Brown, City of Compton; Rose Kapolczynski, political consultant and manager of U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer's Senate campaigns; Wendy Greuel, former Los Angeles City Controller; Mayor Abbe Land, City of West Hollywood; Olivia Rubio, Mount St. Mary's alumna and member of L.A.'s Board of Neighborhoods Commission; Joy Atkinson, executive director, Los Angeles African American Women's Public Policy Institute; Torie Osborn, former deputy mayor of Los Angeles; and Val Zavala, vice president of news and public affairs at KCET.

Training sessions will include: "What Women Candidates Need to Know," "Fundraising for Success" and "Laying the Groundwork for Public Life." The Asian Pacific American Dispute Resolution Center will also lead a discussion on "Race and Ethnicity in Politics." To view a full slate of speakers and the day's program, visit

"Women's perspectives and experience are vital to public policy-making, yet too often women's voices are absent from our most important local, state and national policy conversations," says Dr. Ann McElaney-Johnson, president of Mount Saint Mary’s University. "Ready to Run is a way to train women on how they can put their passions to work in public service."

As Mount St. Mary's 2013 Report on the Status of Women and Girls in California made clear, women's underrepresentation in government extends well beyond city limits. In 2013, fewer women served in California state and local governments than in 2012. Across the nation, in 2013, only five of the nation's 50 governors were women. And despite historic gains at the federal level, women still account for only 20 percent of seats in the U.S. Congress.

What: Ready to Run: A campaign-training program for women
When: Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014
Where: Mount Saint Mary’s University Chalon Campus / 12001 Chalon Road, Los Angeles, CA 90049
Cost: $50, including program, parking and lunch
Info & Registration:

Mount Saint Mary’s University is the exclusive Southern California provider of Ready to Run. The program was created at the Center for American Women and Politics, a unit of the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey.

About Mount Saint Mary’s University
Founded in 1925, Mount Saint Mary’s University in Los Angeles offers a dynamic learning experience in the liberal arts and sciences. A women's college for the 21st century, Mount St. Mary's has a diverse student body, with 50 percent of our students the first in their families to attend college. We are dedicated to providing a superior education enhanced by an emphasis on building leadership skills and fostering a spirit to serve others. For more information, visit Mount St. Mary's 2014 Report on the Status of Women and Girls in California will be released March 27. To learn more:

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