2017 Speakers

  • Kathryn BargerKathryn Barger

    Supervisor Kathryn Barger proudly serves the residents of Los Angeles County’s 5th Supervisorial District. Dedicated to providing effective, responsive representation to the residents of Los Angeles County, Kathryn began her career in public service as a college student intern in the office of Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich and rose to become his Chief Deputy Supervisor in 2001, where she served until her election to the Board this past November. Committed to keeping our neighborhoods and communities safe, she has worked with state and federal leaders along with our County District Attorney’s office, Sheriff, and other law enforcement agencies to implement tough laws and vital public safety initiatives. She is an advocate for the environment and efforts to preserve open space, enhance parks, trails, recreational programs and facilities; and strongly supports libraries and after-school programs to serve local communities.

    Barbara BoxerSen. Barbara Boxer (Ret.)

    A forceful advocate for families, children, consumers, the environment and her State of California, Barbara Boxer became a United States Senator in January 1993 after 10 years of service in the House of Representatives and six years on the Marin County Board of Supervisors. In January 2017, she stepped down after four terms in the Senate. A national leader on environmental protection, Senator Boxer was the ranking member on the U.S. Senate’s Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW). Senator Boxer was also the ranking member of the Senate Select Committee on Ethics. She was a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, where she chaired the first subcommittee ever to focus on global women’s issues. Senator Boxer was also a member of the Democratic leadership in the Senate, serving as the Chief Deputy Whip from 2005 – 2016.

    Yvonne BurkeYvonne Burke

    Yvonne B. Burke served four terms on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors and Los Angeles Metro serving a Chair of the Board of Metro in 2005. She was appointed by Speaker Nancy Pelosi to the six member Committee on Congressional ethics in July 2008. In 2012 President Obama appointed her to the Board of the National Railroad Passenger Corporation (AMTRAK) and she was confirmed by the Senate in 2013. She also serves on the California Transportation Commission, and the Board of Directors of LA 84 and Century Housing. She is a mediator and arbitrator with Alternative Resolutions Center (ARC), American Arbitration Association (AAA), Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). She became the first African-American woman elected to the U.S. congress from California, in 1972, representing California’s 37th District. She was selected to serve as vice chair of the 1972 Democratic national Convention in Miami and later on the House Select Committee on Assassinations. She did not seek re-election to Congress in 1978, instead she ran for Attorney General of California. As the first African-American elected to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, she represented nearly 2.5 million residents in the nation’s largest county. Her efforts focused on improving the lives of children, economic development and improving transportation.

    Araceli CamposAraceli Campos

    Araceli Campos is Executive Director of the Miguel Contreras Foundation (MCF), a new non-profit organization founded by local civil rights, labor, and business leaders. Before MCF, Araceli served as national Corporate Counsel for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), one of the largest Latino civil rights organizations in the United States. In her longstanding public service, Araceli is part of the historic 54% female appointees of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, currently serving on the Ethics Commission, supporting transparency and accountability in local elections. She previously served for 5 years as the youngest President in the history of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). She supported the Mayor’s first-of-its-kind gender study and historic implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) in City departments. She is now on the Governing Board of the new LA County Women and Girls Initiative.

    Lynn Daucher Lynn Daucher

    Lynn Daucher began her career in public service after winning election to the school board for the Brea Olinda Unified School District. She served on the school board for 13 years, raising standards and building a new high school through an innovative public-private partnership without taxpayer dollars. In 1994, she was elected to the Brea City Council and served one year as mayor. In 2000, she was elected to represent the 72nd District in the California Assembly. During her six years in the Assembly, she served as the highest-ranking Republican on the budget sub-committee on Education and Finance. In 2007, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed Daucher as director of the California Department of Aging where she served for over three years. Daucher currently serves on the board of directors for the Archstone Foundation and board of SeniorServ.

    Karriann Farrell HindsKarriann Farrell Hinds

    Karriann Farrell Hinds is the director of operations for the National Women’s Political Caucus Los Angeles Westside chapter board of directors. A graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and Loyola Law School, she has dedicated her professional life to serving and advocating for others, first as a volunteer attorney with the Harriett Buhai Center for Family Law, and later as an engaged board member of the ACLU of Southern California. Hinds is an appointee to the California Board of Accountancy and the Los Angeles County Commission for Women. In addition, Hinds serves on the boards of and collaborates with multiple organizations committed to advocating for equal representation of women and people of color in elected and appointed office.

    Jackie A. Filla, PhDJackie A. Filla, PhD

    Jackie A. Filla is an associate professor of political science in the History & Political Science Department at Mount Saint Mary’s University. Her research interests include state and local politics, direct democracy and women’s representation in local government. Filla also spearheads programming for the University’s annual Ready to Run™ nonpartisan campaign training for women. Prior to coming to Mount Saint Mary's, she was an assistant professor and faculty affiliate at the Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics at Chatham University in Pittsburgh, Penn. She has been awarded grants from the John Randolph and Dora Haynes Foundation and the Women and Girls Foundation and has been published in Urban Affairs Review and State and Local Government Review.

    Carina Franck-PantoneCarina Franck-Pantone

    Carina Franck-Pantone has dedicated nearly twenty years to political organizing, community engagement and fundraising strategy and management. She has provided strategic consultation for judicial, legislative, municipal and labor clients as a strategist, campaign manager and finance director. She is an elected delegate to Democratic Party’s 69th Assembly District as well as an Executive Board member to the CA State Democratic Party where she serves on the Rules Committee. Carina is especially proud to have worked on groundbreaking initiatives and investments including the establishment of Voice of OC – now a nationally acclaimed independent investigative news agency; OCVIP, Labor’s voter registration program targeting working families and communities of color in Orange County; and the California Labor Federation’s Veterans+Labor: Partners in Service project which includes co-organizing the region’s largest to date Veterans Day event to connect veterans with vital services, including job opportunities and mental health services.

    Amy HoworthAmy Howorth

    Manhattan Beach Mayor Pro Tem Amy Howorth is in her second term on the Manhattan Beach City Council, having first been elected in 2011. She was the Mayor in 2014. She also served 8 years on the Manhattan Beach School Board. She was recently appointed to the Los Angeles County Commission on Children and Families by County Supervisor Janice Hahn. She was elected in 2017 and 2015 as a delegate to the California Democratic Convention. Prior to that she was an appointed delegate of Assembly Member Al Muratsuchi and served as Congresswoman Jane Harman's Proxy. In July of 2016, she was a Clinton Appointee to the Rules Committee of the Democratic National Convention. She ran unsuccessfully for State Senate in 2014. Her political priorities include regional transportation issues, the environment, innovation in education and the economy, and increasing participation in the political process.

    Sheila James KuehlSheila James Kuehl

    Supervisor Sheila James Kuehl served eight years in the State Senate and six years in the State Assembly, and, in 2008, left the legislature under California's term limits statute. As of 2014, she has represented Los Angeles County’s Third District. She is also Chair of the Board of Commissioners of First Five, LA, and a member of the Boards of Directors of Metro, the Expo Authority, and the LA Local Agency Formation Commission. She is the Founding Director of the Public Policy Institute at Santa Monica College and has served as a Regents' Professor in Public Policy at UCLA. During the 1997-98 legislative session, she was the first woman in California history to be named Speaker pro Tempore of the Assembly. She is also the first openly gay or lesbian person to be elected to the California Legislature.

    Julissa Gomez Julissa Gomez

    Julissa Gomez is the Vice Chair for Latinas Lead CA, serving on board for over 5 years. Currently administers a statewide affordable housing trust fund for the California Association of Realtors, and all fundraising for CAR's PAC.  Prior to joining the California Association of Realtors, she was the Statewide Advocacy Manager for the American Lung Association in California, working on tobacco control and air quality issues throughout the state for California.  She also directed outreach efforts for Interethnica, working on several state projects, including Energy Upgrade California, High Speed Railway, San Francisco General Elections, and Clean Power San Francisco.  In addition, she served as campaign director for MomsRising, advocating for family friendly policies, including the Affordable Care Act, and Equal Pay Legislation. Julissa has over 10 years of experience in policy, public affairs, government relations and communications having worked with several non-profit and private sector organizations such as the Center for Justice and Accountability, Amnesty International USA and Jungle Communications.

    Eloise Gómez ReyesEloise Gómez Reyes

    Eloise Gómez Reyes was elected to the California State Assembly in November 2016 to represent California’s 47th Assembly District. Working alongside Legal Aid, she has helped provide free legal services and represented the residents of the Inland Empire. She was the first Latina to open her own law firm in the Inland Empire and co-founded of the Inland Empire Community Health Center. She is also an adjunct professor at Cal Poly Pomona. For her excellence in the community work, she was a recipient of the Wiley Pro Bono Award from the California State Bar (1988–2015), and was recognized as Attorney of the Year from the Inland Empire Latino Lawyers Association. She also serves on the Executive Board for the Children’s Spine Foundation, the Board of Directors for the Inland Empire Latino Lawyers Association, the San Bernardino Valley College Foundation, and the National Orange Show.

    Ana GuerreroAna Guerrero

    Ana Guerrero serves as Mayor Eric Garcetti’s chief of staff and directs all aspects of the Office of the Mayor. In this capacity, she is the primary driver of the mayor’s agenda. Guerrero has worked with Mayor Garcetti since he was first elected to the Los Angeles City Council in 2001. She was appointed as his council office chief of staff in 2008 after serving as his district director and deputy chief of staff. Upon his election as mayor in 2013, Mayor Garcetti appointed Guerrero chief of staff to the mayor’s office. Guerrero came to Los Angeles in 1995 to become the lead organizer of the United Neighborhoods Organization. In this position, Guerrero led a campaign that helped more than 5,000 immigrants become naturalized, politically active citizens. Guerrero is an immigrant from Mexico and is the daughter of farm workers.

    Lindsey HorvathLindsey Horvath

    Lindsey Horvath was elected to the West Hollywood City Council on March 3, 2015. Prior, she served as a councilmember from 2009 to 2011. She also served as a transportation commissioner from 2011-2015. She is widely known for her leadership on women’s issues, as a champion of LGTBQ rights, and also serves as a global coordinator for One Billion Rising, a global campaign of the V-Day movement to end violence against women and girls. She is an advocate for A Window Between Worlds, the UN Foundation and CARE. She was first appointed to the West Hollywood Women's Advisory Board in 2007, focusing on issues facing women and families in West Hollywood, and has collaborated with community leaders and organizations in successfully advocating for the full funding of the backlog of untested rape kit evidence in the city and county of Los Angeles.

    Abbe Land Abbe Land

    Abbe Land was an elected Councilmember of the City of West Hollywood from 1986-1997 and from 2003-2015, she served as Mayor five times. She is known for her support and leadership on women’s issues, LGBTQ rights, affordable housing, healthcare access and civil liberties. In addition, she is the former Executive Director and CEO of The Trevor Project, a nationally recognized nonprofit providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ youth. A recognized and respected health care professional and activist, Abbe has an impressive history of ensuring care to underrepresented populations and advocating for youth in the LGBTQ community. Prior to joining Trevor, Abbe served as Co-CEO of The Saban Community in Los Angeles, an organization dedicated to providing healthcare to the underserved.

    Nury MartinezNury Martinez

    Councilwoman Nury Martinez is Los Angeles' first Latina elected to the Los Angeles City Council in 25 years. In 2009, she was elected to the LAUSD Board of Education and from 2003 until 2009 she served the city of San Fernando as mayor and as a city councilwoman. Today, she is the only woman on the L.A. City Council, where she represents District 6. Martinez has dedicated her life to the San Fernando Valley, where she was born and raised. Martinez relies on her experience in community organizing and her family history to inspire her community revitalization goals on the L.A. City Council. In her unique role as the sole elected female member of the Council, Martinez is committed to encouraging and supporting girls and women to take leadership roles and be part of government.

    Elizabeth MatthewsElizabeth Matthews

    Elizabeth Matthews is a veteran PR executive running her own LA-based public relations and brand strategy firm, Newell + Matthews West. She has executed public affairs campaigns on Capitol Hill and developed innovative brands for Fortune 500 companies. She’s been deeply involved in public service since receiving her Political Science degree at the University of Southern California (USC) – including campaigns for Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and Eric Garcetti. Elizabeth has served on the Mayor’s Arts Advisory Board and as an Economic Development consultant; and four years as Chair of PR on the Board of Directors of the LA County Museum of Art’s (LACMA) largest art council. She is Director of PR on the Executive Board of political action group, Together We Will, LA. Elizabeth recently co-founded Female Forward which, in partnership with the City of LA and the Mayor’s office, empowers citizens to champion women’s issues.

    Rebecca NinburgRebecca Ninburg

    Rebecca Ninburg currently sits on the City of Los Angeles’ Board of Fire Commissioners. Prior to her appointment, she served for two years as vice president and then president of the City of Los Angeles’ Commission on the Status of Women. While on the CSW she worked closely with the LAFD to help strategize the recruitment of women in the fire service, which has resulted in the doubling of female applicants to the LAFD. In 2014, she was named one of the top 10 most influential women in Los Angeles by Los Angeles Magazine. Ninburg has devoted herself recently to public service but is best known for her work as the co-founder and CEO of the Los Angeles Derby Dolls, an all-female roller derby league committed to elevating women, young girls and the community through sport.

    Celestine W. PalmerCelestine W. Palmer

    Celestine Palmer is president emeritus and founder of the Los Angeles African American Women’s political action committee (LAAAWPAC); founder of Los Angeles African American Women’s Public Policy Institute (LAAAWPPI); and co-founder of Women Building for the Future political action committee. LAAAWPAC is committed to promoting candidates to public office and supporting issues that address the concerns of the African-American community by contributing financial resources and using collective voices for political impact. The LAAAWPPI is a 10-week intensive training program for African-American women, and was created as a separate nonpartisan and nonprofit foundation. Palmer became actively involved in the political process as a member of her Los Angeles Teacher’s Union when elected to the House of Representatives and delegate to conventions. In the California State Democratic Party, she served as vice chair and chairperson of the California Democratic Party’s Women’s Caucus.

    Mona PasquilMona Pasquil

    Mona Pasquil serves as appointments secretary in the Office of Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. and is responsible for helping the governor build his administration by recruiting top candidates to serve the state. She previously served as chief of staff to California Lt. Gov. John Garamendi and as acting lieutenant governor, after Garamendi was elected to Congress. This marked the first time a woman, an Asian Pacific Islander and a Filipino American served in this role. Pasquil is a veteran political advisor and strategist, and president of Pasquil Associates & Strategic Communications. She has directed presidential, gubernatorial and local campaigns across the nation. She’s most proud of her work mentoring California's youth to become more active in their communities. This includes founding the Asian Pacific Youth Leadership Project of California, dedicated to boosting Asian and Pacific Islander youth involvement in state policy.

    Naomi SeligmanNaomi Seligman

    Naomi has built her career transforming talented people and organizations into powerhouses of influence. Her hard-hitting strategies have put clients on the map for over 20 years, in a career spanning both coasts and the very different worlds of Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles. She has led hugely successful local, state, and national campaigns for advocacy organizations, elected officials, writers, tech innovators and entertainment industry luminaries, through robust partnerships, cutting-edge tactics, creative marketing and media buzz. She is currently Director of Communications for Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. In her political advocacy work, she has helped end the careers of some of the most corrupt members of Congress, targeted the NRA and its allies, exposed front groups covering for corporate interests, and rooted out conservative misinformation in the media.

    Emily C. WilliamsEmily C. Williams

    Emily C. Williams is the Assistant Senior Deputy for Human Services, Child Welfare, and Education. She is the policy liaison to the Departments of Children and Family Services (DCFS), Public Social Services (DPSS), Community and Senior Services (CSS), Child Support Services (CSSD), and the Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE). One of her primary responsibilities is to articulate and implement the Supervisor’s multi-faceted approach to ending the commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC). Prior to joining the County, Emily enjoyed a fourteen-year career with the City of Los Angeles, working as a policy advisor with the Human Relations Commission, overseeing non-tactical training for the Los Angeles Fire Department, and serving as a Deputy Chief of Staff for former Los Angeles City Councilmember Tony Cardenas.

    Felicia WilliamsFelicia Williams

    Felicia Williams has a background in finance and public policy, with experience in economic development, energy, and environment. Currently, she is Senior Managing Consultant at Public Financial Management helping local governments finance environmental projects. She has served as a Commissioner in the City of Pasadena since 2006 and is currently the Treasurer of the Pasadena Center Operating Company Board (convention center and visitor’s bureau) with a dual appointment to the Rose Bowl Operating Company. She also serves on the Boards of Planned Parenthood of Pasadena and San Gabriel Valley and the Pasadena Police Foundation.

    Grace YooGrace Yoo

    Grace Yoo is an estate planning attorney who is committed to civic engagement. She has worked on the campaigns of State Treasurer Kathleen Brown, Riverside Mayor Ronald Loveridge, congressional candidate Mark Takano and numerous others including her own LA City Council run in 2015. More than 15 years of Grace’s professional career has been dedicated to empowering citizens as the Executive Director of both the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) the Korean American Coalition (KAC). She is also a certified mediator and works with community leaders of every community and ethnicity to resolve conflict and tension in the broader community. Grace’s passion for justice and democracy led her to be a driving force behind the LA City Redistricting lawsuit that is currently before the United States Court of Appeals Ninth Circuit.