New Women Activist Brunch Meet & Greet
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New Women Activist Brunch Meet & Greet

New Women Activist Brunch Meet & Greet

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SEIU Local 521 Hall, 2302 Zanker Rd. San Jose 95131

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Are you part of a women's organization that would like the women's voice to stand strong during this political climate? Are you a woman that simply would like to work with other women to contribute to this effort?

DAWN and Women Get It Done - Silicon Valley are convening women and women's organizations to join as a united front. DAWN is a grassroots democratic organization working to elect progressive, pro-choice women. In order to counter the GOP's war on women and to ensure local elected officials are champions for women's issues, it is critical that organizations like DAWN continue to advocate for gender equity, reproductive rights, and the needs of women in our communities.

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Santa Clara County Supervisor Cindy Chavez
Planned Parenthood Director of Public Affairs Guadalupe Rodriguez
Emerge California Executive Director & Candidate for California Democratic Party Chair Kimberly Ellis

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11:00am - 11:30am -- Registration & Networking
11:30am - 12:00pm -- Program & Guest Speakers
12:00pm - 1:30pm -- Group Discussions
1:30pm - 2:00pm -- Action Items Recap
2:00pm - 2:30pm -- Networking

**Food and refreshments will be provided.**


SPEAKER BIOGRAPHIES

Cindy Chavez
Supervisor Cindy Chavez represents the over 360,000 people of Central, South and East San Jose on the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors. She chairs the Board’s Children, Families and Seniors Committee and serves as Vice Chair on the Finance and Government Operations Committee. She also serves as Chairperson of the Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) and Delegate to the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD).

As a two-term member of the San Jose City Council, she built a strong reputation as an advocate for improving the quality of life throughout San Jose. She was a leader in developing cutting-edge community-based programs to address crime, education, small business development and neighborhood revitalization. Elected to the City Council in 1998 and re-elected in 2002, Chavez served two years as vice mayor. Her terms were distinguished by implementing goals to make every neighborhood safe, enhancing opportunities for residents and providing guidance on improving city government’s service to them.

As the Executive Officer of the South Bay AFL-CIO Labor Council and Executive Director of Working Partnerships USA, her work was highlighted by her ability to build new collaborations to create innovative policy that improves the lives of working families throughout Silicon Valley. Few public leaders can count the kind of successes that Chavez achieved early in her public service: ground-breaking health insurance for Santa Clara County’s children, which served as a national model, unprecedented construction of diverse housing and a genuine city-schools partnership in downtown San Jose.

Often described as a savvy consensus builder and possessing a down to earth charm, Chavez has also contributed to local high technology initiatives, the arts and guided the political participation of emerging ethnic communities. Chavez was a member of the Board of Directors of Joint Venture, Silicon Valley Network and the California Blue Ribbon Task Force on Nanotechnology. She also serves on the National Board of Planned Parenthood and is a senior fellow of the American Leadership Forum. Chavez was named by the Silicon Valley Business Journal in its surveys of “Influential Women in Business” and served on the Board of the Silicon Valley Women’s Alliance. She was a recipient of the California Assembly’s Housing Leadership Award and the Blue Cross of California’s Community Service Award. Cindy Chavez was voted “Legislator of the Year” by the Silicon Valley Asian Pacific American Democratic Club and 2012 Woman of the Year by the California State Assembly.

Cindy and her husband Mike Potter and their son Brennan live in the Naglee Park neighborhood of San Jose.


Guadalupe Rodriguez
Guadalupe (Lupe) Rodríguez is the Director of Public Affairs at Planned Parenthood Mar Monte. Previously, Lupe was the Executive Director at ACCESS Women’s Health Justice.

Lupe served on the board of directors of the California Family Health Council, and now chairs the board of ACCESS Women’s Health Justice, and sits on the board of California Latinas for Reproductive Justice. She also serves as the Chair of the Santa Clara County Commission on the Status of Women and is an adviser for the Women's Health & Rights Program at the Center for American Progress in Washington, D.C.. In 2010, Lupe was honored with the ‘Generation Award for an Emerging Leader’ from the California Coalition for Reproductive Freedom, and she received the “Mi Gente” 30 Under 30 award by Silicon Valley Latino. She has a BA in neurobiology from Harvard University.

Kimberly Ellis
As the very first African American Executive Director in Emerge America's national network, Kimberly Ellis has worked tirelessly to support, train, and inspire Democratic women to step in to political power here in California.

Kimberly Ellis is the Democratic Party's right choice for Chair.

Kimberly has worked in private industry, state government and the non-profit sector, developing leaders and successful organizations. In 2009, she was appointed by the Mayor to serve as a Commissioner for the Community Development Commission in the City of Richmond.

As Recording Secretary, Kimberly has brought expertise and experience to the African American Caucus and Democratic Party as a whole. Our state and nation are at a critical point in history. We have an opportunity to reshape the narrative around important issues facing the Black community. As a woman and a mother of two, Kimberly cares deeply about the future of our party, and she is the right person to help lead it.

At Emerge, the ultimate goal is to increase the number of Democratic women in public office. Kimberly Ellis has decided to lead by example, and we hope you will stand with her and get involved in our campaign.


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