IGNITE builds political ambition in young women

Why? Because women make up 51% of the population but hold only 20% of elective offices.

IGNITE solves this problem by inspiring and training high school and college women to declare their political ambition and ultimately run for office.


IGNITE is a national, non-partisan 501(c)3

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    A premier Bay Area cocktail event celebrating prominent multi-generational civic leaders from across the region. Honorees exemplify the mission of IGNITE by putting their beliefs into action, empowering other women, and transforming the communities they serve. Join us for a chic and festive evening of inspiring women, stirring stories, and fun!

    When: May 11, 2016 from 6:00-8:00 PM
    Where: Hawthorn, 46 Geary Street, San Francisco, CA 94108 

    Individual tickets range from $50-$100, with a limited number of discounted tickets available for people ages 21-30. Host Committee levels range from $250-$2,500. Purchase tickets or join the host committee today. 

    Corporate sponsorship available that includes: public recognition benefits, ticket packages and the special opportunity to honor powerful female role models from around the Bay Area. Click here for details or contact Amy Zucchero at amy@ignitenational.org or (510) 542-9208.

    This year’s honorees include:

    ClaireSolotHeadshot2016_(1).jpgClaire Solot- A legal services advocate and strategist, Claire Solot has a decades long career working with non-profit organizations and foundations, with a focus on legal services for the underserved. As Co-Founder of the Bay Area Legal Services Funders Network (LSFN) Claire has testified at the California Access to Justice hearings and is one of the 2015 OneJustice Opening the Doors of Justice honorees. Claire led the formation and operations of several private foundations and currently serves as the Managing Director of the Bigglesworth Family Foundation. Prior to entering into the field of philanthropy, Claire worked as an attorney in both the private and public sectors and has served on over a dozen non-profit boards across the educational and civic sectors including Board Chair of the Marcled Foundation, Secretary of the Jenerosity Foundation and Treasurer/Finance Committee Chair of the Urban School of San Francisco.

    Andrea_Shorter_-_.jpgAndrea Shorter- An accomplished public official, non-profit manager, and political strategist, Andrea has a long career as an advocate for LGBTQ rights and marriage equality. She is currently the Director of Community Relations at Out & Equal. Prior to that, Andrea was the Director of Marriage Equality and Coalition Strategies at Equality California, where she led an unprecedented statewide coalition of over 100 diverse organizations, community, political, and business leaders to restore same sex marriage equality after the epic passage of Proposition 8. She has held senior leadership positions at NAMES Project Foundation/AIDS Memorial, and the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice.Andrea has served on the Board of Trustees of the San Francisco Community College District and continues her public service today on the Commission on the Status of Women for the City and County of San Francisco.


    Catherine Stefani- A dedicated advocate for women and active volunteer for Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, Catherine was recently appointed as County Clerk in the City and County of San Francisco after a long career in public service. She has worked in San Francisco’s City Hall since 2007, first for Supervisor Michela Alioto-Pier, and then for Supervisor Mark Farrell. Previously she worked for San Jose Vice Mayor Cindy Chavez, the California Department of Justice, and Speaker Herb Wesson of the California State Assembly. Early in her career Catherine was a deputy district attorney in Contra Costa County, where as a prosecutor she argued 25 jury trials. She later developed, hosted and produced FOR THE RECORD, a live call-in television show that focused on educating viewers about various legal issues. 


    Nicole Regalado-Butler- A gender and reproductive justice activist with expertise in digital movement building. As Online Advocacy Manager at Planned Parenthood Northern California, Nicole leads digital strategy including online political advocacy campaigns that educate and mobilize voters. Nicole got her start in digital organizing while working on a national campaign to end the sex trafficking of minors that successfully shut down Craigslist's Adult Services section. Alongside her work in women's health and reproductive rights, Nicole is a board member of Spark, the largest network of millennial philanthropists who advance gender equity. Nicole also has a long history of service to IGNITE, having facilitated workshops at a number of our Bay Area conferences for young women.  


    Daisy Ozim- A fierce social justice and health advocate, Daisy puts her beliefs into action in everything she does. Daisy Ozim, is the Director of Community Engagement at TAYSF and the creator of Resilient Wellness, a health education programmed designed to end the cycles of multi-generational trauma in communities of color. She has been involved in community based outreach and advocacy and civic youth engagement, since her late teens where she has worked on policy issues including health care quality for young women, public health implications of police violence, increasing visibility of self-care for social justice advocates, and political empowerment for young women. Alongside her advocacy work, Daisy is an ethnic studies teacher at Gateway High School, where she also facilitates the IGNITE program. 


    Special thanks to our Host Committee 
    *partial list as of 4/26/16

    Nancy Wiltsek

    Nicholas Josefowitz, Dorka Keehn, Megan McTiernan, Lily North, Mary Taylor
    Nancy Blachman, Lori Droste, Danielle Oliveto, Rebecca Prozan, Tulchin Research
    50+1 Strategies, Berit Ashla, Vanessa Bilanceri, Charge About Town, Raquel Donoso, Supervisor Mark Farrell, Kelly Hardesty
    Women Get it Done, Pam Majteles, Amy Pearl, Janice Sears, Thea Selby, Karen Silverman, Amy Zucchero

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    SATURDAY, JUNE 11,2016

    7:00-10:00 P.M. 

    Perot Museum of Nature and Science 


    Learn about IGNITE, a Non-profit that empowers young women to run for political office. 

    TARGET AUDIENCE: High School Students 

    Guests & Family Members Welcome!

    Tickets start at $40. Packages start at $125. 

    Click here for more information on tickets or sponsorship or email us at admin@ignitenational.org


    Our presenting sponsor:





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