Young Women’s Political Leadership Conference
Meet our Keynote Speaker
8:30am - 4pm
About the Conference
The IGNITE conference will inspire and motivate you to take the next step in your path to political leadership. Meet with local elected officials, learn from policy experts, hear from dynamic speakers, snag an internship and meet your future mentor. This full day will connect you with politically ambitious peers and women who have traveled the path to elected office. You will leave activated, informed and ready to run.
Meet our Speakers and Panelists:
Jessica Castro was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and has spent most of her life in CA. She grew up in Irvine and attended the University of Southern CA (Fight on!) where she studied Broadcast Journalism, International Relations and Multimedia. Jessica started her career in TV news in Amarillo, TX before she spent nearly half a decade in Las Vegas as a reporter and morning anchor. Click here for more on Jessica.
Gabriela Jimenez is Senior Public Affairs Officer for Planned Parenthood Northern California Action Fund. Her lifelong dedication for advocacy and political organizing began as a toddler when her mother would take her precinct walking and phone banking on weekends. Click here for more on Gabriela
Dey Nava is the Public Affairs Officer for Planned Parenthood Northern California Action Fund. Dey is passionate about advancing healthcare access for all, and also ensuring that the social and economic environments within communities support opportunities for a long and healthy life. Click here for more on Dey.
Daisy Ozim is the Director of Resilient Wellness, a health education programmed designed to end the cycles of multi-generational trauma through policy advocacy, service delivery and education. She has been involved in community based outreach and advocacy and civic youth engagement, since her late teens. Click here for more on Daisy.
Angeles Roy is a bilingual and bicultural political campaigns operative and strategist based in San Francisco CA. Originally from Chile, she emigrated to the Bay Area nine years ago and holds a B.A., in Political Science from UC Berkeley. Angeles has extensive experience leading and winning candidate and issue based campaigns. Click here for more on Angeles.
Erin Schrode is a citizen activist and journalist. This leading voice on sustainability, social impact and millennials and a vocal advocate for environmental action, public health and equal justice She just ran an unprecedented campaign for US Congress in California. Click here for more on Erin.
Marissa Trambley is a Director at Stott Development Solutions Group. She most recently served as the lead fundraiser in Silicon Valley for Hillary For America’s Presidential campaign after working in development and politics for nearly 10 years. Click here for more on Marissa.
Jocelyn Yow joined Office of Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi in October 2016, focusing on issues related to Asian Pacific Islander (API) community, education, healthcare, social security, and grants. Prior to joining Office of Congresswoman Pelosi, she was a District Representative at Office of State Senator Tony Mendoza. Click here for more on Jocelyn.
Stay tuned as we announce more speakers.
Panels and Workshops:
Organize for Women’s Health: Worried about what's coming down the pike? Learn about policies that could impact reproductive health and what you can do to organize.
Gender and Immigration: An in-depth look at family detention and immigrant asylum; learn about the current policies that are impacting women and girls at a disproportionate rate.
Get LinkedIn with your network: Leverage your social network to build community and prepare for future candidacy. Learn to amplify your skill set and personal brand.
Advocating for a Sustainable Environment: Hear from an elected official, lobbyist and advocate for sustainable environmental policy in the Bay Area.
Self-Care as a Youth Activist: prioritizing self-care can be challenging when you are juggling classes, work, volunteering and saving the world. Join this interactive workshop to unearth the reasons why self-care is critical and try out some new practices that will keep you going as you work to solve your community issues.
Campaign 101: Get the first hand scoop on what it's like to be a campaign staffer. Hear from campaign managers, staff members and volunteers about what it takes to get their candidate elected.
Roundtable Lunch with Elected Officials:
Carmen Chu, San Francisco Assessor-Recorder
Malia Cohen, San Francisco Supervisor
Brigitte Davila, San Francisco Community College Board
Lori Droste, Berkeley City Council
Delaine Eastin, Former CA Superintendent
Aimee Eng, Oakland School Board
Ann-Marie Hogan, Berkeley City Auditor
Beatriz Leyva-Cutler, Berkeley School Board
Jody London, Oakland School Board
Gina Papan, Millbrae Vice Mayor
Hillary Ronen, San Francisco Supervisor
Ann Schneider, Millbrae City Council
Nancy Skinner, CA State Senate
Roseann Torres, Oakland School Board
Camille Townsend, Palo Alto School Board Member
IGNITE is thrilled to connect you to your next step towards political and civic engagement. To close out the conference this year, we will have over 20+ organizations, non-profits, and local and statewide government offices who will be offering job, internship or volunteer opportunities. Check out the growing list and update your resume before March 4!
Bay Area Anti-Trafficking Coalition
Bay Area Council
Bay Area Women's March
Breast Cancer Fund
California State Senator Nancy Skinner's Office
California State Senator Scott Wiener's Office
Freedom House SF
Love Never Fails Us
National Center for Lesbian Rights
Oakland Housing Authority
Peer Health Exchange
San Francisco Department on the Status of Women
San Francisco Supervisor Katy Tang's Office
Young Minds Advocacy
YWCA San Francisco & Marin