IGNITE launched in the Bay Area in fall of 2009. Today, we administer programming up and down state. We administer high school programming in the Bay Area and have college chapters on campuses in Northern and Southern California. We host annual political leadership conferences and connect young women to our elected network.

IGNITE has regional College Councils in Northern and Southern California made up of politically motivated college women who want to build their own leadership skills and bring the IGNITE program to their campuses. Councils meet quarterly to discuss relevant policy issues, learn from dynamic elected officials, develop political leadership skills, and build a network to support their ambitions for civic and political leadership.

K12 Programs

  • Capuchino High School
  • East Palo Alto Phoenix Academy
  • Gateway High School
  • Golden State College Preparatory
  • Impact Middle School
  • KIPP King
  • Leadership High School
  • Lionel Wilson College Preparatory
  • San Lorenzo High School
  • Wallenberg High School

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Colleges and Universities

  • Sacramento State
  • San Francisco State University
  • UC Berkeley
  • UC Los Angeles
  • UC San Diego

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Cecilia Ruesta serves as our Central Valley Fellow. In undergrad at California State Fresno, Cecilia was a member of Students for Quality Education (SQE) where she mobilized students, faculty and staff to address socioeconomic disparities in higher education. In addition to lobbying at the state level with SQE, she has also lobbied at the national level with United We Dream and other organizations in order to pass legislation that would grant deportation relief to thousands of immigrant youth. In the Women's Studies Program she helped organize campus-wide campaigns to end gender discrimination, racism, and violence against women and children. Cecilia is originally from Lima, Peru and immigrated to the United States at the age of 17.  Cecilia holds a B.A. in Women’s Studies and a B.S. in Criminology and is currently in the MFT counseling program at California State University, Fresno. For Central Valley related inquiries, please contact Cecilia at ceciliar@ignitenational.org.

Anais Franco serves as our Southern California Fellow. Anais holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a minor in Economics from California State University San Bernardino. Her background is in higher education and regional organizing. Anais’ recently served as the Regional Organizer for Rancho Cucamonga with James Ramos 2018 campaign for State Assembly. The focal point of her regional organizing and time on the campaign trail was making higher education more accessible to all as well as increasing trade school opportunities in the region. Anais' passion for higher education advocacy was the impetus for getting civically engaged. She currently works as an English Tutor for the Language Success Center at Chaffey Community College. For Southern California inquires, contact anais@ignitenational.org.   

Legislative Advocacy 

IGNITE the Capitol: California

Monday, March 30, 2020 | 9:00 am to 3:00 pm | California State Capitol, Sacramento, CA

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Assembly Bill 31 "Tampon Tax"

Bill Summary: Essential feminine hygiene products are unaffordable for many Californians, as a first step removing taxes for these products will help to alleviate the issue. Currently, women in California still pay over $20 million annually in taxes on tampons, sanitary napkins, and menstrual cups paying on average $7 a month for forty years of their lives. California law exempts health items like walkers, medical identification tags, and prescription medication, including Viagra®. Menstrual health products are not tax-exempt in California even though they are deemed medical necessities by the Federal Drug Administration. AB 31 recognizes that essential feminine hygiene products for women need to be made more affordable and accessible.

Sign the statement of support Advocacy toolkit for SB 31 Bill Status 

Conferences and Training

Young Women Run California

Sunday, March 29, 2020 | 10:00 am to 3:00 pm 


For the current list of conferences and training, visit our Event Calendar.