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
  • KIPP King
  • Leadership High School
  • Lionel Wilson College Preparatory
  • San Lorenzo High School
  • Wallenberg High School

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Colleges and Universities

  • Berkeley City College
  • Cabrillo College
  • Cal Poly Pamona
  • Clovis Community College
  • CSU San Marcos
  • Dominican University
  • Fresno City College
  • Fresno Pacific University
  • Fresno State University
  • Mesa College
  • Mills College
  • Sacramento State
  • Saint Mary's College of California
  • San Diego State University
  • San Francisco State University
  • Scripps College
  • UC Berkeley
  • UC Davis
  • UC Los Angeles
  • UC Riverside
  • UC Merced
  • UC San Diego
  • UC Santa Cruz
  • University of La Verne
  • University of Southern CA
  • University of the Pacific
  • Stanford University

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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.

Dalila Valdez Renteria serves as our Southern California Fellow. Delila holds a master’s in public policy with a focus on Race and Immigration from the University of California, Riverside and is returning to IGNITE for a second year as the Southern California Fellow. She currently works at Immigrant Defenders Law Center in the Detained Youth Empowerment Program where she works with detained children and youth to provide them with legal services. Prior to this Dalila worked at a local rape crisis center and dedicated to her time to serving survivors of sexual assault and helping to end gender-based violence by facilitating middle school and high school Be Strong groups on a weekly basis.  For Southern California inquires, contact dalila@ignitenational.org.

Conferences and Training

At this time there are no upcoming events in California. For the current list of conferences and training, visit our Event Calendar