Young Women’s Political Leadership Conference

#IGNITE2017CA   #DeclareYourAmbition

Meet our Keynote Speaker


Saturday, March 4, 2017

8:30am - 4pm

The Village - 969 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

  Registration is closed!

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.jpgJessica 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. 


IMG_4485.jpgMarandah Field-Elliot is a third-year student at UC Berkeley where she studies Political Science and American Studies. During her Sophomore year, she ran a winning campaign to serve on UC Berkeley’s ASUC Senate. Click here for more on Marandah.


Madeline_Franklin.jpgMaddie Franklin is a political campaign operative based in San Francisco, CA.  Maddie got her start in politics as a senior in college when she helped found the California Women's List, a PAC dedicated to electing more women to California state offices. Click here for more on Maddie. 

Gabriela_Jimenez.jpgGabriela 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. 

Nick_J.jpgNick Josefowitz was elected to the BART Board in 2014, representing District 8, which includes portions of San Francisco. Nicholas launched RenGen Energy, a company that developed and built renewable energy power plants. Click here for more on Nick. 


Nikila_Kakarla.jpgNikila Kakarla is a legal support specialist at LinkedIn working in areas of risk, IP, and privacy protection. She is a graduate of Barnard College of Columbia University and is focused on the intersection of tech and policy. Click here for more on Nikila. 


 Rebecca_Langer.jpgRebecca Langer has lived in France, Belgium, and Morocco advocating for effective policies on human rights and environmental regulation.  She moved to San Francisco in 2014 and has since found her passion at the intersection of renewable energy policy and environmental justice. Click here for more on Rebecca.


Laura Martinez became the first Latina council member to serve the City of East Palo Alto in 2008.  In 2011, at the age of 27, she was elected the youngest serving, and first Latina mayor, in East Palo Alto's history. Click here for more on Laura. 

Dey_Nava.jpgDey 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_(1).jpgDaisy 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.


angelesroy.jpgAngeles 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.

Maria_Stamas.jpgMaria Stamas is an attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council's (NRDC) Energy & Climate Program, where she advocates for equitable clean energy solutions as a means to mitigate the effects of climate change. Click here for more on Maria.



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.

mel.jpgMarissa 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.


Mya_Whitaker.jpgMya Whitaker is the Program Director for the Bay Area Urban Debate League, a non profit that teaches youth throughout the Bay Area policy Debate. As an alumni to the program Mya has helped the program reach over 3,000 students. Click here for more on Mya. 


Jocelyn_Yow.jpgJocelyn 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.

IGNITE Alumni on the Run: Hear how IGNITE alums are taking their next step to political leadership by serving their communities and preparing to run.

Personal Branding: To post or not to post? This interactive workshop will dive into how social media, dress, and communication are components of how you market yourself (great pre-session to the Opportunity Fair!).   

Vision Boost: What is your vision for the change you want to make in the world?  Learn about the Vision Framework, daily practices to live your vision and create your own vision statement as you take your next step to political leadership.

Run for Office on your Campus: Get practical tips and learn the the dos and don'ts of launching a student body campaign. Hear from an IGNITE alum who ran and WON her campaign at UC Berkeley. 

Roundtable Lunch with Elected Officials:

Meredith Brown, Peralta Board Trustee
Carmen Chu, San Francisco Assessor-Recorder
Malia Cohen, San Francisco Supervisor
Annie Campbell Washington, Oakland Vice Mayor
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
Elisa Marquez, Hayward City Council
Lynette McElhaney, Oakland City Council
Emily Murase, San Francisco 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
Janet Zamudio, San Lorenzo School Board


Involvement Fair

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
Emerge California 
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


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