Emerge California to Honor State Controller Betty Yee as Woman of the Year at San Francisco Annual Event on June 11

Contact: Pam Majteles 510.986.0445, ext. 303

***Media Advisory***

Emerge California to Honor State Controller Betty Yee

as Woman of the Year at San Francisco Annual Event on June 11

President SF Board of Supervisors London Breed to Receive

2015 Alumna of the Year Award

 

San Francisco, CA – In a state where only 27% of elected officials are women, Emerge California will honor two of those outstanding women leaders this Thursday evening at The City Club of San Francisco.

Hundreds of supporters of Emerge California, which recruits and trains Democratic women to run for office, will attend to hear remarks from California State Controller Betty Yee and to see President of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors London Breed be honored as Alumna of the Year. The audience will include public and elected officials and Emerge California’s alumnae, current program members and board members.

Controller Yee is one of only two women holding state constitutional office in California. She was elected last November, after winning a hard-fought primary earlier in the year. Yee is expected to highlight the critical need for more women to run for office.

“Women have to be agents of change and stand up for ourselves and express our voices,” said Betty Yee. “We need all of our voices at the table and we need to use them to reflect on the realities that women are facing today.”

President of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors London Breed will receive the Alumna of the Year award, which recognizes outstanding graduates of Emerge California. Breed was elected to the Board of Supervisors in 2012, after defeating the incumbent. She became President in her first term, and she is only the second African American woman to hold the title.

Breed was raised in San Francisco public housing and represents the racially diverse district where she grew up. She is known for her purposeful and straightforward leadership style. Last year, Breed challenged her political allies in regard to poor ambulance response times. She has also been consistent in her support of a city-run clean power program, which runs counter to many of the city’s influential business interests.

“Supervisor Breed exemplifies the women leaders we train,” said Emerge California Executive Director Kimberly Ellis. “She was committed to making a difference in her city and fearlessly stepped forward to run for office in 2012. Using the skills and knowledge gained through the Emerge program, she won in a crowded field of candidates that included an incumbent. Our goal is to have alumnae like Supervisor Breed running and winning office across California.”

Who:         Emerge California

What:        Emerge California’s San Francisco Annual Event

When:        Thursday, June 11, 6:30-8:30 PM

Where:       The City Club of San Francisco, 155 Sansome St, 10th Fl.

Since its founding, Emerge California has recruited and trained over 300 women. Fifty percent of those women have run for public office or been appointed to local and statewide boards or commissions. Of those who have run, nearly 70% have won their races. In addition, 50% of Emerge graduates are women of color.

For more information, please contact Pam Majteles at pam@emergeca.org.

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