Emerge California Names Amber Maltbie New Board Chair

Oakland, CA – Emerge California has announced today that the organization elected Amber Maltbie as its new Chair of the Board.

Amber Maltbie is a political attorney in Los Angeles with Nossaman, LLP, specializing in campaign finance compliance and disclosure, election administration, and governmental ethics.  Ms. Maltbie was also recently elected to the Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council. Specializing in the intersection between U.S. and international election law, gender issues, and women's political participation - Ms. Maltbie is also an adjunct professor of election law at the McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento, CA.

Ms. Maltbie has been widely recognized as a leading expert in gender and elections, and her work on women's voting rights in emerging democracies has been cited in United Nations Development Programme reports and published by international NGOs.  In addition to her scholarly work on women's voting rights, Amber has worked with the International Foundation for Electoral Systems in North Mitrovica, Kosovo during Kosovo’s first Parliamentary elections in 2010.

“Amber has been instrumental to Emerge California’s remarkable growth and success over the last few years,” said Executive Director Kimberly Ellis. “Under Amber’s leadership and with her statewide connections, we will continue to build a strong pipeline of women candidates who are ready to run and serve across California.” 

Prior to becoming an attorney, Amber worked for Oakland Congresswoman Barbara Lee as a district aide and political advisor, including managing her contested 2002 re-election campaign after the Congresswoman gave the only “no” vote against authorizing George Bush to wage an unchecked war. Amber also spent two years developing and implementing campaigns to increase voter participation in historically disenfranchised communities in Kentucky, the Cheyenne Reservation in South Dakota, Louisiana, Georgia and New Mexico. Amber is also co-founder of both Fem Dems of Sacramento and Mills College Fem Dems.

Amber has served on the Emerge California Board since 2014 and takes over from outgoing chair Kate Karpilow.

“Significant strides forward were made under the leadership of outgoing chair Kate Karpilow, including the launching of a new strategic plan - the 2020 Plan - which sets ambitious goals for recruitment, training, movement building and organizational operations. Karpilow also played a significant role in establishing Emerge's annual Sacramento event as a premiere fundraiser,” said Amber Maltbie.

Since its founding, Emerge California has recruited and trained nearly 400 women. Fifty percent of those women have run for public office or have 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.

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