LA Mayor’s Chief of Staff Ana Guerrero to Address SoCal Class of 2016 at Graduation

Los Angeles, CA – Twenty women from Southern California are now ready to run for office and help close the gender gap in electoral politics. The class graduates this Saturday after completing a four-month training program with Emerge California, which recruits and trains Democratic women to run for office. 

The members of the 2016 SoCal class come from fourteen cities and four counties including Los Angeles, Riverside, San Diego and Orange County. They represent a range of professions including education, public service, and small business management. Details on graduates available here:

“This impressive group of talented, diverse women are well-equipped to make a difference in public office across Southern California,” said Emerge CA Southern California Program Director Lindsay Bubar. “Recent data shows that white men make up 53% of candidates and 55% of office holders in our state, even though they are only 19% of the population. Not only does this not make for a representative government, but we are also missing out on the skills and talents of more than half our population.”

The graduation keynote speaker is Ana Guerrero, Chief of Staff for Mayor Eric Garcetti. Guerrero first came to Los Angeles in 1995 to become the lead organizer of the United Neighborhoods Organization (UNO). While there, Guerrero led a campaign that helped more than 5,000 immigrants become naturalized, politically active citizens. Guerrero has worked for Garcetti since July 2001, when he was a Los Angeles city council member.

Who:            Emerge California

What:           SoCal Class of 2015 Graduation Ceremony and Reception

When:          Saturday, April 16, 6:00 PM

Where:         Los Angeles City Hall, Tom Bradley Tower Rm, 27th Fl, 200 N Spring St, Los Angeles

Since its founding, Emerge California has recruited and trained nearly 350 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.

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