The AAUW Berkeley Branch is proud to sponsor a panel discussion “From Community College to Elected Office” on Friday, April 23, 2021 from 4-6 pm. Reserve your spot by clicking HERE or send an email to [email protected]
Panelists will talk about their experiences, the obstacles they have faced and the unique paths they took to
run for elected office. You will also hear from our community college students who will share their stories and
ask the panelists questions. Believe me, you don’t have to run for office to enjoy this event. In this current climate we are reminded that diverse representation is extremely important to help us work towards racial, gender and economic justice.
Assembly member Ash Kalra is the first Indian-American to serve in the California State Legislature. He has just been elected to Chair the California Legislative Progressive Caucus.
Aisha Wahab is the Hayward Mayor Pro Tempore. She is the first Afghan American woman elected to public office in the United States and is an advocate for the most vulnerable in our communities.
Terry Taplin is a Berkeley City Council Member. He is the first African American, LGBTQ poet elected and he is a climate justice leader.
Adena Ishii is the first Japanese American, woman of color to become the President of the League of Women Voters Berkeley, Albany, Emeryville. She is currently a second year law student and is a community leader with a fierce commitment to voter education.
Assembly member Robert Rivas represents the 30th Assembly District, and currently serves as the Vice Chair of the California Latino Legislative Caucus and Chair of the Assembly Agriculture Committee. Having grown up with a stuttering disability and in farmworker housing, Rivas learned the challenges facing his community from his grandfather, a farm worker who stood side-by-side with Cesar Chavez.
Oakland City Council President Pro Tempore Sheng Thao is the first Hmong American woman elected to City Council in the State of California. Sheng Thao is the daughter of Hmong refugee parents from Laos. She was born and raised in Stockton and is the 7th of 10 children. She is a domestic violence survivor and a single mother who put herself through college while working and raising her son.