NWPC’s Accomplishments

National highlights:

  • Endorsing and supporting Senator Kamala Harris’s historic campaign as the first African American Asian American woman elected Vice President; NPWC California was particularly engaged in supporting Senator Harris from the primary;
  • 8 women endorsed for U.S. Senate, 1 Incumbent, Senator Tina Smith of Minnesota, and 7 challengers (GA, ID, IA, ME, OK, TN, TX);
  • 102 women endorsed for Congress, notable 15 from California alone; unfortunately, while none of the challengers emerged, all our incumbents were re-elected;
  • NWPC CA recommended an additional Congressional candidate for endorsement who won, Sara Jacobs, CD-50 (San Diego);

State Highlights:

  • Endorsed 8 women for Senate, 2 won (1 incumbent);
  • Endorsed 21 candidates for Assembly, 14 won;
  • Endorsed and supported women running in Board of Supervisor races, one of the most important, but under-looked offices in the state: Holly Mitchell for LA County Board of Supervisors and Wendy Root Askew for Monterey County Board of Supervisors

In addition to our engagement in the election, NWPC CA experienced some additional significant accomplishments, including:

  • Advocated to Governor Newsom for the appointment of a woman of color, particularly an African American woman, to fill the remaining term of Vice President-elect Harris’s Senate seat;
  • Hosted the 2020 Women’s Political Summit, where we discussed the political state of women with Controller Betty Yee and commemorated the careers of gender advocacy leaders Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson and Senator Holly J. Mitchell;
  • Conducted 11 candidate and campaign staffer trainings in 2020 alone, several of which focused on policy issues like including budgeting in the time of COVID and police reform, and social media training;
  • Distributed several action alerts in support of 2020 legislative agenda through the Public Policy Committee, that resulted in the expansion of paid family incorporated into the budget;
  • Expansion of the NWPC CA caucus to over 500 members;
  • Contributed $28,000 to endorsed candidates over election cycle (which does not include the thousands of dollars contributed to municipal candidates endorsed and supported by local caucuses).

2021 and Beyond
We intend to host a strategic planning session in February 2021 where we will focus on such tactics as: 

  • Offering an expansion of our 2021-2022 Candidate and Campaign Training Schedule;
  • Expanding of engagement in supporting women running in additional areas of California, including the Inland Empire, Coachella Valley, High Desert and Northern California;
  • Exploring collaboration and partnership with sister organizations;
  • Launching a scholarship for college women studying public policy to work and/or intern in Sacramento; and,
  • Increasing membership by 100 members.

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