The East Bay Women’s Political Caucus (EBWPC) is a nonprofit 501(c)(4) membership organization that works to increase the number of pro-choice women to elected and appointed office and to win political, economic and social equality for all. The EBWPC Political Action Committee (PAC) endorses candidates and ballot measures on our bottom line issues and supports endorsed campaigns with volunteer activities and financially. We are grateful for our donors whose support gives us the tools to fulfill our mission. 

EBWPC is lead by a volunteer board of directors who dedicate a significant amount of time to the success of the organization. We welcome the involvement of EBWPC members in the work of our committees. Read more about them here.

EBWPC Inc. Board Officers

  • Chair- Amelia Lopez
  • Treasurer- Amy Shrago
  • Recording and Corresponding Secretary- Toni Gomez
  • Membership and Programs Chair- Annie Flores and Winnie Anderson
  • Legislative Chair- Jamila English
  • Fundraising Chair- Fatimah Aure
  • Contra Costa Directors- Iris Obregon and Amie Hynes
  • At Large: 
    • Shereda Nosakhare
    • Mona Barra-Gibson
    • Ces Rosales
    • Maha Ibrahim
    • Rashi Kesarwani

EBWPC PAC Board Officers:

  • Chair- Mona Barra-Gibson
  • Finance Director- Amy Shrago
  • Recording and Corresponding Secretary- Toni Gomez
  • Operating Director- Vacant
  • Political Director- Ces Rosales
  • Fundraising Chair- Fatimah Aure
  • Contra Costa County Directors- Iris Obregon and Amie Hynes
  • At Large: 
    • Shereda Nosakhare 
    • Amelia Lopez
    • Annie Flores
    • Winnie Anderson
    • Jamila English
    • Maha Ibrahim
    • Rashi Kesarwani

 Leadership Circle

The East Bay Women’s Political Caucus Leadership Circle is dedicated to supporting the organization’s sustainability through resource generation, social connections and knowledge sharing. Its founding members are women who are connected to EBWPC’s forty year old successor organization, the National Women’s Political Caucus – Alameda North. Leadership Circle members are not seated elected officials for the full year term and have not filed as seeking elected office upon joining the Leadership Circle. Terms are one year.

Sharon Ball

Frieda Edgette

Peggy Moore

Anu Natarajan

Rena Rickles

Melanie Sweeney-Griffith

Catherine Trimbur

Karen Weinstein

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    2016 Primary Election Endorsement Meeting


    EBWPC PAC 2016 Primary Election Endorsements


    The EBWPC PAC Primary Election endorsement meeting is Saturday, March 26 from 12pm to 5pm at I-SEEED 1625 Clay St, Oakland, CA 94612. We will be considering a number of races in Contra Costa and Alameda Counties. 



    The EBWPC Political Action Committee (PAC) endorses candidates and ballot measures on our bottom line issues and supports endorsed campaigns with volunteer activities and financially. We are grateful to our donors whose support gives us the tools to fulfill our mission.


    Please note your race's scheduled time for March 26. All candidates (or candidate proxy) must arrive 15 minutes before their scheduled interview. 


    For County Central Committee Candidates: You have 1 minute for your statement


    For All Other Candidates: You will have 2 minutes for your opening statement, 2 minutes for your closing statement and 1 minute for responses to the audience's questions during Q&A


    1:00pm                U.S. Congressional, District 13


    1:05pm               County Central Committees

    Contra Costa District 1

    Contra Costa District 2

    Alameda County District 15

    Alameda County District 18

    Alameda County District 25

    1:35pm                BREAK

    1:40pm                Alameda County Superior Court

    District 1

    District 2

    District 14 

    2:00pm                Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors

    District 3

    District 5

    2:30pm                Alameda County Board of Education, Area 2

    2:40pm                Water Agency, Zone 7

    2:45pm                BREAK

    3:00pm                California State Senate, District 9

    3:20pm                BREAK

    3:30pm                California State Assembly

    District 16

    District 15

    District 14

    3:55pm             Hayward City Council

    4:15pm             Endorsement Process Closing Remarks

    4:30pm             Member Discussion

    5:00pm             Last Call for Ballots


    Key Dates

    March 23 by MIDNIGHT - Extended deadline for Questionnaire Submissions

    March 25 by 12n - Deadline for candidates to confirm participation in forum

    March 26 - Endorsement meeting from 1-5pm (See Details Below)

    March 28 - Endorsement results released

    April 11 - Endorsed candidates notified of expressions of support


    Our Process 

    After the filing deadline, EBWPC PAC sends all filed candidates, in races where a woman is running, a questionnaire to complete. Our questionnaire gives candidates the opportunity to introduce themselves to the organization and to mutually determine whether they meet the EBWPC PAC's bottom line issues. Candidates who submit their questionnaire timely and, importantly, meet our bottom line issues will be considered for the endorsement. They are then invited to speak before our membership at an endorsement forum and vote.


    To candidates appearing on the November 2016 General Election ballot: You will be invited to participate in an endorsement process in August 2016. Questionnaires will be sent out following the filing deadline on August 12, 2016.


    Gaining our Endorsement

    Importantly, EBWPC PAC endorses women candidates only. Men candidates are invited to complete the questionnaire and may be eligible to speak before members, pending a number of factors.


    A 60% threshold is needed from members attending the endorsement meeting to secure EBWPC PAC's endorsement. Votes are tallied the same day as the endorsement meeting. Candidates are notified within 24 hours. Endorsement results are posted the following Monday.


    Voting Eligibility

    In order to vote, EBWPC PAC members must be in good standing and new members must join at least 30 days before voting takes place (February 26, 2016).


    Support for Endorsed Candidates

    Endorsed candidates will receive support from EBWPC PAC to help them get elected. The PAC Board determines levels of support based on a number of variables, such as the number of women on the elected body, number of women in the race, competitiveness of the race, etc.

    ·    Use of name and logo on campaign & promotional items

    ·    Inclusion in EBWPC PAC election materials

    ·    Inclusion in EBWPC PAC slate cards

    ·    Financial contributions

    ·    Sponsored canvassing, phone-banking & GOTV

    Please email us with any questions or comments at ebwpcpac@gmail.com.


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