Elizabeth Laferriere (she/her/hers) is a Senior Policy Associate with the National Center for Youth Law. She coordinates research, analysis and advocacy for policies that address and prevent child sex trafficking, and drives implementation of efforts touching multiple agencies throughout California. Elizabeth also co-directs the California Commercially Sexually Exploited Children (CSEC) Action Team. Previously, as a 2015-2016 Women’s Policy Institute Reproductive Justice Fellow, Elizabeth advocated for legislation advancing educational equity for pregnant and parenting students. She received an MPP from Georgetown University, spending a semester at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy in Singapore, and a BA from Wellesley College.
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Viva is currently working for the San Francisco Unified School District in the Strategy and Fund Development team under the Superintendent's office to build stronger private-public partnerships to meet SFUSD's Vision 2025 goal. She has experience working for a food-tech startup and lead the company's launch for its first expansion city in Chicago.
Viva also has over five years of experience working in government and politics including working for Assemblymember David Chiu and Board of Supervisor Jane Kim.
In her spare time, she is involved in mentoring young women in politics and volunteering for Asian American civil rights organizations. She enjoys mentoring young women of color wanting to be more involved in civic engagement and hopes to meet more young women through SFWPC. She also loves making time to go surfing, traveling to new cities with beautiful beaches, and enjoying a good cup of coffee.
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Laura joined UCSF’s Government Relations team in December 2014, where she serves as the primary liaison for UCSF to both state and local governments. Laura has experience in both the private and public sectors. Before coming to UCSF, Laura most-recently served as a Legislative Aide to San Francisco Supervisor David Campos. In that capacity, she performed a broad range of duties: supporting and advising on legislative matters, managing constituent services and overseeing the office’s internship programs. Additionally, Laura has worked in many aspects of local and state-wide political campaigns and public affairs, including grassroots organizing, issues analysis and media relations. She is a licensed attorney in California, Missouri and Kansas and has worked in private practice in Overland Park, Kansas. Laura earned her BA from Wellesley College and her JD from the University of Kansas School of Law.
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Kelly manages statewide and national budgets at NextGen Climate. She has experience in coordinating local campaigns, as well as community outreach and engagement. Recently, Kelly was elected as a Democratic Party delegate to represent Assembly District 19. She also serves on the Citizens' Advisory Committee to the SF Public Utilities Commission, in addition to the board of the New Avenues Democratic Club. She has worked with several nonprofits including Planned Parenthood of Southern Oregon, where she lobbied against crisis pregnancy centers and their misleading claims.
Kelly holds a BA in Philosophy from San Francisco State University, spending a semester at the University of Amsterdam, and an MA in environmental sustainability from the University of Oregon.
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Lia Azul Salaverry works on Special Projects at Mission Neighborhood Centers Inc., a local nonprofit in the heart of the Mission District. In her role, Lia works on a broad range of initiatives including, state and local legislation, coalition building, grassroots organizing, strategic planning, development, and communications.
Prior to this, Lia interned at the Institute for Policy Studies, a Washington D.C. think tank, working on issues of income inequality for bestselling author Barbara Ehrenreich through the Economic Hardship Reporting Project, and for Congressman Jared Huffman (CA 2nd District) and Former Mayor and current County Supervisor of Santa Cruz, Ryan Coonerty.
Lia graduated with honors from UC Santa Cruz in 2015 where she triple majored in Philosophy, Sociology and Legal Studies, and spent a semester studying social entrepreneurship at the Business and Economics School, Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona, Spain. At UC Santa Cruz, Lia won the Fanny Carruthers Award in Sociology, was President and CFO of the Legal Education Association for Diversity, and developed a project to combat sex trafficking in San Francisco as a Student Fellow in the Global Information Internship Program.
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Iris is the Legislative and Communications Specialist at the California Work and Family Coalition, an alliance of nonprofits, unions, and advocates dedicated to supporting working families. She coordinates outreach and advocacy efforts around legislation that supports the expansion of paid family leave and paid sick leave. Previously, Iris served as Legislative Aide for Supervisor London Breed, who represents District 5 and serves as the President of the Board of Supervisors for the City and County of San Francisco.
Across the Bay, Iris serves as Chair on the Contra Costa Commission for Women. She received her BA in Integrative Biology from University of California, Berkeley.
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Kate currently serves as Manager of Communications and Public Affairs for AT&T California. Kate brings over twelve years of policy development and political experience, having spent six years as a legislative director in the State Assembly and six years in political consulting, PR, and public affairs. Kate has worked on legislation to protect domestic violence victims, protect children in custody disputes, and mandate insurance coverage for maternity services. She began her work to empower women as an intern at the National Organization for Women in Washington, DC, where she helped organized the 2004 March for Women’s Lives. She holds a BA in political science from the University of California, Davis.
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Jaynry has worked as a Special Assistant and Liaison to the Chinese American Community for the late United States Congressman Tom Lantos, representing California's 12th district. She has also worked as the Chief Legislative Deputy to Supervisor Fiona Ma in San Francisco. In addition, she is an attorney at law and has held leadership positions in numerous local community organizations. As a child of immigrant parents, Jaynry experienced firsthand her parents' difficulty in adjusting to a new life in a foreign country and of the need for a voice for the underrepresented. She has clerked with the highly respected Judges Lillian K. Sing and Kevin McCarthy. Later, Jaynry worked at a private law practice before she decided to start her own law office in the Sunset, where she frequently represents non-English speaking clients. As past president of the Outer Sunset Merchant & Professional Association, Jaynry partnered neighborhood small business owners with the police to clean up graffiti and litter on merchant corridors. Jaynry, through her active involvement with community organizations, has demonstrated her commitment to finding real solutions to problems. As Chairwoman of the Board for Community Youth Center in San Francisco (CYC-SF), she fought to increase awareness and funding for critical programs that provide alternatives for our at-risk youth.
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Laura is a San Francisco Bay Area native that began her works as a feminist activist as the president of the Women’s Empowerment Club at her high school. She attended the California State University at Chico where she was the director of the Associated Students Women’s Center on campus, the only completely student-run non-profit women’s center in the country. She earned her degree with honors in Multicultural and Gender Studies with an emphasis in Women’s Studies and was awarded the Outstanding Graduating Senior award from her department.
Previous to becoming President, Laura served two terms as the PAC Chair of SFWPC. She has worked as the California State Organizer for NARAL Pro-Choice America where she led volunteer efforts to defeat anti-choice initiatives and developed state-wide lobby days to increase access to comprehensive sex ed. As the Political and Field Manager of the Sierra Club San Francisco Bay Chapter she oversaw the electoral and issue campaigns of the Bay Area’s oldest and largest environmental organization. Laura began consulting as an Account Executive for MSCH Partners Political Consulting where she worked to defeat anti-choice candidates throughout the county.
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Erin is a Planting Manager with Friends of the Urban Forest, a local environmental non-profit geared towards increasing San Francisco’s urban canopy cover. In this role she manages their replacement and community tree planting programs, and engages with community members in increasing local environmental stewardship. Prior to this position, she has spent time at a variety of other Bay Area environmental non-profits and agencies, such as the San Francisco Department of the Environment & the SF Bay Chapter of the Sierra Club, working on projects from data analysis to assist in open space management to campaigning for local pro-environmental candidates and ballot measures.
Erin comes to SFWPC as a San Francisco native with the interest in increasing the diverse voices of women found within the city.
Erin holds a BS in Ecology & Environmental Biology from the University of Rochester.