Women Who Could Be President Gala


 League of Women Voters of San Francisco 2016 Gala

The League of Women Voters of San Francisco invites you to the 2016 Women Who Could Be President Gala to celebrate with advocates, innovators, philanthropists, and others whose dedication to impact inspires the next generation of leaders. Leadership begins with you!

  • Where: The City Club of San Francisco, 155 Sansome Street, San Francisco
  • When: Thursday, March 10, 2016, 6 p.m.
  • Tickets: Buy your tickets



Caroline Barlerin leads Twitter’s community outreach and philanthropic efforts. She has a personal history of working on service projects around the world. She led the Level Playing Field Institute, created the blueprint for Taproot Foundation, and built game changing programs such as HP’s “Matter to Millions” partnership with Kiva, which made over nine million dollars in loans to over 300,000 people globally. Recently she launched Twitter NeighborhoodNest, a learning center where low-income families have access to technology, classes, and resources under the guidance of Twitter volunteers. Caroline is on the boards of the US Fund for UNICEF Northwest Chapter and the World Affairs Council.


Gail Hunter is Vice President of Public Affairs and Event Management for the Golden State Warriors. She leads the community engagement efforts in San Francisco for the proposed privately financed sports and entertainment complex in Mission Bay and is the Warriors’ liaison with the groups that operate Oracle Arena. She is also on the board of directors of the Warriors Foundation, the charitable arm of the Golden State Warriors. Prior to the Warriors, Gail served as Senior V.P. Events and Attractions for the National Basketball Association. Not confined to one sport, Gail has worked with the Seattle Mariners and was Director of Promotional Events for Major League Baseball.


Olga Miranda is a “woman to watch.” She is Secretary Treasurer of the San Francisco Labor Council representing 100,000 members in 150 unions throughout the Bay Area. She is also current President of the Service Employees International Union Local 87, representing 4,000 workers. From an early age Olga learned the importance of strength in numbers while working with fellow union members for worker rights. As President of SEIU Local 87, Olga has exhibited formidable negotiating skills and continues to make history by negotiating some of the strongest janitorial contracts in the nation, even during some of the country’s worst economic times.

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Minna Tao joined Recology Golden Gate in 2011, bringing twenty years of work experience in the Bay Area in both the public and private sectors. She has held management positions in operations, technology, finance, and marketing. Prior to joining Recology she served as Assistant Controller of a regional bank, as Deputy Assessor and Recorder for the city and county of San Francisco, and as Marketing Director at Business2Business. Her eleven years with Bank of America culminated as Senior VP e-Commerce and Interactive Banking. She continues to break ground as both the first woman and first Asian-American General Manager of Recology Golden Gate.

2016 Sponsors


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Interested in sponsoring the 2016 Gala? Contact Gala co-chair, Richard Janney at janney.richard@gmail.com. Learn where the League’s money goes.


Press Release: 2016 LWVSF Gala

History of the Women Who Could Be President Awards

Past Honorees: See the 2015 honorees.

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The League of Women Voters of San Francisco launched the Women Who Could Be President awards in 1992 under the leadership of then League President Susan Sutherland. The awards honored women community leaders in the San Francisco Bay Area who excelled in the areas of communications, law, politics, and philanthropy.

The aspirational name of the awards was chosen to call attention to the fact that we have never elected a woman President in the United States, yet there are many highly qualified women in leadership who can lead any nation in the world. The qualifications for the League’s awards are not the same as for the President of the United States. What the honorees share is the President’s dedication to strong leadership.

The League held an annual awards luncheon from 1992 to 2003. After a 5-year hiatus, the League’s first African-American President, Karen Clopton, resurrected the Women Who Could Be President concept for the 2008 presidential election. The awards were presented an evening gala at the historic City Club, and also celebrated the League’s birthday. In 2009, the reinvigorated Gala included a tribute to the bicentennial of President Lincoln’s birthday.

In 2011, the League celebrated the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in California. The Gala was a focal point of a larger campaign to educate the San Francisco Bay Area community about this historic milestone. It also raised funds for the League’s voter education programs about women’s suffrage, such as lectures at local universities, articles in local papers and state law reviews, and community events.

In 2016, the Women Who Could Be President awards continue to honor exceptional women leaders while inspiring others to consider seeking elected office. The Gala also raises funds for the League’s nonpartisan voter education and outreach programs. The event has gained a reputation in the community as a fun, rewarding networking event that celebrates women leaders and the League of Women Voters of San Francisco.