April 2013


2013 "Women Who Could Be President" Gala this Thursday!


We're excited to see you at our 2013 "Women Who Could Be President" Gala on Thursday, May 2! Join us from 6 to 8 p.m. at the San Francisco City Club. Expect to be inspired and energized by our honorees. Learn why all of our honorees really COULD be president:


Bonnie J. Addario is the Founder and Chair of the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation (BJALCF), a San Francisco-based, international nonprofit organization, the Founder of the Addario Lung Cancer Medical Institute (ALCMI), and a nine-year lung cancer survivor. Due to her visionary leadership and passion, the Foundation is recognized as the world’s largest philanthropy devoted exclusively to eradicating lung cancer.


Nancy Hellman Bechtle is the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Presidio Trust, a federal corporation created by Congress to manage the Presidio of San Francisco, a National Historic Landmark. Previously, she was Chief Financial Officer and Director for J.R. Bechtle & Company from 1979 to 1998. From 1987 to 2001, she was president and Chief Executive Officer of the San Francisco Symphony and has served as a member of the San Francisco Symphony Board of Governors since 1984. 


Naomi M. Kelly is the City Administrator for the City and County of San Francisco.  As City Administrator, Ms. Kelly oversees the City’s General Services Agency consisting of 20 departments, divisions.  The General Services Agency has an annual budget of over $450 million and approximately 2,100 employees.  In this capacity, Ms. Kelly’s objective is to ensure responsible fiscal management and accountability to those who pay taxes to local government to provide essential services.


Christine Pelosi has been volunteering in politics since the stroller, and currently conducts leadership boot camps based on her books Campaign Boot Camp: Basic Training for Future Leaders and Campaign Boot Camp 2.0. Ms. Pelosi’s books emerged from her years of volunteering literally from the stroller and service with the AFSCME PEOPLE Congressional Candidates Boot Camp, which worked with approximately 120 challengers from 2006 to 2012, 32 of whom were elected to Congress.


Nancy E. Pfund is Founder and Managing Partner of DBL Investors, a San Francisco-based women-owned venture capital firm, whose goal is to combine top-tier financial returns with meaningful social, economic and environmental returns in the regions in which it invests.  Ms. Pfund currently sponsors or sits on the board of directors of several companies, including; SolarCity (NASDAQ: SCTY), Solaria, BrightSource Energy, Primus Power, Eco.logic Brands, EcoScraps, OPx Biotechnologies, Powergenix and, prior to their public offerings, Tesla Motors and Pandora Media.


Purchase your tickets now!

Informative Panel on Initiative and Referendum


Check out our fun and feisty panel on direct democracy on Thursday, May 9. We'll gather at the San Francisco Public Library to listen to the latest insights on initiatives and referendums. Our panel will feature California Crackup co-author Joe Matthews, University of California Hastings College of the Law Professor Michael Salerno, and the statewide I&R Study Leader Helen Hutchison. The event will bring together bright minds, intelligent debate and League friends: What's not to like?


Where: San Francisco Public Library, Koret Auditorium

When: Thursday, May 9th, 6-7:30 p.m.

LWVSF Nominating Committee Accepting Nominations for Board


Do you know an incredible leader who would like to give back? Nominate him or her to serve on the Board of Directors of the League of Women Voters of San Francisco! The LWVSF Nominating Committee is accepting applications for Board members to serve for the 2013-2014 term. As a Board member, he or she will have the opportunity to give back to the community by taking a leadership role in LWVSF voter education and advocacy efforts. For more information or to submit a nomination, please e-mail lwvsf@lwvsf.org. 

LWVSF Welcomes New Members


We want to give a warm welcome to the new members of the League of Women Voters of San Francisco!

Steven Haase

Callen Taylor 

Moria Brennan

Jonee Hacker


We invite you to participate on our committees to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influence public policy through education and advocacy. Call the League at (415) 989-8683 or email lwvsf@lwvsf.org for further information about volunteering on committees.

myLeague: Leading the Charge for Change

May 17th - 19th | San Jose, California




The annual convention is occupying all our thoughts: We. Cannot. Wait.   


This year's theme is myLeague: Leading the Charge for Change. Join us at the convention and get to know League members from chapters throughout the state. It's inevitable: After attending the convention, you'll feel refreshed, energized, and ready to increase active and informed participation in civic life. Information on attendance costs, speakers, workshops, special activities on our Convention blog.


When: Friday, May 17, to Sunday, May 19

Where: Hayes Mansion, 200 Edenvale Avenue, San Jose, CA 95136

Take Action: Keystone XL Pipeline


Keystone Pipeline--LWVUS: Educate yourself on the League's opposition to the Keystone Pipeline and then take action. Read this blog entry to learn how the League of Women Voters of Nebraska is addressing this pressing environmental issue. Take action now by clicking here.

Upcoming Events


Thursday, May 2, 2013 | 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Women Who Could Be President Annual Gala

Location: the historic City Club of San Francisco


Thursday, May 9, 2013 | 6:00-7:30 p.m.

Initiative and Referendum Panel

Location: the Koret Auditorium at the Main San Francisco Library


Friday, May 17th - Sunday, May 19th

myLeague: Leading the Charge for Change State Convention

Location: Hayes Mansion, San Jose, California


Saturday, June 8, 2013

Annual Meeting

Location: TBD

Join League members at our annual meeting, featuring a Constitutional Law expert as our keynote speaker. This is your chance to vote on new Board members, approve the budget, and learn what is on the slate for 2013-14.





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