Women Running for Office

From Emerge California

  • Thursday, May 25, 7 PM
  • Sierra Club National Headquarters
  • 2101 Webster St #1300, Oakland CA (map)
  • Facebook Event

Please join us for a discussion with Berkeley City Councilwoman Lori Droste about her experience with Emerge California and running for office. Her address will be followed by a reception.

Lori became politically active at a young age in Ohio, joining her mother in various pro-choice marches and in college, where she protested the lack of racial diversity in admissions. When Lori moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1997, she became heavily invested in social justice causes. She worked with homeless individuals to help transitions into higher education and vocational training. Later in her career, Lori became a public high school teacher and worked with young people on issues affecting their lives. While attending graduate school in public policy, Lori became more involved in her local community and eventually served on the City of Berkeley’s Commission on the Status of Women and Housing Advisory Commission where she tackled issues of sexual assault, trafficking, and housing affordability.

In 2014, Lori was elected to the Berkeley City Council, the first openly gay woman to ever serve on the council. During her time as a city council member, Lori has authored or co-sponsored measures on housing affordability, anti-displacement, open/good government, minimum wage, community benefits, workplace lactation policies, pedestrian safety, diaper-changing accommodations, and LGBT rights. As the only council member who has young children, Lori feels compelled to represent the voices of the thousands of parents in Berkeley. In her spare time, Lori teaches about underrepresentation and intersectionality in politics at Mills College in Oakland. She also mentors young people who are interested in politics and policy. Most importantly, she enjoys spending time with her wife, Carrie, and their two young children, Simon and Cora.

Emerge California is changing the face of California politics by identifying, training, and encouraging women to run for office, get elected, and seek higher office. Its intensive, cohort-based, five-month training program is unique. As the number of elected progressive women remains flat or even declines, the need for this work is growing.

This event is sponsored by the Sierra Club, Pendant Politics, and the Berkeley Women's March Huddle.

More information here.