close the gap CA is a campaign to recruit progressive women to run for open seats in the CA state legislature.  As such, we rely on allies to promote these electoral opportunities and identify and recommend to us prospective progressive women candidates. We sponsor “search party” gatherings and events around the state and post research, news, features and profiles on our website, Facebook page and Twitter. We ask that allies pass these on to their members.  In turn, we highlight allied organizations on our website, include ally events on our webpage calendar and share ally news through our networks. We believe this collaboration will multiply the number of women stepping forward to run for the California legislature. Close the gap CA is proudly endorsed by the following people and organizations:

Community Organizations


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Democratic Women of Monterey County

Mendocino Women's Political Coalition
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Full List of Organizations

Black Women Organized for Political Action; Cal Berkeley Democrats; California Federation of Business and Professional Women; California Women’s List; California NOW; California Young Democrats – Black Caucus; Central California Coalition of Labor Union Women; Cultural Cross Currents; Democracy for America; Democratic Women of Monterey County; Democratic Women’s Club of Santa Cruz County; Democratic Women’s Club of Stanislaus County; Educate Our State; Emerge California; Emily’s List; Equal Rights Advocates; Filipina Women’s Network; Hispanas Organized for Political Equality PAC; Ignite; Los Angeles Women’s Public Policy Institute; Marin Women’s Political Action Committee; Mendocino Women’s Political Coalition; NARAL Pro-Choice California; National Organization for Women – Hollywood; National Organization for Women – Orange County; National Organization for Women – Pacific Shore; Newport Beach Women’s Democratic Club; NWPC – Alameda North; NWPC – California; NWPC – Fresno County; NWPC – Greater Pasadena; NWPC – LA Metro; NWPC – LA Westside; NWPC – Orange County; NWPC – Sacramento; NWPC – Silicon Valley; Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California; Run Women Run; Santa Barbara Women’s Political Committee; South LA NOW; Training Institute for Leadership Enrichment; Wellstone Democratic Renewal Club; Wellstone Progressive Democratic Club of Sacramento; Women Get It Done; Women in Leadership; Women’s Political Caucus – Sonoma

Current & Former Elected and Appointed Officials

Margaret Abe-Koga, Councilmember and Former Mayor, Mountain View*
Laura Chick, Former California Inspector General and Los Angeles City Controller*
Delaine Eastin, Former California Superintendent of Public Instruction and Assemblymember*
Liz Figueroa, Former State Senator*
Sally Lieber, Former State Assemblymember*
Susan Rose, Former Santa Barbara County Supervisor*
Dezie Woods-Jones, Former Vice Mayor and member of the Oakland City Council*

Community Leaders

Jessica Bartholow – Western Center on Law & Poverty
Maritessa Bravo Ares –  API Caucus Board CDP
Alice G. Brown, Delegate – AD 19/FDR Club
Crystal Brown, former President and Co-Founder – Educate Our State
Susie de Castro
Kristina Dixon, Legislative Chair / Women’s Caucus CDP
Becca Doten, Director – Crisis Response Team, Office of Mayor Garcetti
Lori Droste – NWPC- Alameda North
Mari Goodman, Vice Chair – Women’s Caucus CDP
Sue Gunther, Secretary – Environmental Caucus CDP
LaNiece Jones, Executive Director – Black Women Organized for Political Advancement/The Training Institute for Leadership Enrichment
Rose Kapolczynski, Principal – Rose Kapolczynski Consulting
Royce Kelley, Director – Region 5 CDP
Hene Kelly – DSCC Executive Board AD 19
Nikki Linnerman – DSCC Executive Board AD 13
Catherine Adams Lee – Business owner, workplace strategist, blogger; Author: Do Work Different
Beth H. Parker, Chief Legal Counsel – Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California
Judy Patrick, President and CEO – Women’s Foundation of California*
Justine Quinones, President – NWPC CA
Angelica Ramos, Director – NWPC Silicon Valley
Kelly Rivas, President – FemDems
Ces Rosales, Northern CA Vice Chair – Women’s Caucus CDP
Susan Rowe, Chair – Madera County Democratic Party and South Central Vice Chair, California Democratic Party Rural Caucus
Bobbie Salazar – Chicano/Latino Caucus CDP
Thea Selby, Treasurer – Business and Professionals Caucus CDP
Amy Shrago, Co-President – NWPC Alameda North
Patty Skinner, Delegate – LA County Democratic Party
Amanda Wallner, Chair – CA Young Democrats LGBTQ Caucus
Karen Weinstein, Former Chair – Women’s Caucus, CDP
Cynthia Wooten

*titles for identification purposes only