Learn more about organizations and programs devoted to advancing women’s and Latina leadership in California.


Northern California

Chicana Latina Foundation The Chicana Latina Foundation is a non-profit organization that promotes professional and leadership development of Latinas. At the Chicana Latina Foundation, we invest in helping Latinas find their own path to success and open a path for others.
The Latina Center The Latina Center is an organization that focuses on improving the Physical, Mental and Spiritual health of Latina women and their familie. The center’s mission is to improve the quality of life and health of the Latino community by providing leadership and personal development opportunities for all Latinas.
The Women’s Foundation of California The Women’s Foundation of California is a statewide, publicly supported foundation dedicated to achieving racial, economic, and gender justice. The foundation works to invest in, train, and connect community leaders to advance gender, racial, and economic justice.
California Commission on the Status of Women The Commission on the Status of Women and Girls, a nonpartisan state agency, that works in a culturally inclusive manner to promote equality and justice for all women and girls by advocating on their behalf with the Governor, the Legislature and other public policymakers.
California League of Women Voters The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.
California Women Lead California Women Lead is a nonpartisan organization with the goal to inspire women to seek their full leadership potential through education, training and network development.
Latino Leadership and Policy Forum The Latino Leadership and Policy Forum (LLPF) is a 501(c)(4) nonprofit organization that brings together elected officials and community leaders who want to impact public policy at the state and local level to provide them with training, policy expertise and the opportunity to learn from policy experts and each other. LLPF also provides information on important public policy issues facing California and the Latino community.
She Shares She Shares is a unique conversation series featuring trailblazing women leaders who have created a lasting impact for women in California and beyond. She Shares events provide an opportunity for business and cultural leaders, public figures, elected officials and other professionals to network and to be inspired by the personal journey of the keynote speaker.


Central Valley

Lideres Campesinas  Lideres Campesinas provides farmworker women with the opportunity to coordinate their work and build collectives so that campesinas may become agents of change and be a more effective unified voice.
Leadership Counsel for Justice and Accountability The Leadership Counsel works alongside the most impacted communities to advocate for sound policy and eradicate injustice to secure equal access to opportunity regardless of wealth, race, income and place. They do this through community organizing, research, legal representation, and policy advocacy.
Latina Leaders of Kern County Latina Leaders of Kern County are on a mission to foster leadership, promote higher education and develop opportunities for young and professional Latinas to influence key issues affecting the Central Valley community.
Youth Leadership Institute (YLI) Youth Leadership Institute builds communities where young people and their adult allies can come together to create positive community change that promotes social justice and racial equity.


Southern California

Hispanas Organized for Political Equality (HOPE) HOPE is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that has focused on empowering our communities through advocacy, Latina leadership training, and increasing knowledge on the contributions Latinas have made to advance the status of women. HOPE’s key program “The HOPE Leadership Institute” trains Latinas in vital leadership and advocacy skills, enabling them to create fundamental change within their local neighborhoods and across California.

Los Angeles Commission on the Status of Women


The City of Los Angeles Commission on the Status of Women seeks to advance the general welfare of women and girls in the Los Angeles community and to ensure that all women have full and equal participation in City government.
Ready to Run, Mount St. Mary’s University Mount Saint Mary’s University is the Southern California partner of Ready to RunTM with the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers. The Ready to Run® program is an annual nonpartisan campaign training for women hosted by Mount Saint Mary’s Center for the Advancement of Women. The program focuses on the election process and provides opportunities for women interested in politics to gain experience about the political process.

The Multicultural Women Executive Leadership Foundation


The Multicultural Women Executive Leadership Foundation is a non-profit organization that offers leadership and entrepreneurship training and development for multicultural women and young girls. Its focus is on strengthening the US economic landscape by leveraging multicultural women’s “cultural capital” through customized gender and cultural education, access to business capital, mentorship and a support network.
California Women’s Leadership Association California Women’s Leadership Association (CWLA) is a 501(c)(4) statewide organization committed to bringing together influential women to effect meaningful change in our communities and government through education and advocacy. CWLA develops strategies for those who seek to become part of the political process, whether to run for office, work behind the scenes, attain appointed positions or become community leaders on subjects of personal importance.

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