Congresswoman Barbara Lee is a forceful and progressive voice in Congress, dedicated to social and economic justice, international peace, and civil and human rights. First elected in 1998 to represent California’s then-9th Congressional District (now the 13th), the Democratic lawmaker has established a reputation for principled and independent stands, unafraid to take on the tough issues and speak her mind for her constituents, for a more just America, and for a safer world. As a social worker by profession, she has prioritized advocating for people dealing with the federal bureaucracy.
Mayor Margaret Fujioka is the first woman of color to serve on the Piedmont City Council. She was elected in 2008 and re-elected in 2012 with the highest number of votes in both contested races, and in 2014 she was unanimously elected Mayor by her fellow City Council Members.
Assemblyman Tony Thurmond was elected to represent California’s 15th Assembly District in November 2014.
As a community advocate, Thurmond has helped create job training and workforce housing programs that can serve as a model for state efforts at poverty reduction. Further, he recognizes that creating sustainable jobs for California youth is a successful way to reinvest in local communities.
A Fellow in the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Children and Family Fellowship program, Assemblymember Thurmond is a graduate and former student body president of Temple University. Assemblymember Thurmond did his graduate work at Bryn Mawr College (Bryn Mawr, PA) where he received dual Masters Degrees in Law and Social Policy and Social Work. He lives in Richmond, California.