JENNIFER LONGLEY, CO-PRESIDENT
Jennifer Longley is an experienced campaign, public affairs, and communications strategist with two decades of expertise organizing on behalf of clients throughout California, including San Francisco’s Jane Kim for Supervisor and Mark Leno for State Senate campaigns.
An organizer at heart, Jennifer has served as executive staff to local and statewide Democratic Party organizations, and as a strategic consultant to successful candidate, municipal, labor, and nonprofit clients as they seek positive change in their communities, one election at a time.
Passionate about youth and neighborhood political involvement, Jennifer has previously served as Chair of the San Francisco and California Young Democrats, and of the District 5 Democratic Club.
A Bay Area native and proud SF State alum, Jennifer enjoys Giants games, local theatre, and traveling.
DENISE HEITZENRODER, CO-PRESIDENT
A long-time member of SFWPC, Denise most recently served as the organization's PAC Chair, and previously as the Communications Co-Chair. She has a long history of working on women's issues, supporting leadership development in progressive communities, and advocating on a wide range of social justice issues. Originally from New Jersey, she moved to Southern California in 2003, and worked her way north to Santa Cruz and then San Francisco, where she has resided for almost 20 years. Her background is in nonprofit management and campaigns: she's worked in communications and organizing roles on a variety issue and IE campaigns in California, New Mexico, Washington state, and Kansas, as well as on progressive events across the country. She tends to nerd out about election administration, civil rights, and environmental justice issues. She is incredibly proud to have supported the launch of, and served on the board of, the amazing nonprofit MotherCoders, now Bitwise Impact. She has also volunteered with the United Way of the Bay Area and served in various roles with the local and national arms of New Leaders Council. While Denise has plenty of political opinions, if you really want to get the Jersey girl going, bring up pizza, clothes designed for women that lack pockets, or get her chatting about her two cats, Whiskey and Rye.
ALONDRA ESQUIVEL GARCIA, VICE PRESIDENT & PARLIAMENTARIAN
Alondra Esquivel Garcia currently serves as the Director of the San Francisco Youth Commission. Her background in student advocacy and organizing on women’s issues inspired her to continue in youth advocacy as a career. She’s a proud alumnus of iGNiTE National, a non-partisan organization uplifting young women to run for office, and of SuperMajority. As a daughter of immigrants, she is passionate about fighting for a pathway to citizenship and helping those who have historically been left out of the decision-making table. She has formerly worked for SFMTA as a Willie L. Brown Jr. Fellow and is an alumni of the Panetta Institute of Public Policy Leadership Seminar. She’s a graduate from San Francisco State University with degrees in Political Science and Race & Resistance Studies.
Alondra is continuing to serve as Parliamentarian for SFWPC while also embracing her new role as Co-Vice President for the organization.
LINDA LIU, VICE PRESIDENT & TREASURER
Linda Liu is a native San Franciscan and she works at City College of San Francisco where she manages the workforce development grants to fund career technical education courses and program supplies, shares career-related resources via social media platforms, and implements Handshake, a platform for students to search and apply for job opportunities.
Linda’s passion is in workforce development, to ensure people have access to job opportunities, to allow them to live, work and thrive in San Francisco. Her dream is for public, private, and nonprofit sectors to work together and create access to job opportunities in high-demand industries.
Linda graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Ethnic Studies at the University of California, San Diego, and a Master in Public Administration, at the University of San Francisco. Linda has assumed numerous roles over her years on SFWPC's Board, as Treasurer and our Events Chair. She is leveraging her experiences and knowledge of the organization as Co-VIce President and Treasurer for 2023.
GABRIELA JIMENEZ, SECRETARY
Gabriela Jimenez currently serves as Senior Strategist at BergDavis Public Affairs. She has served in various capacities on the SFWPC Board, including as our immediate past Membership Chair and in prior years as our PAC Chair. Her previous professional experiences include roles at Planned Parenthood Northern California, Eleni Kounalakis’ campaign for Lt. Governor, and Assemblymember Rebecca Bauer-Kahan’s district office. She is passionate about reproductive justice, health equity, and getting more women in office. Gabriela is an Emerge California alumnae and has previously served on the board of the San Francisco Young Democrats and as an Alameda County Public Health Commissioner.
MONA BARBER, MEMBERSHIP CHAIR
Mona Barber comes from the private sector, but has always had a personal passion for politics, community, and social issues; mainly environmental, women's, healthcare & housing, equal rights, and voting rights. Raised in an activist family, surrounded by an activist community, she has always found a way to get involved and try to make a difference. Having volunteered with 'Young Democrats', the 'YWCA', women's shelters, and youth mentoring programs in various cities, joining SFWPC was a perfect fit after she moved back in 2019 (as a San Francisco native).
Her nearly 15 year career in the Tech industry has made her passionate about the experiences we all have as we engage with companies, organizations, institutions, and even politics. With particular interest in how every touch point, and every encounter, is an opportunity to make a difference for people, create more engagement, and inspire them. By combining her experience and passions, she hopes to make getting involved in the unique complexities of SF politics, elections, and advocacy easier, more accessible, and enjoyable. She wants to bring new technology to help with planning and organizing, and new ways of thinking about experience to help with outreach and engagement -- all to help the organization execute its mission and priorities.
Mona earned a BS in Finance, an MBA in Supply Chain & Operations, and an MS in Innovation — perfectly representing how she’s a ‘numbers person’ with a ‘process-oriented mind’ who is 'creative and forward-thinking’.
BIANCA ROSEN, POLICY CO-CHAIR
Bianca Rosen is an organizer, anti-violence advocate, and communications strategist born and raised in the Bay Area. She received a Master's in Public Affairs from the University of San Francisco where she studied grassroots movement-building from some of the City's best political minds. Since then, she has worked with nonprofits to grow their impact through strategic digital campaigns that tap into the power of people. As the Senior Advocacy Strategist at Media Cause, Bianca has supported organizations like Pathfinder International, the Center for Reproductive Rights, Tipping Point Community, and the National Resources Defense Counsel in moving their missions forward. Bianca is passionate about advocacy and using storytelling to build power and bring people together. She cares deeply about the Bay Area — a place her family has called home for generations — and believes in the possibility to create positive, lasting change for the people who live here.
MELANIE GIROD, POLICY CO-CHAIR
Melanie is a finance professional in the private sector. Born and raised in France, she found her way to the Bay Area, which she now calls home. Passionate about the policy process and politics in general, she has volunteered in various organizations across the Bay, from providing employment services to low-income communities, to supporting refugees resettled in the East Bay. Her drive to support and advance women’s and LGBTQ rights, protect access to healthcare, fight poverty and promote fairness and equity guided her to the Policy Committee, where she has brought forward inclusive and progressive legislation. A fierce advocate of equitable access to opportunity and public services, she is a life-long learner and takes advantage of the many opportunities offered in our city to better her education, by taking classes at City College of San Francisco or reading at the San Francisco Public Library. She loves the outdoors and you can find her running on the trails of the Golden Gate Park, or hiking in the Marin Headlands.
YING WENCIE HOANG, COMMUNICATIONS CHAIR
Ying Wencie Hoang was the San Francisco State University College of Liberal and Creative Arts Class of 2021 Undergraduate Hood Recipient with a background in documentary filmmaking and Ethnic Studies. Since her graduation, she has worked in the nonprofit sector, advocating for the stories of communities of color to be told through the medium of film. She currently works as the Communications Coordinator for the Indian Health Center of Santa Clara Valley, with experience spanning from working in marketing and communications for NBC Universal, to co-founding nonprofit for the national Stop AAPI Hate campaign, Chinese for Affirmative Action in San Francisco. Growing up as Asian American has instilled in Wencie the importance of creating content that is inclusive. Language accessibility, environmental sustainability, and social justice are priorities she advocates for in her work as a filmmaker and community organizer.
CHELSEY FRANK, PAC CHAIR
Chelsey is an engineering manager at Remix by Via where she helps make public transit systems and cities more livable, accessible, and equitable. She has been active in SFWPC for several years, most notably leading the Policy Committee’s internal learning efforts. Chelsey is passionate about supporting small business and entrepreneurship efforts, especially for women and others who have been shut out of inequitable systems. She’s been involved in related community work for over a decade. Chelsey lives in North Beach with her partner and a house full of plants she tries her best to keep alive.
MALAIKA KIRKWOOD, FUNDRAISING CHAIR
Malaika is a Bay Area native who is passionate about empowering candidates and causes to make positive local change. Malaika received her B.A. in Public Policy (2022) from New York University, where she was a member of the Politics Society and a director for the Public Policy Student Board. Off-campus, she interned with Bronx Assemblymember Michael Blake and co-led a grant project centered on young women’s empowerment.
PRIYA GUPTA, EVENTS CHAIR
Priya is a marketing professional with 15 years of experience across digital marketing and events in technology. She’s passionate about events and creating memorable experiences for people while helping drive business results for organizations. She has worked at Facebook, TechCrunch, Hopin, and is currently working at Unity, where she plans events ranging from 50 to 10,000 people. In 2021, she helped plan the inaugural Diwali celebration at La Cocina Municipal Marketplace, where Mayor Breed was in attendance. Outside of work, she loves traveling (especially to Asia!), all types of food, and planning all kinds of events for her community and friends.
JUPITER PERAZA, AT LARGE BOARD MEMBER
Jupiter Peraza is an undocumented trans woman activist, DACA recipient, and a Program Associate at The Transgender District. She oversees the program Housing Opportunities for Transgender Tenants and supports the organization’s leadership with civic and government relations. As an activist, her community organizing efforts are focused on immigrant rights and voter mobilization. Ms. Peraza has led community organizing efforts including a national phone bank program for President Biden and Vice President Harris, and organized a text bank that sent over one million text messages and mobilized her community to write 25,000 letters to the swing states of Florida and Michigan for the 2020 election. Ms. Peraza is currently a graduate student studying International Relations at San Francisco State University.
AMBER BISSELL, ADVISORY BOARD
Amber Bissell is a civil rights and labor and employment attorney with her own firm and is also a gender policy expert. She graduated from UCLA (B.A.), the London School of Economics (M.Sc in Gender and Social Policy); and Loyola Law School (J.D.) She has worked in the area of institutionalized harassment and discrimination for the last decade, both in advocacy and research roles. Amber co-authored “Technology and Human Trafficking: The Rise of the Mobile,” published by USC Annenberg. She was also instrumental in the publication of “Intersections of Human Trafficking, Domestic Violence, and Sexual Assault: National Organizational Advocacy Roundtable” by the Asian Pacific Islander Institute on Gender-Based Violence. She also assisted and edited numerous articles for publication on the issues of international law and civil rights and has been interviewed by such publications as the Wall Street Journal.