Summer in the city 2021: A toast to tomorrow

Oh behalf of the entire board, THANK YOU to our sponsors, our honorees, our host, and incredible community for making Summer in the City 2021 one of our most successful events ever!!!

With your support, we will continue to empower and uplift women in all aspects of politics and local leadership.

Eternally yours,

The SFWPC Board

Join the San Francisco Women’s Political Committee for our annual celebration and fundraising event, Summer In the City! Mark your calendars now for Wednesday, July 21st at 6:30pm. This year we will be honoring women leaders that supported our local communities through the pandemic and are helping us recover and look forward to a brighter tomorrow. Our the theme to honor them is A Toast to Tomorrow.

Summer in the City is the premier event bringing together politically-minded women+ and allies to celebrate a vision of a San Francisco where women+ and ideas that champion equity are powerfully represented in our city’s politics. We hope you can join us this year in person.*

Stay tuned for more event details and speakers!

Want to support SFPWC and SITC? Sponsorship opportunities are live! Don’t hesitate to reach out to our Fundraising chair Gillian with questions about sponsorship: or our events Chairs, Linda and Zahra: and, respectively.


Summer In the City 2021: COVID-19 Safety Policy
Goal: The purpose of these guidelines is to provide an inclusive and safe space for all event attendees, while adhering to federal, state, and local COVID-19 health protocols. 


As you may know, San Francisco County and surrounding counties have updated their COVID-19 guidance and recommend that everyone, regardless of vaccination status, wear masks indoors and in public places. Our community’s health and wellness are paramount and we will be requiring all guests in the indoor space to wear masks when they are not eating or drinking to comply with this guidance. We also have an outdoor space where masks will not be required if social distancing is maintained.


Thursday, April 22, 2021 @ 6:30 PM-7:30 PM


In light of recent acts of violence targeting AAPI women and April highlighting Sexual Assault Awareness Month, it is important for our community to contextualize violence against women and TGNC folks through the lens of race, class, ethnicity, gender, among other layers of identity. Join us for our panel with Kimberly Ellis, Director of the SF Department on the Status of Women, KellyLou Densmore, Director of the SF Office of Sexual Harassment and Assault Response and Prevention, and Ivy Lee, Public Safety Advisor for the Office of the Mayor, where we will discuss the tools we have to combat gender-based violence in our local communities, and how we as a collective can truly support and uplift survivors.

Please RSVP below. This event counts towards member voting eligibility. If you need to renew your membership please do so here. If you’re unsure of your membership status, please email our membership chairs, Lauren and Tyra, at and respectively.

**Note that this panel will be recorded and live-streamed. Members wishing to have this event count towards voting eligibility should log into the event with the Zoom link included in confirmation emails.

RSVP online to receive the Zoom login information.

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Summer in the City 2020 is around the corner!

Join SFWPC for our annual celebration, Summer in the City!

We will be celebrating 100 years of women’s suffrage, hearing from groundbreaking pioneers, and talking with women leaders that are driving transformational political change.

Joining us (virtually) will be A’shanti F. Gholar, President of Emerge; Freada Kapor Klein, Founding Partner at Kapor Capital; attorney, author and advocate Christine Pelosi, and activist, author and the longest serving National Park Ranger in the United States, Betty Reid Soskin. Stay tuned for more updates on our exciting speakers list!

Sponsorship packages are available

Thanks to our generous sponsors, self-identifying womxn can now register for free. Our stellar male-identified allies still need a ticket.

**This is a qualifying event for members in good standing that would like to vote in our November endorsements. Members need to be current on dues and have attended three events in the last twelve months.**

Our Speakers

A'shanti Gholar

A’shanti F. Gholar serves as the president of Emerge, the only organization dedicated to recruiting and training Democratic women to run for office. In this role, she leads the organization and steers its overall strategy and direction, overseeing a national staff as well as affiliates across the country.

A’shanti is a nationally recognized political strategist, who most recently served as Emerge’s Political Director, responsible for strengthening national partnerships and working closely with state affiliates to strategically recruit for key seats, as well as directing the organization’s overall political strategy. For 15 years, A’shanti has been a grassroots organizer and activist for women, communities of color and progressive causes.

A’shanti was recently named as one of She The People’s 20 for 2020, and serves as an Advisory Board Member for Global GAIN, an Expert Advisor for Forward Majority Action, and as a Sisters on the Planet Ambassador for OxFam America. She is also the founder of The Brown Girls Guide to Politics, which was named one of the top podcasts to prepare people for the 2020 election by Marie Claire.

Christine Pelosi is an attorney, author and advocate serving as counsel for We Said Enough and founder of IMPACT. She has worked as a Deputy City Attorney and Assistant District Attorney in San Francisco, special counsel to HUD in the Clinton-Gore administration, and chief of staff on Capitol Hill. Elected as California Democratic Party Women’s Caucus Chair and Democratic National Committee Executive Committeewoman, Pelosi is the author of Campaign Boot Camp, Campaign Boot Camp 2.0, and Amazon bestseller The Nancy Pelosi Way. She has traveled to 41 states and 4 foreign countries conducting “call to service” trainings to thousands of leaders. A member of the San Francisco Giants Community Fund Board and proud public school mom, Christine resides in San Francisco, California with her husband, Emmy nominated filmmaker Peter Kaufman, and their daughter Isabella.

Freada Kapor KleinFreada Kapor Klein is an entrepreneur, activist, and pioneer in the field of organizational culture and diversity.

In 1976, Freada co-founded the Alliance Against Sexual Coercion, the first organization to focus on sexual harassment in the United States. She is the founder of SMASH, now in its 18th year, which provides rigorous STEM education and access to social capital for low-income high school students of color on 10 university campuses across the country. As a Founding Partner at Kapor Capital, Freada invests in seed-stage tech startups that close gaps of access, opportunity, or outcome for low-income communities and communities of color.

Freada is a member of the U.C. Berkeley Board of Visitors, as well as the Council that formed the Hollywood Commission chaired by Anita Hill. She serves as an advisory board member of Generation Investment Management, and on the board of She is the author of Giving Notice, which details the human and financial cost of hidden bias in the workplace. She also serves as a board member of the edtech company Genius Plaza; and in 2019 joined 10 other foundations to establish the nation’s first philanthropic fund to support women of color who are leading the fight against sexual harassment and violence.

Betty Reid Soskin is best known in the Bay Area for her work to help found The Rosie the Riveter World War II Home Front National Historical Park, where she has worked as a park ranger with the National Park Service with the distinction of being the oldest active ranger with the NPS.

Soskin though has a tremendous story, one she shared in her memoir, Sign My Name to Freedom. Born in Detroit, and raised in Louisiana, her family moved to Oakland after a hurricane destroyed her family’s home in New Orleans in 1927. She has served as a clerk in an all-black trade union during World War II, became a political activist and noted songwriter during the civil-rights movement, and now interprets her wartime experience through her stories. She is outspoken on social issues and doesn’t have time for “foolishness.” Her list of accolades are long: she was listed as one of Glamour’s 2018 Women of the Year, was awarded the Silver Service Medallion by the National WWII Museum, and President Barack Obama presented her with a coin with the presidential seal. She’s also the subject of multiple documentaries.





Join us for CandiDating, a different way to get to know our endorsed Democratic County Central Committee (DCCC) candidates on Monday, Feb. 24! In a twist on speed dating, you’ll have your chance to ask our endorsed candidates about their platforms, goals, experience and maybe even their favorite movie or way to unwind. You’ll get a couple minutes with each “available” candidate in a casual setting, giving you a chance to learn about them up close and personal.

RSVP now to reserve your spot. Entry is free. Look ahead for the candidates’ “profiles” as the event approaches. From 6-8pm, we’ll have drink specials, prizes and more at Tonic (895 Polk St.).

So far, the candidates who have signed up to be your “date” for the evening include:

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  • Kristen Asato-Webb
  • Vallie Brown
  • Tyra Fennell
  • Frances Hsieh
  • Austin Hunter
  • Peter Gallotta
  • Sophie Maxwell
  • Honey Mahogany
  • Shamann Walton
  • Shanell Williams

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  • Kelly Akemi Groth
  • Janice Li
  • Suzy Loftus
  • Gordon Mar
  • Faauuga Molina
  • Nadia Rahman
  • Mano Raju
  • Cyn Wang


Has campaign season been stressful and hectic? Come destress and spin with the SF Women’s Political Committee! We’ve reserved a studio at Wheel House on Saturday, Nov. 23 at 12:30pm for a special class to help you exercise after the election and burn some extra calories right before Thanksgiving. Spin shoes will be available for free, or you can just ride in your athletic shoes. Lockers, towels, and snacks will also be available free of charge. Reserve your bike here.

Everyone is welcome — beginners and cycling enthusiasts alike. Entry is $20, but that’s a deal compared to $35 at SoulCycle (which we don’t go to anyway because they donate to Trump). Plus, your funds will go to support SFWPC. Let’s ride!

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