Coalition Members - Women's Advocacy Groups & Leaders

A partial list of members. Titles and affiliations are included for identification purposes only.

Medical and Scientific Community Leaders

Dr. Genevieve M. Ames, PhD
Professor, Pacific Research Institute,
University of California, Berkeley

Elizabeth Benson Forer
Venice Family Clinics

Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn, PhD
Professor of Biology and Physiology
University of California, San Francisco
California Scientist of the Year, 1999

L. Natalie Carroll, MD
Institute for the Advancement of Multicultural
and Minority Medicine

Dr. Susan Fisher
Human Embryonic Stem Cell Program
University of California, San Francisco

Pamela Freeman Fobbs, JD
Auxiliary to the National Medical Association

Dr. Katrina Hoyer, PhD
Department of Pathology
University of California, San Francisco

Dr. Lois Jovanovic, MD
Director and CSO
Sansum Diabetes Research Institute, Santa Barbara


Dr. Fran Kaufman, MD
Division Head of Endocrinology and Metabolism
Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
Past President, American Diabetes Association

Dr. Elizabeth Neufeld, PhD
Professor of Biological Chemistry
UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine
California Scientist of the Year, 1990

Dr. Renee Reijo Pera, PhD
Associate Professor
Obstetrics, Gynecology at the Center for Reproductive Sciences
University of California, San Francisco

Dr. Phyllis Preciado, MD
Sequoia Community Health Foundation
Fresno Chapter President, California Latino Medical Association

Dr. Judy Shizuru, MD
Assistant Professor of Bone Marrow Transplant
Stanford University School of Medicine

Sara Terribilini
University of California, Los Angeles
Graduate School of Nursing Student Association

Dr. Phyllis Wise, PhD
Dean of the Division of Biological Sciences
Distinguished Professor of Neurobiology
University of California, Davis

Disease, Patient & Advocacy Leaders

Rabbi Jacqueline Kock Ellenson
Women’s Rabbinic Network

Mary Brown
President and CEO
Sickle Cell Disease Foundation of California

Candace Coffee
Muscular Dystrophy Association advocate
Miss Bakersfield 2004

Carol Eisner
Eisner Public Relations
American Diabetes Association advocate

Lucy Fisher
Red Wagon Entertainment
JDRF advocate

Maria Fuhrman
Vice President
Hope for a Cure Guild

Linda Gledhill
Past Executive Director
American Diabetes Association, Los Angeles chapter

Linda Baker
Executive Director
Greater Los Angeles Chapter
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

Cynthia McClain-Hill, JD
National Association of Women Business Owners
Los Angeles Chapter

Cynthia Holton
Co-Executive Director
Lupus Foundation of America
California chapter

Rabbi Janet Marder
Central Conference of American Rabbis
Senior Rabbi, Congregation Beth-Am

Karen Miner
Research for Cure


Keda Alcala Obledo
Executive Director
National Coalition of Hispanic Organizations

Gail Pressberg
Chair of Public Affairs
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

Fia Richman
Children’s Neurobiological Solutions Foundation

Lois Rodriguez
California La Raza Lawyers Association

Joan Samuelson
Founder and President
Parkinson’s Action Network

Elizabeth Sholes
Public Policy Coordinator
California Church Impact

Jan Tuttleman
Past President
San Diego Women’s Division, United Women’s Federation

Carol Walton
Executive Director
Parkinson Alliance

Dr. Nancy Wexler, PhD
Hereditary Disease Foundation

Ann Winthrop
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

Dezi Woods
Black Women Organized for Political Action

Daphna Ziman
Founder and Chairperson
Children Uniting Nations

Janet Zucker
Producer, Zucker Productions
Co-Founder, CuresNow

California Women Elected Officials

U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer

U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein

Congresswomen Lois Capps, 23rd CD

Congresswoman Susan Davis, 53rd CD

Congresswoman Anna Eshoo, 14th CD

Congresswoman Jane Harman, 36th CD

Congresswoman Barbara Lee, 9th CD

Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren, 16th CD

Congresswoman Juanita Millender McDonald, 27th CD

Congresswoman Grace Napolitano, 38th CD

Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, 8th CD

Congresswoman Linda Sanchez, 32nd CD

Congresswoman Ellen Tauscher, 10th CD

Congresswoman Diane Watson, 33rd CD

Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey, 6th CD

State Senator Denise Moreno Ducheny, 40th SD

State Senator Marta Escutia, 30th SD

State Senator Liz Figueroa, 10th SD

State Senator Debra Ortiz, 6th SD

State Senator Gloria Romero, 24th SD

State Senator Nell Soto, 32nd SD

State Senator Jackie Speier, 50th SD

State Senator Sheila Kuehl, 23rd SD

Assemblywoman Judy Chu, 49th AD

Assemblywoman Ellen Corbett, 18th AD

Assemblywoman Sally Leiber, 22nd AD

Assemblywoman Cindy Montanez, 39th AD

Assemblywoman Sarah Reyes, 31st AD

Assemblywoman Jackie Goldberg, 45th AD

Assemblywoman Hannah-Beth Jackson, 35th AD

Assemblywoman Patricia Wiggins, 7th AD

Assemblywoman Lois Wolk, 8th AD

Mayor Anna Caballero, City of Salinas

Mayor Irma Anderson, City of Richmond

Mayor Marty Blum, City of Santa Barbara

Mayor Pro Tempore, Iya G. Falcone, City of Santa Barbara

Mayor Pro Tempore, Kay Calas, City of Carson

Deputy Mayor, Toni Atkins, City of San Diego

City of Carson, Councilwoman Julie Ruiz Raber

Los Angeles County Supervisor Yvonne Brathwaite Burke

Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina

Los Angeles City Councilwoman Wendy Greuel

Los Angeles City Councilwoman Janice Hahn

Los Angeles City Councilwoman Cindy Miscikowski

Los Angeles City Councilwoman Jan Perry

San Francisco County Supervisor Micela Alioto-Pier

San Francisco County Supervisor Fiona Ma

San Francisco County Supervisor Sophie Maxwell

Marin County Supervisor Susan Adams

Marin County Supervisor Annette Rose

Marin County Supervisor Cynthia Murray

Alameda County Supervisor Gail Steele

Calaveras County Supervisor Marita Callaway

Yolo County Supervisor Helen Thomson

West Hollywood City Councilwoman Abby Land

San Bernardino City Councilwoman Susan Lien Longville

Daly City City Councilwoman Maggie Gomez

El Monte City Councilwoman Emily Ishigaki

Rialto City Councilwoman Deborah Roberts

Clear Lake City Councilwoman Margaret Smith

Orange Cove City Councilwoman Diana Guerra Silva


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