WHO WE ARE

BOARD OF DIRECTORS
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Kathy Anderson

President

Kathy has had a distinguished career leading technology organizations in the telecommunications, banking and financial services industries. She is a results-focused, high energy senior leader who is passionate about helping women grow their careers and assume leadership roles.  

 

Kathy brings a strong business background to WIRE along with her experience on non-profit boards serving young girls and women leaders. Kathy recently served as President of the International Women’s Forum of Northern California.

 

Kathy is inspired by the work being done by WIRE. She is a strong advocate for getting more women into politics. She believes increasing womens’ voices and actions are so important to our communities and for the next generation of women leaders.

 

Kathy lives in Emerald Hills.

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Diane Sheardown

Vice President

Diane brings a strong business background to WIRE, with a BS in Marketing and an MBA in Finance. She began her early career in Connecticut and Toronto, before returning to San Mateo County where she has worked for several local businesses. She has volunteered with various philanthropic organizations and served on the Speaker’s Bureau for the American Cancer Society. In addition, she has served in leadership roles with the Belmont Newcomers, San Mateo Leads Club, and the Peninsula Professional Women’s Network.

 

Diane is excited by the opportunity to continue building WIRE's network of support to increase the political participation of women in our communities. She believes that our society as a whole functions more cohesively when both women and men are equally represented in local government. Diane served as WIRE's Co-City Captain of San Carlos and now serves on the WIRE Board.

 

Diane lives in San Carlos.

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Jessica Moore

Secretary

Jessica has always been interested in politics, but wasn’t sure what role she could play other than donating money and writing letters. She was compelled to get more actively involved after seeing, among other things, a recent photograph of an all-male group of politicians making critical policy decisions on health care that negatively impacted women. Jessica believes that a healthy government must be representative of the people and that means it must include more women.

For Jessica, creating WIRE was a chance to build a strong pipeline of female leadership at every level of government, starting in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties. Jessica especially encourages women who never saw themselves as politically active to join. “As an introvert, I didn’t think there was a place for me in politics, but now I see that there are many ways to participate and to help female candidates succeed. WIRE leverages each volunteer’s unique skills to support women getting into public service.”

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Katherine Loarie

Treasurer & Technology Lead

Katherine was inspired to join WIRE as a Bay Area native and as a woman who has spent too much of her largely finance and technology career as the only woman in the room. She has been involved with various efforts for women in business or technology; WIRE is her first foray into working to advance women in government. Katherine believes that constituents in any sphere are better served if leadership represents all their varied voices and interests.  

 

Katherine lives in Palo Alto. 

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Emily Lo

Board Member

Emily served two terms on the Saratoga City Council, and as mayor in 2014 and 2017. As a council member, she also took on regional roles such as Chair of the Santa Clara County Library Joint Powers Authority and President of the Peninsula Division of the League of California Cities, collaborating with other elected officials. After concluding her second term in December 2018, Emily was elected Board Vice-Chair of the Hakone Foundation and was appointed to the Santa Clara County Advisory Commission on Consumer Affairs. Before elected office, Emily was President of the Saratoga Chamber of Commerce, and PTSA Co-President of Saratoga High School where her two children attended. Emily recently retired from her 20 year old business in promotional products to focus on community service.

 

Emily supports diversity, and strongly believes it is essential to include and engage women in both the public and private sectors. She is passionate about supporting women to run for elected and appointed positions, especially women who are qualified but lack the resources and political machine to back them up.

Emily lives in Saratoga.

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Virginia Chang Kiraly

Board Member

Virginia has the privilege of serving on both the San Mateo County Harbor District Board of Commissioners and the Menlo Park Fire Protection District Board of Directors. She is the first Asian-American woman to serve on both boards and is the second woman in the 100+-year history to serve on the Menlo Park Fire Protection District Board. In 2015, Virginia was named by the Silicon Valley Business Journal as a “Woman of Influence.”


Virginia was appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to the California Commission for Economic Development, serving on the Commission from 2007-2014. As a Commissioner, she was appointed by Lt. Governor John Garamendi to chair the Commission’s Biotech Advisory Committee. Professionally, Virginia has fifteen years of experience in corporate financial analysis, planning, and investments. She is a former Senior Director of the Nasdaq Stock Market and has worked at some of the country's leading financial institutions.


Virginia earned her B.A. in Government with a minor in Economics from the University of Texas at Austin and is currently in her last semester studying for her Masters of Public Administration from the University of Southern California.


Virginia lives in unincorporated West Menlo Park.

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Carol Mayer Marshall

WIRE Founder and President Emeritus

Carol began her career in public service as a Congressional Intern on Capitol Hill. Later, she served as a Legislative Assistant to three Congressmen and two Senators. In 1969, she became the first woman ever to serve as an Assistant Secretary for Congressional Relations in any Administration. She was later appointed by the President and confirmed by the US Senate as the first female Director of VISTA (the Domestic Peace Corps). In 1989, President Bush Sr. appointed and the Senate confirmed her as the first woman Director of the San Francisco Mint.

 

Carol has run her own consulting business, practiced law, and been active in commercial real estate development. She has run for the California State Senate and has served on many local community and political boards. She founded a salon of women, now in its eleventh year, which meets monthly to discuss issues of national and international importance. She serves on the board of the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, is the Chair Emeritus of the NARAL Leadership Council, has served on the national NARAL board, and on both the local and state boards of Planned Parenthood. She is the founder of WIRE for Women.

Carol lives in Menlo Park.

Advisory Council

Allene Zanger

Wynne Segal Dubovoy

Linda Koelling

Storm Russell

Donna Colson

Liz Kniss

Nancy Reyering

Yoriko Kishimoto

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