WIRE works to increase the number of women in office in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties.

WHO WE ARE

WIRE is a nonpartisan organization comprised of women and men who are committed to increasing the number of women in appointed and elected office in both Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties.  Although they reflect the full political spectrum, our members share the common purpose of drawing more women into running for office and seeking political appointments.

WIRE's goal is to accelerate the identification and recruitment of qualified women for public office. We has created an active group of concerned citizens that help identify women who would be effective public servants and encourage them to run for office. Once these candidates are recruited, WIRE supports their campaign and appointment efforts with a broad network of resources.   

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Kathy Anderson

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 and serves as WIRE's President.  

Lorin Flynn

Lorin Flynn has lived in San Mateo county since 1990. She raised a family and was a top-producing real estate lending officer until 2015. Since then, Lorin has volunteered to help the campaigns of local candidates running for office. Lorin joined WIRE in 2019. She is excited about offering her skills to help women candidates who seek appointed and elected office in San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties.

Lorin serves as WIRE's Vice President.

Jessica Moore

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.”

Jessica serves as Secretary for WIRE.  

Katherine Loarie

Katherine was inspired to join WIRE as a Bay Area native and as a woman who has spent too much of her career as the only women 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 their leadership represents all their varied voices and interests.  

 

Katherine lives in Palo Alto serves as WIRE's Treasurer. 

Cathy Boone

Cathy is a marketing, communication and external affairs consultant living and working in the Silicon Valley of California. An expert at transforming the complex into the simple, Cathy helps technology firms navigate strategy, public policy or marketing challenges. Before developing her own consulting practice, she held marketing and external affairs positions of increasing responsibility at global technology, telecommunications, and energy firms. Cathy earned a J.D. from Emory University School of Law and is a graduate of Dickinson College with a double major in Spanish and Policy Management Studies.

 

Cathy strongly believes the good public policy builds the framework for equality, economic growth, and environmental stewardship. “Today’s problems are complex and it is imperative that our policymakers move beyond rhetoric and short-term thinking. I’m convinced that a diversity of perspective in decision-making drives better results. That’s why I’m part of WIRE.”

 

Cathy lives in Palo Alto. 

Diane Sheardown

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.  

Emily Lo

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. 

Virginia Chang Kiraly

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.

Carol Mayer Marshall

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 and is the founder and President emeritus. 

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ADVISORY COUNCIL

Allene Zanger

Linda Koelling

Shelly Masur

Wynne Segal Dubovoy

Donna Colson

Liz Kniss

Storm Russell

Yoriko Kishimoto

WIRE is a nonpartisan organization comprised of women and men committed to increasing the number of women in appointed and elected office in San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties. WIRE identifies and recruits candidates for public office and supports their efforts by providing a broad network of resources. We are located in the San Francisco Bay Area, California, USA.

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