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December 2017

Updated: Sep 6, 2020

San Mateo County held nonpartisan elections in November 2017. Of the twenty-seven positions up for election, women won thirteen. That's a remarkable 48% of positions being filled by women. As a result, women will be represented on the City Councils of Burlingame, San Bruno, and Brisbane and will be serving on School Boards for San Mateo-

Foster City, San Carlos, Portola Valley, and Burlingame. Congratulations to all of the women who stepped up to fill these important leadership roles.

Jennifer Did It -- Follow Her Lead!

In November 2016, Jennifer DiBrienza was elected to an open seat on the Palo Alto Unified School District Board of Education. Although highly qualified and interested in education issues, Jennifer hadn't considered public office until friends began to ask her to run for the school board. It's natural to have self-doubt, but Jennifer advises women to ask themselves: “Why not you? If you have the interest, time and desire to serve, you are ahead of most people.”

“The first thing I learned was that running was a lot of work,” she admits. But

Jennifer was gratified and surprised by how many people willingly helped her

campaign. Her advice to other women thinking about public office: “Don’t be

afraid to ask for help from friends and colleagues--people do want to help." She

also found it very helpful to leverage the advice and experiences of other women

who are currently serving.

WIRE's goal is to accelerate the identification and recruitment of qualified women

like Jennifer. We hope to create an army of interested citizens who can identify

women who would be great public servants and convince them to run for office.

Once we identify and recruit these candidates, we will encircle them with a broad

network of volunteers, campaign expertise, and other resources to ensure their


WIRE's Momentum is Building

WIRE has a strong group of volunteers advancing the group's mission. Here is a progress report since October 2017:

  1. Completed a database of all elected and appointed offices in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties. If you are interested in learning more about vacancies, send a note to

  2. Recruited five City Captains and looking for five more. Ask us for more information by sending a note to

  3. Launched a bi-monthly members newsletter.

  4. Scheduled a candidate forum hosted by Vicki Veenker in February.

  5. Connected with other local women's groups to spread the word about WIRE.

  6. Developed a mailing list of over 200 people.

  7. Organized a Member 2018 Kickoff party to be held on January 11, 2018.

  8. Welcomed new members to Marketing and Executive Committees.

Learn how you can get involved below!

Want to Get Involved?

Please fill out the member skills survey to let us know what skills you

can contribute to WIRE's efforts or directly to campaigns.

Forward this newsletter to ten friends.

Follow us on social media: WIRE for Women on Facebook; Follow us

on Twitter.

We need help. Contact us if you can volunteer in the following areas:

Be a City Captain, help manage the database of elected or appointed

offices, or help with website/logo design, marketing, or the volunteer

committee. Email us at

Upcoming Events

January Kick-off Event! Come join WIRE members for food and

fellowship: January 11, 2018, 5-7pm in Atherton, CA. Learn more about

how you can help identify, recruit, and get women into elected and

appointed office in 2018. Event location will be provided to all who


February 2018 candidate forum led by Vicki Veenker.

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