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Mission, History, and Leadership

Our mission is to promote political responsibility through informed and active participation in government.  We pursue our mission through education on major public policy issues and by influencing public policy through research and advocacy.  

Through collaboration with community organizations and by advocacy with local government, we’ve been able to make a positive impact in voter education and engagement by:

  • Supporting more voter participation in under-served communities

  • Development of fair representation through nonpartisan re-districting and campaign finance reform

  • Creating new ways to evaluate citizen oversight committees

Our Mission


Our History

Dating to its founding in 1920, the League of Women Voters U.S. has a long, proud history of expanding voter access, fighting voter suppression, advocating for limits of money in politics, and opposing partisan and racial gerrymandering. We believe in the power of women to create a more perfect democracy.


The League of Women Voters Oakland is part of a national network of more than 700 local and state Leagues with more than 500,000 members nationally operating in all 50 states. With more than 300 members, League of Women Voters Oakland is the largest per capita membership of any big city League in the State of California.

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Please click on the image above to see highlights from our first 100 years.

Our Leadership

Officers and Executive Committee

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Gail Wallace

President of Record

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Anna Mathai

Vice President of Record

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Cynthia O'Malley



Pat Williams



Deborah Shefler

Co-Chair, Voter Service


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Aleece Tkachuk

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Dondrea Morgan


Ernestine Nettles

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Louise Anderson

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