March Hughes seated with her laptop computerOur League is thrilled that Mary Hughes close the gap CA —  a renown speaker and advocate for recruiting more women to elected office — is the keynote speaker at our Annual Business Meeting on June 21.  The meeting and luncheon from 10am to 1:30 will be held at Michaels at Shoreline as usual.

New this Year – Annual Meeting Kit will be Online

In order to reduce costs and be greener, we will be asking members to download the Annual Meeting Kit from our website. In late May — when the Annual Meeting Kit is completed — the League will email members with a convenient  weblink.  Those members without email or computers, will continue to receive a kit by mail.

Mary’s Bio

Mary V. Hughes is the President of Hughes & Company a political strategy and communications firm.  She is the architect of close the gap CA, a four-year (2013 – 2016) campaign to recruit talented, progressive women to run for the California legislature and of The 2012 Project, a national, non-partisan campaign to increase the number of women in Congress and state legislatures.

Hughes has advised candidates for President, Congress, state and legislative office.  Her work has contributed to several historic “firsts” for women: the first woman to lead her Party in Congress, the first woman Superintendent of California schools and the first out-lesbian judge elected in the nation.  Her writing on American politics has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, The San Francisco Chronicle and The Huffington Post.    In 2013, Hughes was named “woman of the year” by California Women Lead and in 2012 Women’s e-News named her one of “21 leaders for the 21st Century.”

Hughes is a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law and Mt. Holyoke College and lives with her husband in Palo Alto, California.