Nancy Kirshner-Rodriguez is the Executive Director of the California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls. The 17 member Commission (CCSWG) includes public member appointees of the Governor, Speaker of the Assembly and Senate Pro Tem; State Legislators and Statutory members. An independent state agency, the Commission focuses on identifying and eliminating inequities in laws, practices and conditions that affect California’s now more than 19 million women and girls. The Commission implements its mandate by identifying policies that need legislative or executive action; maintaining and distributing information to the public on California programs and policies designed to impact the status of women and girls; and developing efforts to effectively support and monitor the implementation of new laws. In 2016, the Commission is focused on effective implementation of the new California Fair Pay Act SB 358; Actions to reduce Human Trafficking and support survivors; Access to STEM education and career advancement for Women and Girls and serving as a clearinghouse for local commissions and partner organizations.
Nancy’s career also includes political, private sector and non-profit experience. She spent several years working for Americans For Gun Safety as the Director of External Affairs and also led the consulting practice of an innovative energy efficiency company. She previously served in senior appointed positions including four years as Director of Government Affairs for the City and County of San Francisco, and almost eight years in the Clinton Administration as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Intergovernmental Relations at the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in Washington, DC and the US Department of Labor. During her tenure she was the Secretary’s liaison to the White House Women’s office. Prior to the Clinton Administration, Kirshner-Rodriguez worked for Senator Barbara Boxer and the Democratic National Committee.
A committed civic leader, Kirshner-Rodriguez also served for five years on the San Francisco Commission on the Status of Women where she worked to create the internationally recognized Cities for CEDAW Campaign and championed local initiatives to reduce domestic violence and human trafficking; improve gender equality and advance girls’ services. She currently serves as the Board Treasurer of Emerge America, on the National Leadership Council of Futures without Violence and on the SF Bay Area Jewish Community Relations Council. Kirshner-Rodriguez graduated from Mount Holyoke College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science. She received the Alumnae Medal of Honor in 2005 for her years of service to the college. She now lives in San Rafael, CA with her spouse Sam and daughter Kira.