Welcome to A Celebration of Motherhood & Sisterhood

Welcome to our cherished Mother’s Day luncheon! We are thrilled to have you join us for a celebration of motherhood and sisterhood. This year, we are spotlighting women supporting women across generations. You’ll have the opportunity to hear from exceptional thought leaders, including Jennifer Siebel Newsom, Dr. Anna Malaika Tubbs, and Holly Martinez. The program will commence with an outstanding youth panel, hosted by best-selling author Chelsey Goodan. We are so glad to share this special day with you!

12:00 p.m. Event Starts

12:30 p.m. Opening Remarks and Luncheon

1 p.m. Panel Discussions

Many warm thanks to our generous host, Kendra Ragatz!

Learn more about the Silent Auction!

Our Panelists

Jennifer Siebel Newsom

Jennifer Siebel Newsom is an award-winning filmmaker, influential thought leader on gender equality, and the First Partner of California. After graduating with honors from Stanford University and Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, she wrote, directed, and produced the 2011 award-winning documentary Miss Representation. As a result of Miss Representation’s impact, she launched The Representation Project, a nonprofit organization that uses film and media as catalysts for cultural transformation. Her second film as a director, The Mask You Live In, explores how America’s narrow definition of masculinity is harming boys, men, and society at large. Her third film, The Great American Lie, unveils the underlying cultural causes of inequality in America. Jennifer’s latest film, 2022’s Fair Play, tackles the pressing issue of gender inequality at home and the importance of the care work that is often rendered invisible. She also executive produced the Emmy Award-winning and Academy Award-nominated documentary The Invisible War and was an executive producer on the Emmy Award-winning documentary The Hunting Ground.

Jennifer’s films have been seen by over 28 million people worldwide, and The Representation Project’s social action hashtag campaigns have reached more than 830 million people. The Representation Project is responsible for single-handedly shifting the norm of sexist Super Bowl ads with the #NotBuyingIt campaign. Similarly, their #AskHerMore campaign transformed sexist reporting on the red carpet, and empowered women in Hollywood to address inequalities in the industry, giving early momentum to the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements. Since becoming First Partner of California, Jennifer has championed various issues related to gender equity and raising healthy, whole children, launching the initiatives #EqualPayCA, California For All Kids, and California for All Women. Jennifer lives in Sacramento, California with her husband, California Governor Gavin Newsom, and their four young children.

Dr. Anna Malaika Tubbs

Anna Malaika Tubbs

Dr. Anna Malaika Tubbs serves on the Board of Directors for The Representation Project. She holds a Ph.D. in Sociology and a masters degree in Multidisciplinary Gender Studies from the University of Cambridge. Anna also earned a bachelors degree in Anthropology from Stanford University. Anna’s research, writing, and talks are centered on gender and race issues in the U.S., especially as these relate to the pervasive erasure of Black women.

Anna’s debut book, The Three Mothers: How the Mothers of Martin Luther King, Jr, Malcolm X, and James Baldwin Shaped a Nation is a New York Times Bestseller as well as a New York Times Editor’s Choice and an Amazon Editor’s Pick.

Anna was also previously the First Partner of Stockton. In her role, she co-authored the “Report on the Status of Women in Stockton” to help guide future policy decisions with the experiences of diverse women in mind. As a result of this work she was named one of six pivotal powerbrokers in the Bay Area by San Francisco Magazine in 2019.

Anna has published articles on topics ranging from the importance of inclusivity and feminism to addressing the unique burden Black mothers carry in the U.S. for Time Magazine, New York Magazine, The Guardian, CNN, Motherly, Blavity, Huffington Post, Darling Magazine, and For Harriet.

She lives in LA with her husband and two children.

Holly Martinez

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Holly Martinez joined the California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls (CCSWG) in 2020 as the Deputy Director, building staff and instituting policies and procedures to help the Commission grow.

In 2021 she was made Interim Executive Director of the Commission, leading an unprecedented expansion of budget, programs, and policy efforts. Martinez was officially sworn in by California’s Senate President pro Tempore Toni Atkins on December 16, 2021 after being appointed to the position permanently in November by the Commission. Under her leadership, the CCSWG secured an historic $7.9 million dollars to lead a Women’s Recovery Response effort and develop a California Blueprint for Women’s Recovery in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. She established a new fundraising arm of the Commission designed to level up impact for local changemakers statewide, and led CCSWG though vital strategies designed to build capacity and increase partnerships including those with the California Partner’s Project, the California Budget and Policy Center, the Mexican Consulate, and more.

Holly has led the Commission’s groundbreaking work in reproductive justice as the state continues to take on first-in-the-nation policies protecting the rights of people who can become pregnant and has provided key vision and support to the rapid expansion of the Commission’s Equal Pay Program targeting corporate leaders in gender equity statewide.

Prior to joining the Commission, Holly previously served as Director of Programs and Advocacy at the California State Parks Foundation, and as the Director of CalEITC4Me, an extensive education and outreach campaign for information on the California Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). Her State service also includes serving as Director of AmeriCorps at California Volunteers’ Office of the Governor, and as Chief of Staff to First Lady Maria Shriver, where she worked to create and implement a range of programs serving low-income families, to empower women, and address barriers of inclusion for people with special needs.

Holly is a Sacramento native and a graduate of California State University, Sacramento with a BA in Communications and Public Relations.

Dr. Caroline Heldman

Dr. Caroline Heldman

Dr. Caroline Heldman is the Executive Director of The Representation Project and Chair of the Critical Theory and Social Justice department at Occidental College in Los Angeles. Her research specializes in media, the presidency, and systems of power. Dr. Heldman has published six books, including Protest Politics in the Marketplace: Consumer Activism in the Corporate Age (Cornell University Press, 2017), Women, Power, and Politics: The Fight for Gender Equality in the United States (Oxford University Press, 2017), and Madame President? Gender & Politics on the Road to the White House (Lynne Reinner, 2020).

Dr. Heldman has been active in “real world” politics as a professional pollster, campaign manager, and commentator for CNN International and Spectrum One. She has also been featured in the popular documentaries Miss RepresentationThe Mask You Live InThe Hunting GroundInformant, Equal Means EqualLiberatedNevertheless, and The Great American Lie. She splits her time between Los Angeles and New Orleans, where she co-founded the New Orleans Women’s Shelter and the Lower Ninth Ward Living Museum. Dr. Heldman also co-founded End Rape on Campus (EROC), Faculty Against Rape (FAR), and End Rape Statute of Limitations (ERSOL). She is currently curating with the first Civil Rights museum in New Orleans with Miss Leona Tate, one of the four little girls who desegregated the Deep South in 1960. Dr. Heldman is also the national co-chair of #ERAnow, an organization dedicated to passing the Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution.

Chelsey Goodan

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Chelsey Goodan is the author of the USA Today national bestseller, UNDERESTIMATED: The Power and Wisdom of Teenage Girls (Gallery Books), which has been endorsed by Oprah’s Book Club, saying: “If you have a teenage girl in your life, you need to read this.” Amazon’s Editorial Director chose UNDERESTIMATED as her “Editor’s Pick, Best Nonfiction,” featuring it on CBS Mornings, and when Chelsey was recently on TODAY with Hoda & Jenna, they exclaimed: “We couldn’t stop talking about your book.” Chelsey has been a mentor and empowerment coach to teenage girls for 16 years. She speaks regularly to audiences about gender justice, conducts workshops, and serves as the mentorship director of DemocraShe, which supports and guides girls from underserved communities into leadership positions. As a keynote speaker, Chelsey teaches communication strategies that make everyone feel seen, heard, understood, valued, and celebrated, creating psychological safety for everyone from teenage girls to CEOs. She is also a board member for A Call to Men, a national gender-based violence prevention nonprofit that educates men and boys about healthy masculinity. Featured in TIME Magazine, Oprah Daily, and NBC News, Chelsey’s passion to explore humanity’s potential for authenticity, liberation, and empowerment permeates all her work.


Amaris Giana Albini headshot

Amaris is a member of The Representation Project’s Youth Advisory Council. She is a second-year student at UC Berkeley and a proud Bay Area native, driven by a deep commitment to uplift her BIPOC community through activism and education. At UC Berkeley, she contributes her expertise as a dedicated Diversity Equity and Inclusion Committee Member for Kappa Alpha Theta and also serves as the Media Director for ASL @ Berkeley. Amaris’s fervent passion for teaching extends to her work with students at Overfelt High School, her alma mater, where she actively supports their own educational journeys. She aspires to earn a Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology, with the ultimate goal of becoming a speech pathologist, specializing in working with those who are English Language Learners. Her vision is to utilize her comprehensive background in activism and education to make a meaningful impact, particularly by returning to her hometown of San Jose and work as a Speech Pathologist, through which she aims to contribute significantly to the betterment of the community she holds in the highest regard.


Colbie Freese Headshot

Colbie (she/her) is a member of The Representation Project’s Youth Advisory Council. She is a California high schooler who is passionate about gender advocacy. Through leadership positions in school and clubs, she gained experience that led her to apply for a position on the Youth Advisory Council. She is especially passionate about breaking gender norms and increasing awareness about gender bias in schools and athletics. She is excited about this opportunity to help create and implement educational programs for fellow students this year.


Kate Ragatz headshot

Kate is a high school student at Sacred Heart Preparatory. She has served as the co-editor-in-chief of GirlTalk Magazine, an intersectional feminist magazine run entirely by high school students, for three years. Kate co-directs high school club programs for Rustic Pathways and Stanford Deliberative Democracy Lab’s Climate Fellowship program. She is the leader of the youth effort for the adoption of an Advanced Placement United States Women’s History Course—alongside educators Kristen Kelly and Serene Williams. Outside of academic pursuits, Kate is a competitive rower and is a passionate advocate for female athletes. In the future, she aspires to use data analysis to support the development of gender-equal policies in California and beyond.


Sarah Zhao Headshot

Sarah is a member of The Representation Project’s Youth Advisory Council. She is currently a student in high school. She is passionate about raising awareness for BIPOC health, the LBGTQIA+ community, and gender equity. In her free time, Sarah enjoys studying philosophy, programming, and drawing. As a whole, Sarah strives to make a difference in all aspects of society whether it be in the workforce or in the classroom.

Silent Auction

Item #1

Echoes of Change: Ms. Magazine Collection 1979-1988

Step back in time with this captivating collection of Ms. Magazines, spanning the years 1979 to 1988. Delve into a treasure trove of cultural insight, feminist policies, and societal commentary, encapsulated within the glossy pages of these iconic publications.

As you peruse each issue, you’ll find yourself transported to an era where the echoes of women’s struggles and triumphs still resonate today. From groundbreaking articles addressing gender equality and workplace challenges to thought-provoking features on lifestyle, feminism, and beyond, these magazines serve as a poignant reminder of the timeless issues faced by women over the decades.

Whether displayed proudly in an office, adorning a stylish magazine rack, or cherished as a conversation piece in your home, this one-of-a-kind collection offers more than just nostalgia—it’s a testament to the enduring relevance of women’s voices and experiences. Bid now to own a piece of history and continue the conversation for generations to come.

Starting Bid: $500
Increments: $50
Value: Priceless
Donated By: Martha Lauzen

Item #2

Elegance & Ambition: The Ultimate Style Experience

Indulge in style and ambition. Shop, sip, and elevate your wardrobe with a $1,000 gift card to KAMPERETT and a $1,000 gift card from Argent!

Immerse yourself in luxury with a $1,000 gift card to KAMPERETT, the epitome of chic women’s fashion, crafted in San Francisco. Enjoy a private one-on-one styling appointment with the designers, complete with champagne to enhance the experience.

But that’s not all! Embrace your ambition with another $1,000 gift card from Argent, where #AmbitionSuitsYou perfectly. Elevate your professional wardrobe with their empowering collection designed for the modern woman.


KAMPERETT is a womenswear label designed by Anna Chi and Valerie Santillo focused on creating effortlessly chic pieces for the discerning woman. The name is a hybrid of their mothers’ maiden names (Pferdekamper and Garrett). All pieces are made using only the highest quality materials and ethically run factories. Designed and made in San Francisco, California.

ARGENT is changing the rules for the modern woman’s wardrobe with bold, versatile, functional apparel that refuses to compromise on quality or personality.

Starting Bid: $1000
Increments: $50
Value: $2,500

Item #3

Empowerment in Action: Meet the Makers of Miss Representation 2.0!

Step into the world of documentary filmmaking with this exclusive silent auction lot! Bid for the chance to meet the filmmakers of the empowering documentary “Miss Representation 2.0” on set in Los Angeles. Additionally, enjoy two tickets to the Bay Area screening of the film, immersing yourself in its powerful message. As a cherry on top, indulge in a meet and greet with the visionary behind the film, Jennifer Siebel Newsom. This experience is not only an opportunity to engage with the creators of impactful documentaries but also a perfect bonding moment for you and your daughter, offering insights and inspiration that resonate long after the credits roll.

  • Experience life on set with the cast and crew in Los Angeles, CA
  • Two tickets to the Bay Area Screening of Miss Representation 2.0
  • Meet and greet with visionaries behind the documentary

*Dates and times to be mutually arranged.

Starting Bid: $1000
Increments: $50
Value: Priceless
Donated By: The Representation Project

Our Board

Jennifer Siebel Newsom


Founder & CCO

Brenda Robinson





Mollie Ricker



Kat Gordon



Brian Brokaw TRP Board



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Susan Boster



Thank You


Photograph of Jing on a beach

Jing is a wedding and event photographer based in San Francisco, California. She has been capturing people in their moments since 2016. She loves observing the beauty in the small moments of life. If you believe that the beauty of life lies in the small moments, please reach out to her.

Instagram: @jingzeng.co
Email: jingzengco@gmail.com
Website: www.jingzeng.co

Bill Kumer

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About Us

No matter who you are or where you live, intersectional gender stereotypes are hurting you and those you love. Through film, education, and activism, The Representation Project awakens consciousness, spotlights the cost of these stereotypes, and invites everyone to build a more equitable future.

Your presence today directly supports our ongoing efforts. Learn more HERE. Thank YOU!