We are fortunate to have Catharine B. Baker as our keynote speaker on November 15th, 9:30 am, Orinda Community Church Hall, 10 Irwin Way, Orinda, CA. Join us and hear Assemblywoman Baker discuss how the AAUW Fund impacts the lives of women and girls throughout the world through education, research, advocacy and philanthropy. You’ll also be able to enjoy Marketplace -- your once-a-year chance to see handcrafted creations by our local members and get an early start on holiday shopping.
Assemblywoman Catharine Baker was elected to the 16th Assembly District on November 4, 2014, and was sworn in to office on December 1st. She was appointed as Vice-Chair of the Assembly Higher Education Committee, in addition to the committees on Transportation, Business and Professions, Privacy and Consumer Protection, and the Joint Legislative Audit Committee. She also serves on the Select Committees on Youth and California’s Future, Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Education, and Renewable Energy Development and Restoration of the Salton Sea.
She is a mother of school-age twins and an is active parent leader in local schools, having served as Vice President of the Dougherty Elementary School Site Council, Chair of the school safety committee, and on several school improvement committees. She is also a volunteer leader in her community, previously serving on a local preschool board and volunteering with Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts in the region as an archery instructor. She also serves as a trustee of the Diablo Regional Arts Association in Walnut Creek, supporting arts and educational programs for families and school children throughout her community.
Catharine earned her B.A. degree from the University of Chicago, overcoming cancer her senior year to graduate Phi Beta Kappa and with honors. She later went on to earn her J.D. degree from U.C. Berkeley School of Law. As an attorney she helped small businesses and local charities get started and become successful. Catharine is a native Californian, born and raised in Cathedral City. Her mother was an award-winning public school teacher, teaching in California for over 20 years, and her father ran the small family business selling and servicing office equipment. Catharine is married to her college sweetheart, Dan Baker. They live in Dublin with their twins.
For more information, visit the AAUW-OML website: oml-ca.aauw.net.