In early September, we said goodbye to this year's Ready for Women Fellows. Each year, our City Hall office hosts a fellowship program designed to develop the next generation of female political leaders in our City.
This year, we were joined by three very impressive young women. Alexia Burquez joined us from UC Riverside, where she is currently studying Political Science, Government, and International Studies, Isabelle Marin from LMU where she studies Chicana Studies and Spanish, and Tanisha Saunders, who recently graduated from California State University, Dominguez Hills. For eight weeks, they researched, learned, and discussed a wide range of topics from running for office to serving on a commission or leading a department. It is critical that we do everything in our power to prepare our next generation of leaders. It is even more critical in the City of LA, where I remind you that I am one of two elected women out of 18 possible seats. Keep an eye out for these impressive young women and do not be surprised if you see their name on your next ballot!