Nominees

President
Carol Moon Goldberg
LWV Sacramento

A member of the League for 25 years, Carol has served at both the local and state levels.  For the past four years she served as Voter Service Director for LWVC.  In addition to overseeing production of LWVC’s standard voter service materials, she curated and wrote content for Voter’sEdge.org, coordinated League’s part in the televised U.S. Senatorial candidate forum and coordinated League’s involvement in California Channel Free Airtime Project in 2018.  Carol served as program director for LWVC in the reproductive choices portfolio for three years prior to joining the state board. During that time she represented the League in a coalition of organizations working on related issues, analyzed and followed legislation on the issue.

In the Sacramento County League, Carol spent many years serving in various positions on the board, including terms as co-president of the League. During that time she worked on voter service projects including heading high school voter registration drives and involvement with mock elections, coordinating League’s Election Day work with a local TV channel, served as discussion leader/liaison on consensus questions of state studies, and writing Every Member Tools (remember those?) for her local Voter.

Carol made a career of volunteering after practicing law for a time; retiring in favor of raising her two children. She served on the Sacramento County Grand Jury and remains involved with the system.  She served on parent advisory committees to her local school board. Carol learned about nonprofit operations by serving her family’s religious institution as steering committee member on a capital campaign, strategic planning committees, and personnel search committees. Of course, Carol supported the various sports and arts related activities of her children with organizing, fundraising, and chauffeuring. She has been married for 34 years to a supportive spouse who practices law in Sacramento and also volunteers for several non-profit organizations.

First Vice President
Jacquie Canfield
LWV Fresno

Jacquie has been a member of the League for over 26 years and has held several positions at the both the state and local level with more emphasis in voter service projects and League studies. At the state level, she served a total of four terms on the State Board. The past two terms she served as Treasurer and Voter Service Director for two terms years ago. She also served on the state League Education Study Update committee.

Locally, she has served as president, voter service vice president, Voter’s Edge California and Voters Edge/Smart Voter coordinator for Fresno County since 1998, webmaster for Fresno League since 2002, and leader/facilitator for several studies. She is proud member of the Fresno Education Committee who recently completed a study on charter schools.

Jacquie recently retired after 36 years from Fresno Unified serving as the Executive Officer of Fiscal Services. Fresno Unified is the fourth largest school district in the State and largest employer in the Central Valley. She was responsible for the fiscal operations including a budget that is over $1 billion dollars, accounting, and payroll. She has a passion to ensure fiscal resources are wisely spent, so that all students have the maximum opportunity to succeed.

Jacquie has a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting, Quantitative Analysis and Decision Sciences from California State University, Fresno. She has been married over 36 years and has two grown children. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling and especially loves visiting nature’s wonders.

Second Vice President for Advocacy/Program
Gloria Chun Hoo
LWV San Jose/Santa Clara

Gloria currently serves as First Vice President on the state board of the League of Women Voters of California, and chairs the Diversity and Equity Task Force. She is a member of the board’s Legislative Committee and the LWVC Climate Change Task Force.

Prior to joining the state board, Gloria served a two-year term as the chair of the Leagues of Women Voters of Santa Clara County, and was a director on the LWV Bay Area board of directors, and was president of the San Jose/Santa Clara League for three years.

A resident of San Jose, Gloria worked in marketing and communications/public relations in the science/history/culture museum industry working at The Tech Museum of Innovation, the Campbell Historical Museum and the ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center in Hilo, Hawaii.

Before moving to California, she worked in the Boston area in PR, marketing and training in the corporate sector. She has served on numerous nonprofit boards, including the YWCA of the USA Board of Directors (1985-1997).   She was past chair and a member of the City of San Jose Planning Commission (2001-2008). Currently she is a member of the Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority’s Citizen Advisory Committee.

Gloria was born and raised in Honolulu, HI, attended the University of Hawaii, and is a graduate of Boston University with a degree in journalism and minor in East Asian history. She was the founding editor of a bilingual community newspaper, The Sampan, and was host of a public affairs program, “Asian Focus,” on the CBS-affiliate in Boston.

Secretary
Caroline de Llamas
LWV East San Gabriel Valley

Caroline has enjoyed continuous LWV membership in various California Leagues since initially joining the LWV of Tulare County in 1968. She has held most portfolios at the local League level, and is President of the LWV East San Gabriel Valley.

At the state level, Caroline currently serves as Secretary, and is a member the Executive and Personnel Committees. She is also the Southern Coordinator of the LWVC Management Training Advisor Program (MTAs), and the MTA for several local Leagues.  She chaired the 2013-2015 LWVC Nominating Committee, and served on the Board of Directors from 2009-2013.

At the national level, Caroline joined the LWVUS Shur Fellow Program, and served from 2015 through 2018. She previously participated in the LWVUS MRI Program (known as MGIK in CA) as a coach to five California local Leagues.

A retired Professional City Clerk/Treasurer, she is a past president of the City Clerks Association of California and holds membership in various professional organizations, including the National Association of Parliamentarians.

Caroline resides in Covina with her husband Lloyd de Llamas. They have two daughters and a grand dog.

Director
Maxine Anderson
LWV San Francisco

Maxine came to the San Francisco League through her political activity during the 2004 election. Her political involvement began in anger, which led to partisan activism, and then to the League where she was recruited to Voter Service work. She has served on the San Francisco League board and as chair of their Advocacy and Action Committee. She also currently serves on the state Criminal Justice Reform Committee.

Maxine was born and raised in Chicago and attended public schools there. She has worked in both the private and public sectors: first as a private industry insurance adjuster and then as a claims adjuster in San Francisco’s City Attorney’s Office. The San Francisco Human Rights Commission gave her the HERO award for her outstanding contributions to voting rights. She also serves on the Older Women’s League board. For fun, she enjoys traveling and reading.

Director
Amanda Berg
LWV San Diego

Amanda Berg is the Director of Voter Service for the League of Women Voters San Diego and has been working with LWVSD since October 2014. She became Director of Voter Service for LWVSD in January 2015 and then transitioned to serve as the Director of Marketing and Outreach in July 2018.

Amanda spearheaded a series of local League events titled “Sips & Civility.” These quarterly events are targeted towards a young professional audience and offer free drinks and civil political discussion. Amanda presented the Sips & Civility model at the 2015 LWVC Convention workshop “Democracy in Dialogue” alongside LWVSD members Jeanne Brown and Nancy Phung. Since then, the event has spread to other local leagues around the county and remains a regular event in the San Diego community.

In 2015-2016 Amanda also co-chaired a committee for a local League study on “Campus Justice & Sexual Assault.” This study led to LWVSD adopting a new position regarding how local campuses should handle sexual assault claims, education, and reporting.

Having joined the LWVC board in 2017, Amanda has now served 2 years with the California League, and is excited to continue the work of moving our League into its second hundred years of education and advocacy.

Amanda was born in Wisconsin and moved to Southern California when she was 11 years old. She holds a B.A. in Political Science from UCLA and an M.A. in Political Science from UCSD. In her professional life, Amanda manages a team of Implementation Analysts at a medical software company. Amanda lives in San Diego with her boyfriend, Alex, who is also an active League member. In her free time outside of LWV, Amanda enjoys running half marathons and just completed her first full marathon in March 2019.

Director
Christina Dragonetti
LWV San Francisco

Christina Dragonetti, a member of the San Francisco League, currently serves as Membership and Marketing Manager for the California Association of Nonprofits (CalNonprofits). She has worked for ten years in nonprofit organizations providing support, training, and information to other nonprofits. She earned a Master’s degree in Nonprofit Management from the Monterey Institute for International Studies and a BA in Politics from Whitman College. Christina lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and spends her free time fostering kittens for the East Bay SPCA, reading mystery novels, and learning to be an activist.

Director
Tracey Edwards
LWV Cupertino/Sunnyvale

Tracey joined the League of Women Voters of Cupertino-Sunnyvale in 1998 but didn’t become active until she joined the board in 2016 following her retirement.

She currently serves as Vice President and County Council representative for her local League. Tracey works on affordable housing, pre-registration of high school students, and local development issues. She has also been appointed to two Santa Clara County Commissions; one on affordable housing and one on Women’s leadership.

Tracey also serves as Chair of HealthRight Intl., and is Treasurer at both Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corp. and Golden Gate University.

Prior to retirement, Tracey was a senior leader at Deloitte. Over her 30+ year career at Deloitte she created, grew, and/or reinvented many different businesses. This included managing complex international business units, creation of new products and services, and leading business turnarounds.

Tracey earned her B.A. in Biological Sciences from UC Santa Barbara and J.D. and LL.M. from Golden Gate University.  She is admitted to practice law in California.

In their free time Tracey and her husband, Morgan, like travel.

Director
Debbie Fagen
LWV Pasadena Area

Debbie joined the League in January 2017 and serves as the co-Chair of the Advocacy Committee for the League of Women Voters Pasadena Area. She championed her chapter’s efforts for the Schools and Communities First campaign, gathering signatures to help qualify the measure for the November 2020 ballot, and has been influential in elevating the LWVPA’s presence at political rallies and marches.

A native Californian, Debbie is a graduate of the University of Redlands in Business Administration and has spent the majority of her professional career in computing. Her career has included working for the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the J. Paul Getty Trust before retiring. Debbie is married with two daughters and proudly describes herself as a mother, wife and friend. When asked about her interests she says she is an animal lover, admits to having an insatiable sweet tooth, enjoys acquiring new knowledge, and Taiko drumming.

Director
Helen Hutchison
LWV Oakland

Helen Hutchison is President of the League of Women Voters of California, having joined the board first as the Government Director and then as the Second Vice President for Advocacy and Program in 2008. While serving the state League, she has been active in strategic planning, initiative and referendum reform, human resources, training, legislation, ballot measures, and redistricting.

She has been a member of the League of Women Voters since 1969. She and her family have moved around the country, providing many opportunities to join Leagues in different cities: Claremont, California; Newton, Massachusetts; Los Angeles; Claremont (again); Clackamas County, Oregon; DeKalb County, Georgia; and she was the president of the LWV Oakland from 2003 to 2007. She served on the Boards of the Claremont, Clackamas County and Oakland Leagues in a variety of roles. Each League has provided new areas to learn about and get active in.

Professionally, Helen is a retired computer systems analyst. She is an active member of Montclair Presbyterian Church in Oakland and a foster care volunteer with the East Bay SPCA.

Director
Aisha Piracha-Zakariya
LWV Palo Alto

Aisha is currently President of the Palo Alto League. She joined their board as First Vice President in 2016 and continues to serve on the communications, advocacy and board development teams. Through her leadership, and her board’s support, she focused on increasing outreach, community engagement and visibility of the League, as well as streamlining onboarding and internal efficiencies for new board members. She has also promoted innovative voter service programs to register youth, and developed creative GOTV strategies using Voter’s Edge media materials which were also shared with California Leagues. Her efforts to increase outreach to new communities included expanding locations for election events and collaborating with new interest groups on common policy issues. More recently, her local League and colleagues from the Leagues of Women Voters of Santa Clara County, successfully advocated for the adoption of the Voter’s Choice Act, and is now slated for implementation in the county’s the 2020 elections!

Professionally, Aisha has over two decades of experience in both the private and nonprofit sectors and is currently a digital marketing and communications strategy consultant. Previously, Aisha worked in New York City’s financial sector at JP Morgan as well as Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette, before founding her startup, Allergy Exchange.

Through her nonprofit advisory involvement, she has also worked to level the playing field for under-served communities. She has worked to promote women’s empowerment with Behbud, a women’s advocacy organization in her country of origin, Pakistan. Locally, Aisha served as Trustee and Board Chair at the Gunn High School Scholarship Foundation in Palo Alto, which provides needs-based college scholarships to students in her community.

Aisha holds a BA from Smith College in Development Economics & Government. She grew up in Laos, Thailand and the Philippines, as her father’s work at UNICEF took her around the world, before attending high school in Greenwich, Connecticut. She is a polyglot and speaks Thai, French and Urdu. Aisha has been living in Palo Alto with her husband, daughter and son since 2005.

Aisha’s work with the League has instilled in her, an immense sense of duty and commitment to ensure that the League’s mission to educate and advocate voters continues into the next 100 years.

Director
Lori Thiel
LWV San Diego

Lori discovered the League about five years ago after she moved to San Diego and wanted to get involved in her new community. She was quite impressed by the League. At a San Diego League luncheon on higher education, Jeanne Brown gave her a membership card and she was hooked.

Lori is currently president of the San Diego League and with the support of her board has focused on updating internal systems for efficiency and increasing community outreach, collaboration and participation. LWV San Diego now has nearly 500 members.

Lori also serves on the boards of the Ackerman Foundation, which provides grants for K-12 education projects, and the St. James Health Ministry Outreach, which funds health services to San Diego’s underserved communities. She has curated and hosted several women-owned business panel events, and has also owned and operated a Southern California publishing company. Prior to that, she was communications manager for the international steel consortium WorldSteel.

Nominating Committee
Pat Coulter
LWV Pasadena Area

Pat is a relative newcomer to California and to the League of Women Voters. She is currently president-elect of the Pasadena Area League. She also chairs their Immigration Committee, and serves on the Development Committee.  Pat retired from the Urban League of Philadelphia as president and CEO in 2014. Her 50-year work history spans roles in education, and corporate and nonprofit sectors.

As a civic leader, community and policy advocate, she has served on numerous governing boards and associations, as well as on various education, economic opportunity and private sector partnerships, mayoral commissions, and taskforces. She has been recognized with numerous awards, including The American Red Cross Outstanding Humanitarian Award.

Nominating Committee
Carolina Goodman
LWV Los Angeles

Carolina is a retired educator, who joined the Los Angeles League in the fall of 2013 and has been active on their Youth Outreach and Human Trafficking Committees. She is currently Co-Chair of the LWVC Criminal Justice Reform Committee and represents LWVLA in a coalition for Los Angeles Campaign Finance Reform.

Her father was an immigrant from the Philippines in the 1920s. He met her mother in the Philippines during World War II while she was working for an Armed Forces Auxiliary. Her mother was a devoted to community service and certainly was a model for Carolina. Carolina’s teaching career was varied: she taught math and technology, was a coordinator for multicultural education and mentored new teachers.