April 2022

Dear ReflectUS Community,

Happy Spring!

This month, we’ve witnessed history being made with the appointment of Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson to the U.S. Supreme Court.  As we at ReflectUS are dedicated to expanding opportunities for women to pursue all levels of political leadership and influence, we are beyond excited to bear witness to our nation’s first African American, woman Supreme Court justice. We salute the many organizations, associations and individuals that made this historic moment possible.  We also give a special acknowledgement to ReflectUS Coalition member Higher Heights who has been at the forefront of Black women’s political leadership and was particularly instrumental in the support provided to Justice Jackson.  Read our press release on Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson's appointment here.

Among all the events I enjoyed that commemorated Women’s History Month, one of my favorites was attending the White House’s Women’s History Month celebration at the invitation of President Joseph Biden and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden.  We celebrated the significant role women have played and continue to play in strengthening our democracy and democratic institutions. It was truly inspiring to be in a room with lawmakers, advocates, and leaders of all backgrounds who share the same passion for women’s advancement and empowerment.

This month, I’m excited to share with you that the work of our National Working Group has led to the creation of a Sub National Working Group on Collective Barriers. This working group, co-chaired by Cynthia Richie Terrell, ReflectUS Board Member and CEO of RepresentWomen, and Jean Sinzdak, Associate Director for Center for American Women and Politics, will help spearhead the ReflectUS “Appointments Campaign”, a national campaign targeting boards and commissions at the state level. Through these collective efforts, we aim to increase the number of women appointed to state boards and commissions across the country.

I am also delighted to announce the launch of our ground-breaking, cutting-edge program - She’s Ready. The She’s Ready Program is a pilot program between ReflectUS and Coalition member She Should Run to provide women individualized support on their political leadership journey.  As women move through She Should Run's suite of programs to the point of declaration, ReflectUS will provide support by creating a customized political leadership plan, connecting them to other national, state and local resources and conducting periodic check-ins. As studies demonstrate, there is a period of time between when women decide to enter political leadership and when they actually declare their candidacy or apply for an appointment. She’s Ready will help to ensure we do not lose this important pipeline during this intervening time.  

Finally, please join me in congratulating our inaugural cohort of the “It Begins Here” fellows on completing the year-long fellowship program! Congratulations - Zena Amran, Nelly Cuenca, Jessica Dunn, Sarah Evans, Prisma Garcia, Ara Grimaldo, Miriam Laeky, Karem Montemayor, Lauren Rangel, Mya Scott, Shelby Taylor, and Fiama Villagrana-Ocasio! We have been privileged to see each of you grow as leaders in your communities and can’t wait to see what you do next!

Tiffany Gardner, ReflectUS CEO



It is conference season and IGNITE is thrilled to announce the return of their national conference series, Young Women Run 2022: We Break Barriers.

IGNITE is convening in cities across America - in person - to empower you to flex your political power. Young Women Run includes political skills training, policy discussions, roundtable lunch discussions with elected women, and keynote addresses from prominent political leaders.

Select conferences include an IGNITE the Capitol Advocacy Day, which includes training in advocacy and the legislative process. You’ll learn how, when, and where you can step into the policymaking process and champion causes impacting you and your community.

Register today to attend YWR in your city!

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The ReflectUS Team is growing and we are looking for a number of roles: National Director of ProgramsDevelopment Director, Missouri Program Manager, Texas Program Manager, Washington Program Manager, and She's Ready Program Manager.

Learn more about each role and apply today by visiting our

This issue brief discusses the cycle of incumbency that protects men’s political power and why it must be dismantled to eliminate the roadblocks preventing women from serving in elected office. 

Boards and Commissions Guides have been updated and now include new information about seeking appointments and how we can help you navigate the appointment process. 

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We invite you to join the ReflectUS Texas Leadership Council as we hear from the Texas Appointments Office, network and more!

When: Saturday, April 23 at 9:30 a.m.
Where: Texas Woman's University, Old Main Building, Suite 244C, Denton, TX 76204

This event will be a hybrid event, it is open to all women and non-members of the ReflectUS TX Leadership Council. In person space is limited, please register to attend.

We will enjoy a half-hour of networking and then hear from our guest speaker Peggy Venable at the Texas Appointments Office with the Office of Texas Governor, Greg Abbott. Then we will spend some time reviewing and completing applications for State level appointments. Please bring your resume and a laptop, this will be a working meeting.

The ReflectUS Texas Leadership Council is a cross-partisan group of diverse women interested in political leadership. Many are running for or currently serving in an elected position or serving in or seeking a Board or Commission appointment. The goal of the Leadership Council is to provide a network of support for all Texas women in their political journeys, while working across racial, ethnic, geographic, and ideological spectrums to accomplish this goal. The council members are volunteers and represent various organizations and networks that serve diverse communities in the state.

If you would like to join the ReflectUS TX Leadership Council, email to receive more information.

This event is being hosted by ReflectUS, in collaboration with the Texas Woman's University, Center for Women in Politics & Public Policy.

ReflectUS is a national, cross partisan coalition that accelerates and maximizes the collective impact of Coalition members, people, and organizations working to expand political leadership of, by, and for all women.

Read ReflectUS Coalition members APAICS and Higher Heights most recent Op-Ed, Beyond Historic Firsts: Confirming Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson and Empowering Women! This Op-Ed was written by APAICS President and CEO Madalene Xuan-Trang Mielke & Higher Heights Leadership Fund President and CEO, Glynda Carr.
Read it now!

Have you read our "Political Incumbency-It's Complicated..." yet? ReflectUS CEO, Tiffany Gardner and The Barbara Lee Family Foundation Executive Director, Amanda Hunter talk political incumbency & the issues it presents for women candidates.
Read it on Newsweek!

Check out this op-ed by ReflectUS Texas Program Manager, Ruth Assi and Steer Fort Worth President, Erika Ramos published by The Fort Worth Star Telegram. Read all about how redistricting provides the perfect opportunity for emerging and diverse leaders to rise!
Read it on Fort Worth Star Telegram!

ReflectUS is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, cross-partisan coalition that accelerates and maximizes the collective impact of Coalition members, people, and organizations working to expand political leadership of, by, and for all women. Learn More

Coalition members include Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS), Higher Heights Leadership FundIGNITE NationalLatinasRepresentRepresentWomenShe Should RunVote Run Lead, and Women’s Public Leadership Network

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