2018 San Francisco NAACP Freedom Fund GALA
Senator Kamala Harris
Senator Kamala Harris is an American attorney and politician who is the junior United States Senator from California, serving since 2017. A member of the Democratic Party, she previously served as the 32nd Attorney General of California from 2011 to 2017.
Born in Oakland, California, Harris is a graduate of Howard University and University of California, Hastings. In the 1990's, Harris worked in the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office and City Attorney’s Office. In 2004, Harris was elected District Attorney of San Francisco. Harris was elected California’s Attorney General in 2010 and reelected in 2014. On November 8, 2016, she defeated Loretta Sanchez in the 2016 Senate election to succeed outgoing Senator Barbara Boxer, becoming California’s third female U.S. Senator and the first of Jamaican or Indian descent.
Congresswoman Maxine Waters
Congresswoman Maxine Waters is considered by many to be one of the most powerful women in American politics today. She has gained a reputation as a fearless and outspoken advocate for women, children, people of color and the poor.
Elected in November 2016 to her fourteenth term in the U.S. House of Representatives with more than 76 percent of the vote in the 43rd Congressional District of California, Congresswoman Waters represents a large part of South Central Los Angeles including the communities of Westchester, Playa Del Rey, and Watts and the unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County comprised of Lennox, West Athens, West Carson, Harbor Gateway and El Camino Village. The 43rd District also includes the diverse cities of Gardena, Hawthorne, Inglewood, Lawndale, Lomita and Torrance.