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.
Congresswoman Waters was instrumental in implementing the landmark Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, which led to the establishment of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the creation of Offices of Minority and Women Inclusion at each of the Federal regulatory agencies. Waters has been at the forefront of the fight to keep families in their homes, advocating for strong modification programs and oversight of mortgage servicers. In 2013, HousingWire, a leading news outlet covering the U.S. housing economy, named her a "Woman of Influence" for her work on the Committee.
Throughout her 37 years of public service, Congresswoman Waters has gained a reputation as a fearless and outspoken advocate for women, children, people of color and the poor. She is an integral member of Congressional Democratic Leadership, serving as a member of the Steering & Policy Committee. Congresswoman Waters is also a member of the
Congressional Progressive Caucus, as well as a member and past chair of the Congressional Black Caucus.