Ana Grande

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Ana Grande is Assistant Dean, Traditional Undergraduate Programs, Mount Saint Mary's University.

Council bid

Mariachis played at City Hall when Gloria Molina was sworn in 25 years ago as a city councilwoman, a nod to her Mexican heritage. The emotional ceremony feted Molina, the first Latina to be elected to the council.

She was also the last Latina elected.

While Hispanic men have become a powerful force around the horseshoe at City Hall, the impact of Hispanic women has yet to be felt.

But that may be changing. In 2012 two Latina politicians, Nury Martinez and Cindy Montanez, said they will run for City Council next year to represent the southeast San Fernando Valley.

They’re part of a larger crop of Latinas seeking council seats next spring, a group that also includes former City Hall staffers Ana Cubas and Ana Grande.

The women say the number of strong Latina candidates seeking office is encouraging. But it’s also a frustrating reminder of their lack of representation at the City Council since Molina’s departure in 1991.

“It just makes L.A. look bad,” said Cubas, Councilman Jose Huizar’s former chief of staff who is running for the open downtown council seat. “The city is 50 percent Latino, and we’re supposed to be progressive and a liberal city.”[1]

Campaign Director PowerPAC

Campaign Director PowerPAC, Sep 2007 – Jul 2011.

  • Outreach to Latino groups in California
  • Develop and assess Latino netwroks
  • Build and support statewide Latino student and community groups
  • Develop outreach & campaign materials for projects

Hiring email

Vote Hope, a group with a PAC and 527, founded by Steve Phillips, emailed January 22, 2008 with a help-wanted, announcing that they're "fired up to win California for Obama!" The email suggests that the organizing will be done through another group of which Steve Phillips, son-in-law of the Democratic mega-donors Herb Sandler and Marion Sandler, is president, PowerPAC.

From the email:

With Election Day fast approaching, we wanted to let you know about a great opportunity to support Obama and get paid! On February 5th, PowerPAC, an organization supporting Barack Obama, will be hiring organizers to help turn out the vote. Here is the job description:

Organizers are responsible for: • Calling Voters in specific locations and reminding them to vote. • Providing Voters rides to th eir polling location. • Checking polling locations to make sure supporters have voted.

The pay is $12 an hour. Vote Hope hasn't returned a couple of calls about how active they've been in the other activity they planned: Rounding up early votes for Obama.

From: Jenn Brown

Date: Jan 22, 2008 1:04 AM Subject: Paid jobs to support Obama on Election Day! Please forward... To: xxxx@votehope2008.org

Hello Barack Obama Supporter!

With Election Day fast approaching, we wanted to let you know about a great opportunity to support Obama and get paid! On February 5th, PowerPAC, an organization supporting Barack Obama, will be hiring organizers to help turn out the vote. Here is the job description:

Organizers are responsible for:

  • Calling Voters in specific locations and reminding them to vote.
  • Providing Voters rides to th eir polling location.
  • Checking polling locations to make sure supporters have voted.

Specific Requirements:

  • Car and valid driver's license w/ insurance strongly preferred.
  • Ability to work form 8am-8pm on Election Day: Tuesday, February 5th.
  • Must attend Mandatory one-hour training on Sunday, February 3rd.

Location: Organizers will be working out of Alameda, San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego Counties.

Compensation: The Pay is $12.50/ hr and will include the 1-hour training on Sunday, February 3, a 12 hour workday on Tuesday, February 5 and $15 gas reimbursement.

Do you want to Barack the Vote on February 5th? Contact the lead organizer in your region:

  • Alameda County: Jenn Brown. Cell 202-xxx-xxxx. Email: xxxx@votehope2008.org
  • San Francisco County: Jennifer Longley. Cell 415-xxx-xxxx. Email: xxxxx@votehope2008.org
  • Los Angeles County: Crystal Tran. Cell 949-xxx-xxxx. Email: ctran@votehope2008.org. OR Anibal Guerrero. Cell 818-370-1325. Email: xxxxx@votehope2008.org
  • San Diego County: Ana Grande. Cell 323-xxx-xxxx. Email ana@votehope2008.org

Positions are going fast, so if you are interested, please contact the above organizers soon! We are fired up to win California for Obama!

In solidarity,

The Vote Hope Team[2]

Vote Hope

In 2008 Ana Grande was San Diego County leader of Vote Hope.

Santa Monica founding

From the founding of PAC+! This event was hosted in Santa Monica by Beth Broderick, Carol Coote, Nancy Stephens, Sara Nichols, Cookie Parker, Steve Phillips, Ana Grande, Marcelo Gaete, & Greg Akili. Steve Phillips shares the plans for PAC+, a new national social justice political action committee with chapters in 15 states across the country.

This event was an advance preview of the strategic goals and targeting that PAC+ will be pursuing in 2012 and over the next ten years.[3]

PowerPac+ Board of Directors

PowerPAC+ Board of Directors, as of 2017 included Ana Grande - Los Angeles, CA Adjunct Professor at Mount St. Mary's College and Southwest Regional Director at ONE Campaign.[4]

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