A Conversation about Responsibility and Civic Engagement with Fiona Ma and Rosie's Daughters
Rosie's Daughters meets on a monthly basis for conversations with inspiring Bay Area women.
Join us on October 15th, for our 10th conversation of 2014 with politician Fiona Ma. You'll also have a chance to get to know a great group of professionals, entrepreneurs, artists, mothers, sisters, daughters, wives, friends - we're leaders in our communities who are committed to supporting one another through sharing our stories.
This month's conversation is focused on the theme of Responsibility and Civic Engagement - just in time for election season.
Fiona Ma was first elected to represent the people of California's 12th Assembly District from November 2006 to November 2012 (after serving the maximum of three terms.) She was the #112th woman to ever be elected to the California Legislature and the first Asian woman to ever serve as Speaker pro Tempore since 1850. The 12th Assembly District represented 450,000 and included the cities of San Francisco, Daly City, Colma and Broadmoor.
Assemblywoman Ma first became interested in politics as a small business owner and a Certified Public Accountant advocating on behalf of other small businesses. She was an elected delegate to the White House Conference on Small Business under President Bill Clinton, which produced a report to Congress on the 60 top policy recommendations to help small businesses grow and prosper in the 21st century.
She formally entered the field of politics in 1995, serving as a part-time district representative for the former President pro Tempore of the California Senate, John Burton. It was a position that would last for seven years, after which she was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, where she served for four years until 2006. During her tenure on the Board of Supervisors, she authored the landmark Local Business Enterprise ordinance on behalf of women and minority business owners and passed legislation to tackle human trafficking.
Building on her work combating toxic chemicals in San Francisco, Assemblywoman Ma authored groundbreaking legislation to ban toxic chemicals, known as phthalates, in baby products statewide. AB 1108 was a first such law in the nation and was signed by Gov. Schwarzenegger in 2007. It became the model for the federal amendment on the same subject, authored by U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein, which was signed into law as part of the federal Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008.
As Chair of the Assembly Select Committee on Domestic Violence, she worked on legislation to protect victims of domestic violence. She authored groundbreaking legislation to protect consumers, help California's working families pay the bills, prevent the spread of Hepatitis B, increase access to quality healthcare, and provide equal rights for all Californians. She was a strong advocate for better neighborhoods, authoring laws to combat graffiti, recycling theft and disabled placard abuse. As a joint author of Proposition 1-A, which was approved by voters in November, 2008, she was the legislature's leading advocate to bring high-speed trains to California.
While serving in the Assembly, in addition to NCSL, Fiona served as Western States Chair of Women in Government; was an Executive Board Member of the California Democratic Party; and is Member of the Aspen Institute's 2009 Class of Aspen-Rodel Fellows.
She is currently on the Board of CA Women Lead; Board of Directors for Curry Without Worry; Board of Directors of Asian Inc; President of the Asian American Donor Program Honorary Chair and Spokesperson of the San Francisco Hep B Free Campaign; and Honorary California Chair of the New Leaders Council. She serves on the Advisory Boards of the James L. Brady Riding Program for Children with Disabilities, Family Connections, Alliance for Girls and the SF Ethnic Dance Festival. She is also a member of the Screen Actors Guild.
Room A, The Women's Building (View)
3543 18th Street
San Francisco, CA 94110