• Locked Up, Locked Down: Consequences of Criminalizing a Public Health Problem

    Tue, 29 Apr 2014

    The statistics are alarming -- Caught in the Net, a report co-authored by Deborah Small, notes that “between 1986 and 1999, the number of women incarcerated in state facilities for drug-related offenses increased by 888%, surpassing the rate of growth in the number of men imprisoned for similar crimes.”

    Women struggling with drug addiction face huge challenges. Women convicted of a drug offense cannot access Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) benefits to support their families. And in many states, women must pass drug tests in order to receive public assistance. The intersections of gender, race, and the war on drugs affect millions of families. 

    The Criminal (In)Justice Circle invites you to the first of a series that will explore how the war on drugs is fueling mass incarceration rates and how that directly impacts women and communities of color. We are thrilled to have Deborah Peterson Small, Executive Director from Break The Chains and Lynn Paltrow, Executive Director of National Advocates for Pregnant Women join us for this call.

    Our presenters will share with us the consequences of addressing a public health issue through criminal solutions, and the need and potential for more effective drug policies. The webinar will elevate the lived experiences of women caught in the system and examine strategies for how to advocate for change.

  • WDN Story Sharing: Sandra Hernandez

    Wed, 30 Apr 2014
    We are excited to continue our story sharing series with Dr. Sandra Hernandez, who will share her background and how she became interested in medicine, her transition into public health and then policy and philanthropy.  The discussion will focus on the values that have guided her journey, as well as her reflections on having impact working in each of these sectors. 

    Sandra has also been on the front lines of ACA implementation in California, and will share her experiences with that, and her thoughts on how pending court decisions could affect the success of the law.

    More About Sandra

    Sandra Hernandez is President and CEO of the California HealthCare Foundation, and an assistant clinical professor at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) School of Medicine. She maintains an active clinical practice at San Francisco General Hospital in the AIDS clinic.

    Prior to her position at the California HealthCare Foundation, Sandra was CEO of the San Francisco Foundation and also served as Director of Public Health for the City and County of San Francisco.

    Originally from Tucson, Arizona, she spent much of her childhood in rural New Mexico with her grandparents. There she came to honor and appreciate her Mexican culture and the intrinsic values of community and public service. Her love of science and math was nourished by her father, a self-educated engineer.

    Hernández serves as a trustee of the Reno-based Asbestos Settlement Trusts and as an independent director of First Republic Bank, Blue Shield of California, and the Blue Shield of California Foundation. She is a member of the Public Policy Institute of California's Statewide Leadership Council, the Yale University President's Council, the UCSF Chancellor's Advisory Board, and the UCSF Clinical and Translational Science Institute Advisory Board.

    She is a former board member of Grantmakers In Health, the Council on Foundations, and the California Managed Risk Medical Insurance Board (MRMIB). She co-chaired San Francisco's Universal Healthcare Council, which designed Healthy San Francisco, an innovative health access program for the uninsured.

    Dr. Hernández is an assistant clinical professor at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) School of Medicine and maintains an active clinical practice at San Francisco General Hospital in the AIDS clinic. She also currently serves on the boards of Blue Shield of California, the Blue Shield of California Foundation, and First Republic Bank, and is a member of the Public Policy Institute of California Statewide Leadership Council, the Yale University Council, and the Fort Winfield Scott Federal Advisory Committee. Dr. Hernández has received numerous national and local awards, including the Hispanic Business Magazine Woman of the Year Award, The San Francisco Business Times Most Influential Woman in Business Award, and the National Philanthropy Day Outstanding Foundation Professional Award.

    Prior to becoming CEO of TSFF, Dr. Hernández served as the director of public health for the City and County of San Francisco. Her prior affiliations also include President Clinton’s Advisory Commission on Consumer Protection and Quality in the Healthcare Industry; the Council on Foundations; the Institute of Medicine’s Committees on the Consequences of Uninsurance; and the Implementation of Antiviral Medication Strategies for an Influenza Pandemic. Dr. Hernández also co-chaired San Francisco’s Universal Healthcare Council. Dr. Hernández is a graduate of Yale University, Tufts School of Medicine, and the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
  • Santa Fe Regional Meeting

    Thu, 8 May 2014

    Please join us for an afternoon of socializing and strategic thinking about the future of WDN.

    This meeting will feature Ellen Sprenger of Spring Strategies, for a discussion of our vision for a progressive future, and WDN's role in achieving that vision. 

    Lunch will be served.  Please let us know when you RSVP if you have any dietary restrictions. 

    If you know other women donors in the area, please invite them.  Prospective members are welcome to attend.

    Please RSVP to Kathleen Andreson, or, if you are a member, you may use the link below.
  • May Board Meeting

    Fri, 9 May 2014

    WDN's board meets every other month, with longer retreats in January, May and September. 

    For more information, contact Shanthi Gonzales at

  • Dallas Regional Meeting

    Wed, 14 May 2014
    Please join us for a day of rich discussion and learning about what is happening in Texas and in WDN, featuring Ken Lambrecht of Planned Parenthood and Rinku Sen of Race Forward, with additional speakers to be confirmed.

    Please save the date!  More details to come.

    Prospective members are welcome to attend.  RSVP to