Hannah-Beth Jackson – Why would anyone in their right mind want to enter the political arena today?

In Making Waves Conversations by Mark Sylvester

Why would anyone in their right mind want to enter the political arena today?

The critically important role of public policy in maintaining a functioning, working Democracy, needs participation by citizens to be effective. As the current political landscape seems impossibly polarized, Hannah-Beth will make the case to exercise our citizenship by involvement at all levels of politics. We’ll also talk about the role of Public Administration education as an option for our nation’s youth.

Hannah-Beth Jackson

Former California State Senator

Hannah-Beth Jackson is a former California legislator, practicing attorney, educator, and small business owner.  From 2012 to 2020, she served in the State Senate, representing nearly 1M residents in the 19th Senate District, which includes Santa Barbara County and Ventura County.  From 1998 to 2004, she represented the 35th State Assembly District.

During her legislative career, Hannah-Beth served as Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee and received national recognition as a champion for women’s equality.  The Huffington Post identified her as one of 11 women in the United States “blazing new trails” in American politics and was described as “the state senator shifting California’s workplace culture” by The New York Times.  

Hannah-Beth is the author of the California Fair Pay Act, landmark legislation that strengthens the state’s equal pay law, and Senate Bill 826, the first law in the nation that requires publicly-held corporations to include women on their board of directors.


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