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Democratic political organization Emily's List selects Laphonza Butler as its new president – Bizwomen – The Business Journals

Anne Stych, Staff Writer, Bizwomen
Sep 14, 2021, 11:01am EDT Updated: Sep 14, 2021, 1:51pm EDT
Emily’s List
Laphonza Butler, president, Emily’s List

Emily’s List, a political organization that supports pro-choice female Democratic candidates, has named Laphonza Butler as its third president.
She joins the organization from Airbnb, where she was director of public policy and campaigns in North America.
She also was a partner at a partner at SCRB Strategies, a political consulting firm, where she was a strategist for candidates and a senior leader on Vice President Kamala Harris’s presidential campaign.
She was formerly the president of SEIU Local 2015, the nation’s largest homecare workers union, where she led efforts to address pay inequity for women in California and advocated for raising the state’s minimum wage to $15 an hour.
Butler grew up in Magnolia, Mississippi and attended Jackson State University. She is a member of the University of California Board of Regents and a board member for the Children’s Defense Fund and BLACK PAC.
She succeeds Stephanie Schriock, who led the organization for 11 years, and Ellen Malcolm, the group’s founder.
“Emily’s List was founded to create change and diversify our elected leadership. We’re proud of the work that we’ve done and know that Laphonza Butler is the right person to expand that work,” Malcolm said. “I’m thrilled to welcome Laphonza as our new president and know she will help us build a democracy whose leadership more accurately reflects America at every level of government.”
Emily’s List says it has raised more than $700 million to recruit and train candidates, support campaigns, get out the vote and research issues impacting women and families, and has a grassroots community of more than five million members.
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