Nancy serves as Executive Director of the the CA Commission on the Status of Women and Girls, an independent state agency created in statute 52 years ago and charged with identifying and working to eliminate inequities impacting California’s 19.7 million women and girls. The 17 member Commission recently convened the innovative CA Pay Equity Task Force to support meaningful compliance with the CA Fair Pay Act and is a key driver of state efforts to Engage Girls and Women in STEM.
For six years Nancy served as a Commissioner at the San Francisco Commission on the Status of Women, where she was a leader of the team that created the internationally recognized Cities for CEDAW Campaign and championed local initiatives to reduce domestic violence and human trafficking; improve gender equality and advance girls’ services.
Her previous experience includes 17 years in Washington DC beginning at the Democratic National Committee, a key role in Barbara Boxer’s first run for the US Senate and a senior role as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Intergovernmental Relations in the Clinton Administration from 1993 to 2001.
Once in CA full time, Nancy worked with Americans for Gun Safety as well as an Energy Efficiency Company then returned to government as the Director of Government Relations then Mayor Gavin Newsom at the City and County of San Francisco from 2008-2011.
She is the National Board Treasurer of Emerge America and on the Board of the SF National Council of Jewish Women. Kirshner-Rodriguez graduated from Mount Holyoke College and received the Alumnae Medal of Honor for her service to the college.