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Join the USC Center for the Political Future’s Spring 2023 Fellow Martha Escutia in conversation with Fran Pavley discussing the role of women in politics and the challenges they face as leaders on Monday, March 27 at 12:30 p.m. PT in the U-Club Scriptorium. 

Lunch service will begin at 12:30 p.m. and the discussion will take place from 1 p.m.-2 p.m. This event honors Women’s History Month.

Martha Escutia is a former State Senator from California and current Vice President for State Government Relations and Special Counsel at USC. Prior to joining USC, Senator Escutia was in private practice as a founding partner of The Senators Firm and a partner in the national law firm of Manatt Phelps and Phillips. During her 14 year legislative career (1992-2006), Senator Escutia became the first woman to chair both the Assembly and Senate Judiciary Committees. The California Supreme Court honored her with its “Commitment to Justice” award for her exemplary service to the law and its citizens.

Former State Senator Fran Pavley served 29 years in elected office. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Pavley was elected the first mayor of Agoura Hills in 1982, and served 14 years in the California Assembly and the State Senate. Senator Pavley authored landmark climate policies (AB 1493, AB 32, SB 32, and others) that have created a market for innovation and investment in clean energy and vehicles, which have helped clean up our air, grow the economy, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. As chair of the Senate’s Natural Resources and Water Committee, she was able to pass California's Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA), promote policies to protect our ocean and watersheds, and adopt measures to create more sustainable local water supplies. During her last year in the legislature, Senator Pavley also authored SB 1425, the Water-Energy Nexus bill. She is working as the Environmental Policy Director for the USC Schwarzenegger Institute, and serves on several state and local advisory boards and committees.

This event is in partnership with USC Women in Politics (WIP), VoteSC, USC Political Student Assembly, and USC College Republicans. 

The event will be Zoomed, livestreamed to Facebook, video recorded for YouTube, and audio recorded for The Bully Pulpit podcast.

Register to attend in person: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/women-in-politics-martha-escutia-in-conversation-with-fran-pavley-tickets-577748149267

Register for the zoom webinar: https://usc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_5JiqZt5LQsCUOi__PUpVug

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