The 2017 Women for a New Los Angeles Luncheon: May 12 at the JW Marriott Los Angeles


We did it!

Thank you for supporting and attending the Women for a New Los Angeles Luncheon on Friday, May 6. Together we witnessed the singular talent of Angie Fisher, whose powerful vocals kicked off the luncheon. We then heard inspirational messages from First Lady of Los Angeles Amy Elaine Wakeland, Senator Elizabeth Warren and LAANE Executive Director Roxana Tynan before the first Women for a New Los Angeles Honoree, Shawn McCloud, took the stage. Shawn's dedication to the women and men preparing for middle-class careers in the Utility Pre-Craft Training program was evident in the anecdotes she shared and the many program participants cheering her on from the audience. The second Women for a New Los Angeles Honoree, Dr. Nancy L. Cohen, culminated the event by highlighting the transformative power of female friendship, a crucial reminder in our current climate.


We look forward to seeing you next year!







NANCY L. COHEN, PhD, is an author, historian and leading national expert on women and American politics. She is the author of four books, including the new Breakthrough: The Making of America’s First Woman President and Delirium: The Politics of Sex in America

Dr. Cohen has written political commentary for the Guardian, the New Republic, the Los Angeles Times, Rolling Stone, Pacific Standard, Playboy and other publications. She has appeared on NPR, MSNBC and numerous other TV and radio broadcasts. She speaks frequently about women’s leadership at conferences, literary festivals and universities across the nation.

Previously Dr. Cohen worked as a senior policy analyst at LAANE, where she helped negotiate a landmark community benefits agreement with the City of Los Angeles and Los Angeles International Airport. She has served as a policy consultant to labor unions, environmental organizations and elected officials. She has been a member of LAANE’s advisory board, the steering committee of Climate Resolve and the Liberty Hill Foundation’s advisory board and Fund for a New Los Angeles. Currently she serves as an appointee of Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl on the county’s Commission for Women, where she chairs the policy and legislation committee.

Dr. Cohen received her PhD with distinction in history from Columbia University. For more than a decade she taught history and political science to undergraduates at Occidental College, Binghamton University, California State University Long Beach and other universities. In addition, she held positions at the Center for the Study of Women and the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment at UCLA. Her historical publications include The Reconstruction of American Liberalism and articles in the Harvard Business Review, the Journal of Southern History and elsewhere. She is a graduate of Brown University.

Dr. Cohen lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Jonathan Parfrey, and her daughters Helena and Camille, and near her four stepchildren, Paloma, Morgan, Isaac and Daniel and their spouses. She is a proud feminist but prefers dogs to cats.



SHAWN MCCLOUD, Assistant Business Manager for IBEW, Local 18, has been a leading force behind the creation of the Utility Pre-Craft Trainee (UPCT) program, an on-the-job training program that prepares entry level workers for careers with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP), which entitles participants to financial compensation and health/dental benefits. Working under the leadership of IBEW Local 18 business manager Brian D’Arcy, Shawn has been a mentor, advocate and architect of the program since its inception in 2011.  In addition, Shawn has also been a fierce advocate for expanding opportunity for women as well as ensuring the execution of fair hiring practices for people with criminal backgrounds. One of the program’s signature accomplishments is its recruitment of women in a traditionally male dominated field. The Utility Pre-Craft Trainee program—a labor-management partnership that has been supported by LAANE’s RePower LA coalition—has become a national model for coupling green investments with career path jobs for disadvantaged communities. The IBEW Local 18 represented trainees provide a critical part of the workforce for LADWP’s expanded energy efficiency portfolio, which has led to bill savings for tens of thousands of low income customers and small businesses across the city. The UPCT program has trained hundreds of LA residents, including many women and people with barriers to employment, for careers with LADWP.  She also represents IBEW Local 18 members in the Clerical, Blue Collar, Technical, and Supervisory professional units.

Prior to joining IBEW Local 18, Shawn served as an aide to Councilwoman Joy Picus. Shawn has two children with her husband of 23 years, who recently retired as a lineman for LADWP.  IBEW Local 18 represents about 9,000 members at five different public sector employers, which includes LADWP and the public utilities in Burbank, Asuza, Glendale and Pasadena. Working with IBEW Local 18, Shawn has led numerous fundraising efforts in support of local schools and seniors.

Shawn enjoys spending quality time with family and friends, while finding pleasure in the planning of family gatherings or reunions.  She is definitely her children’s number one cheerleader at sporting events.  She also loves to arouse her creative mind by participating in arts and crafts.  Moreover, Shawn takes advantage of a favorite pastime, relaxation, whether it’s traveling abroad or just elevating her feet in the comfort of her home.




SENATOR ELIZABETH WARREN has made her life’s work fighting for middle class families. Senator Warren was previously a Harvard Law School professor specializing in bankruptcy law. A prominent legal scholar, Warren is among the most cited in the field of commercial law. She is an active consumer protection advocate whose scholarship led to the conception and establishment of the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. She has served as Assistant to the President and Special Advisor to the Secretary of the Treasury for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau under President Barack Obama.



EQUAL MEANS EQUAL offers an unflinching look at how women are treated in the United States today. Examining both real-life stories and precedent-setting legal cases, director Kamala Lopez uncovers how outdated and discriminatory attitudes inform and influence seemingly disparate issues, from workplace harassment to domestic violence, rape and sexual assault to the foster care system, and the healthcare conglomerate to the judicial system. Along the way, she reveals the inadequacy of present laws that claim to protect women. For more information, please visit