Public Policy

The National Association of Women Business Owners was founded in 1975 in large part to become a powerful advocacy voice on behalf of women business owners in the United States. Check back here often for information regarding local Santa Barbara area policy, as well as news and events from NAWBO California and NAWBO National. If you would like to feed us a public policy tidbit, please email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Santa Barbara Area

Our local statewide elected representatives:
  • Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson represents the 19th district. She serves on various committees listed here. This is a full list of her 2017 - 2018 legislation.
  • Assemblymember Monique Limon represents the 37th district. Assemblymember Limon is currently the Assistant Majority Whip and serves on various committees listed here. This is a full list of her 2017 - 2018 legislation.

NAWBO California

You can visit the NAWBO-California Public Policy page here.

After much hard work a NAWBO-led initiative for a bill about women on corporate boards has finally come to fruition. Senate Bill 826 Corporate Board Gender Diversity would require every publicly held corporation in California to have at least one woman on its board of directors by the end of 2019 and beginning July 2021 would require at least two women directors on all California boards. One of this bill's principal authors is our very own California Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson.
Introducing a new way for employees to save for retirement even if their employer doesn't offer any retirement plans. California Secure Choice enables employers to offer their employees access to a retirement savings plan at minimal cost and administrative requirements with no liability.

Propel your Business Conference will be coming up April 22 - 24, 2018 in Sacramento. Towards the end of the conference we will visit our elected representatives in the state capital. Join us by registering here:

NAWBO National

Did you miss the NAWBO webinar on federal tax reform and how it affects you and your business? Don't worry, you can view the webinar anytime here.

And, you can now register for NAWBO Academy for Public Service in Washington, D.C. Learn about navigating local and national politics, how to gain more political clout in your state capital, tax reform, and public speaking and media training. This in person event will be Wednesday, June 20th, 2018 all day in Washington, D.C. Register for the event here: