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Char Bland Elected Chair of Pasadena’s National Women’s Political Caucus

Published on Thursday, December 22, 2022 | 5:43 am

The National Women’s Political Caucus, Greater Pasadena Area (NWPC-GPA) elected new leadership for the 2023-2025.

Former District 4 City Council Candidate Char Bland was elected chair, Elen Asatryan was elected vice chair, former School Board Trustee was chosen as vice chair of the political action committee.

Former District 1 City Councilmember Jacque Robinson Baisley was elected chair of the education and training committee.

“2023 is an incredibly important year with many women preparing to run for open seats in 2024,” Bland said. “I look forward to leading this caucus as we continue our work to recruit, elect, and appoint pro-choice women at all levels of government in our local cities. I am ecstatic that our executive board reflects representation from each of our five cities and I look forward to working together to achieve our goals this term.”

Bland thanked outgoing Dr. Katie Clark for her dedication and leading the through the challenging times of the pandemic. 

“We were able to stay active, grow our Chapter, and successfully assist in electing several women, including earning a female majority on the Pasadena School Board and Octavia Thuss on the La Cañada School Board.”

The Greater Pasadena Area Caucus was originally founded in the 1970’s and rechartered in 2019. GPA serves the cities of Pasadena, Altadena, Sierra Madre, La Canada, and Glendale. The National Women’s Political Caucus is a multi-partisan grassroots organization dedicated to increasing women’s participation in the political process. NWPC recruits, trains and supports pro-choice women candidates for elected and appointed offices at all levels of government. All candidates for endorsement must support the bottom line issues of the national organization which include support for pay equity, the Equal Rights Amendment, reproductive choice, ending discrimination, elimination of sexual harassment, and increased access to child and dependent care.  In addition to financial donations, the Caucus offers campaign training for candidates, technical assistance and advice. 

Bland is former Chair of the Pasadena Commission on the Status of Women. She earned then US Senator Kamala Harris endorsement when she unsuccessfully challenged Gene Masuda for the District 4 seat.

The group also elected Shauna Clark as treasurer, Gloria Medel as secretary and Joy MCreary state caucus representative. 

Women interested in membership or more information are invited to email or visit The next meeting will be held in January 2023 and all are welcome.

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