Who We Are
The League of Women Voters is a non-partisan community based volunteer organization that has fought since 1920 to improve our government and engage all citizens in the decisions that impact our lives. The League does not endorse candidates or political parties. Community volunteers operate at national, state and local levels through more than 800 state and local Leagues, in all 50 states as well in DC, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and Hong Kong.
Formed from the movement that secured the right to vote for women, the centerpiece of the League’s activities remain to expand participation and give a voice to all Americans and working to ensure voters have easy access to participate in elections at every level.
Here in Anchorage, we register people to vote, participating in citizenship ceremonies, work with students through the Youth Vote, host candidate forums, and educational speakers, oversee elections for organizations and much more. We also track all changes affecting voting and elections and let people know what is
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Vice President Cari Zawodny
Secretary Carol Dickason
Treasurer Tina DeLapp
Director Joyce Anderson
Director Jasime Carter
Director Keri Clark
Director Margaret McDonagh
Director Beth Nordlund
Director Shirley Pittz
Director Pat Redmond
Director Schawna Thoma
The League of Women Voters is a volunteer organization that does a professional job. The League tackles important public issues and is a respected, trusted asset in cities and towns across the country. League leaders empower others to define and accomplish goals—for themselves, for the organization, for their communities, and for the nation. Through these goals, the organization fulfills its mission and grows.
Throughout its history, the League of Women Voters has been a dynamic, changing organization, adapting procedures to meet current and future needs. League leaders make their communities stronger, healthier, and more vibrant. This handbook (available as a PDF at the bottom of this article) and the additional information available on the League Management Site are essential tools to help League leaders be more effective and to help make the organization more effective. While there are fundamental similarities among Leagues everywhere, each League has its own special characteristics. The size, distribution and demographics of membership; time and money resources; and community/state issues all affect the structure and operations of a League.
League Basics contains essential policy and organizational information applicable to every local and state League. The League of Women Voters is organized to parallel the three levels of government: local, state and national. At each level, the League is governed by a volunteer president and board of directors. League Basics contains essential policy and organizational information applicable to every local and state League. The League of Women Voters is organized to parallel the three levels of government: local, state and national. At each level, the League is governed by a volunteer president and board of directors.
Political Yet Nonpartitian
Soon after the League’s founding, the decision was made to take positions on issues but to neither support nor oppose any political party or candidate (appointed or elected) for public office. Today, this policy continues to ensure that the League’s voice is heard above the tumult of party politics.
To ensure the credibility of the League as a nonpartisan organization, each League’s board of directors is responsible for drafting and carrying out its own nonpartisan policy and for seeing that both its members and the public understand the League’s nonpartisan role.
Our Mission, Vision, and Value
Empowering voters. Defending democracy.
We envision a democracy where every person has the desire, the right, the knowledge, and the confidence to participate.
We believe in the power of women to create a more perfect democracy.
Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
LWV is an organization fully committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in principle and in practice. Diversity, equity, and inclusion are central to the organization’s current and future success in engaging all individuals, households, communities, and policymakers in creating a more perfect democracy.
There shall be no barriers to full participation in this organization on the basis of gender, gender identity, ethnicity, race, native or indigenous origin, age, generation, sexual orientation, culture, religion, belief system, marital status, parental status, socioeconomic status, language, accent, ability status, mental health, educational level or background, geography, nationality, work style, work experience, job role function, thinking style, personality type, physical appearance, political perspective or affiliation and/or any other characteristic that can be identified as recognizing or illustrating diversity.