2014 Annual Conference
The National Foundation for Women Legislators is proud to announce the site of our 2014 Annual Conference from November 19-22. The city of brotherly (and soon to be sisterly) love: Philadelphia!
If you, your campaign or your legislative body cannot cover your travel and lodging expenses,
We are pleased to announce that the wonderful Ritz-Carlton will be our host hotel again, with rooms available at a special conference rate of $189 per night!
New Jersey Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno
Kim was sworn in as New Jersey’s first Lieutenant Governor on January 19, 2010, and was elected to a second term in 2013. She also currently serves as the 33rd Secretary of State. Lt. Governor Guadagno has been a practicing lawyer for 32 years, admitted in New York and New Jersey. Her first elected office was as commissioner to the non-partisan Borough of Monmouth Beach where she served from 2005 to 2007 as the head of the Department of Public Works. In 2007, Kim Guadagno was elected as the first female sheriff in Monmouth County, New Jersey's history. Today, Lt. Governor Guadagno leads the state's efforts to improve New Jersey's economic vitality, encourage job growth, streamline government, and make businesses feel welcome again in New Jersey. She chairs the Red Tape Review Commission, which is an ongoing review and reform of the State’s regulatory process, and the New Jersey Military Installation Growth and Development Task Force. As the Secretary of State, Lt. Governor Guadagno is New Jersey’s chief election official, oversees promotion of the state’s $40 billion tourism industry, and administers programs related to the arts, culture, and history. She is married with three children.
Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande (NJ-11)
Assemblywoman Casagrande has served in the New Jersey Assembly since 2008 and serves as the Assistant Republican Leader. She currently represents New Jersey's 11th Legislative District. Casagrande also has the distinction of being the youngest person ever to be elected to the New Jersey Assembly. A lifelong resident of Monmouth County, she graduated from Penn State University and Rutgers School of Law – Camden, before returning to Monmouth County to practice law. Current committees that Casagrande serves on: Financial Institutions and Insurance; Women & Children; and Appropriations. She is a resident of Colts Neck, where she lives with her husband Stephen Chance, two sons, Harrison and Theodore, and her beagle, Winston Churchill.
Mayor Deborah Buzby-Cope (Bass River Township, NJ)
You might think as Mayor of Bass River Township and a practicing Chiropractor, Deb would have her hands full. She also finds time to be a private investigator and runs a family owned auto salvage and recycling business. She is President of the NJ Conference of Mayors and serves on the League of Municipalities and the Pinelands Municipal Council. She serves on the board of Directors of the American Veterinarian Chiropractic Association. As if that is not enough, she is active with the International Chiropractic Association, Association of New Jersey Chiropractors, New Jersey Sports Council, National Association of Search & Rescue, American Quarter Horse Association and accompanies her daughter Nikita on the American Paint Horse Association circuit on the east coast.
Representative Tina Davis (PA-141)
Representative Tina Davis was elected to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in 2010 to serve the 141st Legislative District. In 2006, Davis ran for and was elected to Bristol Township Council, where she was council vice president and also served on the finance, pension, and building, planning and zoning committees until her election to the state House. She currently serves on the Gaming Oversight, Consumer Affairs, Insurance & Liquor Control and Policy Committees. Davis is a 1983 graduate of LaSalle University with a degree in computer science. She and her husband Jim own a small local trucking business, but their priorities always revolve around their three children: son James, and daughters Taylor and Cameron.
State Representative Pam Snyder was elected to her first term in office in November 2012 after serving nine years as a Greene County commissioner. In August 2012, Snyder was named the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania's 2012 Outstanding County Commissioner of the Year. As an elected official, Snyder remains active in many political, professional and civic roles. She has served as vice chairman of the Greene County Democratic Committee and as a member of the Pennsylvania Democratic State Committee. In 2004 and 2008, Snyder served as a delegate to the Democratic National Convention. She is also a member of the Greene County Democratic Women's Club and the Waynesburg Lodge Women of the Moose. Snyder and her husband, Jack, live on a small family farm in Jefferson.
Councilmember Maria D. Cabrera (Wilmington, DE)
Maria D. Cabrera is the first Hispanic woman to serve on the Wilmington, DE Council. She is an independent business woman, head of household, and mother of four. Community outreach and strategic, culturally-appropriate marketing is her business forte. She continues that focus through her Council Committees: Community and Economic Development; Education, Youth & Families and Housing, Licenses & Inspections. Maria was a founding member of the Hispanic Business Association of Delaware and served as its President. Through her role on Council, she continues to focus on economic development and empowerment opportunities for people and communities. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Kalmar Nyckel Foundation and the Interfaith Community Housing Foundation, and is a member of the Wilmington Cable, Video and Telecommunications Commission.
Representative Helene Keeley (DE-03)
Helene M. Keeley has taken an active role in championing important legislation through the Delaware General Assembly since becoming a member of the Delaware House of Representatives in 1996. She currently serves as Chair of the Capital Infrastructure Committee, Vice Chair of the Gaming & Pari-mutuels Committee, and Vice-Chair of the Revenue & Finance Committee. Keeley also serves on the Board of Directors for Westside Health, Hilltop Lutheran Neighborhood Center, St. Patrick's Day Society Board, and American Council of Young Political Leaders. She is a member of the New Deal National Democratic Leadership and is the current Board Member and State Director for the National Foundation for Women Legislators (NFWL). She resides with her husband, Michael Green, in Wilmington.
Host Committee Chair
Representative Rosita Youngblood (PA-198)
Rosita C. Youngblood was first elected to serve in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives on April 19, 1994. Throughout her tenure, Youngblood has focused on serving the constituents of the 198th Legislative District by introducing several issue-specific pieces of legislation and sponsoring a variety of community outreach programs and activities. She attended Antioch University, where she graduated with a B.A. in Human Services. In 2011, Rep. Youngblood was appointed Democratic chairwoman of the House Gaming Oversight Committee. A few of the other positions and membership Youngblood holds in various organizations include: Elected President of the National Foundation for Women Legislators in 2008-and sworn-in in 2009, First Vice Chairwoman- Philadelphia Democratic party, Founder of Women for Women and First Vice Chairwoman of the Philadelphia County Democratic Executive Committee for eight years. Representative Youngblood’s community involvement stems from a number of community outreach programs and activities she has hosted, such as: Women for Women Gulf Relief Effort 2005; Thanksgiving and Christmas basket giveaways; and various community meetings focusing on senior issues, drugs and violence in Philadelphia, eminent domain and gaming.
The National Foundation for Women Legislators is currently looking for partners for our 2014 Annual Conference. Click here for more information on becoming an official NFWL Partner. NFWL provides legislators with travel scholarships to encourage attendance.