Committee/Task Force

Committee/Task Force

The Public Policy and Political Action Committee (PPC) is the political arm of the WNDC. It studies, develops, and advocates for positions on a broad array of national and international policy issues of the day. It consists of nine task forces, and occasionally submits to the Board of Governors positions to be approved as WNDC Statements, Resolutions, or official letters.  The PPC also informs WNDC members through several publications, including the PPC News and Political Dispatch. In addition, the PPC is organized to take political action to maximize our messages and activities in election years.

Elizabeth (Betsy) Clark, Vice President 

The Public Policy and Political Action Task Forces include:

Vice Chair
Shelly Livingston

Jean Stewart

Elizabeth Vasquez, Chair

DC Statehood
MaryEva Candon, Chair
Develops and carries out WNDC policy on issues affecting citizens of the District of Columbia and the metropolitan region.

Earth and Environment
Jean Stewart, Chair
Informs Members about the connections between population, environment, and natural resources; alerts them about related legislation; and facilitates action in support of environmental positions.

Economic Policy
Romina Kazandjian, Chair

Education and Children’s Issues
Dianna Washington, Chair
Advocates for quality public education essential to America’s competitive, democratic society and to educate WNDC members on reforms needed to restructure the nation’s public schools to provide equality of opportunity. To study conditions of American children living in poverty and the absence of health insurance protection for many of those children, and to act on findings as needed.

Election Reform/ Voting Rights
Melinda Burrell, Chair
Promotes nationwide reform in elections for federal offices. The goal is to restore the faith of our citizens in the election process, by ensuring that the votes of all registered voters are counted fairly and under uniform standards and that they accurately reflect the will of the people.

Foreign Policy
Elizabeth Clark, Chair

Elections/Get Out the Vote
Melinda Burrell, Chair
Over the years, WNDC has had an active Get Out The Vote (GOTV) Task Force which focused on  phone-banking and texting efforts jointly with the DNC and presidential candidates, as well as canvassing in key races in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and North Carolina. The Task Force has registered voters in Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia and worked in Virginia to get felons renewed on voter rolls. WNDC has also engaged its members elsewhere in the U.S., getting their distant communities active in GOTV activities and becoming local delegates themselves.
Most recently, the GOTV Task Force has hosted and collaborated with the Grassroots Coordinating Committee (GCC), a vibrant collection of hundreds of local activist groups that coalesced after the 2017 Women’s March. Grassroots organizations that are GCC members successfully helped elect Democratic candidates in the 2017 Virginia elections. GCC will continue to support these and other grassroots organizations’ work toward future elections and the GCC’s National Messaging & Policy Task Force is continuing its work on Democratic Messaging.

Foreign Policy
Tracy Weiss & Nicole Amaral, Co-Chairs

Global Women
Veena Trehan, Chair
Provides a forum for study, action and networking on issues stemming from the Platform for Action adopted at the 1995 U.N. World Women’s Conference in Beijing; networks with other organizations on these and other issues.

Gun Policy
Shelly Livingston & Ellen McGovern, Co-Chairs
Studies current state and national laws and policies related to gun ownership and gun violence, arranges educational panels, and engages members in efforts to enact measures to reduce gun violence.

Health Policy
Karen Pataky, Chair
Educates members and provides a forum to discuss important health issues facing the country that can lend themselves to political and legislative action. Advocates for universal health coverage, as well as examines major health care legislative initiatives that affect large groups of Americans.

Human Rights & Democracy
Elizabeth Clark, Chair

Legal and Constitutional Issues
Kristina Groennings, Chair

Social Justice
Veena Trehan, Chair
To ask whether a society is just is to ask how it distributes the things we prize–income and wealth, duties and rights, powers and opportunities, offices and honors. A just society distributes these goods in the right way: it gives each person his or her opportunity to achieve a healthy and fulfilling life. The hard questions begin when we ask how to pursue fair opportunity and understand issues related to right and wrong.