Renew Your CADW Membership!

Renew Your Membership!

With you, this past cycle we were able to contribute nearly $10,000 to Capital Area Candidates! We focused on supporting and contributing candidates with flippable seats and we are thrilled that all our endorsed candidates won!

Congratulations to:

– Representative-Elect John Bucy, HD 136

– Representative-Elect Vikki Goodwing, HD 47

– Justice Chari Kelly, 3rd Court of Appeals

– Representative James Talarico, HD 52

– Justice Gisela Triana, 3rd Court of Appeals

Your membership dues will ensure that CADW can continue to support progressive candidates across the Capital Area — join us!

If you have any questions about your CADW membership, please email

CADW Events in March 2017!

March Lunch Meeting

Lobbying: Tools and Training

Thursday, March 9th

11:45 AM to 1:00 PM

El Mercado

1302 South 1st

Click here to pay for lunch now

Click here to renew your CADW Membership

CADW is excited to announce that we’ll be partnering with Planned Parenthood Texas for Planned Parenthood Texas Lobby Day 2017 on April 5th!

March Membership Drive

This Land is Our Land: Immigration & Customs Enforcement in the Capital Area

Friday, March 3rd

5:30 – 7:00 PM

The Silo on 7th

1300 E 7th St

March Lunch Meeting, 3/9

Join us at our March meeting and learn from Planned Parenthood Texas VotesDeputy Director Dyana Limon-Mercado and Field Director Jamarr Brown on how to utilize lobbying as an effective tool to get involved and be heard!

From the Planned Parenthood Texas Lobby Day Website:

On Wednesday, April 5, you’re invited to join hundreds of the loudest, proudest and pinkest reproductive rights advocates in the state as we come together to demand that Texas women and families be heard.

Together, we will educate legislators on reproductive health care issues and share personal stories of Texas women and families who depend on and support the vital health care services Planned Parenthood provides. You’ll also have the chance to meet other activists and supporters who believe in Planned Parenthood’s mission and hear from women’s health champions. Don’t miss out!

CADW will provide full scholarships for this Planned Parenthood Texas event to current members who also attend this lunch! Click here to sign up!

March Membership-Drive, 3/3

We are VERY excited about all of the dynamic personalities and qualified individuals that we’ve secured for this happy hour about Immigration and Customs in the Capital Area.

A Discussion with:

Click here to join us!
Click here to make a suggested donation $5!

Or bring an opened feminine product to donate!

Announcing the 2017 CADW Board of Directors!

Congratulations to 2017 CADW Board of Directors

Lorraine Garcia

Kat Hoang

Board Members-at-Large
Christian Cabazos
Olivia Cosby
Diane Counts
Awo Eni
Heidi Gibbons
Dyana Limon Mercado
Maya Reisman

Incoming Past-President
Jennifer Mueller

CADW is still looking for candidates to run for Vice President of Membership and two additional Board Members-at-Large. If you are interested in serving on the board in any capacity, please reach out to or

CADW 2015 Celebration of Champions


We are excited to announce our 2015 CADW Champions – Heather Busby, Laurie Felker Jones, and Yvonne Gutierrez. Each of these women and the organizations they represent are working on amazing programs and initiatives that promote progressive women and Democratic values.

Click here to sign up to RSVP to attend our Celebration of Champions.

CADW Celebration of Champions

Date: Nov. 17th
Time: 6PM to 8PM
Location: St. David’s Church
301 E 8th Street Austin, TX 78701

Sponsorships are available, for more details click here.

Lean In Sponsor $1,000 ~ Fighting Orange Sponsor $500
Yellow Dog Sponsor $250 ~ True Blue Sponsor $100

Click here to purchase tickets.

General Admission: $50
Young Professionals (35 and under) $25

For any questions, please email

Heather Busby, Executive Director of NARAL Pro-Choice Texas

Heather joined NARAL Pro-Choice Texas as Executive Director in November 2012. Prior to NPCT, Heather was an Assistant Travis County Attorney, procuring protective orders for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking. Heather, a longtime supporter of women’s rights, was a founding board member of The Lilith Fund and served on the boards of the National Network of Abortion Funds and Law Students for Reproductive Justice. While Heather was earning her Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology at the University of Texas, she helped start up a pro-choice student organization and was on the founding committee of the UT Women’s Resource Center. Heather earned her Juris Doctorate from South Texas College of Law in Houston, where she was president of ACLU at STCL, co-founder of the law school’s LSRJ chapter and won the LBJ Civil Rights Award for her work helping victims of human trafficking while interning at the South Texas Civil Rights Project. Heather loves volunteering in her community and has provided pro bono legal assistance and taught ESL to immigrants, served as a mentor to middle school students and worked the hotlines at a domestic violence shelter. She lives in central Austin with her husband, their flatulent English Mastiff and feisty terrier mix.

Laurie Felker Jones, Communications Director for Annie’s List

Laurie Felker Jones is an experienced public relations and communications professional who has served in numerous leadership capacities in political, development and public interest advocacy fields at the local, statewide and federal levels. She has a long background in advocating for the health and rights of Texas women and families beginning 20 years ago through roles as a Teen Representative with Planned Parenthood’s youth education program and the Texas Department of Health’s Family Planning Advisory Council. Of note, she lead Gloria Steinem’s Texas “Voters for Choice” campaign in 2002, organized for in Florida in 2004, directed the field campaign to elect the 1st minority woman to the City Council of the 12th largest city in the nation in 2005, stopped every bad bill on NARAL pro-Choice Texas’ hit list in an opposition-controlled House and Senate in 2007 and continued to support candidates, advocacy groups and several high-volume businesses through her own outfit, “Special Projects” since 2008.

Yvonne Gutierrez, Executive Director of Planned Parenthood Texas Votes

Yvonne Gutierrez serves as the Executive Director of Planned Parenthood Texas Votes (PPTV), a statewide electoral and legislative advocacy organization that promotes and protects the work of the Planned Parenthood affiliates in Texas. Yvonne is responsible for the overall leadership and management of PPTV and works with PPTV staff and Board to advance the organization’s mission.

Prior to being selected to lead Planned Parenthood Texas Votes, Yvonne worked for Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast (PPGC) formulating and executing legislative and regulatory plans and activities including direct lobbying in Texas and Louisiana. Yvonne oversaw grassroots organizing for PPGC and worked to build support for the work of Planned Parenthood with community leaders and coalition partners.

Yvonne joined PPGC after seven years with Planned Parenthood of South Texas (PPST), where she served as Vice President for Public Affairs. At PPST, Yvonne was responsible for advancing the public policy agenda of Planned Parenthood with the media, with elected officials and throughout the South Texas region.

Yvonne possesses a strong knowledge of public affairs, advocacy, government relations, legislative issues and campaign management. As the chief lobbyist of the statewide Planned Parenthood Texas Public Affairs team, Yvonne has worked very closely with her colleagues across the state to craft and advance their statewide public affairs initiatives.

Yvonne serves on the Planned Parenthood Federation of America Political Action Fund Committee and the board of directors for the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health. Yvonne served as Co-Chair of Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s Latino Advisory Council and on the board of directors of the Martinez Street Women’s Center in San Antonio. Yvonne received the Rising Star award from Annie’s List in 2011 and the ‘Spirit of Change’ award from former Texas State Representative now Congressman Joaquin Castro in 2009 for her work to advance sex education legislation.

CADW May 14th Lunch: Criminal Justice Reform with Dr. Ana Yáñez-Correa

Join CADW for our upcoming meeting on May 14th at 11:45 am at Joe’s Crab Shack.

We will be discussing criminal justice reform with Dr. Ana Yáñez-Correa, the Executive Director of the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition. TCJC is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing smart justice policies that safely reduce Texas’ costly over-reliance on incarceration. Their efforts have been crucial in advancing and passing over 150 smart-on-crime bills related to youth justice, indigent defense, sentencing, probation, parole, and reentry. Dr. Yáñez-Correa has successfully fostered relationships among a wide range of coalition partners, criminal justice practitioners, law enforcement groups, civil rights organizations, and other community members.

Criminal Justice Reform with  

 Dr. Ana Yáñez-Correa,

Executive Director

of the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition

Date: May 14th

Time: 11:45 AM to 1:00 PM

Location: Joe’s Crab Shack

600 East Riverside Drive

NEW CHECK-IN POLICY: We are working to make check-in during lunch a much faster process. So we are creating an Express Lane! Pay for your lunch in advance and skip the line at check-in.

Click here to pay for your lunch.

You can still click here to RSVP to attend without paying for lunch.

January kicks of our membership drive for 2015. Help us reach our goal of engaging more Democratic women in Central Texas. Renew your CADW membership today!

Not a member, but want to join? Click here to become a CADW member for 2015.

Click here to become a CADW member for 2015.

In further efforts to streamline the check in process at lunch, we have made the following changes:

1. Attendees will be asked to write in your name with blank name tags provided instead of trying to print out tags in advance.

2. We will have specific lines for members and non-members to check-in, pay for lunch and renew or become members. So please watch for signs to indicate where to check-in.

But, remember you can literally skip all lines by clicking here to pay for your lunch and clicking here to become a CADW member for 2015.Look forward to seeing you at Joe’s on the 15th!

Nominate a 2015 CADW Champion

Each year, CADW honors several women in the community for outstanding service at our annual fundraiser. Previous honorees are listed on the following page.

Honorees are evaluated on the following criteria:

  1. Dedication to electing Democrats to office in Central Texas

  2. Mentoring younger women in the community

  3. Cannot be a serving elected official or a current candidate for elected office

  4. Cannot be a current officer of CADW

*Nominee is not required to be a past or current CADW member.


Please fill out this form and send your submission via email to Katie Naranjo at President(a) by Sept. 25th. We can all think of someone who works hard to elevate the voice of women in politics but rarely receives much credit, and this is our chance to honor her!

June 11th Lunch: 2015 Legislative Wrap-Up

Join CADW for Our June Lunch 
Featuring State Representatives Donna Howard & Elliott Naishtat 
as They Discuss the Legislative Session

Thursday, June 11th
11:45 am to 1:00 pm
Joe’s Crab Shack
600 East Riverside Dr.

Express Check-in: Purchase Lunch Here 
Not Hungry? Click here to RSVP

In an increasingly hostile environment, State Representatives Donna Howard and Elliott Naishtat have been fighting for progressive policies for the last 140 days. They will share with us the ups, downs, and crazy moments that can only happen at the Texas Capitol.

But, remember you can literally skip all lines by  clicking here to pay for your lunch and clicking here to become a CADW member for 2015.

Look forward to seeing you at Joe’s on the 11th!

NOTE: Also, please remember we will not have a lunch in July. So enjoy the summer and see you in August!

Oct. 23rd: Celebration of Champions

Click Here To Become A Sponsor

You can make a secure online contribution or email if you would like to be a sponsor.

All the funds collected from the CADW Celebration of Champions will go towards paid phone calls for our Women Vote Program. We are almost $5,000 away from hitting our final goal to reach women voters.

Can’t attend? We hope to see you there but if you can’t make it you can include a donation to help us honor these wonderful, courageous women in your absence. You can click here to make a donation.

Nominate a 2014 CADW Champion

CADW is pleased to announce our 2014 CADW Champion Celebration will be Oct. 23rd at St. Davids Episcopal Church. Please join us and take a moment to nominate a deserving woman in our community who has worked tirelessly to increase the involvement of women in politics.


Nominations are due by 5pm on Oct. 3rd

Champions will be notified Oct. 7th


Nominees do not need to be members of CADW, past or present. In case you’re not sure if someone’s been honored as a CADW Champion in the past, please check the column below. We’re also getting started on planning the 2013 Celebration of Champions. If you would like to volunteer your time as a member of the event committee, please contact Stella Savage at