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About the Office of Women's Policy

Developed in the spirit of collaboration between the County and the community in 1998, the Office of Women’s Policy is a leading voice in Silicon Valley on the needs of women and girls, serving as a catalyst for awareness and action on current and emerging issues that impact women's health, safety and security.  Through analysis, research and strategic collaboration, OWP works to ensure that programs and services, and also systems and policy support women's leadership, full equality and advancement in the home, at work and in the community.   

This website not only highlights the work of OWP, but also the work of our community partners and the two commissions which we staff, the Commission on the Status of Women and the Domestic Violence Council.  It is also a valuable tool for the community members to connect with resources and stay informed with issues impacting women and girls.

Our Strategies

  • Serve as a bridge between County and community to ensure the voice of women and girls is present in decision-making 
  • Conduct outreach and dialogue to identify and raise awareness of current and emerging issues for women and girls
  • Strategically collaborate to better leverage resources, identify programs and services, and examine the effectiveness of policy and systems in meeting the needs of women and girls
  • Influence the legislative process at the local, state and national levels

Our Major Policy Tracks

Everything we do at the Office of Women's Policy is guided by the belief that we must leverage the strength of women and girls to create a local, strong, sustainable economy that is equitable to all.  Our major policy tracks for action include:

  • Health
  • Education
  • Violence and Crime
  • Economics​​​

Contact Us

Esther Peralez-Dieckmann, Director
Carla Collins, Program Manager
(408) 299-5152
Cynthia Hunter, Policy Analyst
(408) 299-5158

Rose Mukhar, Management Analyst
(408) 299-5166  

Julie Ramirez, Policy Analyst
(408) 299-5135

Ketzal Gomez, Management Aide
(408) 299-5135