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Our mission is to defend and extend economic justice, human rights, and corporate and political accountability through public education, strategic research, and innovative leadership-development training. 

Courage California Institute empowers Californians by providing the resources needed to courageously participate in the democratic process and create change for the betterment of their families and communities. 

Exercising your right to vote shouldn’t be confusing, intimidating, or inaccessible for any eligible voter. We believe that in order for California to have a truly equitable and representative democracy — everyone must have access to trusted, reliable, and unbiased information and tools to help voters better understand the elections, the various roles of our local and state elected officials, and how to confidently vote their values at the ballot box. 

Democracy in the U.S. can represent and serve all residents when ALL communities have the power to use their voice and be heard by leadership. 

Your Power is Your Vote

Your Power is Your Vote is Courage California Institute’s initiative to support voters and future voters in navigating the electoral process, providing Californians with an easy-to-navigate resource where users can register to vote, sign up for updates on state and county voting procedures, get reminders of key dates, and find answers to frequently asked questions. 

With Courage, we can ensure Californians have the information they need to exercise their right and protect their right to vote. With Courage, we can ensure every eligible voter has their voice heard at the ballot box.



  • Irene Kao
    President and Executive Director
  • Lindsay West
    Operations Director
  • Angela Chavez
    Communications Director
  • Isidra Chavez
    Communications Associate
  • Jennifer Job, Ph.D.
    Strategic Digital Advisor

Board Members

  • Lisa Garcia-Bedolla 
  • Lindsay Gardner 
  • Michael Lighty
  • Gillian Morshedi 
  • Joann Lo
  • Bulmaro Vicente
  • Jay Chotirmal

ProgressNow Education

Courage California Institute is a member of the ProgressNow Education network, which works with state partners to promote progressive ideas and causes through earned media strategies and cutting-edge new media.