Ohio Democratic Women’s Caucus


Ohio Democratic Women's Caucus 
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January  2015

Dear Ohio Democratic Women’s Caucus Family,

We wish you and your family a happy and healthy start to the New Year.

ODWC welcomes Chairman Pepper and Senator Turner.  Chairman Pepper has been a strong advocate of ODWC in the past and we look forward to working with the Chairman and the Ohio Democratic Party leadership in 2015 and beyond.

Although we faced setbacks in 2014, it’s important to remember this is only temporary – ODWC is renewing our commitment, and trust in our ability to proceed with a common vision that will move our Party forward. In the coming year we will give our voice and our vote for our fundamental Democratic principles. 

As Democrats, we are guided by the principles of fairness and equality and the potential for our Party to make a difference. We must reaffirm, now more than ever, our commitment to elect Democrats from city council, the state legislature, Congress and beyond. 

ODWC will continue building strategic partnerships, mobilizing and taking action on issues that impact all Ohioans: Equality, Economic Justice, Women’s Health and Reproductive Rights, Education, Diversity and Voters Rights.

In the coming months, Jennah and ODWC leadership will be meeting with our regional leaders to finalize our 2015 work plan and program development.  Plans are moving forward on our upcoming luncheon and information will be forthcoming.


Kathy DiCristofaro, Chair
Ohio Democratic Women’s Caucus

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Meet ODWC Director Jennah Craig!

Jennah brings a strong organizing, campaign and policy background to the ODWC.  A native Ohioan, Jennah hails from Sandusky County's seat, Fremont, Ohio.  She is Ohio-educated, earning a BA in Political Science Public Policy Administration from Ohio University and is also a proud alumnus of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev where she earned her MA in Middle East Studies.  Prior to rejoining ODP, Jennah worked with foreign dignitaries as the American Jewish Committee's Assistant Director, in San Francisco and also worked with the Israeli Parliament in Jerusalem, Israel.  
Jenna will be focusing on carrying out the ODWC Executive Committee action plan, facilitate statewide and regional communication, networking, and educational opportunities for Democratic women, to support local women leaders and groups, and to assist in efforts to recruit and train more women to run for office. 
A key part of  her position is fundraising.  Responsibilities will include direct solicitation, private small dollar fundraisers, and large events.   
The ODWC Director's position is housed within the Political Department at the ODP and reports directly to the Political Director.  This position will manage all organizing activities in association with women, in partnership with the ODWC Chair, ODWC Officers and the Political Department.
 Jennah's skills and qualifications include:
  • Grassroots organizing experience, with an emphasis on mobilizing and supporting members and volunteers;
  • Willingness to solicit money to support the Caucus and some experience organizing or staffing small dollar fundraising events;
  • Demonstrated experience as a proactive, innovative, self-motivated organizer, problem solver and team leader who takes initiative and works independently to create desired results in a fast-paced environment;
  • A strong commitment to Democratic ideals and issues important to women;
  • Excellent verbal, writing and analytical skills – the ability to speak persuasively in a charged atmosphere;
  • Effective computer skills, including Microsoft Office Suite (administrative experience beyond minimum required)
  • Willingness to travel including working weekends and many long days and evenings.

The Ohio Democratic Women's Caucus
(ODWC), a grassroots organization, works in full partnership with the Ohio Democratic Party (ODP).

The mission of the ODWC is to motivate, educate, empower and energize Democratic women by: recruiting women to run for office, increasing women's leadership roles within Democratic politics and organizing women to elect Democrats at the local, state and national level.

In order to elect more women to office, the caucus will build a strong networking infrastructure of support for Democratic women by pursuing the following actions:

  • Advocating equitable representation and funding of Democratic women as it relates to candidate recruitment, senior positions within ODP, and appointments to serve on boards and commissions at all levels of government.
  • Develop informational programs on issues important to women and families. Providing educational and training and workshops. 
  • The ODWC Executive Director and leadership will facilitating statewide and regional networking opportunities through the ODP website, an e-newsletter, caucus development and social networking tools.
  • Promoting and featuring political, community and grassroots leaders by creating an annual document that lists all Democratic women elected officials, attorneys, business owners, and progressive group leaders.
  • Building a Democratic women’s speakers bureau to be utilized by local Democratic and progressive women’s groups.
  • Mobilizing and taking action on issues that impact: Equality, Economic Justice, Women’s Health and Reproductive Rights, Education, Diversity and Voters Rights. 

For more information or to get involved, 
please contact the Ohio Democratic Women's Caucus .



The Ohio Democratic Women’s Caucus is a statewide caucus with membership that includes ALL Democratic Women’s groups:

  • County and regional Democratic Women’s Caucus
  • Local Democratic Federated Women’s Clubs
  • City and regional Democratic Women’s Groups
  • Democratic candidate women activist groups
  • Progressive women’s groups


The Ohio Democratic Women’s Caucus
Leadership Council

Chair – Kathy DiCristofaro, Trumbull County
Vice Chair/Candidate Recruitment – Janet Carson, Geauga County
Vice Chair/Chapter Development – Lupe Williams, Wayne County
Vice Chair/Communications – Martha Good, Hamilton County
Vice Chair/Programs – Grace Cherrington, Licking County
Secretary – Carole DePaola, Franklin County
Treasurer – Ann Block, Monroe County


For more information or to get involved,
please contact the 
Ohio Democratic Women's Caucus.



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