City of South San Francisco Partners with National Organization to Facilitate the Appointment of More Women to Boards and Commissions

South San Francisco, CA May 11, 2021 Press Release

As Women’s History Month comes to an end, Councilwoman Nicolas launches the Appointments Project® with United WE in South San Francisco

Informational Session
Please join Councilwoman Flor Nicolas, and UnitedWE for an online information session on Tuesday, May 18, 2021, at 5:00 p.m.
Learn how the Appointments Project can help you to serve the City of South San Francisco on a Board or Commission.
Click here to RSVP for the May 18th virtual session.


Women’s History Month may be coming to an end, but for Councilwoman Flor Nicolas, she says there’s more work to be done. Councilwoman Nicolas, along with Mayor Mark Addiego and the rest of the City Council, has partnered with United Women’s Empowerment, or United WE, which aims to advance all women’s economic and civic leadership.


“We need to celebrate the extraordinary achievements and contributions that women have made during Women’s History Month, but we must also not rest on one’s laurels,” said Councilwoman Nicolas. “We need more women in civil leadership roles, whether it’s locally, regionally, on the state or national level.”


United WE’s Appointments Project® serves as a talent bank, advisor, and advocates for women seeking opportunities to help lead their communities and works to attract diverse applicants for appointed positions on boards and commissions. The award-winning approach guides women through the process of applying for these positions and provides vetted candidates qualified for such appointments.


“Our research showed us that women don’t become civically engaged because they weren’t being asked. As a result, we created the Appointments Project® so local boards and commissions could reflect the communities they serve,” said Wendy Doyle, United WE President & CEO. “With the help of partners like Mayor Addiego and Councilwoman Nicolas, we are addressing the gender disparities in local leadership and able to make real changes in our communities.”

“I’ve seen first-hand the need to increase gender parity and better drive representation across civic leadership to ensure that we’re drawing on the talents and diversity of all our residents,” said Mayor Mark Addiego. “Our


partnership with United WE and Appointments Project® is strengthening our city by increasing the number of women, including women of color, who are at the decision-making table of their communities.”


Based on a growing number of success stories, the pipeline of women leaders is growing rapidly across the country. The Appointments Project® fills a critical need in creating a pathway to work with elected officials and improve community representation which leads to a better quality of life for all.


There will be upcoming webinar training events with the Appointments Project® in the next few months to learn how to get involved, locally, with our Boards and Commissions. If you are interested in participating in this program please email



About United WE


United Women’s Empowerment, or United WE (formerly the Women’s Foundation), aims to advance all women’s economic and civic leadership. Since 1991, we found and funded kindred spirit organizations and individuals who could advance women’s interests. Now we’re the bold voice of a new generation of empowered leaders. We unite people around unique ideas and pragmatic action that helps break down long-standing economic, cultural and policy barriers to ensure a better life for all. Our work includes commissioning transformative research, supporting policy reforms, scaling our fast-growing Appointments Project® and advocating for reforms that honor the legacies of women. Join us. Visit and connect with @UnitedWomensEmpower on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


About Appointments Project®


To create lasting change for women and their families, United WE focuses on relevant research and strategic partnerships. In 2014, United WE established the Appointments Project® to empower women and strengthen communities by increasing the gender diversity of civic boards and commissions. Through a landmark study, United WE identified the barriers causing women to be underrepresented on civic boards and commissions and established the Appointments Project® to improve the number of women serving. For more information, please visit project or follow us on social media ( Facebook, Twitter, Instagram: @appointmentsproject).


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