Party affiliation: Democratic Party
California State Representative, 1976-1990. First woman in history of California elected to chair Assembly Democratic Caucus. United States Representative, District 29, California, since 1990.
Member, Committees for Banking, Finance and Urban Affairs and for Veterans’ Affairs, since 1990. Member, National Select Committee on the Education of Black Youth and nat. Steering Committee of the Centre for the Study of Youth Policy.
Member, Women's Legislative Lobby. Professional career: Member, Board of Director. Centre for National Policy.
Clara Elizabeth Jackson Carter Foundation (Spelman College). Council for State Government. International Children's Centre.
Jobs with Peace. National Minority AIDS project. Women for a Meaningful Summit.
Essence Magazine. TransAfrica Foundation.
Member, Advisory Boards: Bhopal Justice Campaign; California Peer Counselling Association Advisory Committee; Advisory Council, Los Angeles Women's Foundation; Women for the Rosa Parks Sexual Assault Centre; National Advisory Board of the Centre for Study of Sport in Society; founding Member, National Commission for Economic Conversion and Disarmament; Member, Board of Directors, National Women's Political Caucus