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AAUW is California’s most active and diverse organization
for women seeking to advance equity for women and girls
through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research.
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March Branch Meeting and Program
Saturday, March 2, 2024
Long Beach City College
Building O2, Room 208
4900 E. Conant St., LB 90808
9:30 a.m. Social Time
10:00-11:00 a.m. Business Meeting
11:00 a.m.-Noon Program

We are excited to have the recently appointed Director, Francine Kerridge give an introduction to the city of Long Beach Office of Police Oversite at our March AAUW meeting. She will discuss the duties of the office as well as the vision for the newly created Police Oversight Commission.  She will discuss the process that created the office, the authority of the office, in addition to how the office will interface with the new commission.

To attend please RSVP at: aauwlongbeach.reservations@gmail.com

Bio: Ms. Kerridge brings to the City more than 30 years in public safety leadership and law enforcement combined. As a self-proclaimed motivated public servant, throughout her career she has successfully built effective relationships between the community and the City of Sacramento’s Public Safety departments; provided oversight and auditing functions to the internal affairs complaint investigation process; possesses an extensive track record for developing relationships with the community and creating partnerships to improve the understanding of police work and authority; and exemplifies superior leadership talents in community engagement and transparency.

Prior to joining the City of Long Beach, in her most recent role, Ms. Kerridge served as the Inspector General for the County of Sacramento, where she conducted complex investigations and audits of community complaints of Sacramento County Sheriff deputies. In that role, she prepared annual reports for the public, including statistical information and recommendations for improvement for Sheriff policies and procedures, and worked closely with the Sacramento Community Review Commission to support their goal of building trust between the community and Sheriff Department, among other key responsibilities.

Throughout her extensive career in public safety, Ms. Kerridge previously served in law enforcement for 19 years, including 13 years conducting complex and sensitive investigations; has audited over 3,500 misconduct complaints against public safety personnel; has participated in over 100 public forums to provide professional recommendations and guidance for complaint resolution, transparency and conflict resolution resulting in reduced police and community tension; and has provided 35 recommendations to improve public safety policy and procedures following critical incidents such as officer-involved shootings and death in-custody incidents. Additionally, she served as a Governor-appointed Board Member for the California Board of State Community Corrections from 2017 to 2019.

Ms. Kerridge holds a Master of Science in Emergency Management from California State University, Long Beach and a Criminal Justice degree from Madonna University in Michigan.


WHEN:  March 30, 2024
WHERE: Long Beach City College
Room T-1200
Award Winning Mystery Author Iris Yamashita

The public and all AAUW members are invited to the Long Beach Branch Author event Saturday, March 30 at 12 noon. A delicious luncheon will be served, a silent auction will be available followed by a talk from mystery and screen writer,  Iris Yamashita. Her latest mystery, Village in the Dark, will be available for signature. Price is $75, the proceeds which support scholarships for LBCC and CSULB female students. To receive an invitation, please contact Ginny Baxter, 562-477-0849.


AAUW has been empowering women since 1881. The mission of AAUW is advance gender equity for women and girls through research, education, and advocacy. For more than 130 years, AAUW has worked as a national grassroots organization to improve the lives of millions of women and their families. And now that we’ve won the fight to give women equal access to education, we’re taking on one of the most defining issues of our time: gender equity.As a local branch of AAUW, our focus is in meeting the vision and mission of AAUW in the greater Long Beach area by providing programs, education, and resources.

We are non-partisan. We have been around since 1920, support opportunities for activism and have monthly program meetings that promote education and equity. not just for women and girls, but also for the City of Long Beach. We strongly value and encourage a diverse membership.  We support public education and among other things, we sponsor a yearly STEM Conference for Long Beach Middle School girls, raise funds for scholarships (local and national), help fund rising 8th grade girls to attend a week-long residential STEM camp, and are kicking off a program to encourage young high school women to pursue a career in public service.  We also have multiple interests groups.

You’ve come to the right place if you,

  • have an Associate Degree or higher (or Equivalent), or are a college or University student
  •  believe in Pay Equity, Voting Rights, a woman’s choice to make health decisions about her own body, and equal rights for girls and boys, men and women.

Watch this short Video to learn how AAUW is Changing the Climate for Women and Girls.

Please check out our Website.  We would love to have you join us!