She Shares, launched in March 2012, is a 501(c)3 in partnership with the California Center for Civic Participation. Produced by the Dewey Square Group, She Shares is a unique conversation series featuring trailblazing women leaders who have created a lasting impact for women in California and beyond.
Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins has served in the California State Assembly since 2010, and was elevated to the top leadership post in 2014, when her colleagues unanimously elected her 69th Speaker of the California Assembly.
Speaker Atkins was born in Virginia, earned her bachelor's degree in political science from Emory & Henry College, and completed the senior executive program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Her life of public service began in San Diego in the mid-1980s as director of clinic services at Womancare Health Center. She became a staff representative of then-City Councilmember Christine Kehoe, later winning her mentor's council seat after Ms. Kehoe's election to the Assembly. She represented the City of San Diego in the local chapter of the League of California Cities; on the board of the Metropolitan Transit System; on the San Diego Association of Governments; the Regional Housing Working Group; and the San Diego River Conservancy.