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Parlay House: A View Behind the Curtain

November 7, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Within the next month, our nation will elect a new President. And regardless of your political affiliations, the process of campaigning and observing the process has been a wild ride, not only for the candidates, but for all of us who care about our nation’s future. 

But what does it feel like to put yourself forward in such a public and personal way? How does someone decide to run, what is the preparation like, and most importantly, what does it feel like to be in the center of public debate, disagreement and controversy? 

Please join us at Anne’s home on Monday, November 7 (election eve) for “A View Behind the Curtain”, one woman’s experience running for Mayor of San Francisco. The evening will begin at 6:00 p.m. for our usual amazing snacks and drinks, with the actual conversation beginning around 6:45 p.m.

Our featured speaker will be the one and only Joanna Rees. Joanna was a candidate for Mayor of San Francisco in November 2011. She was mentored by Ann Richards, former Governor of Texas, through her participation in the Aspen Institute Henry Crown Fellowship. Ann would always talk about “when” Joanna should serve, not “if” she should serve, and Joanna took Ann’s bait and rose to the occasion. 

In her two-year preparation for the campaign, she went on a listening tour, meeting with San Franciscans in their homes, offices, schools and community associations. She worked with Mayors across the U.S. to create a peer network, and she formally filed to run on Ann Richards’ birthdate in September 2010. During her campaign, she held over 200 neighborhood talks, participated in 55 debates and with her team knocked on 110,000 doors. To this day, her competitors say she ran the best campaign of anyone in the race. Although she didn’t win, it was a game changing experience which Joanna is willing to share with all of us.

Joanna is now a Managing Partner at West, a market creation company founded by Allison Johnson the former head of marketing at Apple. She is also a Senior Partner of the B Team (www.bteam.org). She serves on the corporate board of FICO (NYSE: FICO), Care.com (NYSE: CRCM), Harvest Power, Prelude Fertility and Hickies Inc. Most recently, Joanna led the formation and capital raise for Endeavor Catalyst, an impact investment fund supporting high-impact entrepreneurs in emerging markets. 

We hope you join us on the cusp of what we hope will be a meaningful night before a truly meaningful national election.


November 7, 2016
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Anne’s Home
850 Bay Street
San Francisco, CA 94109 United States


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