Making Democracy Work

About the League

What is our mission? How are we structured? What is our history?

What We Do

See this background about the League of Women Voters of Tacoma-Pierce County and our 2017-18 program. Back to League 2017

We are organized as shown here to achieve our goals. Click here to see a larger version of this diagram. Take a look at this for more information.

Our Mission and Roles

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging informed and active participation in government. It influences public policy through education and advocacy. We never support or oppose any political party or candidate.

The League of Women Voters has two separate and distinct roles.

  • Voters Service/Citizen Education: we present unbiased nonpartisan information about elections, the voting process, and issues.

  • Action/Advocacy: we are also nonpartisan, but, after study, we use our positions to advocate for or against particular policies in the public interest.

To conduct our voter service and citizen education activities, we use funds from the League of Women Voters Education Fund, which is a 501(c)(3) corporation, a nonprofit educational organization. The League of Women Voters, a membership organization, conducts action and advocacy and is a nonprofit 501(c)(4) corporation.

Our Vision, Beliefs, and Intentions guide our activities.

Officers and Board of Directors

President Cynthia Stewart 2017-19

1st Vice President Charlene Franz 2017-19

2nd Vice President Cheryl Mann 2016-18

Secretary Julie Offner 2017-19

Treasurer Susan Eidenschink 2016-18

Director Roxanne Miles 2017-19

Director Judy Payne 2017-19

Director Ginny Peterson 2016-18

Director Julio Quan 2016-18

Director Lyz Kurnitz-Thurlow 2017-19

Director John Thurlow 2016-18

Our Committees

League members are encouraged to join one of our operating committees and engage in the work of our League. See the list of committees here. To join, notify League President Ruth Ann Hatchett,, and let her know which committee you are interested in.

Member Handbook

This handbook, published annually, provides valuable information to members, including LWVT-PC bylaws, local positions, and more. Member Handbook