California First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom and LA84 Foundation Team Up to Host Sports Equity Roundtable 

LOS ANGELES – First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom will join LA84 Foundation to host a sports equity roundtable featuring executives and athletes from across the sports industry to discuss pay equity and women’s leadership within sports, and how this fits into the broader fight for gender equality.

With the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team sparking an international dialogue about equal pay and gender discrimination in sports, the First Partner and LA48 have assembled a diverse group of California women leaders to discuss the challenges facing women in sports and share strategies to increase gender equality throughout the industry. This convening is part of the #EqualPayCA campaign, a statewide effort led by the First Partner and the CA Commission on the Status of Women and Girls to raise awareness about the pay gap and challenge businesses to commit to pay equity in the workplace by signing the CA Pay Equity Pledge. For more information visit:

WHO: Roundtable participants will include:

  • Jennifer Siebel Newsom, First Partner of California
  • Julie Su, Secretary of the California Labor & Workforce Development Agency
  • Renata Simril, President & CEO, LA84 Foundation
  • Molly Schaus, Olympian 2010/2014 Women’s Hockey Team / Executive with Anaheim Ducks
  • Jessi Miley-Dyer, World Surf League Women’s Commissioner
  • Marla Messing, President/CEO of the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup/ Chief Executive Officer of the United States Tennis Association (USTA) Southern California
  • Danita Johnson, President and COO, Los Angeles Sparks
  • Heather Brooks Karatz, President, XFL Los Angeles
  • Jennifer van Dijk, Executive Vice President of Marketing, Wasserman
  • Rachel Grushkin, Director of Marketing, FOX Sports Networks


  • Wednesday, July 24, 2019 from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
  • LA84 Foundation, 2141 West Adams Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90018

About the LA84 Foundation

The LA84 Foundation is a nationally recognized leader in support of youth sport programs and public education about the role of sports in positive youth development. The foundation, with 30 years of on-the-ground experience, has supported thousands of Southern California youth sports organizations through grant making, while also training coaches, commissioning research, convening conferences and acting as a national thought leader on important youth sports issues. LA84 levels the playing field to ensure play equity so that sport is accessible to all children, while elevating the field of youth sports as an integral part of American life. To learn more and join the #PlayForAll movement, visit www.la84.organd @LA84Foundation on Twitter and Instagram.

About First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom:

Jennifer Siebel Newsom is a filmmaker, advocate, thought leader, and the First Partner of California. She wrote, directed and produced the 2011 award-winning documentary Miss Representation and the 2015 documentary The Mask You Live In and is currently finishing her third film The Great American Lie. She founded The Representation Project in 2011, a nonprofit that uses film and media to challenge limiting gender stereotypes.

Jennifer’s films have been seen by over 28 million people worldwide, and The Representation Project’s social action hashtag campaigns have reached more than 650 million people. The Representation Project is responsible for single-handedly shifting the norm of sexist Super Bowl ads with the #NotBuyingIt campaign. Similarly, their #AskHerMore campaign transformed the sexist reporting on the red carpet, and empowered women in Hollywood to address inequalities in the industry, giving early momentum to the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements. Since becoming First Partner of California, Jennifer has championed various issues related to gender equity including the launch of her first initiative, #EqualPayCA.

Media Contacts:

Alyssa Hankins

Brener Zwikel & Associates


Hannah Milgrom

First Partner’s Office

Office of Governor Gavin Newsom