Who We Are

“The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, has fought since 1920 to improve our systems of government and impact public policies through citizen education and advocacy. The League's enduring vitality and resonance comes from its unique decentralized structure. The League is a grassroots organization, working at the national, state and local levels.

“There are Leagues in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and Hong Kong, in addition to the hundreds of local Leagues nationwide. The League of Women Voters of the United States and the League of Women Voters Education Fund operate at the national level with grassroots support from state and local Leagues.

“The League of Women Voters is strictly nonpartisan; it neither supports nor opposes candidates for office at any level of government. At the same time, the League is wholeheartedly political and works to influence policy through advocacy. It is the original grassroots citizen network, directed by the consensus of its members nationwide. The 900 state and local Leagues – comprising a vast grassroots lobby corps that can be mobilized when necessary.

“Over time, the League’s legislative priorities change to reflect the needs of society and critical issues of concern. The organization remains true to its basic purpose: to make democracy work for all citizens. The League of Women Voters makes a difference in the lives of citizens because of the energy and passion of thousands of members committed to our principles.”

-- From the Website of the LWV of the United States

Mission Statement of the League of Women Voters

The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy. (This is the mission statement of all Leagues - local, state, and national.)

Program & Action

The League's Program and Action are supported by the General Fund. This is a 501c-4 nonprofit organization that seeks to influence public policy and citizen opinion based on its principles and issue positions. Issue positions are established by extensive unbiased study and agreement by the membership. The studies in progress and the current issue position statements constitute the League's "Program".

The LWVAL takes action to oppose or support legislation or public policy only if the action can be based on one or more points of the following:

* Principles of the LWV
* LWVAL Issue Positions
* LWVUS Issue Positions

Find out more about the League’s General Fund activities on the Take Action! web pages.

Citizen Education & Voter Services

The League's Citizen Education activities and Voter Services are supported by the Education Fund. The LWVAL-EF is a 501c-3 nonprofit organization that seeks to educate citizens about complex public issues in a strictly unbiased way and encourage participation in the democratic process. The “Ed Fund” supports such activities as voter registration drives, nonpartisan candidate debates and forums, and unbiased issue forums. It does not support or oppose legislation or public policies. Find out more about the League’s Education Fund activities on the Learn & Vote web pages.

LWVGB Contact Information

League of Women Voters of Greater Birmingham
P.O. Box 530522
Mountain Brook, AL 35253
Voice: (205) 583-5000
Fax: (205) 583-5000
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League of Women Voters of Greater Birmingham
Leadership 2013-2014


See Portfolio / Committee Assignments

President (2013-2014)
Trisha Powell Crain

Vice-president (2013-2014)
Yvonne Brakefield

Secretary (2013-2015)
Joan Burroughs

Treasurer (2012-2014)
Michael O'Donnell

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See Portfolio / Committee Assignments

Catrena Carter (2013-2014)

Nancy Ekberg (2013-2015)

Jean Johnson (2012-2014)

Joyce Lanning (2013-15)

Nancy Sales (2013-2015)

Ann Smith (2013-15)

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Portfolios & Committees

2013 Holiday Luncheon
Venue: Yvonne Brakefield
Speaker/Program: TBA

Communications, including press releases, social media, website, etc.
Trish Crain, Yvonne Brakefield, Jean Johnson

Constitutional Reform
Nancy Ekberg

Environment & Natural Resources
Joyce Lanning

Leonette Slay *

Nancy Ekberg, Jean Johnson, other

LWVAL Council 2014 (in B'ham)
Joyce Lanning & Nancy Sales

LWVAL Health Care Consensus

LWVUS Agriculture Consensus
Nancy Ekberg

Observer Corps
Ann Smith

Voter Editor
Yvonne Brakefield

Voter Service
Jean Johnson, Nancy Sales, other

* Off Board

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Leonette Slay, Chair

Barbara Powell

One other member to be appointed by/from Board.

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Recent Past Presidents

Cyrondys Jackson Springer (2012-2013)

Ida Tyree-Hyche (2011-2012)

Leonette Slay (2011)

Sarah McDonald (2009-2011)

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