2018 Membership Brunch

Danville-Alamo-Walnut Creek Branch 2018 Membership Brunch

Saturday, September 22, 2018, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
Crow Canyon Country Club, 711 Silver Lake Drive, Danville CA

Presentation: The Honorable Ellen O. Tauscher                                                                            

The Honorable Ellen O. Tauscher is a former 7-term member of Congress and Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security in the Obama Administration. She currently serves on the University of California Board of Regents and as chairman of the Board of Governors for Los Alamos National Security, LLC (LANS) and Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC (LLNS). She also serves as Vice Chair of the Student and Academic Affairs Committee and Chair of the Labs subcommittee of the Board of Regents.

Tauscher represented California’s 10th congressional district in the House of Representatives from 1997 until 2009, when President Obama appointed her to the State Department during her 7th term in the House. Tauscher served as special envoy for Strategic Stability and Missile Defense at the State Department until her resignation from government service in 2012. As Undersecretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Affairs (2009-2012), Tauscher negotiated the NEW START treaty with the Russian Federation in 2010 to further reduce the threat of nuclear conflict and oversaw other critical nuclear non- proliferation priorities around the world. While in Congress, Tauscher was a leading centrist Democrat, and the chairman of the New Democrat Coalition, a caucus of 65 moderate Democrats in the House of Representatives. Her fiscally responsible, bi-partisan, unique brand of leadership in Congress was coined “Tauscherism” by Time Magazine. Prior to serving in Congress, Tauscher worked on Wall Street for 14 years and was one of the first women to hold a seat on the New York Stock Exchange.

Since leaving the State Department, Tauscher has assumed a number of publicly-held corporate and non-profit board positions, and currently serves on the boards of Edison International/Southern California Edison (EIX) in Rosemead, CA, eHealth (EHTH) in Mountain View, CA, the Board of Advisors of SpaceX, the Board of Directors of BAE Systems, Inc, NTI, and the Executive Committee of the Atlantic Council. She serves as vice chair of the Atlantic Council’s Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security. Tauscher spent 5 years as a board member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) and served as Chair of the NCCN Foundation. She has been an advocate for more education, more funding, and earlier screening for the disease.

Ellen Tauscher was born in Newark, New Jersey. The eldest of four children and the first member of her family to attend college, she graduated in 1974 from Seton Hall University, where she obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in early childhood education. In 1989, Tauscher moved to California and later founded the first national research service to help parents verify the background of childcare workers. She also published The ChildCare Sourcebook and headed the Tauscher Foundation, which provided funds for elementary schools to buy computers and Internet access.

Tauscher’s most proud life work and accomplishment is her daughter, Katherine, a graduate of Bucknell University, where she was an English major and the Captain of the Bison’s Division 1 Women’s Volleyball team. Ellen and Katherine live in the San Francisco Bay Area.