Fighting for Women's Equality

Equal Rights Advocates Attracts Nation’s Top Talent to Serve on Board of Directors

December 11, 2013 | by
Equal Rights Advocates is excited to announce the appointment in November of  two highly recognized legal leaders to its board of directors – James Sturdevant and Drucilla “Dru” Ramey.

Dru and Executive Director Noreen Farrell

Dru and Executive Director Noreen Farrell

Dru, formerly the executive director of the National Association of Women Judges and executive director and general counsel of the Bar Association of San Francisco, has been involved in equal opportunity and diversity initiatives throughout the entirety of her career. In addition to joining ERAs board, Dru also sits on the board of directors at both the Habeas Corpus Resource center and the American Judicature Society.

Dru is a stalwart of the Bay Area legal scene, and has been familiar with ERA since its founding in 1974.

“From the first moment I met Nancy Davis, Mary Dunlap and Wendy Williams, seconds after an impetuous cross-country move to San Francisco,  I had a feeling that  their pioneering new women’s rights organization and I would be in it together for life. Now, 40 years hence, life has all come full circle, and I could not be more pleased to be joining the leadership of this nonpareil champion of all that I hold dear,” she said.

James Sturdevant is one of the nation’s most respected and well-regarded consumer rights attorneys. The principal at The Sturdevant Law Firm in San Francisco, James was named trial lawyer of the year by the Consumer Attorneys of California in 2004. James specializes in representing plaintiffs in class actions involving consumer protection, financial and insurance fraud, employment discrimination and a wide variety of unlawful, unfair and fraudulent business practice cases.

He is particularly moved by ERA’s work advocating for equal access to opportunities at school for girls.

“I am delighted to join the prestigious board of ERA,” James said. “My two teenage daughters are excellent ballet dancers and their avocation deserves equal billing and recognition to their younger brother’s demonstrated athletic prowess. Title IX was a long time coming and needs aggressive national enforcement by ERA and cooperating private attorneys.”

Also joining ERA’s board this past year were Michael Greenberg and Emily Katz-Kashawi.

Michael is a solo practitioner who focuses on representing employees at small to mid-size employers who has also been active in campaigning for various Democratic political candidates. Emily is a veteran public relations executive (she is formerly director of communications at ERA) and has dedicated her career to helping organizations like ERA find their voices.

Please join us in welcoming Michael, Emily, Dru and Jim to ERA’s board.

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