IRVINE, Calif. July 27, 2021 — Between April 5 and June 30, 2021, the campaign to elect professor, climate activist and social rights advocate Dr. Kathleen Treseder to the Irvine City Council raised $66,927, including $53,573 in donations from more than 350 individuals, a huge number for a first-time candidate and more than three times the early totals raised by some of Irvine’s top candidates in 2018.  The amount also includes a $13,000 loan from Treseder.


“From the beginning, voters in Irvine and throughout Orange County have strongly supported our campaign,” said Treseder.  “Now voters are also donating generously to help us win next year.  Our message of fighting for social and environmental justice is resonating with constituents who want leaders who listen to them and the issues they care about.”


Her campaign kick-off on May 24, 2021 was attended by more than 100 people and featured speakers California Representative Katie Porter (D-Irvine), Assemblywoman Cottie Petrie-Norris (D-Laguna Beach), Orange County Supervisor Katrina Foley, Unite Here Local 11 Co-President Ada Briceño, and WAVE President Joanna Weiss.


Dr. Kathleen Treseder is the Howard A. Schneiderman Endowed Chair and Professor of Biology at University of California Irvine. For thirty years, she has led an internationally recognized research program and educated the next generation of scientists and college graduates. As a first-generation college graduate who had to pay her way through school, she supports tuition-free public college.


In 2017, Treseder became so concerned about the climate crisis that she decided research and teaching weren't enough. Since then, she has worked within the local community to enact real-world solutions to climate change.


Treseder co-founded OC Clean Power, a grassroots organization of over 30 non-profits, businesses, school organizations, and faith groups. With her leadership, they successfully lobbied Irvine, Fullerton, Huntington Beach, and Buena Park to found OC Power Authority, one of the largest renewable energy programs in California.


Treseder is running to make a difference for our environment right now. A vote for her will ensure that we–and our children–have clean air and clear skies every day.


In 2017, Treseder was Chair of her UCI department when a student told her a high-ranking professor had sexually assaulted her. Treseder believed her, because this professor had also sexually harassed Treseder as well. Shortly after, several more women came forward with their own reports about this professor. Treseder promised that she would make the department safe for women. Treseder led a year-long effort to successfully convince UCI to ban the professor from campus and improve their treatment of sexual harassment victims.  UCI paid Treseder a large settlement for the case.


Treseder and her husband used the UCI settlement to establish the Treseder Randerson Fund to support women and marginalized groups in Orange County. She partnered with the Crime Survivors Resource Center to found You Are Not Alone, a program to help sexual violence victims on local campuses. Their fund also supports refugees at our border, those in pandemic-related distress, Asian-American immigrants, and environmental justice.


From this experience, Treseder learned that our voices are strong when we work together. She will take our voices to city hall and fight for women's rights, Black Lives Matter, stopping Asian American hate, LGTBQIA+ communities, and social justice.


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