Policy Chats
Policy Chats
Jun 3, 2022
California Secretary of State Shirley Weber: A Career in Public Service
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In this episode, California Secretary of State Shirley Weber talks with a student and alumnus from the UC Riverside School of Public Policy about her career in public service.

About Shirley Weber:

Shirley Nash Weber, Ph.D. was nominated to serve as California Secretary of State by Governor Gavin Newsom on December 22, 2020, and sworn into office on January 29, 2021. She is California’s first Black Secretary of State and only the fifth African American to serve as a state constitutional officer in California’s 170-year history.

Learn more about Shirley Weber via https://www.sos.ca.gov/administration/about

Podcast Highlights:

“I didn't see politics as the only way to make a difference.”

-       Shirley Weber on the topic of making a difference in our communities.

“I never felt I had to force myself to be the leader. I believe very strongly that the best people in organizations are great followers.”

-       Shirley Weber on the topic of leadership.

“Never wait for the big moment. Do it now.”

-       Shirley Weber on the topic of getting involved and making a difference.


Shirley Weber (California Secretary of State)


Kevin Karami (UCR Public Policy Major, Dean’s Chief Ambassador)

Maddie Bunting (UCR Public Policy Alumnus)

Music by:

C Codaine



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This is a production of the UCR School of Public Policy: https://spp.ucr.edu/

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