NorCal Region

"Faith is the first factor in a life devoted to service. Without faith, nothing is possible. With it, nothing is impossible. Faith in God is the greatest power, but great, too, is faith in oneself."
Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune

About NCNW

The mission of the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW) is to lead, empower and advocate for women of African descent, their families and communities.

NCNW is an “organization of organizations” comprised of 300 campus and community-based sections and 32 national women’s organizations) that enlightens and inspires more than 2,000,000 women and men. Founded in 1935 by Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, an influential educator and activist and for more than 50 years lead by the iconic Dr. Dorothy Height as president. In 2018, Dr. Johnnetta Betsch Cole was elected at Chair and ushered in a new era of social activism and continued progress and growth for the organization. Today, NCNW lifts up our program connection with our communities across the country. The new mantra for the organization reflected our programmatic pillars:

FOUR For the Future

  • Education with a special focus on steam; science, technology, engineering, the arts and math
  • Health – with a focus on disparities and HIV/AIDS
  • Entrepreneurship and Financial Literacy and
  • Public Policy and Civic Engagement

About NorCal

The NorCal Region represents ten community-based sections in Northern California, including:

  • Alameda County
  • East Bay Area
  • East Oakland-Hayward
  • East Palo Alto
  • Fairfield/Suisun
  • City/Vacaville
  • Golden Gate
  • Sacramento Valley
  • San Francisco
  • Santa Clara County
  • Vallejo

Additionally, the Region includes the University of California Berkeley Collegiate Section and a Life Member Guild.

Together the NorCal Region works to execute the mission and goals of the National Organization.