Since 1971, the Junior Leagues of California State Public Affairs Committee (CalSPAC) has represented the interests of its member Leagues and their community projects to policymakers at the national, state, and local levels.
The members of the CalSPAC delegation advocate for specific legislation relevant to member league issues, educate their home Junior League members about advocacy and public policy, and coordinate the exchange of information from community-based league projects to policymakers.
CalSPAC represents 17 member Junior Leagues comprised of over 8,500 women who volunteer over 110,000 hours to 121 community projects, and give over $1 million dollars annually to their communities.
A State Public Affairs Committee (SPAC) is an invention of The Junior League that has been around since the 1930s. SPACs were developed in order to influence public policy on specific issues within a particular geographic area, such as a state, a county, or a city.
SPACs are individual, apolitical Junior Leagues or coalitions of Junior Leagues within a state that form to educate and take action on public policy issues relevant to The Junior League Mission. The methods by which SPACs operate vary by state as do the issues chosen for study and action.
SPACs are governed by their member Leagues and exist as separate entities from the Junior Leagues with which they are affiliated, though they are composed of Junior League members.
SPACs identify the issues that resonate with their members and that are relevant to The Junior League Mission, and develop strategies for tackling them. This advocacy takes many forms—it can be as straightforward as building awareness and educating the public about a pressing problem, or as ambitious as sponsoring and writing a bill that ultimately becomes a law.