Gloria Totten

Gloria Totten is the founder and President of the Public Leadership Institute, a nonpartisan nonprofit organization that provides policy, messaging and leadership training to a network of 13,000 state legislators, council members, commissioners and supervisors, as well as thousands of state-level activists.

Gloria led Progressive Majority from 2001-2015, served as Political Director for NARAL from 1996-2001 and as Executive Director for Maryland NARAL from 1993-1996. In her home state of Minnesota, Gloria worked as the Education Director for Pro-Choice Resources, President and Lobbyist for the Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault and Media Chair for It’s Time Minnesota!.

Gloria serves as chair of the board of directors for Brave New Films and as a board member for the New American Leaders Initiative. She is an Advisory Committee Member for the Drum Major Institute Scholars Program, Political Parity, Progress Now, Wellstone Action and the Women’s Information Network.


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