Barbi Appelquist is Of Counsel at the Los Angeles entertainment law firm Cohen Gardner LLP where her practice focuses on nonprofits and government affairs. She serves on various nonprofit boards emphasizing gender equality & political participation, including the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media (Chair of Advisory Board), Hillary for America (Co-Director of Veterans and Military Families for Hillary), UN Women #TeamHeForShe (Co-Founder), Santa Monica Child Care & Early Education Task Force (Co-Chair), National Women’s Political Caucus, & Santa Monica Democratic Club. In 2012, Barbi was invited to the launch of The Women in Public Service Project in Washington, D.C. She is a former candidate for State Senate & a current DSCC delegate to the California Democratic Party as well as a Political Partner of the Truman National Security Project and State Senator Ben Allen’s liaison to the Veterans Community. Barbi is an alumna of Barnard College, UC Hastings College of the Law, & Pepperdine School of Public Policy. Barbi is also a two-time cancer survivor, having been diagnosed with pediatric liver cancer as a baby and diagnosed in 2011 at the age of 34 with a gastrointestinal stromal tumor, a rare soft-tissue sarcoma. She has been cancer-free since 2012. Barbi loves spending her free time with her 8-year old daughter and family in Los Angeles and is actively training for the next half marathon.