Stacey is a progressive-minded woman who has actually created jobs, promoted high-wage American manufacturing and spent nearly 20 years focused on the kind of sustainable economic development that will lead America back to prosperity. She is in the Democratic run-off to contest for this seat representing Californians from the Golden Gate Bridge north to the Oregon border.
She is a small business owner and educator. A student of public schools who became a chemical engineer and then went on to graduate from the Harvard Business School, Lawson has started small businesses, run major departments inside large companies, and created hundreds of jobs.
Her very first company developed technology to help American manufacturers design better products and stay competitive globally, helping to create and keep new middle-class jobs in America. Lawson also co-founded and teaches at the Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology at UC Berkeley, one of the nation’s leading centers of economic innovation, small business advocacy and incubation.
Raised in a rural, blue-collar coastal community of loggers and mill workers, and now a resident of Marin, Lawson has the life experiences that represent the broad diversity of California's 2nd congressional district. Lawson’s family lived in a trailer in a rural setting and her father started out as a truck driver. He went on to found a small trucking business and helped lift the family from modest, working-class roots into the middle class. The possibilities in Stacey’s own life were expanded by scholarships, government education loans and access to great public schools and universities.