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Welcome to the Laguna Beach CA Branch of AAUW

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) is a nationwide network of more than 170,000 members and supporters, 1,000 branches, and 800 college/university institution partners. The mission of AAUW is to advance gender equity for women and girls through research, education, and advocacy.  Our active Laguna Beach branch encourages girls and women from the elementary through college level to pursue education, with scholarships being a key component of our outreach programs.  The branch was founded in 1967 and includes over 150 residents of Laguna Beach and surrounding communities.  Please explore our website to discover more of what we do and consider joining us!

AAUW-LB Board of Directors 2021-22

The newly elected AAUW-Laguna Beach executive Board members are:

President:  Sigrid Moranz
Co-Vice Presidents:  Nancy Miller and Madeleine Peterson
Programs Co-Chairs:  Audrey Locke, Jean Vivrette
Membership Chair:  Jean Brotherton
Treasurer:  Roberta Kanter
Secretary:  Alison King


On June 13, 2021, AAUW LB incoming and outgoing board members gathered at Madeleine Peterson’s home to officially install the 2021-2022 branch Board of Directors. The installation was the board’s first maskless, in person gathering since the COVID-19 virus appeared more than a year ago. Everyone was happy to see one another! Outgoing co-President Farie Momayez introduced the incoming board members and presented each with a ceramic planter representing a female Greek god. After the installation, attendees told how they first got involved with AAUW. A delicious lunch of salad and quiche was served along with white and red sangria. The photos tell it all!

Board Retreat

The board gathered for its annual retreat on Sunday, August 8, to generate ideas and plan for the coming year.  The upcoming November 6 Literary Brunch, as well as other programs under consideration, were reviewed.  Ideas were generated for a possible 2nd fund raiser to be held in the spring of 2022.  Board members received updates on the scholarships awarded in 2020-21 and a discussion was held on how to communicate with, attract, and retain, members.  Attached are a few photos from the retreat.  Members are encouraged to check this website frequently to stay current on all branch programs and events.

AAUW-LB’s Lesley Danziger Explains our Mission and Goals

On June 28th, AAUW Laguna Beach installed its new board in a Zoom meeting hosted by Lesley Danziger and Farie Momayez, our co-presidents. Watch this short video of Lesley Danziger going over the mission and goals of our branch.