San Francisco, California , United States
Mar 19, 2008 10:06pm
|Info||Shirley Golub was born and raised in northern New Jersey. She attended Boston University on a full scholarship, studying speech and language therapy in the Special Education department. After attending 1 year of graduate study at the University of Southern California, she returned to BU to finish her Masters in Education. |
After working in the Hayward Unified School District for several years as a speech therapist, she decided to start her own business and purchased an auto tune-up franchise which she operated at the corner of Polk and Pacific for 20 years. During this time, she was a member of the Polk St. Merchants' Association and also on the board of her neighborhood Association. Knowing her lease would be up at the end of 20 years, she began to transition into the real estate profession in the early 90's. When that became full-time, she also added a consulting business for those interested in internet business development and volunteered in the then State Assemblyperson Carole Migden's office. In the charitable arena, she has volunteered at the San Francisco SPCA, from where her current canine companion, K.D., was rescued, and has generously contributed to environmental groups and organizations assisting impoverished children around the world.
Shirley has always had a passion to help dedicated public servants get elected. Following what she describes as the "shockingly blatant" manipulation of voters' rights in Florida in the 2000 Presidential election, she re-engaged strongly with the political process through internet activist groups such as MoveOn and True Majority. In late 2003, coming out to hear one of her favorite writers, Alice Walker, she was introduced to the passionate philosophy of caring from Congressman Dennis Kucinich of Ohio and realized that if she wanted a caring world, she would have to give more of her time and energy to spreading that message. She worked on the Congressman's campaign in Iowa and California. When Senator Kerry was selected as the Presidential candidate, she went to help open his campaign office in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and then served as an Election Protection volunteer in Florida in November 2004.
Of course, everyone needs some fun and for Shirley, that centers around travel, music, hiking, yoga and dining out. But in late 2006, those activities were put on hold for work on two congressional campaigns here in California, that of Charlie Brown in CD-4 and David Roth in CD-45 - both just barely missed defeating long-time incumbent Republican supporters of the Bush Administration. Now her friends have encouraged Shirley to lead the charge for those issues that she cares so strongly about here in her home base.