Gisela Erler is the State Counsellor for Civil Society and Civic Participation in the State Ministry of Baden-Württemberg. In1967 she was the Co-founder of the first leftist publishing house in the FRG and the first women’s publishing house. In the early 1980s, she was a member of the market-oriented “eco-libertarian greens” and co-published the controversially discussed “Mother Manifest” of the Greens. In 1991 she founded pme Familienservice GmbH, a large provider of corporate work-life solutions. In 2011, Winfried Kretschmann appointed her as the State Councilor for Civil Society and Civic Participation.