DEMONSTRATED LEADERSHIP, PROGRESSIVE VALUES
I have lived in Half Moon Bay for 33 years and have been active in the community for over 20 years. I am bilingual in Spanish and English. I have a degree in Sociology from CSU Chico, and came back to Half Moon Bay after college in order to serve the community I grew up in. I have worked in various capacities throughout the county of San Mateo, and I am a founding member of the Latino Advisory Council of Half Moon Bay. My involvement with the community includes, but is not limited to, being a 5th Grade teacher in the Immersion Program at Hatch School for the Cabrillo Unified School District and then a Juvenile Correctional Officer for the County of San Mateo in the Juvenile Probation Department, and working with nonprofit organizations such as Puente de la Costa Sur and Ayudando Latinos a Soñar (ALAS). I’m currently an ALAS Liaison and Community Outreach Coordinator for farmworkers and their families. Having dedicated my career to serving the HMB community, I was honored to be awarded “Role Model of the Year 2019” by the Half Moon Bay Chamber of Commerce.
I recently established a farming cooperative that would allow farmer workers to raise their own crops so they may share in the benefits they offer to farmers. I drew this inspiration from the Agriculture and Land-Based Training Association (ALBA) in Salinas, that creates economic opportunities for aspiring farmers.
My top priorities are affordable housing built in a sustainable way, safe welcoming environments for communities and a strengthened economy that will enable local businesses to thrive again.
I seek to be a representative for the Half Moon Bay community and ensure the coastside community’s interests are considered at the state level. Half Moon Bay has had little representation for a Latino community that has long been overlooked and comprises 30% of its population. Being elected to the HBM City Council was a good first step as an extension of my decades long service. I am committed to continuing to be an advocate for my underserved community.
It would be a privilege to represent my community and an honor to earn your vote for delegate to the CDP.