President: Griselda Ramirez is a Los Angeles native and a graduate of California State University Fullerton, where she earned a degree in communications with an emphasis in public relations. Before joining the Office of Supervisor Vargas, Griselda led the civic engagement work for Mid-City Community Advocacy Network in City Heights, as the Director of Civic Engagement she built a successful grassroots civic engagement program that successfully increased voter turnout in City Heights. Griselda also served as a Commissioner for the Leon L. Williams San Diego County Human Relations Commission. She is an alumnus of Hispanas Organized for Political Equality Leadership Institute, LEAD Advance, RISE San Diego, MANA de San Diego LSLP, and Movement School.

Her mission in life is to bring resources to those who need them and help build a culture of voters in her community. Griselda serves on several non-profit boards including, Run Women Run, Peoples Legal Services and is the President of the Latina Democratic Club. Griselda's inspiration comes from her family and friends, life experiences, and traveling. 

Vice President: Maryan Osman first aimed to be a biomedical researcher, studying biology and biochemistry at San Diego State University. But through her involvement in health education, she grew frustrated with the health disparities and the structural barriers that produced them. After graduating, she switched routes to the nonprofit sector due to her interest in working directly with the community to create a more just and healthy life for all. In 2017, she started out as a policy intern with Mid-City CAN before transitioning to her present role as a coordinator for Mid-City CAN’s events and leadership programs, where she helps inform and empower leaders in the community. Maryan is also passionate about building electoral power in communities of color and other marginalized groups. She joined a local, successful college board campaign in 2017, primarily working with youth on college campuses for over a year as they organized and engaged neighborhoods across the city of San Diego. She started out as the Field Coordinator and became the Campaign Manager within 6 months. When she’s not delving into the world of electoral politics or building leadership opportunities, you can catch her drinking a chai latte at the beach or in the library obsessing over books (especially that one amazing series called Harry Potter).

 Board Member: Stephanie Malyn is a is the Assistant Director of Philanthropy at the ACLU of San Diego & Imperial Counties. With a decade of experience in San   Diego's philanthropic sector, Stephanie has dedicated the past 6 years to uplifting the social justice movement in our region through her role at the ACLU. In this time,   Stephanie facilitated the growth of the ACLU NextGen community, a cohort of over 500 members united by the common goal to support political advocacy and   philanthropy within the social justice sphere. Before her ACLU role, Stephanie founded a professional association in the arts and culture sector. This initiative connected   young professionals, championed their career advancement, and promoted community development. 

Both professionally and in her personal capacity, Stephanie has contributed to various organizations championing racial and economic equity, reproductive justice, LGBTQ+ rights, and immigrants’ rights. She has served on the board of Run Women Run since 2019.

Board Member: Toni Duran is a queer Latina who was born in East Los Angeles, raised in St. Louis, and has made San Diego her home for the last fourteen years. It has been her privilege to serve her community as a volunteer and advocate, and for over seven and a half years she has had the honor of working for Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins. As a District Representative in the State Senate (and formerly State Assembly), she has worked on housing issues, as well as issues concerning women, veterans, the LGBTQ+ community, human trafficking, and arts and culture. Her passion is this life of service, standing up for what is right, and bringing more folks to the table to find solutions to the problems that our communities face. Toni lives in North Park with her rescue cat, Benjimen, and enjoys walks in Balboa Park and trying to keep her plants alive.

Board Member: Carol Kim serves as the political director at San Diego Building & Construction Trades Council. The daughter of Korean immigrant parents, she is a UCLA graduate who began her career as a classroom teacher in an inner city school in Los Angeles, where she also coordinated a fine arts program and was the lead teacher of an after-school program for at-risk boys. Her years as a teacher were followed by several more working in HIV prevention, serving high-risk groups that included active and recovering substance users, adolescents in the foster care and judicial systems, LGBT communities, as well as communities of color. Carol also provided training on HIV and related topics for public health nurses, community service providers, and teacher candidates. This led to eight years as a research associate for an education nonprofit, working with schools and school districts in San Diego and throughout the state of California to provide effective programs that support health, safety, and well-being for students in public schools, and to develop career and technical education opportunities for young people in partnership with community colleges. Carol was a candidate for San Diego City Council, District 6, in 2014.

 Board Member: Brenda Aguirre grew up in the border region as an immigrant to the United States, gaining firsthand insights into the nation's unrealized potential. Her passion for equity, combatting structural racism, and advocating for her gender non-conforming children and Latino sons led her to delve into political activism. Brenda's journey embodies a deep-rooted commitment to social justice, activism, and community empowerment.

Currently holding the position of Programs Director at Casa Familiar, Brenda oversees the advancement of the Social Services and Senior Services departments. However, her commitment to political activism remains her driving force. Brenda's history as a field organizer, campaign manager, and in various administrative roles has bolstered the success of numerous local and national elected officials. Proficient in organizing phone banks, managing volunteers, and donor fundraising, she also counseled candidates through the complexities of the Democratic Party endorsement process, utilizing her extensive experience for their election. Recently, Brenda opened Azul Campaign Strategies, where she serves as the CEO, focusing on managing political campaigns in the south bay. In addition to her entrepreneurial venture, Brenda has joined the board of Equality California, furthering her commitment to LGBTQ+ rights and advocacy. With a foundation in demanding campaign offices, public service entities, and NGOs, Brenda has cultivated strong relationships with labor leaders and elected officials in San Diego.

Brenda's firm belief in her own grit, collaborative approach, work ethic, and unwavering passion drives her commitment to witnessing organizations prosper. For collaboration and connection, Brenda's narrative is one imbued with the essence of resilience, compassion, and unwavering commitment to justice. As she seeks to align herself with organizations, her mission is clear: to amplify the voices of the marginalized, drive intersectional change, and champion comprehensive equal rights for all.

Board Member: Satomi Rash-Zeigler, the Managing Director at the San Diego & Imperial Counties Labor Council, spearheads campaign and program development with an emphasis on leadership cultivation, policy design, community partnerships, organizing and mobilization opportunities for more than 200,000 workers and their families. She brings over 15 years of experience working and organizing in the labor movement across the country and is the founding president of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists – San Diego County Chapter.

She received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from UCLA and her MBA from the Haas School of Business and was recently honored with the Trailbazer Hall of Fame Award by the California Black Women’s Collective. A native San Diegian, she currently resides in Spring Valley with her family.

Board Member: Mabi Castro, is a passionate advocate of women’s rights with a strong background in public policy and the economic development space. 

Mabi worked at Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest as the Community and Government Relations Manager. Prior to Planned Parenthood Mabi worked with top hospital executives to understand their challenges and identify business solutions that could improve patient health and decrease readmission rates by way of business development.

Her commitment to social justice compelled her to work for the California State Senate and Assembly as a Legislative Analyst and Community Representative respectively, where she advised on policy issues ranging from education, economic development, natural resources and water, international affairs, veteran’s issues, and health.

Mabi joined the County of San Diego in 2021 and advised Chairwoman Nora Vargas, first as Policy Director and later as Sr. Director of Economic Innovation and Strategy. Currently, Mabi serves as Legislative Policy Advisor for the County of San Diego’s
Office of Economic Development and Government Affairs.

Mabi obtained a B.A. in International Development from UCLA and an M.A. in International Politics from Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Through her studies, Mabi had the opportunity to live in Yucatán, Mexico where she researched food sovereignty and community development in Mayan communities. She also lived in Geneva, Switzerland where she collaborated with the International Labor Organization, the Permanent Mission of Mexico to the UN, and the World Economic Forum on child labor issues.

Mabi is proud of her seamless upbringing between Mexico and the U.S. and acknowledges she is a byproduct of her community, which is what drives her to build on that work for future generations.

Director of Operations: Andrea Rodriguez was raised in the High Desert until she moved to Santa Barbara where she attended UCSB and obtained a B.A. in Global Studies with a minor in Latin American and Iberian Studies. While at UCSB, she had the opportunity to live and study in Paris, France and London, England to learn about the U.S.’ global relations and policies with the E.U. and U.K., from a European perspective. During her time in London, she volunteered at the Islington Law Centre assisting community members with their housing and welfare benefit needs. After graduation, she spent 5 years working as a Paralegal at an employment law firm representing plaintiffs and labor unions. She recently graduated with her Masters in Public Policy from UC Riverside, where she focused on environmental, housing, and women’s rights policies. During her free time, she likes to visit coffee shops, traveling up the coast, and relaxing with her rescue dog.

Former President: Hilary Nemchik currently serves as Director of Communications for San Diego City Attorney Mara W. Elliott. In this role, she acts as spokesperson for the office and informs the public about its work, which includes removing guns from dangerous owners, providing services to victims of domestic violence, and protecting the environment from polluters. Previously, Hilary worked as Campaign Manager on Council President Pro-Tem Barbara Bry's successful 2016 District 1 City Council race and then as her Director of Communications in the Council Office. Hilary began her career in public service at the Manhattan Borough President’s Office in the City of New York, where she served as chair of the Manhattan Domestic Violence Task Force, among other duties. As chair, Hilary led the office's community outreach efforts, including the annual Shine the Light campaign for Domestic Violence Awareness Month. For this annual event, Hilary worked with stakeholders to turn the Empire State Building and Times Square purple and provide domestic violence support resources to the community. Hilary has been a member of Run Women Run since 2014 and began serving on the board in 2015. She graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Speech Communication and a Master's Degree in Applied Communication from Northern Arizona University. Hilary lives in San Diego with her husband, son, and two dogs.



Katherine McGrath is an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of California. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and earned her law degree from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall). Katherine is also a member of the Lawyers Club of San Diego, the San Diego Young Democrats, the Welsh Inn of Court, and the Penn Club of San Diego.

Nora E. Vargas serves as the vice president of community & government relations for Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest. In her role, she is responsible for leading the development and implementation of the vision and strategy for the agency’s Community and Government Relations department. In addition, she oversees the day-to-day operation of the agency’s political organization, Planned Parenthood Action Fund of the Pacific Southwest, including its Issues Campaigns and Political Action Committee.

Nora was appointed and later elected to the Southwestern Community College District Governing Board, the only institution of higher education in the South Bay. Most recently, she was appointed by Governor Jerry Brown to serve on the 12-member California State Teachers Retirement System (CalSTRS). Committed to community service, Vargas also serves as a champion of Hispanas Organized for Political Equality (HOPE), as a boardmember for the National Association of Latino Elected Officials (NALEO). She continues to be a passionate advocate for women and the Latino community, and ensuring they are included in the public dialogue about important issues like health care access, civic engagement, and education.

Michelle Burton is managing partner of Shoecraft Burton, a civil litigation law firm specializing in complex coverage and insurance litigation. She graduated with distinction from San Diego State University and earned her law degree from California Western School of Law. Ms. Burton is licensed in California and Washington and is also a certified appellate specialist. Ms. Burton is one of the original members of RWR and is passionate about inspiring pro-choice, progressive women to run for political office.

Christine Kehoe made history when she was elected to the San Diego City Council in 1993 as the first out LGBT candidate to win public office in San Diego. Chris went on to serve seven years on the City Council followed by twelve years in the legislature. While a city councilmember, Chris was successful in strengthening neighborhood services, funding programs for The Center and San Diegans living with AIDS, adding grade school classrooms in North Park and Normal Heights, and leading a major redevelopment in City Heights including the completion of the I-15 freeway. Chris was appointed to the California Coastal Commission and the San Diego Association of Governments while on city council. In 1998 Chris ran for Congress in the 49th district and lost a close election to incumbent Brian Bilbray. Two years later she ran for the 76th Assembly district to succeed Susan Davis and won. She was appointed Speaker Pro Tempore, presiding over many raucous Assembly sessions at the height of the energy deregulation crisis. During her four years in the Assembly, Chris authored legislation to establish the San Diego River Conservancy, chaired the Joint Committee on Emergency Services that grew out of the 2003 firestorm in San Diego, and was the founding chair of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Legislative Caucus. Water conservation and efficiency, fire prevention and fire-safe planning as well as local government reforms were addressed in her legislation. Chris was elected to the state Senate in 2004, succeeding Dede Alpert. During her eight years of service in the Senate, Chris chaired key policy committees including four years as chair of the Senate Committee on Appropriations. Her legislation continued to define fire planning, energy and water conservation policy, advance alternative vehicle and fuels, reform local land use, and strengthen LGBT civil rights. Currently, Chris is the executive director of the California Plug-In Electric Vehicle Collaborative whose members include public and private sector leaders in advancing the adoption of clean EVs to meet California’s economic, energy and environmental goals.

Jamie Quient is the President and Managing Attorney of Free to Thrive, a nonprofit organization that empowers survivors of all forms of human trafficking in their journey to becoming thrivers, while providing hands-on experiential learning opportunities to law and graduate students. Prior to launching Free to Thrive in 2017, Jamie practiced civil litigation for five years at Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP. Jamie also worked as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Michael M. Anello in the Federal District Court for United States District Court, the Southern District of California. Jamie received her law degree from the University of San Diego School of Law and her Bachelor of Arts in political science with a minor in sociology from Wilfrid Laurier University in Ontario, Canada.

Jamie was the 2016-2017 president of Lawyers Club of San Diego and founded the Lawyers Club Human Trafficking Collaborative. She currently serves on the Dean’s Advisory Board of the Joan. B. Kroc School of Peace Studies at the University of San Diego. Point Loma Nazarene University recognized Jamie’s contribution to the fight against human trafficking, awarding her its inaugural 2016 Hope Rising Award. Jamie also received a commendation from the City of San Diego Human Relations Commission for her leadership in combatting human trafficking of women and girls in San Diego. Jamie has also been named a “San Diego Super Lawyer – Rising Star” 2015 – 2017, San Diego Business Journal “Best of the Bar” 2015 – 2016, and San Diego Metro, 40 Under 40.

Lisa R. Shaffer was elected to the Encinitas City Council in 2012, her first elected office. Her campaign platform was to work hard, tell the truth, and play by the rules. She came in first in a field of nine candidates. Lisa is the Encinitas representative on the SANDAG board of directors and represents the north coastal cities on the SANDAG Transportation Committee. Her career spans 40 years of service, primarily in international environmental science and policy. During 25 years in Washington, DC, Lisa held positions in NASA and NOAA, developing international cooperation in studying the Earth from space. She also worked for five years in strategic planning for a major aerospace company. In 1998 she joined UCSD’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography, where she worked in the director’s office, responsible for international relations and policy programs. Lisa moved from Scripps to the main UCSD campus in 2007, where she helped found a campus-wide sustainability program, and then was asked to develop and teach courses on ethics and corporate social responsibility at the Rady School of Management. Lisa retired from UCSD in 2013. She has held many board positions, including at the Center for Sustainable Energy and Kids-vs-Global-Warming, and is currently president of her church congregation. Among her awards, she received the NASA Exceptional Service Medal, the Climate Champion award from the City of San Diego, the UCSD Sustainability Award, and was one of the inaugural Muir Environmental Fellows at UCSD. She earned a BA in political science from the University of Michigan, a PhD in public policy from the George Washington University, and an MBA from UCSD. Lisa lives in Encinitas with her husband, Steve Bartram. They have four adult daughters.

Alejandra Sotelo-Solis was first elected in 2008 (only the 2nd woman elected to the Council), ten years later Alejandra was proud to receive overwhelming support to become the first Latina Mayor of National City. Regionally, she serves on the SANDAG, Sweetwater Authority and MTS Board.

Mayor Sotelo-Solis is a third generation National City resident, graduate of Sweetwater High School and alumnae of UC San Diego with a degree in Political Science. She is a proud board member of the SUHi Foundation which provides college scholarships to graduates of her alma mater and serves on the NALEO (National Association of Latino Elected Officials) Educational Fund Board of Directors.

Professionally, Alejandra is President/CEO of her consulting company La Pluma Strategies focusing on non-profit advocacy and grant writing and is raising her 3 daughters alongside her husband Arturo, Sweetwater Union High School District Trustee.