Community, State, and National Leaders

Gloria Molina

First Latina Assemblywoman, Los Angeles City Councilwoman, and County Supervisor

Ambassador Carlos R. Moreno

Former U.S. Ambassador & CA Supreme Court Justice

Antonio Villaraigosa

Former Los Angeles Mayor and Speaker of the Assembly

Arne Duncan

President Barack Obama’s Former U.S. Secretary of Education

Mónica García

LAUSD Board Member

Julián Castro

President Barack Obama’s Former U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development

Sylvia Mendez

Civil Rights and Education Leader

Honorable Cruz Reynoso

Social Justice and Civil Rights Leader and first Latino CA Supreme Court Justice

Vilma Martinez

Former President and General Counsel of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF)*

Nancy Sutley

Former Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality

Assembly District 51 Community Supporters  (Partial List)

  • Hon. Carlos R. Moreno, former Justice California Supreme Court (Chinatown) 
  • Fr. Greg Boyle, Homeboy Industries (AD 51) 
  • Celia Ramirez, Friends of Cypress Park (Cypress Park) 
  • Henry Lozano, Community Leader (Eagle Rock/Glassell Park) 
  • Dr. Marsha Hirano-Nakanishi, Former Library Commission President (El Sereno) 
  • Nicole Williams, Nurse Practitioner (Highland Park) 
  • Garry Williams, Entrepreneur (Highland Park) 
  • Adriana Montijo, LAUSD teacher/UTLA Member (Eagle Rock) 
  • Richard Matas, Special Education Administrator (Eagle Rock) 
  • Elva Yañez, Urban Open Space Advocate/Environmentalist (El Sereno) 
  • Alana Yañez, Animal Rights Advocate (El Sereno) 
  • Teresa Villegas, Community Leader (El Sereno) 
  • Cynthia Ruiz, Community Leader (El Sereno) 
  • Charles Miller, Media Executive (Garvanza) 
  • Tina Miller, Garvanza Improvement Association (Garvanza) 
  • Roberto Martinez, Vietnam Veteran/Retired County Employee (Eagle Rock) 
  • Esther Martinez, Retired County Employee (Eagle Rock) 
  • Irena Seta, former Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council Member (Eagle Rock) 
  • Serena Oberstein, Non-Profit Leader (Highland Park) 
  • Melissa Martinez, Entertainment Industry Executive (Highland Park) 
  • Charbel Adaimy, Chef (Highland Park) 
  • Jason Babcock, Entrepreneur (Unincorporated East Los Angeles) 
  • Corinne Tapia, Entrepreneur (Unincorporated East Los Angeles) 
  • Keith Rohman, Former President of Human Relations Commission (Mt. Washington) 
  • Connie Rohman, Artist/Community Leader (Mt. Washington) 
  • Vanessa Montes, LAUSD Adult Education Teacher Counselor/UTLA Member (Highland Park) 
  • Nancy Sutley, former Chair of White House Council on Environmental Quality in Obama Administration/Environmentalist (Echo Park/Angeleno Heights) 
  • Oscar Crespo, Real Estate Entrepreneur (Eagle Rock) 
  • Susie Perez, Member of Lincoln Heights Senior Citizen Center (Cypress Park) 
  • Chris Newman, Immigrant Rights Advocate (Highland Park) 
  • Steve Melendrez, Entrepreneur (Highland Park) 
  • Jesus “Pepe” Garcia, Small Business Owner (Cypress Park) 
  • Marjorie Garcia, Entertainment Attorney (Highland Park) 
  • Martha Cervantes, County Court Employee (Elysian Valley) 
  • Oliver Wilson, Entrepreneur (Historic Filipinotown/Echo Park/Cypress Park) 
  • Andrea Bazán, Non-Profit/Education Leader (Boyle Heights) 
  • Marco Ramirez, Affordable Housing Developer (El Sereno) 
  • Marielena Yepes, Professor Emeritus, East Los Angeles College (East Los Angeles) 
  • Mike Hernandez, Community Leader/former Councilman (Cypress Park) 
  • Rebecca Valdez, Urban Planner (Hermon) 
  • Dr. Avelardo Valdez, University Professor (Mt. Washington) 
  • Cecilia Valdez, Retired School Teacher (Mt. Washington) 
  • Leslie Wise, Non-Profit Leader/Advocate to End Homelessness (Mt. Washington) 
  • Mercedes Márquez, Civil Rights Attorney/former Assistant Secretary for Community Planning and Development in Obama Administration (Glassell Park) 
  • Priscilla Morales, Community Leader (Angeleno Heights) 
  • Christopher Morales, Community Leader (Angeleno Heights) 
  • Ana Ponce, Education Leader (Echo Park) 
  • Paul Schroeder, Magnet School Administrator (Glassell Park) 
  • Veronica Gutierrez, Community Leader (Montecito Heights) 
  • Laura Genao, Community Leader (Monterey Hills)

*Titles and Organizations for Identification Purposes Only