We are the premier membership organization where individuals like you can contribute to support Latina leaders seeking political office.

Why We Do What We Do

Our History

For more than 25 years, this organization has been a force behind the victories of California's most prominent Latina elected leaders, providing countless volunteer hours and tens of thousands in financial resources.

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Our Board

Latinas Lead California is spearheaded by a group of dedicated Latinas who are committed to electing Latinas to public office. Our board has a diversity of experience in a variety of fields. We meet monthly and make a commitment to raise funds to give to our endorsed candidates. 

Our Latinas Lead California Young Professionals Network is designed to encourage political participation and help develop the next generation of Latina leadership. Designed for Latinas under the age of 35, the YPN Leadership Team meets regularly and holds events and trainings for their members.

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Our Mission

Latinas Lead California endorses and contributes to Latinas seeking political office. A non-partisan organization, we are committed to empowering and advancing Latinas who are dedicated to creating opportunity in our state.

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Our Future

Latinas Lead California’s Young Professionals Network (YPN) will develop the next generation of Latinas committed to electing Latinas to local, state, and federal office. We are actively recruiting a group of exceptional young leaders to support and elect Latinas who run for office.

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Meet Our Favorite Latinas Who Lead

Wendy Carrillo // State Assembly District 51

A formerly undocumented immigrant, who came to the US as a child, Wendy Carrillo knows what it means to achieve the American Dream – to get a good education, to have access to quality health care and the opportunity to have a good job. She'll work for pay equity and provide those who need a voice in our state government. Vote for Wendy on Tuesday, December 5, 2017.

Cathy Murillo // Santa Barbara Mayor

Cathy Murillo has made a difference in the everyday lives of Santa Barbarans. As a City Councilmember, she worked to restore the city's fiscal stability, protect its environment, and preserve the character of Santa Barbara's neighborhoods. She was the first Latina to serve on the Santa Barbara City Council and would be its first Latina mayor. Vote for Cathy on Tuesday, November 7, 2017.

Olga Rios // ABC School District

Olga is a product of ABC schools and an involved parent in ABC. She knows the importance of parent participation. Her mission is to ensure a path to success for every child. She wants every student to graduate college or career ready. Vote for Olga on Tuesday, November 7, 2017.

Caro Jauregui // Whittier City School District

Caro is running for Whittier City School Board because she wants to ensure that every student has increased learning opportunities, a higher chance of attending and graduating college, and is supported both inside and outside of the classroom. Vote for Caro on Tuesday, November 7, 2017.

Maria Mendez // Whittier Union High School District

Maria is a teacher and parent who wants to improve neighborhood schools and provide a quality education that addresses the needs of the whole child. She'll be a champion for change and innovation for Whittier's high schools. Vote for Maria on Tuesday, November 7, 2017.

Jennifer Portillo // Whittier Union High School District

Jennifer Portillo is running for Whittier Union High School board to give women and Latinos a much needed voice. She's committed to modernizing schools and making sure teachers have the tools and support they need to be successful in and out of the classroom. Vote for Jennifer on Tuesday, November 7, 2017.

Maria Cabildo // U.S. Congress CA-34

Among the several Latina candidates running for this seat, we believe Maria Cabildo is the strongest contender for California's 34th Congressional District. No other candidate has done more to create economic opportunity for Latinas and their families in our community. Vote for Maria on April 4, 2017.

Monica Rodriguez // Los Angeles City Council

Monica is a longtime community leader, non-profit director, public servant, and a mom. She has taken on dozens of fights for us and won: delivering results and strengthening our neighborhoods. She will bring new energy and new solutions to make all of our neighborhoods vibrant and safe. Vote for Monica on Tuesday, March 7, 2017.

Imelda Padilla // LAUSD School Board, District 6

Imelda was born an advocate. Her determination to overcome her rickets as a young child transformed her into a strong advocate for education, environmental justice, and labor rights that we see today. Vote for Imelda on March 7th.

Monica Garcia // LAUSD School Board, District 2

Monica's bold call to action, "Diplomas for All", has galvanized the LAUSD community to take aggressive action to reach a 100% graduation rate. She is working to end the cycle of poverty by ensuring that every child can read, write, think, and believe. Vote for Monica on March 7th.

Margarita Rios // Norwalk City Council

Margarita strives to be the nexus for the Norwalk community. As a proud public servant, she wants to strengthen business partnerships, provide economic stabilization, and improve public safety. Vote for Margarita on March 7th.

Carmen Avalos // South Gate City Clerk

Carmen is a dedicated public servant with more than 16 years of experience as the South Gate City Clerk. She deserves to be re-elected because she has been a watchdog for government accountability and transparency and developed an expertise in the Elections and Political Reform Act. Vote for Carmen on March 7th.

Sonia Lopez // South Gate City Treasurer

Sonia has years of experience in expanding education accessibility for her community. As a long time advocate, she will continue to build long-standing relationships and hold the city government accountable to the residents of South Gate. Vote for Sonia on March 7th.

Jenny Perez // South Gate City Council

Jenny Perez will introduce innovation and progressive solutions to her community. As a proven leader, mentor, activist, and philanthropist, her dedication will benefit the families, visitors, and business of South Gate. Vote for Jenny on March 7th.

Denise Menchaca // San Gabriel City Council

Denise is a community leader and business owner running for the San Gabriel City Council. She will invest in public safety, support historical preservation, and provide diverse, quality city services. Vote for Denise on Tuesday, March 7, 2017.

Denise Diaz // South Gate City Council

With a clear vision for the future, Denise is running to fulfill the promise of her community and will work to create new quality jobs and economic opportunities for residents. She wants to provide stronger city services and improve the quality of life for residents. Vote for Denise on March 7th.

Laura Herrera // Huntington Park City Council

Laura is an experienced and trusted leader who will serve in the best interest of Huntington Park's residents. She will protect Huntington Park against corruption and will fight for justice and better opportunities for each resident of the city. Vote for Laura on Tuesday, March 7, 2017.

Diane Gramajo // La Mirada City Council

Diane wants to put people above politics. She plans to put the residents first and advocate for her community's safety, education, and economic development. If elected, she would be the only Latina on the La Mirada City Council. Vote for Diane on March 7, 2017.

Nanette Barragan // Congress, District 44

Nanette will be the tenacious champion we need in Congress to make college more affordable, protect women's ability to make their own personal health decisions, and fight for equal pay for equal work. 

Monique Limón // Assembly District 37

Monique Limón is a champion for education in California’s Central Coast. She will focus on increasing access to early childhood education, Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math initiatives, and expanding career and technical education to students.

Sharon Quirk-Silva // Assembly District 65

Sharon understands the challenges California families face in today's difficult economy. As a teacher, she is passionate about all Californians having access to a quality education. She earned a reputation for solving problems and working together. 


Sabrina Cervantes // Assembly District 60

Sabrina Cervantes is a leader with a proven track record of advocating for working families. She has fought to expand access to higher education, strengthen our regional economy, and improve the delivery of services to our most vulnerable citizens.

Latinas make up 20% of the United States population, yet only represent 1% of all elected offices.

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