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November 6, 2018 — Elección General de California

Southwestern Community College DistrictCandidato para Miembre de Junta, Cargo 4

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Leticia Y. Cazares

Educator/Arts Commissioner
56,939 votos (39.9%)Winning
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Mis 3 prioridades principales

  • Free or Debt-Free Community College
  • Opportunity & Support for All
  • Workforce Preparation & Pathways



Profesión:Educator, City of Chula Vista Arts Commissioner
Educator/Lecturer, San Diego State University (2018–current)
Nonprofit Consultant, Self-Employed (2006–current)
Commissioner, City of Chula Vista Cultural Arts Commission — Cargo designado (2016–current)
Vice-President, Board of Directors, ACLU of San Diego and Imperial Counties — Cargo designado (2014–current)
Director of Outreach, San Ysidro Health Center (2012–2017)


San Diego State University Master of Public Health, Public Health (2007)
San Francisco State University Bachelor of Arts, Psychology (1998)

Actividades comunitarias

Member, Chula Vista Public Safety Advisory Committee (2017–current)
Member, MANA de San Diego (2012–current)
Member, Covered CA Advisory Group (2014–2017)


A native of Chula Vista, Leticia Cazares has a long family and personal history of service in the Southwestern College district going back over 60 years when her parents Norma and Roger Cazares settled into the South Bay and began a life of public service. Leticia is a product of South Bay schools: Rosebank Elementary, Hilltop High School, and Southwestern College (SWC) where her mother Norma was a counselor for 27 years (now retired). After four semesters at SWC, Leticia transferred to the Bay Area ultimately earning her B.A. in Psychology at San Francisco State University in 1998 and later in 2007, a Master’s in Public Health at San Diego State University.

Leticia has dedicated over 20 years of her personal life and career to advancing the health and well- being of underrepresented and disadvantaged communities in San Diego, primarily in the South Bay, and the college district. Most of her career has been spent in nonprofit community health for San Ysidro Health (SYH) where she worked to increase access to health care for all, most recently leading a team that enrolled over 16,000 residents in Medi-Cal and low-cost health insurance plans throughout San Diego. During her nearly 15 year tenure at SYH she developed and managed education and prevention programs in the areas of HIV/AIDS, developmental-behavioral pediatrics, women’s and senior health; worked to increase equity and diversity among her staff and organization; created systems and programs that were inclusive of staff and community voices and build cross-sector relationships with schools, community organizations and leaders, elected officials and faith groups.

Leticia also has over eight years of policy experience as current Vice President of the Board for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of San Diego & Imperial Counties, a city commissioner for the Chula Vista Cultural Arts Commission; and as a legislative aide for Congressional District 51 (includes SWC district) in the U.S. House of Representatives where she helped to draft legislation for the Veterans Affairs Health Subcommittee and met with constituents from the South Bay/Imperial County.

Today, Leticia is a part-time lecturer at San Diego State University School of Public Health where she educates and advises students on public health career pathways and creates internship/professional development opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students. She is also CEO to her small consulting business where she helps community organizations, leaders and women grow and transform their communities. She is currently working with arts and youth-serving organizations including the Old Globe, Outdoor Outreach and others. Recently, she was lead consultant on the development of the San Diego Rapid Response Network, a coordinated countywide network of organizations that educate, assist and defend immigrants and refugees.

¿Quién apoya a este candidato?

Featured Endorsements

  • San Diego County Democratic Party
  • Planned Parenthood Action Fund of the Pacific Southwest
  • California School Employees Association, Chapter 524 (Southwestern College)

Funcionarios electos (19)

  • Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher, Assemblywoman 80th District
  • Mary Salas, Chula Vista Mayor
  • Serge Dedina, Imperial Beach Mayor
  • Griselda A. Delgado, Southwestern College Board Trustee
  • Roberto Alcantar, Southwestern College Board Trustee
  • Norma L. Hernandez, Southwestern College Board Trustee
  • Nora E. Vargas, Southwestern College Board Trustee
  • Mona Rios, City of National City Council Member
  • Alejandra Sotelo-Solis, City of National City Council Member
  • Steve Padilla, City of Chula Vista Council Member
  • Patricia Aguilar, City of Chula Vista Council Member
  • Francisco Tamayo, Chula Vista Elementary School Board Member
  • Eduardo Reyes, Chula Vista Elementary School Board Member
  • Paula Hall, Sweetwater Union High School District Board Member
  • Arturo Solis, Sweetwater Union High School District Board Member
  • Cori Schumacher, City of Carlsbad Council Member
  • Mark West, City of Imperial Beach Council Member
  • David Alvarez, City of San Diego Council Member
  • Alma Sarmiento, National City School District Board Member

Creencias poliza

Filosofía política

At a time when we are beginning to see significant threats to public education and higher income inequality than ever before, it will be critical to have a trustee that has the ideal combination of passion, experience, and character to protect and advance our students. I am proud to say that I am the right choice for this role. With me, you will be getting someone that has experienced many of the struggles of our students and understands the needs, has a long history of advocating for and serving this community with a reputation of being passionate, inclusive, collaborative, transparent and accountable. If elected, I will work with my colleagues to ensure all voices of the campus community are at the table and that decisions are made using an equity lens so all students get the support and services they need to succeed.

Over the course of my campaign, I will continue to listen and learn about the issues important to students, faculty, staff, administrators, and all of SWC service areas. My priorities if elected will be:

  • Free of Debt-Free Community College
  • Opportunity & Support for All
  • Workforce Preperation & Pathway

I look forward to future dialogue with you and hope to earn your vote on November 6th, 2018.

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