Gateway Cities Council of Governments Board of Directors
Gateway Cities Council of Governments I-710 EIS/EIR Project Committee
Hub Cities Consortium
Eco Rapid (Formerly OLDA)
Raised in Cudahy, Elizabeth attended Teresa Hughes Elementary School and Elizabeth Learning Center before pursuing a B.A. in Political Science and Sociology at California State University, Long Beach. Throughout her time in college, Elizabeth worked with students and alumni of ELC to host educational workshops on applying to college, obtaining financial aid, and even fundraising for scholarships for Cudahy students. She continued her advocacy alongside carwash workers with the CLEAN Carwash Campaign and later went on to serve as a Field Deputy for former Secretary of Labor, Supervisor Hilda L. Solis. She now works for the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA) where she works to educate and organize the community on the issue of immigration and ensures immigrant community members from Northeast L.A. to Southeast L.A. know their rights and feel confident in their fight for achieving a just society for all, regardless of status.
In November of 2018, Elizabeth was elected to the Cudahy City Council and consequently named Vice Mayor, making her the city’s youngest vice mayor. The following year she served as Mayor in an unprecedented year where Elizabeth led her city through the Delta fuel dump and the global coronavirus pandemic. She served as Vice Mayor once more in 2021 and Mayor in 2022. She’s honored to serve the community that raised her and is focused on housing, increasing civic engagement, access to quality green space and environmental justice, and supporting Cudahy’s women and girls. Elizabeth represents the City of Cudahy on the Gateway Council of Governments, and the Hub Cities Job Joint Powers Authority while serving on the California League of Cities, Women’s Caucus Board of Directors, and Southeast Arts and Cultural Foundation.
Elizabeth was re-elected to the Cudahy City Council in late 2022 to continue her advocacy for immigrants, workers, women and children, families, and seniors. She plans to deliver the bold action that our communities deserve: affordable housing and renter protections, good quality jobs, a safer community, and expanded community programming for all. Elizabeth and her family are renters and have been proud to call Cudahy home for over 20 years.