Before I became a California State Assemblymember, I spent nearly two decades working at a nonprofit in the field of childhood development.
I saw first-hand the impact education has on a child’s life. I loved that job, and had no intention of changing careers.
However, massive budget cuts at the state level gutted the program. I was frustrated enough to run for office to get that funding back.
I’m proud to say at the state level, funding for children is now on the rise. This year, California is spending roughly $1 billion more on early childhood education than it did last year.
It’s those big-picture problems that occupy me nowadays. Issues such as building more housing, protecting the rights of immigrants, and making sure we all have clean drinking water.
While I’m working to create change at our state government, outstanding nonprofits continue to work on creating change right here in our communities.
Nonprofits employ nearly one million people across the state, and contribute billions of dollars to California’s economy.
Most importantly, they turn funding and donations into real, concrete change that benefits those who need it most.
This year, my office chose Healthy Active Streets as the Nonprofit of the Year. Its work fighting for environmental justice and bicycle safety has made our communities safer, stronger, and healthier.
Meanwhile, other nonprofits continue to find innovative solutions to a multitude of problems, whether it’s finding safe housing for homeless college students, developing gardening programs for local shelters, or recruiting neighbors to beautify their own communities.
Read those stories, and more, in this edition of the R Guide.