Celeste Rodriguez

Key Facts

Party Democrat

Background

Celeste Rodriguez holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from San Diego State University and a master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Southern California. She has been the Mayor of San Fernando since 2022 and served as a San Fernando City Council member from 2020 to 2022 [1, 2, 6]. 

In her civic roles, Rodriguez has assisted in the creation of a Community and Business Resource Center in City Hall, developed a Social Services Coordinator and Economic Development position to help constituents access resources, supported the creation of a dry food bank, created a Homelessness Ad Hoc, and maintained a Homelessness Action Plan, among being involved in other endeavors [1]. 
Before serving in her aforementioned positions, she worked for the City of Los Angeles as an Associate Director of Community Services and Senior Program Manager for the Community Investment for Families Department [1, 3, 6]. She is a former Fellow in the Office of Veterans Affairs (2015-2016), a Homelessness Policy Coordinator (2015-2016), and Deputy Director of Community Development Strategies for the Office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti (2018-2020) [1, 3, 6].

Key Issues

Economy

Rodriguez wants to create and support policies that bolster economic stability and growth, especially for low-income families, small businesses, and the historically underserved. She supports safety-net-resource providing programs, financial coaching, expanded access to capital, and assistance for local entrepreneurs [1].

Environment

Rodriguez supports environmental justice advocacy, especially for communities disproportionately impacted by pollution and climate change. She wants to champion initiatives to reduce air pollution, clean toxic sites, expand green spaces, and implement educational programs and resources [1].

Housing

Rodriguez believes that Californians should have more access to affordable and high-quality housing without the risk of displacement for vulnerable communities. She wants to pass legislation to increase affordable housing stock for first-time homeowners, renters, working families, and senior citizens [1].

Endorsements

Alex Padilla, Senior US Senator for California; Luz Rivas, California State Assemblymember; Tony Cárdenas, U.S. Congressmember; Brad Sherman, U.S. Congressmember; Fiona Ma, California State Treasurer; Robert Rivas, Speaker of the California State Assembly; Caroline Menjivar, California State Senator; Monique Limón, California State Senator; Pilar Schiavo, California State Assemblymember; Mike Fong, California State Assemblymember; Isaac Bryan, California State Assemblymember; Jesse Gabriel, California State Assemblymember; Cecilia Aguiar-Curry, California State Assemblymember; Buffy Wicks, California State Assemblymember; Juan Carillo, California State Assemblymember; Lisa Calderon, California State Assemblymember; Tony Vazquez, Member of the California State Board of Equalization; Karen Bass, Mayor of Los Angeles; Lindsey P. Horvath, Los Angeles County Supervisor; Monica Rodriguez, Los Angeles Councilwoman; Nichelle Henderson, Los Angeles Community College District Trustee; California Federation of Teachers; AFSCME CA; National Union of Healthcare Workers; SEIU California; SEIU Local 99; Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO; LA/OC Building Trades; Laborers Local 300; Local Operating Engineers Local 12; IBEW Local 11; California Professional Firefighters; Pipefitters Local Union 250; Latinas Lead; Consumer Attorneys; California Environmental Voters; California Reproductive Freedom; California Women’s List; Democratic Party of San Fernando Valley; California Legislative Women’s Caucus; California Legislative Latino Caucus; Equality California; Fund Her; Southern California Armenian Democrats; San Fernando Valley Young Democrats; North Valley Democratic Club; HONOR PAC; Women’s Political Committee; Abundant Housing LA; Stonewall Democratic Club

Sources

1 Celeste for Assembly
2 LinkedIn
3 Facebook
4 Instagram
5 Ballotpedia
6 San Fernando Valley Business Journal