Los Angeles County, Calif.
Number of years involved in NACo: Nearly three years
Years in public service: Over 30 years
Occupation: Los Angeles County Supervisor
Education: Bachelor of Arts from Ohio Wesleyan University
The hardest thing I’ve ever done is: Running for office for the first time — a challenge that was well worth it! I am so honored to represent an incredible district and I am passionate about providing my constituents with quality programs and responsive service.
Three people (living or dead) I’d invite to dinner: I would invite great historic figures whose leadership helped guide our world through tough times — Abraham Lincoln, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Margaret Thatcher.
A dream I have is to: Finally ensure those with mental illness get the life-saving care they need.
You’d be surprised to learn: I never planned to seek elective office but after many years in public service, I’m very grateful for the opportunity to serve in this capacity.
I’m most proud of: The many partnerships we have developed in our cities and unincorporated areas. Results come from people working together in a cooperative, nonpartisan way to solve problems and improve the quality of life for our constituents.
Every morning I read: All the local news.
My favorite meal is: Anything Mexican and spicy!
My pet peeve is: Tardiness. It shows disrespect. Being late says to others that you think your time is more valuable than their time.
My motto is: Respect others and choose your battles.
The last book I read was: Measure What Matters by John Doerr
The most adventurous thing I’ve ever done is: Walk the famous Camino de Santiago in Spain.
My favorite movie is: Romantic comedies like The Holiday always fit the bill
My favorite music: Songs like “Dancing in the Moonlight” by King Harvest.
My favorite U.S. president: The great communicator, Ronald Reagan
My district is a NACo member because: Counties matter and counties need to work together to move our communities and our nation forward to a prosperous future for current and future generations.Hero 1