NORA VARGAS


San Diego County Supervisor | District 1

Vice Chair Nora Vargas

Supervisor Nora Vargas was sworn in on January 4, 2021, as the first Latina, first immigrant, and first woman of color in the history of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors. She was unanimously elected Vice-Chair of the Board by her peers.

Vice Chair Vargas serves as Co-Chair of the County's COVID-19 subcommittee and is leading efforts to mitigate the impacts of COVID and focus on economic recovery, from an equity lens.

Prior to her election to the San Diego County Board of Supervisors, Vice Chair Vargas was as an elected member and President of the Southwestern College Governing Board, the only public institution of higher education in San Diego’s South County. Vice Chair Vargas served on the Board of Southwestern since her appointment in 2013 and was elected twice to the position.

Vice Chair Vargas also served as the Vice President of Community and Government Relations at Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest, where she worked to increase access to safe, quality healthcare, and education for women and families across California.

In 2015, Governor Jerry Brown appointed her to serve on the 12-member California State Teachers Retirement System (CalSTRS), the largest educator-only pension fund in the world and the second largest pension fund in the United States. Vice Chair Vargas became the first Latina to be appointed in the board's history. In that capacity, she was charged with securing the financial future of California's educators, providing retirement, disability and survivor benefits for California’s educators and their families.

For the last 25 years, Vice Chair Vargas has worked to remove barriers for underserved communities through civic engagement, public policy, and community organizing. Her work is rooted in driving positive change and serving her community through public and community service, and serves on numerous local, statewide, and national boards and commissions.

Vice Chair Vargas currently serves as a Board member for California Women Lead, Mothers Out Front, and the National Association of Latino Elected Officials (NALEO) and is an Advisory Board member for Retirement Security for All, Hispanas Organized for Political Equality (HOPE), Equality California and the South Bay Youth Center.