Vice Chair Nora Vargas

Nora E. Vargas was sworn in on January 4, 2021, to represent San Diego County’s First Supervisorial District. A first-generation immigrant, Supervisor Vargas is the first Latina, first binational, and first woman of color to serve as County Supervisor in the 172-year history of the County of San Diego. She is currently serving a second term as Vice-Chair of the Board.

Vice Chair Vargas is Co-Chair of the County's COVID-19 subcommittee and has led efforts to mitigate the impacts of the global pandemic, with a strong focus on economic recovery from an equity lens. She serves as Chair for SANDAG’s Transportation Committee and the Air Pollution Control District and is the County’s representative to the California State Association of Counties (CSAC) and National Association of Counties (NACo). In February 2022, Vice Chair Vargas was appointed by Governor Gavin Newsom to serve on the California Air Resources Board.

Prior to her election to the San Diego County Board of Supervisors, Vice Chair Vargas served as an appointee to the 12-member California State Teachers Retirement System (CalSTRS) board. For seven years she also served as a member of the Southwestern College Governing Board, the only public institution of higher education in San Diego’s South County. Vice Chair Vargas brings over 25 years of executive leadership experience to the Board of Supervisors, having served as a nonprofit Senior Executive and as the first Latina executive for the second largest reproductive health care provider in the nation, where she focused on local, state, and national advocacy centered on safe, quality health care and education for women and families across California.

Vice Chair Vargas has been dedicated to removing barriers for underserved communities through civic engagement, public policy and community organizing for more than two decades. Through public service she is working to drive positive change and serve her community. Additionally, she has served on numerous local, statewide, and national boards and commissions. She currently serves as a Board member for the National Association of Latino Elected Officials (NALEO) and is an Advisory Board for Hispanas Organized for Political Equality (HOPE).

In 2021, the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce recognized Vice Chair Vargas with the Cross-Border Collaboration Award for her leadership in creating the nation’s first binational vaccionation program together with the Mexican Consulate in San Diego and the Consejo de Desarrollo de Tijuana. In 2019, the California Legislature presented her with the Woman of the Year Award representing the 80th Assembly District. San Diego Metro Magazine has named her one of their 20 Women Who Impact San Diego and she has been honored with the Latinos Making a Difference Award by San Diego Magazine. She is an alumnus of LEAD San Diego and an Aspen Fellow.

Vice Chair Vargas is proud to serve the more than 630,000 residents of District 1 which

encompasses the incorporated cities of Chula Vista, Imperial, Beach, National City and communities within the City of San Diego, including Barrio Logan, Chollas View, Golden Hill, Grant Hill, La Playa, Lincoln Park, Logan Heights, Memorial, Mount Hope, Mountain View, Nestor, Otay, Palm City, San Ysidro, Shelltown, Sherman Heights, Southcrest, South Park, Stockton, and East Village in Downtown San Diego. The district also includes the unincorporated communities of Bonita, Spring Valley - La Presa, Sunny-side, Lincoln Acres and East Otay Mesa.

Vice Chair Vargas was raised between the border cities of San Diego and Tijuana and is the oldest of four siblings. She graduated from Montgomery High School in South San Diego, attended Southwestern College, later transferring to the University of San Francisco where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. She went on to study a Master’s Degree in Applied Women’s Studies from Claremont Graduate University.

Vice Chair Vargas lives in the community of Chula Vista with her rescue dog Rocco.