San Diego County Supervisor | District 1
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
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
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.