Laura is a first-generation immigrant with deep roots in the Pájaro Valley. She has dedicated her professional career to issues of social justice and equity. Laura has served on numerous commissions, boards, and councils ranging in issues from land use to preschool access to gender equity. 


She was a Fellow with the Women’s Policy Institute and is very active in legislative work across California. Laura graduated from San José State and completed an Executive Program at Harvard Business School. She has worked for the Cities of San José and Watsonville, First 5 Santa Cruz County, and started at Monarch in 2006.


She is a proud Watsonville girl who grew up in a large close-knit family and has two wonderful daughters. Laura loves to sew, play sports, and enjoys the beach life.