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Meet Victoria

Personally, I'm a mother, a wife, a homeowner, a Democrat, a small business owner, and a community volunteer. Now as a candidate for city council, I want to put all of this diverse life experience to work for you. If there's something that all of these things have taught me, it's that we need to work together if we're going to achieve what we want. Taking this lesson to heart, I pledge to be an inclusive leader for our whole community.
 
Profesionally, I am a bilingual, Spanish-speaking Licensed Clinical Social Worker, who works in downtown Santa Rosa for various types of clients.

I began my career working with homeless individuals struggling with severe and persistent mental illness and co-occurring substance abuse disorders. I started a homeless outreach and stabilization program in Alameda County with Proposition 63 funding, and we successfully housed many of our community members through this program.

After moving to Sonoma County nearly a decade ago, I began working in individual, family and marriage counseling and was licensed as a psychotherapist in 2012. Since then, I’ve worked as an intern with Family Service Agency of Sonoma County where we served low-income families, and also at North Bay Regional Center where I coordinated services for families with developmentally disabled children.

Immediately after obtaining my LCSW, I did a Spanish language immersion program so that I could provide services for our Latino community members. Then I took a job with the Santa Rosa Community Health Center in Roseland where I worked with low-income families, serving them in both Spanish and English. 

It was at this time in 2012  that I learned about the need for psychological evaluations as evidence for families going through immigration hearings, asylum, deportation, victims of violence, and other visa types. As the granddaughter of a Holocaust Survivor, I felt something in common with the violence and persecution that my clients were trying so desperately to escape. Facing time constraints in my role at the health center, I was not able to write and provide the expert witness testimony necessary for my clients to prevail in court, so I opened a private practice where my testimony has been central to the success of many families remaining unified here.

When I began this work, I did not know that we would see such an uptick in family separations and I am heartsick for so many local families living in fear. This work is challenging, but when I find out that a family wins and no longer has to live in the shadows, I am heartened and very proud of the work that I do.

My career has given me several unique qualifications to serve as your next Santa Rosa City Council Member:

  • 10 years experience serving homeless individuals with severe and persistent mental illness and substance abuse disorders.

  • Extensive knowledge of social service providers and non-profit agencies operating in Santa Rosa, Sonoma County and beyond.

  • Started my own private practice, with all that entails for licensing, tax implications, office space, billing, permitting, etc.

  • Mediation and negotiation skills in difficult circumstances.

 

Community Service

  • Santa Rosa Community Advisory Board,
    Housing for All Subcommittee Member
  • Sonoma County Commission on the Status of Women (former Officer-at-Large),
    Member of the Affordable Childcare Ad Hoc
    Former Chair of the JCSW
  • Sonoma County Democratic Central Committee - District 3 alternate

  • Sonoma County League of Women Voters (Former Board Secretary)

 

Education

  • University of California at Berkeley, MS, Social Work and Community Mental Health (MSW)

  • San Francisco State University, BA, Women’s Studies

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