READY TO SERVE.
I am running to serve California State Assembly District 38. It would be an honor to serve the community that my family and I have called home for over 20 years. This seat is currently held by Assemblywoman Christy Smith who is leaving to run for Congress.
When this seat recently and unexpectedly opened up, it became clear that this was my opportunity to build upon my past work in support of public education, working families, and our environment.
My education and work in the classroom as a preschool teacher taught me the importance of creating environments where people can thrive. I believe that investing in high-quality education at the earliest levels through higher education is key to not only transforming our public education system, but to expanding opportunities for our children’s lives and futures. Whether it be trade programs, community college or a four-year university, our children deserve access to quality and affordable education.
I began my advocacy as a student leader, organizing community college students against the reduction of vocational programs. While attending CSU Northridge, I continued the fight, becoming the statewide President and Chair of the California State Student Association for the CSU system, where we prevailed in the fight to freeze student fees.
I later had the opportunity to work for the Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technologies (CEERT) where I focused on energy policies and projects that led to job creation and building healthy environments in our most underserved communities.
Today, I own a small business that promotes public service and community activism. I am the daughter of immigrant parents who worked hard to build a life for me and my siblings. I was once an at-risk youth who found the support I needed through our public education system to overcome adversity and lead a successful life.
I want our youth to get the education they deserve so everyone can have the types of opportunities I had to get a quality education, a good-paying job with retirement security, and start a business. In the Assembly, I will fight to protect public education, for our families to have access to healthcare, good jobs, and a clean environment.
My passion and knowledge combined with my experience in building successful coalitions position me to be the best candidate to work with residents to ensure our community thrives. That’s why I am so excited for the opportunity to run for State Assembly. I hope you will join my campaign!
MEET DINAAlthough once labeled an “at-risk youth,” Dina Cervantes a former continuation high school student, found her way and voice in organizing students to fight for affordability, quality, and access to California’s higher education systems. She learned to turn anger into activism and the value of being an active participant in the political process. She found herself and her voice in being part of the solution. Dina now has over 17 years’ experience as an organizer, community activist, and a committed change agent focusing on education, social equity, and environmental issues.
Dina is a daughter of Mexican immigrant parents who worked in the fields of Fresno, CA, came to the U.S. in pursuit of the American Dream. Looking to do different work than they had done back home they moved to Los Angeles where they built their home, dreams, and grew the family from one to four children; Dina is the second eldest. Dina’s father started working at a metal machine shop and never left. His loyalty, dedication, and work ethic paid off and eventually, he was able to become a part owner at this very same machine shop. Resilience and work ethic have been long a part of the fabric of Dina’s life because of the example her parents set.
AN EARLY LOVE FOR EDUCATION
Dina’s first job, at 15, was as a preschool teacher’s assistant which is where she fell in love with teaching and the classroom; she spent the next seven years in the classroom eventually working her way up to lead teacher. This experience inspired her to pursue her higher education studies with a focus on children and families. She proudly uses this as base in her work as an advocate to this day.