Francesca Vega, California State University, Northridge’s assistant vice president for Government and Community Relations, recently was appointed by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti to serve on the Commission on the Status of Women for the City of Los Angeles. She was sworn on Dec. 11 at City Hall.
The commission works to support women throughout Los Angeles, informing and advising the mayor and City Council on the needs of and issues facing women in the region, such as discrimination, pay inequality, domestic violence and sex trafficking. Vega will be one of six commissioners and will serve a four-year term.
“To be asked to serve on the Commission on the Status of Women by the mayor is an honor,” Vega said. “I have asked the commission how we can leverage the institutions of higher education in the region, like our CSUN faculty within our Department of Gender and Women’s Studies, for example, who can spark conversations within the community and be a trusted resource to the Commission’s efforts.”
Vega and her fellow commissioners will identify and attempt to address issues and obstacles that prevent women from reaching their full potential.
“Supporting and engaging women leaders as well as mentoring young women is my priority,” Vega said, “whether it’s in my personal life or professional life.”