Pilar is a Small Business Owner and Nurse Advocate who has been delivering for the community for more than 20 years. Now, she’s running to bring that same community commitment with her to the Assembly. 

Growing up, Pilar’s family went through difficult times. Her dad was a logger and then became an electrician after his first of two fights with cancer, which fortunately he beat with the help of VA healthcare. Her mom was a waitress and then bookkeeper who ran their family's small electrical business. When her dad got a union job, she saw what a difference that made. This, and her desire to support kids and families, led Pilar to her work in the labor movement.

Pilar worked for 20 years in the labor movement, 13 of those with the California Nurses Association, to make sure workers and families could put food on the table, housing, retirement security and had sick leave when they needed it. She helped deliver guaranteed healthcare, including reproductive healthcare, to more than one million people throughout California.

Pilar lives in Chatsworth with her daughter Sofia and is involved in the PTA of her daughter’s neighborhood public school. Pilar co-founded an organization that has delivered more than 50,000 meals to people in need, helped secure housing for Veterans and seniors experiencing homelessness, and has increased resources to keep our communities safe.

Today, Pilar is an independent voice who will stand up to those in power, even if they’re in her own party, to get things done. That’s why trusted organizations support Pilar, including Nurses, Teachers, Firefighters, Planned Parenthood, and the Sierra Club. She will fight to ensure we guarantee quality health care for every Californian and provide housing our community can afford, so everyone has the opportunity to thrive.