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 one of two fights with cancer, which fortunately he beat with the help of VA healthcare. Her mom was a LVN, waitress and then bookkeeper who ran their family's small electrical business.

When her dad got a union job, she saw what a difference it made for her family. 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, have housing they could afford, healthcare, retirement security, and sick leave when they needed it. She helped deliver guaranteed healthcare, including reproductive healthcare, to more than one million people.


Pilar lives in Chatsworth with her daughter Sofia and is involved in the PTA of her daughter’s neighborhood public school. She co-founded an organization that has delivered more than 40,000 meals to people in need, helped secure housing for veterans experiencing homelessness, and has increased resources to keep our communities safe.

Today, Pilar is an independent voice we can trust to stand up to corporations and those in power, even if they’re in her own party. She’s not taking a dime from corporate special interests like big oil and greedy insurance companies. She will make sure big corporations and billionaires are held accountable and pay their fair share so we can cut taxes for small businesses, working people, seniors, and veterans. That’s why she’s endorsed by Nurses, Teachers, the Democratic Party, Planned Parenthood and the Sierra Club.