California Board of Equalization Member Malia Cohen Endorses Pilar for Assembly

Former BOE Chair adds to growing endorsements in race to flip 38th District

Chatsworth, CA -- Today, Pilar Schiavo announced the endorsement of California Board of Equalization (BOE) Member Malia Cohen in her effort to flip the 38th Assembly District. BOE Member Cohen is the former Chair of the board and is the first African American woman to serve on the Board. The support from BOE Member Cohen adds to the growing support for Pilar’s campaign, which recently announced the endorsements of Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond, Treasurer Fiona Ma, National Union of Healthcare Workers (NUHW), United Steelworkers Local 675 (USW), Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez, and Senators Maria Elena Durazo and Connie Leyva.

“Throughout my life and in elected office, I have fought for diversity and inclusion, championing policies and programs that protect public health, foster economic development, promote new affordable housing, and that create good jobs. That’s why I am proud to endorse Pilar for Assembly - she will fight for those same values in Sacramento, and she has the experience to deliver,” said BOE Member Cohen.

As BOE Member Cohen represents 10 million constituents living in all or parts of 23 counties. In January 2019, her BOE Board Member colleagues unanimously selected her to serve as Chair of the Board.

“I have always respected BOE Member Cohen’s commitment to the work. As a strong advocate for social justice and inclusion, she works collaboratively with her colleagues to ensure their work is open and transparent. I am so honored to have earned her support and will look to her leadership as a model when serving in the Assembly,” said Schiavo.

Pilar has spent her career working to uplift working families. For almost 13 years, Pilar worked with California Nurses Association (CNA), most recently deploying nurses for disaster relief and humanitarian missions. She's also worked with UNITE-HERE Local 11, SEIU, AFL-CIO, the San Francisco Labor Council, all with the one goal of uplifting families. Pilar has been active in her community for years, initiating and co-founding West Valley Homes YES! (WVHY) and the West Valley People's Alliance (WVPA), serving on the PTA at her daughter's public school, and was elected to the Leadership & School Site Councils. Pilar lives with her daughter Sofia and her stepdaughter Germany in Chatsworth.