Meet my "Ready for Women" Fellows



I’m the only elected woman out of 18 City Hall officials, and I know the difficult challenges that our leaders and community members face. I’m committed to encouraging girls and women to pursue leadership positions. In 2014 I launched a 9-week summer fellowship program that has been committed to inspiring and developing the next generation of female political leaders. Now in its third year, fellows are introduced to the importance of political leadership and develop a foundation in public policy.  The program selects candidates who are deeply driven, passionate about improving their community, have proven that they are motivated in school and involved in extracurricular activities.

2016 Ready for Women Fellows

Ivette Macias

Ivette recently graduated from UC Irvine where she majored in Political Science and Sociology. Ivette had the opportunity to be a congressional intern where she was able to provide support to the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. In addition, at UC Irvine, Ivette served as an Associated Student State Aid Legislator where she advocated for student concerns by lobbying local state representatives.  Ivette hopes to pursue her childhood dream of one day running for City Council in her hometown of Perris, CA.

Xenia Vidal Marquez:

Xenia will be a second year student at Mount Saint Mary’s University in the fall where she is majoring in Political Science and Spanish. At Mount Saint Mary’s University, she has served as a Doheny Senator, an Orientation Leader, and Cantor.  Xenia noted that she has always had a passion for politics and was interested in the fellowship so that she could see the legislative process in action.

Sindy Mercado

Sindy graduated from UC Santa Barbara with a major is Global Studies and Art History, with an emphasis in Architecture. Sindy’s interest in service stems from her experience volunteering with Habitat for Humanity in high school. She believes that this fellowship is the perfect opportunity to learn about our local government and gain firsthand experience in how it works and how we can contribute towards making a difference.

Christine Tran

Christine will be entering UCLA as a freshman in the fall.  She previously served as an intern for her local state Senator as well as served on her school’s Speech and Debate Team. She sees this fellowship as a first step towards her career of becoming a leader one day by giving her greater insight into the inner workings of government.