LOS ANGELES, Calif. - A woman with Kern County ties will serve as part of the staff for Senator-Elect Kamala Harris. Julie Chavez Rodriguez has been appointed as State Director. Rodriguez was born in Delano.
"I am thrilled that Julie has agreed to continue her service to our state and nation as my State Director," said Harris in a news release. "Julie has been a leader in this state and across the country fighting to advance policies to help Californians. From her leadership at the Cesar Chavez Foundation to the years she has spent organizing groups and communities in support of President Obama's agenda, Julie brings an incredible depth of experience and skills that will be invaluable assets for California families. In this moment so many of our communities feel threatened and uncertain about the future, I'm proud that Julie will help me empower and protect California's families and give voice to our vulnerable communities."
Rodriguez has a long record of service to our nation, organizing communities across the state and nation to create change on the local, state and federal levels. She most recently served in the White House as Principal Deputy Director of Public Engagement, Senior Policy Advisor, and Special Assistant to President Obama. Julie oversaw White House engagement with Immigration, Muslim, AAPI, Latino, Veterans, Youth, LGBTQ, Education, Labor, and Progressive communities.
She was a leader in developing and organizing support for President Obama's immigration reform efforts and DACA. At the White House, she also worked to create momentum and support for health care initiatives, veterans issues and increase access to affordable, quality health care. She previously served in the Department of Interior under Secretary Ken Salazar. Before serving in the Obama administration, Rodriguez served as the Director of Programs at the Cesar E. Chavez Foundation. She is a graduate of UC Berkley and a daughter of the Central Valley. She grew up in a family steeped in the tradition of union organizing and civil rights leadership and is a granddaughter of Cesar E. Chavez.
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