San Jose City Council, East san jose district
Magdalena graduated from Independence High School in San José and has worked for this community for decades. Growing up the child of immigrant parents, Magdalena learned the value of hard work and community service at a young age, a value that has propelled her to serve families, children and this community her entire life.
Magdalena was the first in her family to finish high school - later attending UC Santa Barbara to receive a degree in Chicano Studies. Magdalena worked her way through college as a caregiver at a home for youths transitioning out of juvenile hall. She taught them life skills, conflict resolution, anger management, and how to respect themselves and their communities.
After college, Magdalena came home to serve her community. Her passion for improving the quality of life for children and families led Magdalena to a ten-year career with the Santa Clara County Department of Family and Children Services. There, she served as a powerful advocate and spokesperson for the Foster Care and Adoptions Program.
Magdalena also served as a Family and Child Advocate with First 5 Santa Clara. At First 5, Magdalena has had firsthand experience with families and children in difficult home situations and has seen the profound ways violence impacts our community. In her role as a community advocate, Magdalena helps rehabilitate perpetrators of violence and helps their families get the help they need to get back on their feet.
As a mother, she puts her children’s needs first and foremost. She has been an active parent and volunteer in Alum Rock Union Elementary School District, where her children have been students for years. She is a Parent Coordinator in her children's classrooms and an active volunteer in the community and church-based activities.
It is with this in mind that Magdalena has decided to take the next step in her lifelong commitment to service - bringing our community’s voice to San José City Hall.
Since taking office she has championed issues as Affordable Housing, Wage Theft, Rent Control and Minimum Wage not to mention her extensive work cleaning up neighborhoods and advocating for safer streets.
In January of 2017, Mayor Sam Liccardo appointed her Vice Mayor of San José, the first Councilmember from East San José in over 30 years.