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San Diego CountyCandidate for Supervisor, District 3

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Olga Diaz

Councilmember/College Dean
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Make San Diego a leader on climate action: overhaul of the county’s Climate Action Plan, increase mass transit options to reduce carbon emissions, support aggressive clean air and water polices, preserve open space, and expand tree canopy.
  • Reduce chronic homelessness: increase intake space, add emergency beds, expand social services and PERT teams around the clock, increase training and support for mental health/addiction in county jails, and ensure funding for mental health programs.
  • Increase housing to promote affordability: advocate for infill housing, ensure future development considers proximity to transit and employment centers, and encourage local government to work with developers on land use.

Experience

Experience

Profession:Councilmember / College Dean
Dean of Counseling, Palomar College (2018–current)
City Councilmember, Escondido City Council — Elected position (2008–current)
Member, San Dieguito River Park Joint Powers Authority — Appointed position (2008–current)
Member, Community Advisory Council for San Diego Gas & Electric — Appointed position (2017–current)
Representative, City of Escondido, League of California Cities — Appointed position (2019–current)
Director of Student Success & Equity, Palomar College (2015–2018)
Alternate to Supervisor Greg Cox, California Coastal Commission — Elected position (2013–2016)
Director of Employment Services, Interfaith Community Services (2012–2014)
Owner of an independent coffee house with two locations, Blue Mug (2002–2010)
Audit and Business Advisory Services Associate, PricewaterhouseCoopers (1999–1999)

Education

San Diego State University Masters in Public Administration (2018)
Santa Clara University B.A. in Accounting (1998)

Biography

Over the course of three terms on the Escondido City Council, Olga Diaz has earned a reputation as a tireless advocate for open space, parks, trails, libraries, arts, and core services that make Escondido a city with soul where families thrive and businesses grow. Her long record of community involvement also includes having served on the CSU San Marcos President’s Advisory Committee, the San Diego Union-Tribune Latino Advisory Board, the Voice of San Diego’s Board of Directors, and San Diego Gas & Electric’s Community Advisory Council. Olga also serves on the San Dieguito River Park Joint Powers Authority, and she previously served as an alternate on the California Coastal Commission.
 
The daughter of immigrants, Diaz was raised in a home that required every member of the family to roll up their sleeves and contribute.  She believes her experience growing up in a bi-cultural and bi-lingual family taught her the importance of hard work and perseverance. "As three term Escondido City Councilmember, my experience in local government and in a tough political climate has prepared me for this challenge. I first ran for office to push back against a City Council that did not care about social justice and equality, and I knew I had to do something about it. Now, more than a decade later, I’m proud of the transformation we’ve achieved in Escondido, and I’m ready to bring my passion for helping people and 10+ years of local governing experience to the county level," said Diaz.

 
Professionally, Diaz has worked in the fields of public accounting, data analysis, and research. She owned a local small business for ten years, and she currently works as the Interim Dean of Counseling at Palomar Community College. Diaz received a Bachelor’s degree in accounting from Santa Clara University and a Master’s of Public Administration degree from San Diego State University. She and her husband, a retired Escondido police Lieutenant and best-selling crime fiction author, live in Escondido. She is a proud mother of four children.

San Diego’s 3rd Supervisorial District includes Del Mar, Encinitas, Escondido, Solana Beach, and numerous neighborhoods in the City of San Diego.

 

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