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Democratic Party County Central Committee — Democratic PartyCandidate for Member, Assembly District 78

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Gretchen Newsom

Advocate of Workers
17,489 votes (6.4%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Support policies for good local jobs with fair pay and good benefits
  • Combat climate change with community resiliency and green energy
  • Create a Party that is more responsive and empowering



Profession:Advocate of Workers, Community Organizer
Political Director, IBEW 569 (2014–current)
Member, California Employment Training Panel (ETP) — Appointed position (2016–current)
President, Ocean Beach Town Council — Elected position (2013–2018)


Humboldt State University Bachelor of Arts, Government and Politics (2004)


Gretchen Newsom is an accomplished and talented political strategist, community leader, and advocate of working families.


Gretchen works as the Political Director for International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 569 and organizes efforts to invest in local good-paying, green-collar jobs, workforce development, civic engagement, and alternative energy. Additionally, she serves on the California Employment Training Panel.

She served for four terms as President of the Ocean Beach Town Council, and worked toward preserving and improving community resources, advocating for a sustainable local economy, enhancing community dialogue and civic engagement, increasing neighborhood safety, and maintaining the unique “vibe” of Ocean Beach. Ms. Newsom chaired the famous night-time OB Holiday Parade, and she is a member of the OB Historical Society, Friends of the OB Library, and Run Women Run. She also served as an executive board member of the Point Loma Democratic Club.

She was previously employed by a social innovation firm that assists clients with creating physically, socially, and economically sustainable communities. In her role as Principal and Director of Communications and Legislative Affairs, Gretchen conducted research and analysis of policy initiatives, and tracked legislation connected to community development, environmental policies, affordable housing, homelessness, federal and state budgets, and new funding opportunities.


From 2009 to 2011, Gretchen served as Special Assistant to Chairman Phil Angelides of the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission (FCIC), a bipartisan body charged with conducting the nation’s official inquiry into the causes of the financial and economic crisis and reporting its findings to the President, Congress, and the American people.


In that role, she was instrumental in managing the FCIC’s start-up, operational infrastructure, external relations, and day-to-day operations. She was centrally involved in producing the Commission’s final report, which became a New York Times and Washington Post best seller – it was hailed as “the most comprehensive indictment of the American financial failure that has yet been made” and “the definitive history of this period.” After the release of the report, Gretchen organized and executed an international book tour and interfaced with the European Parliament on the presentation of this U.S. report.


Gretchen previously worked for Phil Angelides in a variety of roles for over seven years. This included working on a partnership with Magic Johnson and Canyon Partners on the creation of affordable rental housing in urban areas, and starting a real estate investment firm focused on urban in-fill, smart growth developments, and clean energy projects. She also served as a Deputy Policy Director on a gubernatorial campaign, and conducted corporate research and drafted legislation while working at the California State Treasurer’s office.


Gretchen graduated Magna Cum Laude from Humboldt State University with a degree in Government and Politics, and was awarded with the “Woman of the Year” honor. Gretchen is also a graduate of the prestigious California State Executive Fellowship Program.


Gretchen lives in Ocean Beach with her son.


Who supports this candidate?

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  • Democratic Woman’s Club of San Diego County
  • Progressive Labor Alliance

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