SAN DIEGO, February 2021 – Institute for Public Strategies (IPS) South Bay Community Organizer Stelle Andrade has been named the youngest member of the City of Chula Vista Redistricting Commission and was selected to serve on the Citizens Bond Oversight Committee for the Sweetwater Union High School District.
The redistricting commission is tasked with drawing new boundaries for Chula Vista City Council districts following the 2020 U.S. Census. The bond oversight committee is charged with fiscal responsibility of bonds being spent by the Sweetwater Union High School District in San Diego County’s South Bay region. The appointments come on the heels of Andrade’s serving as an election site manager for the San Diego County Registrar of Voters during the 2020 Presidential Election.
“At a young age I always wanted to be involved in the community,” Andrade said. “I have always had the idea that I wanted to help.”
Andrade said her involvement on the redistricting commission goes hand-in-hand with her work as a community organizer for the Southern California-based nonprofit.
“The commission stresses the importance of representation, not just the communities of color but also people of different ages,” Andrade said. “This type of inclusion is vital to me, and I am delighted to have a seat at the table.”
Andrade’s work on the bond oversight committee feeds her desire to be a lifelong learner. “I find it interesting because the committee’s work is unchartered territory for me,” she said. “We discuss the school district’s funds and how to properly and responsibly manage them. I don’t have a strong knowledge in that area yet, but I’m learning.”
To read Stelle’s full interview, please click here.
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