Gloria has dedicated her young professional career to serving her community. She is currently the Executive Director of Future Leaders of America (FLA), one of California’s largest Latinx youth-serving organizations. Before joining the FLA team, Gloria served in various positions at Planned Parenthood California Central Coast (PPCCC), including education, public affairs, and development. As the Director of Public Affairs, she expanded access to quality reproductive health care, including safe and legal abortion, through community engagement and public policy.
Youngest City Councilwoman In Santa Maria History
In 2018, Gloria was the youngest woman elected to the Santa Maria City Council as part of the national wave of young women of color seeking representation in local governments. Gloria is a proud member of The Fund for Santa Barbara family, having served as a Grant Making Committee member and a current Board Member. She also currently serves on the boards of the Allan Hancock Foundation, 805 UndocuFund, and One Community Action.
A Proud Product Of Santa Maria
Fighting For Policies That Will Help Us All
“Our community is more important than any political fight. I want to continue pushing for policies that benefit all residents in Santa Maria. I’m committed to making our city government one that listens, learns, and then leads. We must take the time to listen to the needs of residents, learn from them, and adopt policies that increase the quality of life for all members of our community.”
– Councilmember Gloria Soto