In celebration of Women’s History Month, I am honored to name Rose Padilla Johnson as the 2015 Woman of the Year in the 18th Assembly District. Each year, the Legislature passes a resolution declaring March “Women’s History Month” and recognizes outstanding women in our communities.
“Rose began her career working with low-income, immigrant families in Alameda County, eventually establishing the Davis Street Family Resource Center---one of the first comprehensive family resource centers in California,” said Assemblymember Bonta.
In addition to her work at Davis Street, Rose is President of the California Alternative Payment Program Association, a statewide childcare advocacy organization, Administrator of the RotaCare Free Medical Clinic, and a member of the California Child Development Administrators Association. She has also served as Chair of the Alameda County Child Care Planning Council and President of the San Leandro Chamber of Commerce where she engaged the business community and helped employers grow their business to purposefully contribute to the community and support a thriving and diverse San Leandro. She was also President of the San Leandro Rotary Club.
Rose is the recipient of the Oakland Magazine Hometown Hero Award, San Francisco Business Times, Women of Distinction Award, Rotary International Service Above Self Award, and the United Nations Global Citizen Award for her work to alleviate poverty, inequalities, and disparities in low-income communities around the world. Rose has also been recognized in the Congressional Record for her life’s work to help the underserved.
“I am honored to recognize Rose Padilla Johnson as the 18th Assembly District’s Woman of the Year. She has devoted her career to protecting and uplifting the underserved in Alameda County, and her longstanding commitment to the District will benefit our community for many years to come,” Bonta concluded.