• Luz Rivas for 39th Assembly District

     

    Endorsed by the California Democratic Party

  • Meet Luz

    Luz Rivas has dedicated her professional career fighting to ensure every Californian has the opportunity to learn, prosper and succeed.

     

    With a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from MIT and a Master's degree in Education from Harvard, Luz has focused on encouraging young girls to pursue training and careers in science, engineering, and technology. The founder of DIY Girls, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping girls become interested in math and science, Luz has helped set thousands of young women on the path towards economic empowerment, independence, and self-confidence.

     

    Even as a child, Luz had a love of technology and science, and she has seen firsthand how these fields can allow girls and boys to become successful professionals. She succeeded in part because of adults repeatedly encouraged her to develop an interest in technology. That's why she has chosen to help other young people find the same opportunity.

     

    Luz was raised in the Northeast San Fernando Valley by a single mother who cleaned bathrooms at a hospital in Lakeview Terrace. Initially the family rented a room in a house, and later lived in a converted garage and back houses in Pacoima, San Fernando and Arleta. Her mother took night classes to learn English and office skills, and ultimately got a new job.

     

    As a fifth grader at Telfair Elementary in Pacoima, Luz became interested in technology and engineering when her teacher taught her class how to program an Apple IIe computer. That's when she knew that she loved technology. At Pacoima Middle School, she continued learning about computer science, and at San Fernando High School, she enrolled in a state program that helped students excel in math and science and go on to college in these fields.

     

    While Luz was in high school, her mom was laid off, so Luz worked two jobs to save money for college. Her math teacher encouraged her to apply to MIT and she was admitted. Initially, Luz was nervous about leaving her family and friends in the San Fernando Valley, but a family friend loaned her $300 for a plane ticket so she could visit the campus. She fell in love with the school and four years later, Luz graduated with a degree in Electrical Engineering.

     

    After working as an Electrical Engineer at Motorola, Luz's passion to get kids interested in science and technology led her to earn a Masters of Education from Harvard University. After graduating, she returned to the Valley, and in 2011, Luz founded DIY Girls, a nonprofit based in the Valley that encourages girls to become interested in science and technology. Since 2012, the program has served over 2000 girls from grades 4-12, helping them develop skills as engineering and designers. DIY Girls also works with partner schools throughout the Northeast Valley to create new science and technology programs.

     

    DIY Girls has also organized workshops and events for hundreds of women throughout Los Angeles, where they have had the opportunity to learn new skills and connect with tech leaders. Many of these women have found mentors, training opportunities, and transitioned to new careers.

     

    Most recently, Luz served as a City of Los Angeles Public Works Commissioner where she continued her gender equity work. In that capacity she worked on events to help women-owned businesses compete for city contracts. She also led a recruitment initiative for women engineers in Public Works by reaching out to groups like the Society of Women Engineers to increase the number of women applicants.

  • Endorsements

    Elected Officials

    LA Mayor Eric Garcetti

    Congressman Tony Cardenas

    Congresswoman Norma Torres

    Congresswoman Maxine Waters

    Congressman Pete Aguilar

    Congressman Howard Berman (retired)

    Congressman Salud Carbajal

    CA Secretary of State Alex Padilla

    CA State Controller Betty Yee

    Attorney General Xavier Becerra

    Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon

    Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian

    Assemblymember Jackie Goldberg (retired)

    LA City Council President Herb Wesson

    LA Councilwoman Nury Martinez

    LA City Councilman Mitch Englander

    LA City Councilman Paul Krekorian

    LA Councilwoman Monica Rodriguez

    LA City Councilman Joe Buscaino

    LA Councilman Bob Blumenfield

    LA County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl

    LA County Supervisor Janice Hahn

    San Fernando City Councilman Joel Fajardo

    City of Calabasas Mayor Fred Gaines

    Azusa Unified School District Board Member Xilonin Cruz-Gonzalez

    Organizations

    California Democratic Party

    Democratic Party of the San Fernando Valley

    Los Angeles County Young Democrats

    Pro-Active Democrats

    Stonewall Democratic Club

    Stonewall Young Democrats

    New Frontier Democratic Club

    Planned Parenthood Advocacy Project Los Angeles County

    Women's Political Committee

    United Firefighters of Los Angeles City

    Los Angeles Police Protective League

    Latinas Lead CA

    Voices for Progress

    Fund Her

    Civil Engineers for Infrastructure

    Southern California Armenian Democrats

    Armenian Council of America

    Armenian National Committee of America - Western Region

    Service Employees International Union
    Evolve California
    National Women's Political Caucus of California

    Peace Officers Research Association of America (PORAC)
    Equality CA
    California League of Conservation Voters (CLCV)
    San Fernando Valley Young Democrats
    California School Employees Association (CSEA)
    CA National Organization for Women (CA NOW)
    United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA)
    Association of California State Supervisors (ACSS)
    California Association of Highway Patrolmen (CAHP)
    CAL FIRE Local 2881
    California Association of Professional Scientists (CAPS)

    Educators *

    Alex Reza, Retired LAUSD Teacher and Community Activist

    Gricelda Gutierrez, Telfair Elementary - Pacoima

    Anita Zepeda, Executive Director, Vaughn Charter School

    Ford Roosevelt, CEO, Project Grad

    Carmen Gutierrez - San Fernando High School Alumni Association

    Cristina Razo, O'Melveny Elementary - San Fernando

    Norma Rodriguez, Telfair Elementary - Pacoima

    Steve List - Sylmar Charter HS Agriculture Program

    Violet Mardirosian - San Fernando HS Math/Science Magnet coordinator and DIY Girls InvenTeam Leader

    Jose Razo - Principal, Telfair Elementary School - Pacoima

    Vanessa Garza - Principal, Girls Athletic Leadership Charter School - Arleta

    Donna Mandosa , Geffen Academy UCLA

    Bob Kahn, CS/Robotics Teacher, Brentwood School

     

    Science and Technology Leaders

    Heren Molina, Past President, American Society of Civil Engineers – Pacoima
    Rosa Delgado, President, Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers - Sylmar Native
    Leticia Rodriguez, Executive Director, DIY Girls - Pacoima
    Hosna Qusmei, President, Society of Women Engineers - CSUN
    Brent Bushnell, CEO & Roustabout, Two Bit Circus
    Katherine Wilcox, Executive Director, EnCorps STEM Teachers Program
    Josh Taylor, Founder and CEO, 9 Dots
    LeeAnn Kline, Founder and CEO, STEM Advantage
    Tara Tiger Brown, Founder, LA Makerspace

    Dr. Michael Batie, President, Los Angeles Council of Black Professional Engineers
    Raymond Ealy, Founder and CEO, STEAM Coders
    Leah Haynes, Executive Director and Chief Juggler, Two Bit Circus Foundation
    Lala Castro, Founder, Latina Geeks
    Jazlyn Carvajal, Co-Founder, Latinas in STEM
    Kimberly Bryant, Founder and CEO, Black Girls Code
    Frances Pinedo, MIT Avanza Network
    Jennifer Arguello, Board Member, Latinas in Computing
    Jorge Cornejo, Founder, Hackerspace LA
    Bing Jing, Founder and Owner, Rolling Robots
    Neil Spears, Executive Director, PowerMyLearning
    Amy Kim, COO, Iridescent and March for LA Organizer
    Norma Fernandez, Senior Director, EveryoneOn
    Leslie Aaronson, Strategic Director, National Center for Women and Information Technology and Girls Build LA
    Gretchen Walker, Vice President of Education, The Tech Museum of Innovation
    Paul Poole, Director of Education, Discovery Science Center
    Lilly Kam, Director of STEM, i.am.angel Foundation
    Mimi Ito, MacArthur Foundation Chair of Digital Media and Learning, UC Irvine
    Ana Diaz-Hernandez, Diversity Council Member, Code.org
    Stefanie Santos, Senior Advisor, White House Office of Science and Technology (Obama Administration)
    Megan Arnett, Program Manager, Science Buddies
    Janine Hernandez, Program Manager, TECHNOlochicas
    Ben Dickow, Founder, West Side Science Club
    Natalie Villalobos, Head of Global Programs for Women Techmakers, Google
    Dr. Karina Edmonds, Google Cloud University Lead, Google
    Anna Barber, Managing Director, TechStars LA
    Peneleope and America Lopez, CyberCode Twins
    Liliana Monge, CEO, Sabio Engineering and Security Professionals
    Tracy Van Houten, Engineer, NASA Jet Propulsion Lab
    Amy Jager, Project Engineer, The Aerospace Corporation
    Diana Albarrán Chicas, Satellite Product Line Manager, Space Systems Loral
    Veronica Garcia, Staff Engineer, Aerojet Rocketdyne
    Belinda de la Libertad, Founder and Managing Partner, A-Z Techs
    Stacie Henderson, CEO, Keep.com
    Judith Ibarra-Bianchetta, Vice President, Tetra Tech

    Julia Cheng, Board Member, Out in Tech
    Jo Wright, Senior Technical Designer, DICE
    Vyki Englert, Advisor, Code for America
    Michele Lee, Co-founder, California Bioproducts Innovation Center
    Priscilla Chavez, President, National Association of Women in Construction - LA
    Eva Ho, General Partner, Fika Ventures
    Nancy Perlman, Partner, Fourthwave
    Megan Westerby, Director of Research, CBS International Studios
    Grace Woo, Angel Investor, Pipeline Angels
    Tamra Johnson, Founder and COO, FlexTeam
    Saujin Yi, Founder and CEO, FlexTeam

    * Titles for Identification Purposes Only

    For a complete list of endorsements click here.

  • In the News

    Democrat Luz Rivas finished first by a wide margin Tuesday and moved on to a runoff against Republican Ricardo Benitez

     

    "If endorsements are any indication, Rivas’ campaign is off to a solid start."

     

    "Luz Rivas' fate as a STEM crusader may have been sealed by the time she was in fifth grade."

    Luz Rivas - Ingeniera e Impulsora De La Educación y La Tecnología

     

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