I am honored to serve as your Councilmember and look forward to staying connected. I pride myself in being accessible and I am dedicated to addressing your concerns. District 1 includes Tower District, Fresno High, neighborhoods near Lions Park and west of Highway 99. Our district is diverse but many of the needs are the same. I am committed to finding strategies to ensure that our neighborhoods are safer, prioritize the repair of aging infrastructure, create job opportunities, help connect our neighborhoods through bike lanes and trails, and engage our youth. Please use our website as a resource. I invite you to attend any of the Thursday City Council meetings or visit my office at City Hall. My team is here to serve you!
Councilmember Esmeralda Soria
December 24, 2020 – Wishing you a Safe & Happy Holiday Season!
December 21, 2020 – Check out our District 1 Newsletter, Happy Holidays!
December 4, 2020 – Free Tamale Kit, Groceries, Flu Shots, and COVID Testing!
November 26, 2020 – Happy Thanksgiving!
November 24, 2020 – Free Tamale Kit, Groceries, Flu Shots, and COVID Testing!
November 19, 2020 – Free Turkey, Groceries, Flu Shots, and COVID testing
November 11, 2020 – Happy Veterans Day!
November 10, 2020 – Fresno Non-Profit Relief Grants!
November 6, 2020 – Fresno Arts & Culture Relief Grants!
November 5, 2020 – Free Grocery Distribution!
October 30, 2020 – This Year’s Budget Highlights!
October 21, 2020 – Learn how your business can expand!
October 16, 2020 – FREE Groceries, COVID-19 Testing, and Flu Shots tomorrow!
October 13, 2020 – We need your participation!
October 9, 2020 – Join us tomorrow at our Community Health Event!
October 8, 2020 – Share your transportation needs now!
October 6, 2020 – District 1 Community Health Events!
September 30, 2020 – District 1 Community Health Day!
September 28, 2020 – FREE Grocery Food Distributions Near You!
September 22, 2020 – Deadline today, apply now!
September 15, 2020 – Build A Park Activity!
September 11, 2020 – Support for Fresno Small Businesses!
September 8, 2020 – Join us tomorrow night!
September 7, 2020 – Happy Labor Day!
September 4, 2020 – COVID-19 Testing: REGISTER NOW!
September 1, 2020 – Labor Day COVID-19 Testing Event!
August 28, 2020 – Important Council Meeting Updates!
August 25, 2020 – Youth Job Opportunities!
August 18, 2020 – Help us design a new Fresno Park!
August 13, 2020 – Council To Consider $10 Million In COVID Funding At Special Meeting
August 6, 2020 – COVID-19 Updates in District 1!
July 30, 2020 – Get Tested for COVID-19 this weekend!
July 28, 2020 – COVID-19 Testing at Lion’s Park this Weekend!
July 23, 2020 – NO COST COVID-19 Testing Tomorrow!
July 21, 2020 – Schedule Your NO COST COVID-19 Testing Now!
July 16, 2020 – NO COST COVID-19 TESTING!
July 14, 2020 – Cornelia Avenue Paving Project!
July 8, 2020 – Virtual Community Meeting Tonight!
July 6, 2020 – Join us for a virtual community meeting!
July 4, 2020 – Happy 4th of July!
July 3, 2020 – Give us your input on Palm Avenue Protected Bikeway!
July 2, 2020 – Do you need housing assistance due to COVID-19?
June 26, 2020 – Have you been counted?
June 21, 2020 – Happy Father’s Day
June 19, 2020 – Freedom Day!
June 18, 2020 – IMPORTANT Fresno City Council Actions!
June 17, 2020 – We want to hear from you!
June 15, 2020 – Tune in: Budget Hearings continue this week!
June 12, 2020 – LAST CHANCE TO APPLY!
June 11, 2020 – APPLY FOR A SMALL BUSINESS GRANT NOW!
June 8, 2020 – City of Fresno Budget Hearings Begin Tomorrow!
April 17, 2020 – Street Maintenance Near You!
April 10, 2020 – Latest COVID-19 News!
April 9, 2020 – COVID-19 Medi-Cal Coverage for ALL!
April 9, 2020 – Protect All Workers!
April 7, 2020 – Was your business impacted by COVID-19?
April 1, 2020 – Have you been counted?
March 31, 2020 – Cesar Chavez Day
March 30, 2020 – COVID-19 Announcements & Resources!
March 20, 2020 – COVID-19 UPDATE: Governor Newsom Issues Mandatory Stay At Home Order
March 19, 2020 – COVID-19: Rent Deferral, Eviction Moratorium, and Foreclosures
March 18, 2020 – COVID-19 Update
March 16, 2020 – City of Fresno Declares State of Emergency
March 13, 2020 – COVID-19 District 1 Update
March 11, 2020 – Have you noticed the Highway Clean-Up?
March 6, 2020 – Exciting things are happening…
February 24, 2020 – REMINDER: Groundbreaking Ceremony
February 21, 2020 – Groundbreaking Ceremony
February 14, 2020 – Deadline Extension to Nominate a 2020 Woman of the Year
February 7 2020 – REMINDER: Nominate a 2020 Woman of the Year!
February 6, 2020 – Women’s Empowerment Summit in Fresno!
January 31, 2020 – Announcing the Tower District Beautification Plan
January 29, 2020 – Nominate a 2020 Woman of the Year!
January 24, 2020 – We have great news!
Councilmember Esmeralda Soria was elected to represent Council District 1 in the City of Fresno on November 4th of 2014 and was sworn-in for her second 4-year term on January 10, 2019. The City of Fresno has a population of over a half million people and Esmeralda represents over 72,000 residents in her district. She was the first Latina in the history of the City of Fresno to be elected as Council President and served her term proudly from January 2018 to January 2019.
Esmeralda was born and raised in Tulare County by Mexican immigrant farmworkers. Education and always giving back to the community were among the values both of her parents instilled in her.
After graduating from the University of California, Berkeley, she was offered a fellowship in Sacramento at our State Capitol where she worked for two years on issues of public safety, education, and women’s health. Esmeralda then continued her education, earning her Juris Doctorate from the University of California, Davis. During her time in law school, Esmeralda was offered an internship at The White House and devoted countless hours to pro bono work in economically disadvantaged communities.
Esmeralda’s passion has always been to give back to the community that shaped who she is today. After law school, she became the Sustainable Rural Communities Project Director for the California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation. Esmeralda’s advocacy work in front of city councils and county boards of supervisors provided her a key understanding of how local government works. She learned how to build coalitions and work together with the government to ensure working families were benefitting from their budgetary and policy decisions. She was instrumental in ensuring that our communities had equal access to Safe Routes to School Program (AB 561) and Unmet Needs Transportation funding.
Her continued commitment to public service brought her to work as District Director to Senator Michael J. Rubio and later as a Policy Advisor to Assemblymember Henry T. Perea. Esmeralda built partnerships with community leaders to address unemployment rates in the Central Valley, workforce development, and education among others. She has championed water quality and affordability issues and helped secure safe drinking water emergency funding for disadvantaged communities throughout the Central Valley.
Esmeralda has served on several non-profit boards such as Hands On Central California, Fresno Barrios Unidos, and UC Davis Immigration Law Clinic Council. She is a proud alumna of the HOPE Leadership Institute, graduating from the program in 2013. In 2014, she was named a 40 under 40 Leader in the Central Valley by Business Street Online. In 2018, Esmeralda was one of sixty people throughout the world selected to attend Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, Executive Leadership Program.
Esmeralda is the only woman on the Fresno City Council and the second Latina to ever serve on the council. She is dedicated to providing robust constituent services to residents in her district and is focused on public safety, infrastructure needs, affordable housing, food sustainability, clean renewable energy projects, and issues relating to youth and working families. Esmeralda is committed to working hard to move the City of Fresno forward and make it a safer and stronger community for everyone.
In addition, Esmeralda is a professor at Fresno City College, teaching Judicial Reasoning and Latino Politics. She is the chair of the Housing Successor Agency and the Fresno Revitalization Corporation. She also serves on the board of the Fresno Joint Powers Financing Authority, California Latino Economic Institute and is a member of the League of California Cities serving on the Latino Caucus and the Transportation, Communication, and Public Works Policy Committee. She also served on the Fresno Regional Workforce Development Board & Executive Committee and the Fresno Area Workforce Investment Corporation Board. In 2018, she was appointed to serve on California Governor Gavin Newsom’s transition team, and most recently was appointed to serve on the Local Government Commission board.
Successor Agency to the Redevelopment Agency of the City of Fresno, Chair
Fresno Revitalization Corporation, Chair
CA Latino Economic Institute, Boardmember
Fresno Joint Powers Financing Authority, Boardmember *
Governor Gavin Newsom’s Homeless Taskforce
Local Government Commission, Boardmember
Fresno State College of Social Sciences Dean’s Council Member
League of CA Cities
Latino Caucus, Vice President
Annual Conference General Resolutions Committee, Boardmember
City Council Committees
Association for the Beautification of Highway 99
Cannabis Ad Hoc Committee
Census/Redistricting Ad Hoc Committee
Code Enforcement Sub-Committee
COVID-19 Plan Committee
Fresno EIFD Public Financing Authority
Homeless (HEAP Funding Plan) Sub-Committee
Litigation Exposure Reduction Ad Hoc Committee
Parks & Public Safety Subcommittee
Special Events Ad Hoc Committee
Sub-Committee on Transportation
Sister City Ambassador to Cheateauroux, France
Previous Boards Served
Access Plus Capital
City Council City & County Adhoc Committee
City Council iDEFER Committee
Fresno Area Workforce Investment Corporation Board*
Fresno Innovative Charter Schools, Dailey Elementary School
Fresno Regional Workforce Development Board Executive Committee*
Governor Gavin Newsom’s Transition Team
League of CA Cities, South San Joaquin Valley Division
League of CA Cities, Transportation, Communication, and Public Works Committee, Chair
RDA Transition Subcommittee
* Representing the City of Fresno
Chief of Staff
Terry serves as Chief of Staff to Councilmember Esmeralda Soria, District 1. Terry provides legislative support to the Councilmember, oversees the day to day operations and budget of District 1, handles Councilmember Soria’s calendar, and management of the district staff.
Itzi serves as a Council Assistant to District 1. Itzi oversees constituency services, social media, and communications for District 1.
Celida Garcia Lopez
Celida Garcia Lopez assists with constituency services, community events and oversees Councilmember Soria’s Young Councilmember Program.
Brian currently serves as a Council Aide assisting with community outreach, constituency services, events, research and special projects.
Diana currently serves as a Council Aide assisting with community outreach, constituency services, events, research and special projects.
Maddy Institute Legislative Intern
Candi serves as a Kenneth L. Maddy Institute Legislative Intern assisting with community outreach, research and special projects.
Proclamations, Certificates, and Resolutions
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Look for these upcoming Public Works improvement projects in District 1:
Maintaining and renewing infrastructure in our community supports neighborhood revitalization, economic development, public safety, sustainability and air quality. Councilmember Soria is happy to announce the following projects have been confirmed in District 1.
- Shaw Avenue Street Overlay: Blythe to Brawley Avenue ($352,600)
- Shields Avenue Street Overlay: Blackstone to Palm Avenue ($846,500)
- Clinton Avenue Street Overlay: Blackstone to Maroa Avenue ($635,200)
- Van Ness Blvd. Repaving: Clinton to Shields Ave. Northbound ($150,000)
- Fairmont at Polk Ave: Neighborhood Street Reconstruction ($142,000)
- Highway City: Polk Avenue from Shaw to Gettysburg Avenue Engineering Study ($126,000)
- Cornelia and Ashlan Area: Tree Trimming ($30,000)
- Normal Street: Echo to Wishon Concrete Repair ($40,000)
Total improvements $ 2,322,300
Tower District Design Review Committee
- Get involved with the development and review of the Tower District design plans.
- Meets 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month at 5:00 pm in City Hall Room 2165.
- Accepting applications for current open positions.
- Staff: Phillip Siegrist, Planner III (559) 621-8061
Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC)
- Advise and recommend policies for the planning, development and maintenance of pedestrian and bikeway systems for safe and enjoyable travel.
- Meets fourth Wednesday of the month, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm in City Hall Room 2165
- Accepting applications for future open positions; no current vacancies.
- Staff: Jill Gormley, Traffic Engineering Division (559) 621-8800.
Council District One Plan Implementation Committee
- Evaluate and make recommendations on land use applications for new and additions to buildings, and/or land use proposals in the District.
- Meets first and third Tuesday of the month at 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm in City Hall Room 2120
- Accepting applications for current open positions.
- Staff: Jose Valenzuela, Planner III (559) 621-8070
Code Violations (559) 621-8400
- Car Parked On Lawn
- InOp In Driveway (cob webs, flat tires, wrecked)
- InOp In Yard
- Car Over Unpaved Surface
- Boat Stored In Driveway
- Trailer Stored In Driveway
- Trailer Stored In Yard
- Boat Stored In Yard
- Tall Weeds, 6″ Tall
- Dry, Tall Weeds
- Vacant Unsecured House
- Trash In Yard
- Trash In Driveway
- Trash At Gutter
- Junk And Appliances In Driveway
- Junk And Appliances In Yard
- Canopy In Driveway
- Basketball Hoop On Sidewalk
- Parked Car On Sidewalk
- Trash And Junk In Alley
- Weeds, Dry, Tall In Alley
- Auto Repair On Property
- A Fence Taller Than 6 Feet Or Shorter Than 3 Feet
- Mobil Home In Driveway
- Mobil Home In Yard
- Yard Sale Signs on Trees, in Medians, or on Poles
Police Violations (559) 621-8000
- InOp Parked In Street (cob webs, flat tires, wrecked)
- Boat Stored In Street
- Trailer Stored In Street
- Basketball Hoop In Street
- Mobile Home Parked In Street W/Power Hooked Up
Public Works (559) 621-8650
- Sign Replacement/Repair
- Sidewalk, Curb, Gutter Repairs
- Tree Removal/Replacement And Trimming
- Street Lights
- Traffic Lights
- Standing Water
Community Sanitation Graffiti Reporting Form On-Line
- Graffiti Reporting (fences, trees, parks, building and signs)
Our office welcomes the opportunity to recognize exceptional individuals and events throughout District One with an official proclamation or certificate of recognition. These documents may be issued in honor of civic events, to recognize achievements, or to commemorate important dates in the life of an individual or organization.
To make a request for a proclamation or certificate, please contact the District One office at least 30 days prior to issuance.
To request a letter of support please contact our office at least 2 weeks prior to the date of issuance.
We request the following information:
In The News
- October 17, 2020 – Community Health Day at Sikh Institute of Fresno
- October 15, 2020 – $2 Million Approved to Assist Local Nonprofits, Museums, Theaters, and Local Artists Impacted by COVID-19
- October 14, 2020 – Memorial Highway Naming Dedication in Honor of Esther Negrete Padilla
- October 13, 2020 – State Assemblyman and Fresno City Councilmembers Respond to Illegal Ballot Boxes Throughout City of Fresno
- October 10, 2020 – Community Health Day at Williams Elementary
- October 6, 2020 – District 1 Community Health Days
- September 25, 2020 – Council Approves Use of Live Entertainment for Restaurants with Outdoor Space
- September 21, 2020 – The City of Fresno Announces Unclaimed Account Refunds
- September 7, 2020 – UCSF Fresno Mobile HEAL COVID-19 Testing on Labor Day
- September 3, 2020 – Launch of the New City of Fresno Tower District Outdoor Dining Parklet Project
- July 31, 2020 – No Cost COVID-19 Testing at Lions Park
- June 11, 2020 – Temporary Parklets for COVID-19 Impacted Restaurants in the Tower District
- March 25, 2020 – City council leaders making extra efforts to house homeless during COVID-19 Outbreak
- March 9, 2020 – After 15 years, Fresno will get a permanent fire station
- February 26, 2020 – Blackstone breaks ground, to include new housing
- January 31, 2020 – Councilmembers announce 3-phase plan to beautify Tower District
- January 31, 2020 – Fresno’s Tower District to get a facelift, thanks to new beautification plan
- Jan 15, 2020 – At Fresno Stop, Newsom Announces $11.5 Million in Emergency Homelessness Grants
- Jan 15, 2020 – Governor Newsom visits crisis stabilization center in Fresno as Statewide Homelessness Tour Continues
- Jan 9, 2020 – Homeless Employment Partnership between Fresno City, EOC needs council approval
- November 14, 2019 – Fresno City Council Approves new marijuana regulation
- July 17,2019 – Gov. Newsom has chosen a Fresno Leader for his homeless taskforce
- July 16, 2019 – Newsom Appoints Fresno’s Soria to Homeless Task Force
- July 6, 2019 – Art does not need to be just on gallery walls
- July 6, 2019 – Fresno Neighborhood comes together for street beautification project.
- June 29,2019 – CUSD breaks ground
- June 28,2019 – As Fresno Airport expands
- June 5, 2019 – Fresno City Councilmembers meet with Ocasio-Cortez about Grizzlies controversy
- April 25,2019 – Students recognized by Fresno county council for stopping woman
- April 26, 2019 – The iconic hotel Fresno is getting makeover
- March 12, 2019 – Public Donations sought for Fresno City Hall Memorial
- March 9, 2019 – Central Valley women blazing trails
- January 23, 2019 – Fresno county court reporters, clerks back to work
- January 11, 2019 – Fresno City council First Hispanic female president
- January 10, 2019 – New Fresno City Council members take oath
- November 8, 2018 – Fresno city council set to be mostly Latino
- October 2, 2018 – Pro Measure P: Parks and public safety
- August 31, 2018 – Fresno recognizes Aug 31 as William Saroyan Day
- March 21, 2018 – Esmeralda Soria is determined to inspire
- February 14, 2018 – New buses giving free rides to students
- January 11, 2018 – Fresno City council First Hispanic female president
- September 6, 2017 – California City renames park
- June 28, 2017 – This new police office should improve security in Fresno’s Tower District
Press Releases/Media Advisories
July 24, 2020 – No Cost COVID-19 Testing at Sikh Institute Fresno
July 23, 2020 – Tower Beautification Project begins this Thursday with a Neighborhood Clean Up
July 8, 2020 – Palm Avenue Protected Bikeway
June 29, 2020 – City of Fresno Housing Retention Grants
April 23, 2020 – City of Fresno Ovation for Frontline Workers
April 22, 2020 – Relief Fund To Assist Fresno Families Impacted by COVID-19
February 26, 2020 – Blackstone-McKinley Transit-Oriented Development Groundbreaking
September 17, 2019 – Fresno to Support DACA Recipients in Legal Brief to Supreme Court
May 15, 2019 – Council Approval for Grant for Quigley Park
March 21, 2019 – Women of the Year
February 8, 2019 – Central Valley’s First Axe Throwing Venue
January 16, 2019 – League of CA Cities. Transportation Communication and Public Works Committee
July 8, 2018 – Fresno City Council President Soria Heads to Harvard
June 21, 2018 – Council President Soria Rallies Up Support For 2 Bike Offices In The Tower District
June 13, 2018 – Council President Soria Holds Press Conference Celebrating Fresno in becoming Top City in Solar Capacity Installed Per Resident
May 25, 2018 – Council President Esmeralda Soria hosts the 2018 Future of Work Meetup in Fresno
March 1, 2018 – Council President Soria Sponsors City of Fresno Youth Jobs Taskforce
January 27, 2018 – Quigley Park Tree Planting With Council President Soria and Tree Fresno
December 12, 2017 – Councilmember Soria, Santa Claus & Fresno’s Meathead Movers Team Up to Deliver Toys To Heaton Elementary School Students
October 18, 2017 – Council Vice President Soria To Bring Forward Pedicabs Ordinance Regulating Pedicabs Which Serve Alcohol On Board
October 13, 2017 – Council Vice President Soria To Host A Neighborhood Clean Up In The Tower District
August 1, 2017 – 2nd Annual District 1 National Night Out At Inspiration Park
June 24, 2017 – Councilwoman Soria And Community Partner Organizations To Hold A Know Your Rights Workshop At The Sikh Institute of Fresno
June 5, 2017 – Councilwoman Soria Launches The First Ever City of Fresno District 1 Participatory Budget Meetings
May 29, 2017 – Councilwoman Soria To Reveal Fresno High Beautification Project At The 2nd Annual Echo & Weldon Block Party
May 27, 2017 – Councilwoman Esmeralda Soria And Mayor Lee Brand To Issue Proclamation In Memory of Neng Thao At Memorial Service
April 4, 2017 – Councilmember Soria Will Meet With Residents Regarding The Clinton/99 Overpass Closure And Traffic Issues West of Hwy 99
March 22, 2017 – Councilmember Esmeralda Soria Co-Sponsors Proposition 64 Workshop
December 19, 2016 – Councilmember Soria To Hold 4th Annual Holiday Toy Distribution To Benefit Homeless And Foster Care Children In District 1
December 7, 2016 – Councilwoman Soria Launches District 1’s Young Councilmember Program
November 15, 2016 – Fresno Community Leaders Come Together For A Post-Presidential Election Message of Unity In the Response To Uncertainties And Fears Within The Immigrant Community
September 22, 2016 – Councilmember Soria along with Elected Latino Leaders Will Hold a Press Conference to Proclaim “Latino Voter Registration Month”
June 23, 2016 – Councilmember Soria leads the effort to create Fresno Affordable Housing Trust Fund with an additional $1,000,000 allocation
March 2016 – Councilmember Soria to gather with Tower District Business Owners to discuss “Power the Tower” Clean Energy Pilot Program
March 2016 – Councilmember Esmeralda Soria Honors Fresno Women Leading the way in the 1st Annual Celebration of Women’s History Month
February 29, 2016 – Councilmember Soria to host City Hall Reception for Sister Cities delegation from Chateauroux, France
January 7, 2016 – Councilmember Soria Announces Completion of Family Friendly Upgrades to City Hall
- Councilmember Soria announces the introduction of two Ordinances to fight blight in Fresno’s Underserved Neighborhoods – December 10, 2015
- Councilmember Soria Requests $1.5 million in Funding to Plan and Build More Parks in Fresno – June 8, 2015
- Fresno Youth Commission – June 4, 2015
- Oath of Office – January 8, 2015
- Councilmember Soria to host City Hall Reception for Sister Cities delegation from Chateauroux, France – February 29, 2016
- Councilmember Soria Announces Completion of Family Friendly Upgrades to City Hall – January 7, 2016
- Councilmember Esmeralda Soria Honors U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera – October 29, 2015
- First 5 Grant for Family Friendly Upgrades to City Hall – August 11, 2015
- Women’s History Month Reception – March 25, 2015
- 1st Community Meeting – February 18, 2015
- Soria Press Conference – January 20, 2015
“Power the Tower” a partnership between Fresno City Councilmember Esmeralda Soria, California State University Fresno, City of Fresno and the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) has accumulated data and identify strategies to help Tower District business owners explore affordable, clean renewable energy technology. Our vision is to transform the Tower District into a leading business corridor powered by smart, connected, clean energy technologies and serve as a model for economic growth in Fresno and beyond.
View these three handouts to explore available no cost and low-cost resources that will help you become more energy efficient, start saving money on your energy bills, and help reduce pollution in our community! There is detailed information for both business owners and residents.
Who We Are and What We Do
The purpose of the Youth Commission is to bring Fresno’s young people to the decision-making table on issues impactful to youth within the jurisdiction of the city. The Youth Commission will serve as a space where young people can work to create positive change in our community. Young people will have a voice in shaping and developing social, economic, recreational, and educational programs that serve youth.
The City of Fresno Youth Commission will be comprised of 16 individuals, eight voting members and eight alternate, non-voting members. Two members will be appointed from each of Fresno’s seven city council districts and two will be appointed at-large by the Mayor. Appointments are for a two-year term. Procedures are in place to ensure that the members of the Youth Commission are representative and inclusive of the rich diversity of the City of Fresno, including but not limited to:
- Ethnically and culturally diverse youth
- Youth with health disparities
- Youth who are out of school
- Youth who are unemployed
- Youth who are homeless
- Youth who are LGBTQIA
Youth Commissioners will be trained and supported by Youth Leadership Institute and the City of Fresno. Each year, Youth Commissioners benefit from youth leadership training and prioritize those issues that most impact youth and/or that have little or no youth input or representation.
District 1 Internships
Councilmember Esmeralda Soria values education and believes that students bring new ideas, new energy and new skills to the workforce. Internships provide valuable work experience directly related to the student’s academic field of study. Participants will be given high-level work experience that may prepare them for permanent positions in the workforce.
- Year-Round Intern: This position provides a year-round internship to a full-time student at an accredited high school, college, or university. Proof of enrollment must be submitted. This position requires 18-20 hours of work per week and includes a stipend pay. During a semester or vacation breaks, Council Interns can work more hours than they are normally scheduled to work if available.
- Summer Intern: This position provides students an internship throughout the summer semester/vacation break. The minimum number of hours a Council Intern should be available to work is 18-20 hours per week.
How to Apply:
Return the following items
- Complete the Councilmember Esmeralda Soria’s Council Internship Program Application
- Provide proof of enrollment, including the number of semester units completed and grade point average.
- Include a letter of interest.
- Submit 2 References (cannot be a relative).
Email: Terry.Cox@fresno.gov (application packet must be sent in PDF)
Mail: Attn: Terry Cox — 2600 Fresno Street, Fresno CA 93721
Where Are They Now: District 1 Interns
2019 Summer Youth Intern
Anastasia will begin her second year of college at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo in the fall. She will major in Political Science. Anastasia also plans to continue her education in graduate school.
2019 Summer Youth Intern
Pawan is finishing up her final year at Santa Clara University. She will receive a B.S. in Finance with a minor in Women’s and Gender Studies. Pawan is also a member of the Triota Honors Society through her WGST minor. She has also interned for the Fresno County District Attorney’s Office.
2019 Summer Youth Intern
2016 Councilmember for a Day
Since Conner’s time with District 1, he has worked at a Fresno business, Better Flooring, and in Memphis, Tennessee helping former Tennessee Senator, Lee Harris, run for Mayor. Conner is a senior at Rhodes College working towards a degree in Political Science.
2019 Summer Youth Intern
Nico is a senior at Bullard High School, where he takes part in the Academic Decathlon and Mock Trial teams. After high school, Nico wishes to attend a 4-year university and major in Aeronautics and Astronautics Engineering. After which he hopes to attend law school and eventually work at the DOJ, Civil Rights Division.
2019 Maddy Institute Intern
Harkiran graduated from California State University, Fresno, last spring, with a dual degree in Political Science and Economics. She has been a research assistant to her professors and a secretary for Pi Sigma Alpha, the Political Science Honor Society. Currently, she is also working as a student assistant at the College of Social Sciences Advising Center and as a service aide for the City of Fresno. She hopes to continue working in a local government position and eventually plans to pursue a graduate degree in Public Policy or Urban Development.
2019 Summer Youth Intern
Isabel is currently double majoring in Criminology and Political Science at Fresno State and will be starting her 4th year in the fall. She volunteers frequently with the Food Recovery Network to try and bridge the gap between hunger and food waste, participates in Study Abroad programs at Fresno State.
2019 Summer Youth Intern
Since her internship at District 1, Natalie has worked at an elementary school in Central Unified, which she returned to last fall. She completed her Associate’s degree at the end of her internship and is currently pursuing a degree in liberal studies at Fresno Pacific University. Natalie also plans to get her teaching credentials and go on to teach elementary school students.
2018 Summer Youth Intern
Eliza currently works as a Nurse’s Assistant at a retirement community. She graduated high school in 2019 and she received scholarships that allowed her to continue pursuing an education in public health. Eliza’s senior year was memorable because of the positions she held in multiple clubs, including president and treasurer. In fall 2019, she began attending the Leon S. Peters Honors Program and the Future Nursing Program at Fresno City College to major in nursing.
2018 Boys and Girls Club
Richard attends the University of San Francisco majoring in Political Science and History. He is expected to graduate in May 2021. He is planning on attending law school after college, where he will study business law.
2017 Maddy Institute Intern
2018 Summer Youth Intern
Jorge Lopez began as a Maddy Institute Intern during his sophomore year at CSU Fresno, and continued to work with us until his junior year. Jorge majored in political science and hopes to be an immigration attorney in the future.
2017 Maddy Institute Intern
2018 Summer Youth Intern
Clifford Williams was a services aide with our office and primarily worked with constituent services. Clifford was a former Maddy Intern and volunteered over 150 hours prior to his position as a services aide. He attended California State University, Fresno, and majored in Political Science and Economics. Professionally, he intends to become a small business owner and pursue a career in electoral politics.
2018 Maddy Institute Intern
Jaskaran is currently working part-time at CVS Drugstore as well as at Berkshire Hathaway Realty. He is working towards a degree in Political Science, with a legal certificate from California State University, Fresno. Jaskaran has maintained a 4.0 GPA and has also been accepted into the honors program at the College of Social Science.
2017 Maddy Institute Intern
2018 Summer Youth Intern
After completing his internship for District 1, David was hired by District 3 as a services aide. David received a degree in Political Science with a minor in Philosophy from Fresno State. David has been working in the community as an activist and has helped out on a City Council campaign.
2017 Summer Youth Intern
2018 District 1 Intern
Since her time at District 1, Audrey has interned at Assemblyman Patterson’s office and worked for Bedford & Co. Web Design as a sales administrator. She is currently a sales and marketing associate at a local comfort shoe store. She is studying business and political science but is currently taking a gap year.
2017 Boys and Girls Club
Since her time with District One, Daisy has worked at Target as a beauty team member and as a call center representative. She is currently taking a gap period but plans to resume school shortly. Daisy will finish her degree with a major in liberal and Islamic studies as well as holistic medicine. Daisy has also moved to Ontario, Canada, and gotten married.
2017 Summer Youth Intern
Zoe was first a member of the District 1 Young Councilmembers program and later became an intern. She participated in Edison High’s Feminist Club. She attended events involving District 1 such as the toy drive and the Women’s March here in Fresno. Zoe planned on going to UC Berkley and majoring in Political Science.
2016 Summer Youth Intern
Since Jasmine’s time with District 1, she has worked at CB2 and interned at nonprofit organizations in the Bay Area. In May of 2017, Jasmine graduated with a B.A. in International Relations. She is planning on going back to school to get a certificate in Business Management.
2015-2016 Summer Youth Intern
Jose currently works for Visalia Unified School District. He graduated in August of 2016 from California State University of Fresno with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science. In the fall of 2018, he began pursuing his MPA. Jose enjoys his work and is moving up the ladder. In late 2017, Jose became the Vice President of the Ivanhoe Lions Club and is very excited to be more involved.
2015 Summer Youth Intern
Since Cynthia’s Internship with District 1, she has graduated from California State University of Fresno on May 19th, 2018 with a B.A. in Psychology and a B.S. in Criminology with the option in Forensic Behavioral Sciences. She is currently in the Master’s program in Marriage, Family, and Child Counseling at California State University, Fresno. For Fall 2019, she interned at Hoover High School and Bullard Talent as an intern counselor as part of the Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) Credential Program.
2015 Maddy Institute Intern
Tyler currently works for the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee, in the Coaching Education team, as a Youth Development Specialist. He works with various sports in the Olympic movement to help guide and build their athlete development models and pathways. Tyler graduated from California State University, Fresno in 2016 with a Bachelor’s in Political Science and a minor in Coaching Education. He went on to finish graduate school at California State University, Fresno in 2018.
2015 District 1 Intern
Since Claudia’s time with District 1, she has started her new position as a District Scheduler and Representative for the Office of Senator Andy Vidak. She worked as the District Representative for Senator Vidak until the fall of 2018. In May of 2015, Claudia graduated with a Bachelor of Science with Departmental Honors in Criminology-Law Enforcement Option from California State University of Fresno and she planned to return to school to pursue her Juris Doctor degree. Claudia is very grateful that she had the chance to work with Councilmember Soria in her first 100 days of office.
District 1 Intern
Since Leslie’s time here, he has moved to Paris, France for a study abroad program. Upon discovering he was accepted to intern with the United States Department of State he prolonged his studies. In February of 2017, he began working at a language academy teaching English in Paris until October of 2017. Leslie then interned at the United States Consulate Post in Rennes, France from October 2017-January 2018. Leslie is finishing his undergraduate degree in Political Science and French. In September, he began his Master’s in International Development or Euro-American Relations in Paris.
District 1 Intern/ Services Aide
Marisol started a career with the State of California working in the Department of Rehabilitation. In 2016, she graduated with her Bachelors in Sociology from California State University of Fresno. Marisol plans to return to school to receive a master’s in Public Administration. Marisol is also happily raising her children and enjoys spending time with her family.
District 1 Intern
During the end of Cecilia’s internship in the District 1 office, she received an internship offer from Arte Americas as an administrative assistant. She has worked alongside the director with different projects, events, and fundraising. Cecilia is completing her last year at California State University, Fresno with a degree in Sociology. Last semester, Cecilia got to work with CBO and wrote a grant seeking funds to help grow their project. This semester, in her Philanthropy Grant Making class, she will be on a team that decides who will receive a $5,000 grant; this will provide her with the experience of both sides of the grant-making process.
District 1 Intern
Since Kevin’s time with District 1, he has worked with The Central Valley Latino Mayors and Politicians Coalition. He has started his own record label and signed 4 new talents. He is an artist manager for El Viejon Records where he manages regional Mexican music group, Nueva Ruta. Kevin attended school for a Bachelor’s in Political Science.
District 1 Intern
After her time with District 1, Alexandria began working as a Canvasser for ACLU for the 2018 Mid-Term Elections. She is currently working as a Program Specialist with Global Brigades, community development, and sustainability organization. She currently lives in Panama and travels to Ghana through her work for the Ghanaian Division. Alexandria graduated from California State University, Fresno where she received her Bachelor’s in Political Science in 2017. She plans on attending New York University’s Global Affairs Master’s Program.
Where Are They Now: Environmental Defense Fund Fellows
2019 Environmental Defense Fund Fellow
Cheryl Lee is a dual degree MEM/MBA candidate at Duke University. Before graduate school, Cheryl worked as a field engineer in the oil and gas industry where she became more passionate about environmental sustainability within the energy industry. Cheryl enjoys stargazing as well as hiking with her dogs. While with our office, Cheryl worked on “Power the Tower,” a collaborative effort to transform the historical Tower District into a clean energy hub. “Power the Tower” enlisted EDF Climate Corps Fellow Cheryl Lee to develop strategies to promote energy efficiency, renewable energy options, and electric vehicle infrastructure among residents. Cheryl helped the City of Fresno progress its clean energy initiative by recommending energy-efficient outdoor lighting, connecting residences and businesses to energy efficiency resources, and developing an electric vehicle infrastructure.
2018 Environmental Defense Fund Fellow
Since leaving D1, Meghan has been working for the San Diego County Planning and Development Services Department. She is a Land Use and Environmental Planner on the Sustainability team. Her team coordinates the implementation of the County’s Climate Action Plan and Meghan has been heavily involved in collecting raw data to calculate greenhouse gas emissions reductions. She completed a dual Master’s degree in Environmental Science and Policy and an MBA in Sustainability before joining Councilmember’s Soria’s office in 2018. Meghan enjoys being back in San Diego and being closer to her family.
2017 Environmental Defense Fund Fellow
Keith Glassbrook is pursuing an MEM/MBA at Duke University, where he is Co-President of the MEM/MBA Club. Before graduate school, he spent three years working with cities to make the case for the transition to a low carbon economy. This experience drove Keith to become passionate about the clean energy transition taking place in cities. Keith Glassbrook investigated opportunities for implementing a community solar project and electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in the City of Fresno. EDF Climate Corps fellow Keith Glassbrook was brought in to learn of the Tower District’s small business energy-related needs and investigate opportunities for both a community solar project and electric vehicle (EV) charging stations.
2016 Environmental Defense Fund Fellow
Since Katie’s time with District 1 she moved back to San Diego and started working as a Zero Waste Professional Assistant with the City of Oceanside’s Solid Waste and Recycling Department. During this time, she also worked as a Data Consultant for Certain Solar and as an assistant coach for Canyon Crest Academy’s Varsity Girls Basketball Team. Katie is currently working at her dream job as an Environmental Specialist for the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority, the independent agency that manages the day-to-day operations of San Diego International Airport – one of the greenest airports in the world.
In 2016, Katie graduated from Columbia University’s MPA in Environmental Science and Policy program. As an undergraduate, she graduated magma cum laude from Loyal Marymount University with a BA in Political Science and a minor in Environmental Studies and Archaeology.