City Council

District 1

Councilmember Esmeralda Soria

Esmeralda Soria Photo

Esmeralda Soria

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!

District Map
Current Affairs

October 1, 2021 –Young Councilmember Program

September 15, 2021 – Latino Heritage Month

September 11, 2021 – Remembering September 11, 2001

September 8, 2021 – Happy Labor Day 2021!

August 25, 2021 – Echo and Weldon Crosswalk Repainting!

August 17, 2021 –The Link at Blackstone!

August 16, 2021 – Fresno High and Fresno City College Neighborhood

July 27, 2021 – Olive and Wishon Crosswalk Repainting!

July 27, 2021 – Olive Avenue Street Reopening!

July 26, 2021 – District 1 Employment Opportunities

July 19, 2021 – July 21, 2021 Community Meeting

July 9, 2021 – July 13, 2021 Community Meeting

July 2, 2021 – Happy Fourth of July!

June 18, 2021 –City Council Approved Free Swim Lesson Program

June 10, 2021 –Pride Flag Raising Ceremony

May 30, 2021 – Memorial DAY 2021!

May 18, 2021 – Join me for Coffee & Conversation!

May 9, 2021 – Happy Mother’s Day!

April 29, 2021 – IMPORTANT: We need your input!

April 22, 2021 – Join us this Saturday!

April 13, 2021 – Join us in making a difference in District 1!

April 2, 2021 – April News in District 1!

March 30, 2021 – Fresno COVID-19 Updates!

March 12, 2021 – Free Food Distributions in March!

February 23, 2021 – Free Grocery Food Distributions!

February 12, 2021 – Happy President’s Day Weekend!

February 8, 2021 – Nominate a 2021 Woman of the Year!

February 3, 2021 – District 1 Updates!

January 15, 2020 – Shaw and Ashlan Construction Notice!

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 8, 2020 – City of Fresno Budget Hearings Begin Tomorrow!

April 22, 2020 – Funding Approved for Blackstone & McKinley Railroad Separation Project!

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!


Esmeralda was born and raised in Tulare County by Mexican immigrant parents who believed in the American Dream for their children. She found her passion for law and community work at a young age; she attended the University of California, Berkeley for her undergraduate degree and earned her Juris Doctorate from the University of California, Davis, School of Law, focusing on immigration law. In 2015, her passion for community work and social justice drove her to run and obtain the title of Councilmember for District One in Fresno.

Growing up in the Central Valley, Soria takes pride in serving the community and advocating for her constituents. As an active member of her community, she was able to distinguish the needs of her diverse constituency. As a Councilmember, she has focused on affordable housing, creating jobs, and providing Fresno youth opportunities to grow personally and professionally.

Her accomplishments include:

  • Secured $38 million dollars from the state for an affordable catalytic housing development. The Link located on Blackstone and McKinley, includes 88 housing units, a health clinic, and the City of Fresno’s first Senior Center.
  • Full restoration of Quigley Park and funded new parks to the Dakota/Milburn and Echo/Weldon areas.
  • Reestablished the City of Fresno Youth Commission; this program encourages youth to have a voice in shaping and developing social, economic, recreational, and educational programs that serve youth.
  • Negotiated a $115 million-dollar Project Labor Agreement to fund FAT Forward, an airport expansion for the City of Fresno.
  • Motioned for a new Regional Fire Training Center in the City of Fresno that would be funded by the American Recovery Fund. The State of California awarded $25 million dollars for the project to serve as a central hub for fire training in the state.

Councilmember Soria was appointed by Governor Gavin Newsom to serve on his Transition Team and his Homeless Taskforce. As a member of Newsom’s transition team, Soria has voiced the needs of the central valley. Her role on the Homeless Taskforce will help the houseless community in the state to find a place to call their home.

Most recently, Councilmember Soria was elected to serve as the President of the League of California Cities Latino Caucus. As President, she looks forward to ensuring that Latino families are shaping policy that will affect our communities.

Over the past six years, Soria has made a tremendous impact on District One, we hope to see her legacy of uplifting and community work continue.

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, President

City Council Committees
Association for the Beautification of Highway 99
Budget Sub-Committee
Cannabis Ad Hoc Committee
CDBG Sub-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
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

Terry Cox

Terry Cox
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.

Celida Garcia Lopez

Celida Garcia Lopez
Council Assistant

Celida Garcia Lopez assists with constituency services, community events and oversees Councilmember Soria’s Young Councilmember Program.

Tanea Waller

Tanea Waller
Council Assistant

Tanea Waller assists with constituency services, community events and oversees Councilmember Soria’s Young Councilmember Program.

Diana Gallardo – Council Aide

Diana Gallardo
Council Aide

Diana currently serves as a Council Aide assisting with community outreach, constituency services, events, research and special projects.

Renna Hickey

Renna Hickey
Council Aide

Renna currently serves as a Council Aide assisting with community outreach, constituency services, events, research and special projects.

Ciana Torres

Ciana Torres
Council Aide

Ciana currently serves as a Council Aide assisting with community outreach, constituency services, events, research and special projects.

Jamie Bernal

Jamie Bernal
Council Aide

Jamie currently serves as a Council Aide assisting with community outreach, constituency services, events, research, and special projects.

Maia DeMoss

Maia De Moss
Council Aide

Maia currently serves as a Council Aide assisting with community outreach, constituency services, events, research, and special projects.

Jamila Lui

Jamila Lui
Maddy Institute Legislative Intern

Jamila serves as a Kenneth L. Maddy Institute Legislative Intern assisting with community outreach, research and special projects.

Contact us at:
(559) 621-7817

Events and Proclamations

Proclamations, Certificates, and Resolutions

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Public Improvement Projects

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

Get Involved With District 1

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
Boards and Commissions Application
Code Violation Guide

Code Violations (559) 621-8400

  1. Car Parked On Lawn
  2. InOp In Driveway (cob webs, flat tires, wrecked)
  3. InOp In Yard
  4. Car Over Unpaved Surface
  5. Boat Stored In Driveway
  6. Trailer Stored In Driveway
  7. Trailer Stored In Yard
  8. Boat Stored In Yard
  9. Tall Weeds, 6″ Tall
  10. Dry, Tall Weeds
  11. Vacant Unsecured House
  12. Trash In Yard
  13. Trash In Driveway
  14. Trash At Gutter
  15. Junk And Appliances In Driveway
  16. Junk And Appliances In Yard
  17. Canopy In Driveway
  18. Basketball Hoop On Sidewalk
  19. Parked Car On Sidewalk
  20. Trash And Junk In Alley
  21. Weeds, Dry, Tall In Alley
  22. Auto Repair On Property
  23. A Fence Taller Than 6 Feet Or Shorter Than 3 Feet
  24. Mobil Home In Driveway
  25. Mobil Home In Yard
  26. Yard Sale Signs on Trees, in Medians, or on Poles

Report Code Violations with FresGo

FresGo - Report an Issue

Police Violations (559) 621-8000

  1. InOp Parked In Street (cob webs, flat tires, wrecked)
  2. Boat Stored In Street
  3. Trailer Stored In Street
  4. Basketball Hoop In Street
  5. Mobile Home Parked In Street W/Power Hooked Up

Public Works (559) 621-8650

  1. Sign Replacement/Repair
  2. Sidewalk, Curb, Gutter Repairs
  3. Tree Removal/Replacement And Trimming
  4. Street Lights
  5. Traffic Lights
  6. Standing Water

Community Sanitation Graffiti Reporting Form On-Line

  1. Graffiti Reporting (fences, trees, parks, building and signs)
Certificate, Proclamation, and Letter Requests

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:

District 1 Cert/Proc/Letter Request
District 1 News


In The News






Press Releases/Media Advisories


August 27, 2021 – Councilmember Esmeralda Soria and Fresno Arts Council to Host Echo and Weldon Avenues Crosswalk Repainting
July 31, 2021 – Councilmember Soria, Councilmember Arias and City of Fresno to Host Olive Avenue Street Reopening Beautification Celebration
July 28, 2021 – Councilmember Soria, Councilmember Arias, and Fresno Arts Council to Host Olive and Wishon Avenues Crosswalk Repainting
July 27, 2021 – Councilmember Soria, Councilmember Arias, and Fresno Arts Council to Host Olive and Wishon Avenues Crosswalk Repainting
July 21, 2021- Councilmember Soria to Host Community Meeting About A Proposed City Park On Echo Ave and Weldon Ave
June 17, 2021 – City of Fresno Approves Resolution to Sponsor Free Swim Lessons for Children
June 10, 2021 – City of Fresno to Hold First Pride Flag Raising Ceremony
May 17, 2021- Councilmember Soria & Councilmember Arias to Kick-off Phase II & III of the Tower Beautification Project
April 23, 2021 – Councilmember Soria To Kick Off Emerson Avenue Median Island Beautification And Celebrate National Great American Clean-Up Day At Lions Park
April 12, 2021 – Councilmember Soria Denounces Hate at Tower District Peaceful Protest
March 16, 2021 – Councilmember Soria To Host Free Grocery Food Distribution At Heaton Elementary School
March 15, 2021 – Councilmembers Call for an Independent Investigation on Proud Boys Association
March 15, 2021 – Councilmember Esmeralda Soria Celebrates Women’s History Month Recognizing Extraordinary Local Women
March 9, 2021 – Fresno City Councilmember and Educator, Esmeralda Soria to get COVID-19 Vaccine
February 16, 2021- Councilmember Soria to Host Free Grocery Food Distribution at Heaton Elementary School
February 10, 2021 – Palm Avenue Protected Bikeway Community Meeting
January 28, 2021- Fresno City Council Approves Resolution Supporting NFL and Central Valley Legend Tom Flores be Inducted into the 2021 Pro Football Hall of Fame
January 26, 2021 – Councilmember Soria and District 1 Team Host Free Grocery Food Distribution At Steinbeck Elementary School


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

Residential and Business Energy Program Resources

“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.

Energy Toolkit – General Information
Energy Toolkit – Residential Information
Energy Toolkit – Business Information

Fresno Youth Commission

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.

City of Fresno Youth Commission Ordinance
City of Fresno Youth Commission Application

Young Councilmember Program

Young Councilmember Program

For the past five years, Councilmember Soria has offered the Young Councilmember Program (YCP) to District 1 high school students. The YCP has brought together young people to become part of a team developing leadership skills and building civic engagement in youth. The program educates and challenges participants in their understanding of community issues as they learn how to use their voices to create change. Most importantly, our students get a unique insight into how local government functions and how to prepare for a professional career in public or community service.

Monthly sessions are held at Fresno City Hall. Young Councilmembers will provide their own transportation to and from City Hall. Some sessions require additional transportation for a field trip, which is arranged and provided for by the Councilmember’s office for all participants.

Saturday sessions begin promptly at 9:00 AM and last approximately 3-4 hours, this may vary due to the field trip location site. At each Saturday session, a specific topic of discussion is the focal point where we incorporate a guest speaker or a field trip centered on the topic.

This program is of no cost to participants or their families. All we ask is that participants attend all sessions and actively participate in the program. All materials, meals, and field trip transportation is provided. The Young Councilmember Program is open to all high school students who live in or attend school in the City of Fresno- Council District One.

Those interested must fill out an application to be considered. A class of 15 students will be selected for the program. Please contact our office if you have any questions at (559) 621-7814.

How to Apply:

Return the following items:

  1. Young Councilmember Application
  2. Personal statement

Email: (application packet must be sent in PDF)

Download the Young Councilmember Program Flyer

Agriculture Tour- Fresno County Farm Bureau

Agriculture Tour- Fresno County Farm Bureau

Facebook and Google Tour

Facebook and Google Tour


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

  1. Complete the Councilmember Esmeralda Soria’s Council Internship Program Application
  2. Provide proof of enrollment, including the number of semester units completed and grade point average.
  3. Include a letter of interest.
  4. Submit 2 References (cannot be a relative).

Email: (application packet must be sent in PDF)
Mail: Attn: Terry Cox — 2600 Fresno Street, Fresno CA 93721

Where Are They Now: District 1 Interns

Brian Santos

Brian Santos

Since his time working with District 1, Brian currently works with the King County Human Service Agency as an Eligibility Worker and is planning to obtain a Master’s degree in Public Administration.

Candi Zarate

Candi Zarate

Since finishing her internship with District 1, Candi has worked with Wonderful Giving. She is currently a senior at UCLA, double majoring in English and Education Social Transformation.

Italia Benitez

Italia Benitez

Since finishing her internship with District 1, Italia has graduated from California State University, Fresno receiving a bachelor’s degree in Political Science with a minor in Spanish, as well as a legal studies certificate. During her time at CSU, Fresno she was the Secretary for the Political Science Honor Association, as well as a Real Estate Agent. Since graduating she has re-focused on her career in Real Estate.

Jaskeet Raika

Jaskeet Raika

Jaskeet began her journey at District 1 as an intern, eventually working her way up as a Council-Aide while attending CSUF to obtain her B.S. in Business Admin-Computer Information Systems. Following her graduation, Jaskeet joined local grassroots non-profit, Jakara Movement, and currently serves as the Fresno County Community Organizer, primarily working with Punjabi-Sikh youth all across California.

Jazmin Gallardo

Jazmin Gallardo

Jazmin worked as a council aide for District 1, she is a first-generation college student attending Fresno State University majoring in Political Science with a minor in Geography. Jazmin previously worked as a research assistant for the California Water Institute and is currently working as an intern with California Coalition for Rural Housing with the Fresno Housing Authority under their Asset Management Department.

Anastasia Bates

Anastasia Bates
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.

Pawan Brar

Pawan Brar
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.

Conner McKnight

Conner McKnight
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.

Nico Stacy-Alcantara

Nico Stacy-Alcantara
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.

Harkiran Kaur

Harkiran Kaur
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.

Isabel Hernandez

Isabel Hernandez
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.

Natalie Mott

Natalie Mott
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.

Eliza Guzman

Eliza Guzman
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.

Richard McCoy
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.

Jorge Lopez

Jorge Lopez
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.

Clifford Williams

Clifford Williams
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.

Jaskaran Singh

Jaskaran Singh
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.

David Paredes

David Paredes
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.

Audrey Dunn

Audrey Dunn
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.

Daisy Benavidez
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.

Zoe Miller

Zoe Miller
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.

Jasmine Mejia

Jasmine Mejia
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.

Jose Verduzco

Jose Verduzco
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.

Cynthia Escoto

Cynthia Escoto
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.

Tyler Munoz

Tyler Munoz
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.

Claudia Salinas-Summer

Claudia Salinas-Summer
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.

Leslie Hille

Leslie Hille
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.

Marisol Contreras

Marisol Contreras
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.

Cecilia Acevedo
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.

Kevin Balbuena

Kevin Balbuena
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.

Alexandria Sanchez

Alexandria Sanchez
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

Cheryl Lee

Cheryl Lee
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.

Meghan Kelly

Meghan Kelly
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.

Keith Glassbrook

Keith Glassbrook
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.

Katie Altobello

Katie Altobello
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.

District 1 Employment Opportunities


A Council Assistant provides staff support for the Councilmember in her duties of providing constituent services and making our city a safe and strong community for everyone.

Council Assistants provide critical constituency services to District One residents. Assistants will also provide social media and communications support to the Councilmember. Job duties include organizing citizen participation, activities while collecting, and compiling data, conducting surveys, and prepares reports on assigned activities.

Council Assistants will work with city departments and other outside agencies to secure services for the 72,000 District One residents. A Council Assistant should possess strong writing and communication skills necessary for drafting speeches, press releases, legislation, etc. Council Assistants will manage multiple projects in a fast-paced office.


  1. Previous office experience is required. Preferably in government services.
  2. Possession of a valid California Driver’s License may be required at time of appointment.
  3. Must submit a personal letter expressing their interest in becoming a Council Assistant.
  4. Applicant must submit a resume with the application.
  5. Applicant must provide 1 professional and 1 personal reference.
  6. Applicant must submit all requested documents via email below to Chief of Staff, Terry Cox.

HOW TO APPLY: Return the following items —
For questions, please feel free to contact my Chief of Staff at (559) 621-7810.

District 1 Council Assistant Application


Council Aides provide valuable work experience directly related to an office and field setting. Council Aide assists with community outreach, constituency services, events, research, and special projects.

A Council Aide will receive hands-on experience in the field of municipal operations.

A Council Aide should be available to work between 20 to 25 hours per week.


  1. Must be at least 18 years of age.
  2. Applicant must submit a personal letter expressing their interest in becoming a Council Aide.
  3. Applicant must submit a resume with the application.
  4. Applicant must provide 1 professional and 1 personal reference.
  5. Applicant must submit all requested documents via email below to Chief of Staff, Terry Cox

HOW TO APPLY: Return the following items —

For questions, please feel free to contact my Chief of Staff at (559) 621-7810.

District 1 Council Aide Application

Online Service Request
District 1 Online Service Request

Requestor's Information

Location/Description of Problem

Contact Councilmember Esmeralda Soria's Office
Contact District 1