Monique Limón’s experience as an elected leader, an educator and leader in education, strong record fighting for Democratic values, proven ability to build coalitions, and strong support from both Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties make her the strongest candidate to succeed Assemblymember Das Williams in the 2016 election.
Limón, who is serving her second-term as Santa Barbara Unified School Board Member, is a lifelong resident of the 37th Assembly District. Monique’s extended family includes many small business owners from Ventura and Santa Barbara who are active in the community. Monique also serves as Assistant Director for the McNair Scholars Program at UCSB, the largest employer in the Assembly district. Prior to her work at UCSB, she served as the Student Program Advisor for California Student Opportunity and Access Program (CAL-SOAP) at Santa Barbara City College. Her commitment to equity in education has been a life-long commitment and is highlighted in previous positions including, UCSB Director of Diversity Recruitment and Retention for the Graduate Division.
Monique has mentored and assisted hundreds of local students transition to and succeed in college and graduate school in her current capacity, and in previous positions at Santa Barbara City College and UCSB. Monique holds a Masters degree in Education from Columbia University and a Bachelors of Arts degree from UC Berkeley. Monique and her husband, Michael Medel (Director of Admissions and Records at Santa Barbara City College and Vice President of the 19th Agricultural District Association) reside in Goleta, and both were raised in the Santa Barbara area.
Monique has been an advocate of Women’s issues, helping create awareness of private and public resources for women in the county as former Commissioner on the Santa Barbara County Commission for Women. She has a strong trajectory of community involvement, working with nonprofit organizations and university groups including serving as a past Katherine Harvey Fellow through the Santa Barbara Foundation, on the Grants Review Committee for the McCune Foundation, Board of Directors of Leading from Within, and the Community Engagement Committee for the Granada Theatre.