Monique Limón is an experienced elected leader and educator, with a strong record working for Democratic values, and a proven ability to build coalitions and strong support from both Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties that make her the strongest candidate to continue serving as Assemblymember of the 37th District.
Limón, who is serving in her first term as Assemblymember in the California Legislature also served six years as a Santa Barbara Unified School Board Member. She 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. For more than fourteen years Monique served as an educator where she held the role of 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 mentored and assisted hundreds of local students in successfully transitioning to college and graduate school in her previous positions at Santa Barbara City College and UCSB.
Monique has also 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, having worked with nonprofit organizations and university groups including serving as a past nonprofit Board of Directors for Leading from Within, New Beginnings Counseling Center, former Katherine Harvey Fellow through the Santa Barbara Foundation, Grants Review Committee for the McCune Foundation, and the Community Engagement Committee for the Granada Theatre.
Monique holds a Master’s 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 President of the 19th Agricultural District Association) reside in Goleta, and both were raised in the Santa Barbara area.