Assembly member Holly J. Mitchell was elected in November 2010 to represent the 47th Assembly District. She chairs the Assembly’s Budget Sub-committee on Health & Human Services, and is a member of the Committees on Accountability & Administrative Review, Appropriations, Budget, Health, and Public Safety.
Holly comes to the State Assembly from leadership in California’s non-profit sector where she championed statewide family-focused policymaking for seven years prior to taking public office. As the CEO of Crystal Stairs, one of the largest childcare agencies in California, she worked to assure access to quality, affordable services for 25,000 children and their families, while fundraising and meeting a monthly payroll for hundreds of employees.
Previously, Holly worked in the Los Angeles district office of State Senator Diane Watson, where she provided community and constituent services. As a policy analyst for the California Senate’s Health and Human Services Committee, she sought fiscally sound ways to expand health care and other vital services. She helped develop the groundbreaking Healthy Families program as the Legislative Advocate of the Western Center for Law and Poverty. Later, she served as Executive Director of the Black Women’s Health Project in Los Angeles where she fought to further improve access to affordable care.
As the mother of a middle-schooler, Holly Mitchell understands the concerns of working families and advocates legislative policy to meet their needs. And, as the daughter of two public service employees, she understands the importance of public service, and the need to protect critical services while growing a sustainable economy. In the Assembly, she seeks to improve the quality and accessibility of the state’s health and education systems. She focuses on job creation and finding a balance between business, human and environmental needs that expands economic opportunity while protecting natural resources.
Holly’s commitment to community service and social justice began in elementary school when she volunteered in a Congressional campaign that eventually led to student activism and a Coro Fellowship in Public Affairs, following her undergraduate studies at the University of California at Riverside.