Commission Member List
Chair - Iris Wong
Vice-Chair - Natalie Oleas
Secretary - Liliana Gonzalez
Fiscal Liaison - Jennifer Cohen
District 1 - Joey Smith
District III - Jennifer Cohen
District IV - Iris Wong
District V - Kirsten Upshaw
Dr. Julianna Hynes
Beth W. Mora
From the age of 16, Jennifer has been passionate about community service and women's rights. She volunteered with, worked for, and served on the boards of many organizations including CARAL, Planned Parenthood, Habitat for Humanity, Friends of Marsh Creek Watershed and Cystic Fibrosis Research Inc. Jennifer's goal on the Commission for Women is to advocate for women in Contra Costa County.
She has been with the Contra Costa Women’s Commission for 13 years, is currently the Lt. Governor for Division 26, Kiwanis International; elected to the Contra Costa County Democratic Central Committee; is a member on the East County Democrats for Action and Coalition for Concerned Medical Professionals (CCMP).
An accomplished Civil Rights Leader, her federal complaint alleging discrimination resulted in a sweeping change in policy for disabled Job Corp applicants. She is currently advocating on the Central American humanitarian effort for “Children on the Run” from Crime & Violence.
Argentina has served on the NWPC, NOW; LULAC National Educational Service Center & Women’s Commission wherein she was inducted into the Women’s Hall of Fame, she is a recipient of the Anita Del Rio Award.
Originally from the Napa Valley, Liliana is no stranger to the numerous stories of her community from which she developed an appreciation and passion for the field of infant mental health and early intervention. At an early age, she started working with young women, children and parents, raising awareness on the topics of positive body image, eating disorders, immigration rights, parenting and early childhood development.
Liliana attended an all-women’s college in the East Bay, Mills College, where she received her B.A. in Research Psychology and M.A. in Infant Mental Health.
Currently working for the Unity Council’s Head Start and Early Head Start in Concord, Liliana serves her community as Coordinator of the Home-based Program and Disabilities Specialist. In working closely with teachers, parents, children, and Local Education Agencies, Liliana hopes to gain experience advocating for family and children’s rights.
Liliana decided to join the Contra Costa Commission for Women due to her passion for women’s rights and her belief that in order to support a successful future generation we must contribute to the economic empowerment of those caring for our future leaders.
Founding member of the Contra Costa County Women’s Hall of Fame. Northern California Representative ACCW (Association of California Commissions for Women) Member Board of Directors, NACW (National Association of Commissions for Women) and currently sits on their Fundraising Committee. Co-Chaired the NACW Conference 2013.
Angela is a workshop leader who has developed and led workshops that include topics such as: Balancing work and Life, Women’s Healthy Sexuality, Effective Parenting Skills, Overcoming Grief and Loss. She is passionate about women’s issues as they relate to physical, mental and emotional health. With a Master of Arts degree in Transpersonal Counseling, she has a distinct approach for working with individuals and families holistically – mind, body and spirit and desires to bring this perspective to awareness as it relates to educating and edifying the women in our community.
She joined the commission as part of her commitment to bring more awareness for career development and workforce readiness needs of women in Contra Costa County. Bonnie believes “it is critical for the growth and diversity in our community to support the preparation and inclusion of women in the growing workforce in Contra Costa County. Part of being an advocate for women is ensuring that resources are available to help women who face challenges entering and advancing in the 21st-century workforce. The Contra Costa Commission for Women allows professional women like me to do just that.”
Bonnie’s consulting background includes over 20 years in human resources, talent acquisition, career and talent development and as strategic thinking partner. Her educational achievements include a Bachelors in Psychology from Holy Names University and a Masters in Leadership from Walden University. Bonnie lives in Contra Costa District V, represented by Supervisor Federal Glover.
Beth is married to her college boyfriend Jeff Mora. Beth and Jeff have an 8 year old daughter Dakota who attends Contra Costa Jewish Day School in Lafayette. The Mora Family lives in Danville with their two beloved dogs.
Beth is strongly committed to women’s issues as evident in her legal practice as well as volunteer efforts, for which she strongly believes in the efforts of the Commission for Women.
While living in Massachusetts, she worked as a Legal Consultant for a local Rape Crisis Center. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from UC Santa Barbara, where she double majored in English and Sociology and worked as a Speaker for the Rape Prevention Education Program. She is a Certified Rape Crisis Counselor and works for the Contra Costa Family Justice Center, a county non-profit that supports survivors of gender violence.
Natalie is proud to be a member of the Women's Commission and hopes to improve the lives of women and girls in the Contra Costa area.
Patricia joined the Contra Costa County Women’s Commission in 2015 because of her passion for women and girl’s rights and specifically for those women and girls who are economically disadvantaged.
Ms. Smith was appointed to our Women’s Commission in 2013. Her great passions are helping women understand and embrace their worth and exposing women and girls to viable career options that may be considered “non-traditional” for women.
Tracy is also currently serving as the President of the Board of Directors for Take Wings Foundation which is a non-profit serving at risk girls throughout the Bay Area. She views her work with Take Wings as her "heart work" and believes that it is her responsibility to serve in this capacity. Tracy was raised in Hunters Point, one of San Francisco’s most notorious neighborhoods, by a single mother to whom she attributes her spirit of care-taking and self-responsibility. She believes that education, the arts and positive role models are three of the keys that can lead to the success of at risk youth. In 1993 Tracy graduated from Cal State Hayward with a BA in Sociology and went on to Sacramento State to obtain a Master’s Degree in Social Work in 1998. In December of 2009 she obtained her License in Clinical Social Work.
Tracy joined the Commission because she is very passionate about issues that women are facing. She believes that it is her responsibility to strive to have a positive impact on raising the quality of life for all women! A proud member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., and The National Association of Social Workers, Tracy currently resides in Richmond, California along with her husband and two daughters.
As the newest and youngest Commissioner representing District IV, Supervisor Karen Mitchoff, Ms. Wong is interested in increasing girls' interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) classes and careers, engaging young women in public policy issues, and encouraging women to run for elected offices.
The Contra Costa Commission for Women meets monthly, generally on the third Tuesday of the month, 6:30 p.m. County Connection, 2477 Arnold Industrial Way, Concord, California. Public welcome to attend meetings.
Join the Commission
Download the County and Commission applications below or, if you'd like more information, send us an Email: Contra Costa Commission for Women.