Contra Costa County Commission for Women

Improving the economic status, social welfare, and overall quality of life for women in Contra Costa Count

Contra Costa County Commission for Women

Improving the economic status, social welfare, and overall quality of life for women in Contra Costa Count

Contra Costa County Commission for Women

Improving the economic status, social welfare, and overall quality of life for women in Contra Costa Count

Contra Costa County Commission for Women

Improving the economic status, social welfare, and overall quality of life for women in Contra Costa Count

Commission Member List


DISTRICT MEMBERS:

District 1 - Joey Smith
District II - Open
District III - Open
District IV - Lauren Babb
District V - Kirsten Upshaw

AT-LARGE MEMBERS:

Argentina Dávila-Luévano
Phyllis Gordon
Dr. Julianna Hynes
Lanita Mims
Patricia Ramirez
Deborah Son
Tracy Ward
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Argentina Dávila-Luévano was born in Central America, became a Naturalized Citizen and has received a BSW from the University of Texas at El Paso. She has directed her life towards working as a Social Worker in numerous at risk cities throughout the US and has been involved in Women’s issues bringing equity to the table.

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.
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Lauren Babb is a consultant at TBWB. Before joining TBWB Lauren spent the last seven years on a series of federal and state campaigns. She was a regional organizer for the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) in Los Angeles, where she led AFL-CIO labor run campaigns. Most recently the 2016 presidential election for Hillary Clinton in Iowa, Florida, and Nevada.
 
Lauren is a graduate of American University and a political management graduate fellow at the George Washington University. During her time in D.C, she worked for a political communications firm producing direct mail during the 2014 election for NextGen America, and the Iowa Democratic Party.  Lauren also spent some time on Capitol Hill working with former Michigan Senator Carl Levin and Representative John Conyers Jr (D-MI). Lauren is a 2012 Obama for America campaign veteran who assisted in the development of a program that registered college students in their home states throughout D.C. and Virginia.
 
Lauren is a new resident of the City of Concord. She serves on the Economic Opportunity Council, a tripartite advisory board to the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors and the Community Services Bureau of the Employment & Human Services Department (EHSD) which helps regulate the Federal Community Services, Block Grant. She is also a commissioner appointed by Supervisor Karen Mitchoff to the Contra Costa Commission for Women & Girls. Lauren has a passion for uplifting the community and giving back to those who need it the most. 
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Phyllis Gordon has served on the Contra Costa County Women’s Commission since 1994. She came to Commission because of her passion for Women’s causes…in particular issues surrounding all forms of violence against women. Over the years that passion has become more encompassing to include issues around women’s equality in all forms of life including home workplace, health and pay equity etc. She has served as Chair, Vice Chair of the Commission and has chaired several Commission Committees.

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.
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Julianna Hynes, PhD is a gifted executive and leadership development coach and facilitator. She is the Founder and CEO of Julianna Hynes & Associates—a firm specializing in assisting existing and emerging women leaders in identifying, bridging, and achieving career and organizational goals. Dr. Hynes joined the Commission in 2011 and has supported the Commission in the Girl on Girl violence project, the biennial Women’s Hall of Fame and leads the Women in Leadership initiative. Her passion and why she joined the Commission is to support the career and economic advancement of women – particularly in Contra Costa County.
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Lanita Mims joined the Commission in 2016. She is passionate about women's issues and believes it is her responsibility to support and give to the woman community. Lanita spent over 30 years of her career working with agencies and nonprofits that support single moms and provide services for single moms to raise their families. Lanita is building a small women owned business, supporting other women in business development, and mentoring/coaching young ladies under 21-30. In her free time she likes to swim, put on events, and hang out with family and friends.
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Patricia Ramirez is a Financial Advisor and an Accredited Asset Management Specialist AAMSâ„  with an AAMS® Designation from the College of Financial Planning® at Raymond James & Associates Inc. With more than 20 years of experience in the financial industry, Patricia helps successful women, families, and business owners with a personalized financial strategy for their unique situation and goals so they can live every stage of their life with confidence.

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.
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Ms. Joey D. Smith is an accomplished presenter, and speech coach who has a 20 + year career as a construction tradeswoman. She considers herself to be a “life-long community servant” and strives to inspire self-efficacy in others through expected and unconventional means.

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.
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Deborah Son has been a Commissioner since early 2017.  Ms. Son has participated in violence prevention, social justice, and health advocacy initiatives since 2007. She acts as a national technical assistance provider and trainer in the white house led Domestic Violence Homicide Prevention Initiative. She led advocacy services for local domestic violence services in Contra Costa County. Prior to this, she managed medical-legal partnerships in Alameda County, leading a team of over one hundred interns to address social determinants of health within the county’s health care system, advocating for the power of trauma-informed practices, recognizing true etiologies of illness, and treating root psychological and social conditions.

Deborah received her Master in Social Work from California State University, East Bay and her B.A. in English from the University of California, Los Angeles. She is currently a Graduate Professor in social work at Cal State East Bay and active with the National Association of Social Workers, California Chapter.
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Kirsten Upshaw is a former banker who most recently founded her own business coaching firm, Business Minded Coaching. She is the newest commissioner appointed by Supervisor Federal Glover, representing District V. Kirsten joined the commission because of the importance of being a caring citizen and her passion for helping women find success at every level.
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Tracy Ward Tracy describes herself as a change agent. She is a social worker at heart and has been in the social service field for over 25 years. After serving 8 years as a Child Welfare Worker with Contra Costa County Tracy moved on to pursue a career in the non-profit world. She is currently the Director of Community Health Programs for the YMCA of the East Bay and is responsible for the delivery and coordination of services specifically in the West Contra Costa School District.

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.
Members of the Commission are available for speaking engagements on a variety of topics including:  women's health and resources, teaching, financial planning, and business management. Please email us at Women's Commission. for more specific topics.

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.