District 1 – Joey Smith District II – OpenDistrict III – Open District IV – Lauren Babb
District V – Kirsten Upshaw
Argentina Dávila-LuévanoPhyllis GordonDr. Julianna HynesDeborah CowanAriana RickardHannah BrownDayanna CarlosLanita Mims
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.
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.
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.
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. 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. 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.
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. 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, 7:00 p.m. at Gayle B. Uilkema Memorial Board Room, County Connection, 2477 Arnold Industrial Way, Concord. CA 94520. The public is invited to attend the meetings.
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Download the County and Commission applications below or, if you’d like more information, send us an Email: Contra Costa Commission for Women.