Our 2021 Spirit of HOPE Honoree

Vice Chair Nora Vargas

San Diego County Supervisor, District 1

We are delighted to celebrate Vice Chair Nora Vargas as the recipient of our Spirit of HOPE Award in recognition of her extraordinary achievements in supporting the advancement of Latinas and the Latino community. The HOPE Board admires her steadfast dedication to ensuring the Latina experience is recognized and uplifted, particularly though the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and ongoing reckoning with racial injustice.

We are proud to count on Vice Chair Vargas as a committed and supportive member of the HOPE network as a HOPE Leadership Institute Alumna, a 2018 HOPE Binational Fellow, a former chair of the HOPE Board, and current HOPE Champion (advisory board member).

Supervisor Nora Vargas was sworn in on January 4, 2021, as the first Latina, first immigrant, and first woman of color in the history of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors. She was unanimously elected Vice-Chair of the Board by her peers.

Vice Chair Vargas is Co-Chair of the County's COVID-19 subcommittee and is leading efforts to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19, focusing on economic recovery from an equity lens. She also serves as Chair for SANDAG’s Transportation Committee and the Air Pollution Control District, where her priorities include promoting environmental and climate justice to support communities that have been disproportionately impacted. Additionally, as Vice Chair for the Regional Task Force on Homelessness’ Continuum of Care Advisory Board, Vice Chair Vargas is working to ensure barriers are removed and the region’s unsheltered population have access to the wraparound services they need.

Prior to her election to the San Diego County Board of Supervisors, Vice Chair Vargas served as member of the Southwestern College Governing Board, the only public institution of higher education in San Diego’s South County. Vice Chair Vargas also served as the first Latina Executive for Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest.