Javier Hernandez is a community leader who has spent his life advocating for underrepresented communities in the Inland Empire.
When elected to the Assembly, Javier will be a champion for progressive values and a voice for communities that have been historically denied a seat at the table. This includes making sure the Inland Empire gets its fair share of state resources and has access to more opportunities for a better quality of life.
Since 2015, Javier has been Executive Director of the Inland Coalition for Immigrant Justice (ICIJ), a coalition of over 35 diverse organizations that collectively advocate for immigrant justice in the Inland Empire.
In that role, Javier advocates for protections for immigrant families and increased funding for social services. His deep roots in his community have given him a unique perspective and a powerful voice to fight for working families.
Born in Mexico, Javier came to the United States with his family when he was six months old and was raised in different parts of the district – including Pomona, Montclair and Ontario. Growing up as an undocumented immigrant, Javier lived through the struggles that many people in the I.E. continue to face – including poverty, discrimination, and limited access to housing, health care, and quality education.
Sade—pronounced Sha-day (like the singer)—is a community organizer, an educator, and a foster parent. For more than 15 years in community engagement, Sade has made it her life’s work to fight for social, racial, and economic justice.
At Community Coalition, under the leadership of City Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson, Sade helped win the “School Climate Bill of Rights,” a resolution that helped to reduce racial profiling in Los Angeles schools. She recently raised $12 million to purchase and renovate property in South Los Angeles to establish a community center to train the next generation of progressive activists and leaders. Sade also successfully co-designed the critical youth engagement strategy for Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass to increase voter engagement and turnout.
The eldest of four girls, daughter of Egyptian and Guatemalan immigrants, who speaks English, Spanish, Portuguese and Arabic, Sade is proud of her upbringing and roots as a Black and Latina woman. Sade is committed to issues of equity, access, and solidarity to transform Los Angeles’ underserved communities.
Sasha Renée Pérez is an Alhambra City Councilmember, educator, and civil rights advocate who champions equitable access to higher education and lifting up California working families. She is deeply committed to advocating for policies that create social, racial, and economic justice.
A San Gabriel Valley native, Sasha is recognized regional leader who champions equitable access to higher education and lifting up San Gabriel Valley working families. She is deeply committed to advocating for policies that create social, racial, and economic justice.
In 2020, Sasha was elected to Alhambra City Council and immediately sworn in as Mayor, making her the youngest female Mayor in San Gabriel Valley history, the youngest Latina Mayor in California history to lead a mid-sized city and the first openly-Bisexual Mayor in the country.
Sasha was honored as Congressional Woman of the Year by Congresswoman Judy Chu in 2022 for spearheading the creation of Alhambra’s sustainability plan and securing $670,000 in congressional funds. She was named Active SGV’s Outstanding Elected Official in 2021 for her efforts to increase pedestrian safety and walkability throughout the city.
Sasha is running for State Senate to create a future where every Californian prospers. She’ll fight for our progressive values and ensure our State Capitol meets the needs of San Gabriel Valley and Inland Empire communities and working families.