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Meet & Greet FLA's Executive Director

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Gloria Soto was born, raised, and educated in Santa Maria. She is the daughter of immigrant farm-worker parents, who made numerous sacrifices to ensure she would have a better life. Gloria took advantage of opportunities afforded to her by her family and community; she is a proud past participant of Future Farmers of America and Future Leaders of America (FLA). 

Gloria has dedicated her young professional career to advancing reproductive healthcare access on the Central Coast. Since 2011, Gloria has served in various positions at Planned Parenthood California Central Coast (PPCCC), including education, public affairs, and development. As the Director of Public Affairs, she recently worked to expand access to quality reproductive health care, including safe and legal abortion, through community engagement and public policy. Her commitment to her community has also led her to serve on the boards of community-based organizations. Gloria served four years as a Board of Directors for FLA, one of the largest Latinx youth-serving organizations in the state of California, and also sits on the board for The Fund for Santa Barbara. 

Gloria was elected in 2018 as part of the national wave of young women of color seeking to bring representation to local governments. She is the first Councilmember to be elected under Santa Maria’s new district election system and, at age 29, made history by being the youngest woman elected. Gloria is only the sixth woman to be elected to the City Council. 

Today she and her family reside in Santa Maria. Gloria is bilingual, bi-cultural, and deeply connected to the many communities on the Central Coast. Gloria attended Pioneer Valley High School and earned her Associates’ Degree at Allan Hancock College and her B.A. at Chapman University. 

October 28th, 2021 5:30 PM   through   7:30 PM
1117 State St
Outdoor Patio
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
United States
Phone: (805) 642-6208  ext. 1003
Event Fee(s)
Donation to FLA $ 50.00

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