Mom, non-profit leader and new Assemblywoman to the 38th District, Suzette Valladares embodies a fighting spirit to get things done and enact change for the betterment of the community.

Valladares began her career working in early childhood education advocacy and went on to become the Executive Director of Southern California Autism Speaks, an organization dedicated to creating awareness and outreach for individuals with autism and their families. It was not until 2018 after losing her mother to cancer, that she took over her mother’s role as Chief Executive Officer of Little Steps of Faith, a faith-based non-profit preschool that provides quality childcare to underserved families in the San Fernando and Santa Clarita Valleys.

“I was thrilled to carry on my mother’s legacy,” commented Valladares. “Being a strong voice for others is definitely something my mom instilled in me.”

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