Suzette’s is an unlikely Republican story.
She grew up in the San Fernando Valley, the granddaughter of a farmworker who worked alongside Cesar Chavez in the vineyards near Bakersfield. She was blessed with loving parents who valued education, family and community responsibility.
In high school, she was told, “you’re Latina, therefore you are a Democrat” until she listened to then-Vice President Al Gore speak at a local high school. Suzette quickly realized that she did not believe in the values he espoused. It was then that she was drawn to the Republican Party ideals of liberty, limited government, self-reliance, and quality of life – the same values that Suzette’s parents had instilled in her.
After college, she went to work as a district representative for former local Congressman Buck McKeon. During that time she was honored as an “SCV 40 under Forty” by the Santa Clarita Business Journal. In 2012, Suzette left the public sector and became Executive Director of Southern California Autism Speaks. Her career is based on serving others, with a passion for early childhood education and advocacy.
After her mother’s passing in 2018, Suzette was asked to assume her mother’s role as CEO 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.
Suzette and her husband Shane were blessed with their first child, daughter Charlotte, in April 2017.