03.29.11

Emily Mayorga Named a "Woman of the Year" in the 29th Congressional District

Washington, D.C.– Yesterday, at a reception in Pasadena, Representative Adam Schiff (CA-29) honored Emily Mayorga of Alhambra for her commitment and service to our community by naming her a “Woman of the Year.”

“Along with being a successful career woman, Emily has always been a superb and selfless volunteer,” Rep. Schiff said.  “Her lifelong pursuit and dedication to helping others has truly had a positive impact on our community, and for that we are very fortunate.”

As a teenager, Emily volunteered at a Catholic church that she attended, and assisted her mother in numerous important projects. At age 12, Emily began teaching Sunday school at the church. By age 14, Emily launched a program designed to teach adults in the church to read and write.

Emily was also committed to receiving a higher education. Upon graduating from high school, she attended California State University, Los Angeles, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. She continued her education at the University of Phoenix in Pasadena, and received a Master’s degree in Organizational Management.

Emily’s career path took course at an early age. Her perseverance led her to attain various positions at the West San Gabriel Valley YMCA. What began as a summer job soon escalated into Emily holding the title of Associate General Director. After spending more than two decades at the YMCA, she was hired as the Manager of Volunteers at the American Red Cross. Three years later, she was promoted to Human Resources Director. After working for the American Red Cross for four years, Emily was hired to work for the U.S. Department of Commerce/U.S. Census Bureau for one year as Assistant Manager for Recruiting. There, Emily supervised nearly 20 full-time employees, where her team recruited and tested more than 9,000 individuals in the San Gabriel Valley for the 2010 Census.

Emily’s accomplishments in the community are many. She joined the Soroptimist Club of Alhambra-San Gabriel-San Marino more than a decade ago, serving as President twice. From 1995 to 2000, Emily served as a spokesperson for the San Gabriel Valley United Way, and became a Board Member of the Alhambra Educational Foundation from 2004 to 2007. Currently, Emily serves as a delegate for the Soroptimist Club and as an Auxiliary Board Member for the Alhambra Retirement Community. Moreover, she is a tireless volunteer for the Tzu-Chi Foundation and the Alhambra Public Library.

Every March, during Women’s History Month, Rep. Schiff honors one outstanding woman from each of the communities in the 29th Congressional District.  These women come from all walks of life and represent the thousands of women who make a positive impact in our region.  While there are no specific criteria for nomination, Rep. Schiff looks for women who — through their work or volunteerism — have improved the quality of life for our community.

Rep. Schiff represents California’s 29th Congressional District, which includes the communities of Alhambra, Altadena, Burbank, Glendale, Monterey Park, Pasadena, San Gabriel, South Pasadena and Temple City.

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