Cindy Montanez entered politics in 1999 as a San Fernando City Councilmember. She later became the Mayor of San Fernando and, at the age of 28, became the youngest woman elected to the California State Legislature. As chair of the Assembly Rules Committee, Cindy ushered key legislative initiatives through the State Legislature. Cindy has been a strong advocate for high-quality education, the environment, middle-class jobs and community development. She played an important role in historic legislation addressing climate change, cleaning up contaminated sites, investing in California’s infrastructure, increasing travel and tourism and modernizing school facilities throughout the state.
Upon leaving the legislature Cindy was appointed by the Mayor to the Los Angeles City Planning Commission and also served on the California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board where she helped resolve unemployment appeals for thousands of workers and employers throughout the state. While on the Planning Commission, Cindy worked with Los Angeles city departments to guide good planning, development and more efficient permitting processes.
Cindy started her government relations firm and is currently Assistant General Manager for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power where she oversees federal and state legislative and regulatory water and energy issues. Cindy’s strong relationships with key local and state decision-makers, exceptional credibility among labor, business and community organizations and understanding of local and state government have positioned her to take on an important leadership in Los Angeles.
Cindy has been recognized by numerous organizations for her uncompromising legislative record and commitment to the community. She developed a strong reputation for her skills and ability to develop broad-based coalitions and community support to promote policies, programs and initiatives to improve the well-being for residents and businesses throughout the State of California.
Cindy attended UCLA and is a lifelong resident of the San Fernando Valley.