Anna Caballero just completed her service a cabinet member and as California Secretary of the State and Consumer Services Agency. She is currently running for office in Salinas, CA. Her mission as Secretary mirrors her 30-year career fighting for working families, children and crime victims; driving to create good paying jobs; and advocating for fair and affordable housing. Caballero’s responsibility as Secretary includes the oversight of departments charged with civil rights enforcement, consumer protection, and licensure for 2.4 million working professionals.
As a member of the California State Assembly for four years, mayor of Salinas, and council member for fifteen years, she has local and state government expertise that makes her uniquely qualified to guide the departments charged with $9 billion in annual purchasing; management of all state real estate; oversight of two of the nations’ largest pension funds; collection of state taxes; and hiring of state employees. A graduate of UCLA School of Law and UC San Diego, Caballero has dedicated her professional life to the people of the Salinas Valley. With two colleagues she formed the award-winning law firm of Caballero, Matcham and McCarthy, in Salinas and Hollister. Secretary Caballero personally received the Salinas Valley Chamber of Commerce’s most distinguished award, the Athena, for entrepreneurial excellence and commitment to the community. While in the Assembly she received numerous awards for her work in youth violence prevention, protection of local government, support for public school construction, and water reliability and sustainability. Prior to her election to the Assembly, Caballero established a non-profit organization dedicated to youth violence prevention in Salinas. Partners for Peace (PFP) helped parents and youth develop stronger family bonds and encourage healthy behavior. PFP focused on supporting early childhood development, literacy, after-school activities, youth employment and high school dropout prevention strategies, through the development of partnerships.