Councilmember Denise Menchaca was elected to the San Gabriel City Council in March of 2017 and enjoys the distinction of being the first Latina elected to the Council as well as serving as the first Latina Mayor from March of 2020 to March of 2021. She was raised in Alhambra, California where she attended local public schools. She attended the University of Southern California, having earned a Bachelor degree in Accounting. She has over 30 years of working in both the public and private industries.
With a diverse resume, Denise has a proven track record of leadership and Community involvement. She was named the Congressional Woman of Distinction for San Gabriel by Congresswoman Judy Chu, National Latina of the Year by the Mexican American Opportunity Foundation, the Golden Apple award by the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA), Great Civic Leader by the Democratic Headquarters of the West San Gabriel Valley and Volunteer of the Year by the American Cancer Society.
Prior to being elected as Councilwoman, her public service included serving as the San Gabriel Unified School District Board member for eight years and Los Angeles County Commissioner for Older Adults. She continues to serve in a variety of capacities. Her Professional and Service Associations include the San Gabriel Kiwanis Club (President), National Women’s Political Caucus of the San Gabriel Valley (Fundraising Chair) and Chinese American Citizen’s Alliance (Board of Associates Chairperson). Other Commissions and Boards service include 211 Los Angeles County Program (Board of Directors), United Democrats of the San Gabriel Valley Club (President-ret), La Casa de San Gabriel (Board Member) and Del Mar Continuation High School Site Council (President-ret).
Denise’s top priorities are to support historic preservation ordinances to guide smart development for our neighborhoods and commercial buildings, invest in public safety by supporting our first responders, provide diverse services to our diverse residents, (especially our youth and seniors), improve the infrastructure of the city and responsibly manage local tax dollars.
Councilmember Menchaca has been married to John Menchaca for 31 years, raising their four children, Vanessa, Michelle, Roxanne and Michael Menchaca. As a longtime resident, business owner and community leader, Denise is proud to call San Gabriel her home.