Cheryl Sudduth

Cheryl Sudduth has spent a lifetime advocating for Girls y Women, underserved youth, people with disAbilities and disadvantaging conditions, and our Wounded Warriors. Her professional experiences helping provide job opportunities & training improving coupled with her community-based service on various commissions and local school board committees and youth mentoring services, make her the best choice to represent us in the Legislature.

Cheryl’s unrelenting pursuit of equality is borne in her actions.

Over the course of nearly twelve years, she has created hundreds of opportunities for youth to gain invaluable life skills through sports through her nonprofit 'ICYSports'. Through her volunteer work as a mentor, life coach, and etiquette trainer for young women, she has positively affected the lives of thousands of individuals.

She has fought steadily to hold elected officials accountable for public safety and fiscal responsibility. She has campaigned tirelessly for not just Equal Pay yet FAIR pay. She believes equity has as its foundation the need for a solid economic base which means all people must be adequately educated and competent to compete in a global environment. This all starts with a quality public education system - a financial investment which will help close the achievement gap and subsequent economic disparities. As well, individuals need choices – real choices in education and job training.  We need a diverse workforce trained in all aspects of business based on what best suits individual workers – college-based learning, industry training, skills-based learning, technology or technical training, hands-on or experiential or on-the-job training, etc. Creative, realistic approaches to workforce development is the way to help close the economic gaps for the most underserved and vulnerable members of our communities.

Cheryl has a proven record of creating jobs for those considered 'unemployable'. She has a career’s worth of experience she will utilize to help create high quality jobs and create innovative ways to employ more people. As Senior Director of Contracts for Goodwill Industries, Cheryl developed their employment strategy and helps shape Goodwill's AbilityOne programs for people with significant disAbilities through job training, employment experience, and life skills training. These programs have been instrumental in assisting hundreds of workers with disAbilities achieve self-sufficiency. She also serves as the agency's Government Policy Subject Matter Expert and Senior Compliance Officer.  Prior to Goodwill, Cheryl worked in Contract Negotiation and Management at Siebel Systems and Sony. Her expertise in negotiations, mediation, and problem resolution, along with her willingness to work tirelessly to make things happen for the district, the state, the nation - make her a great choice to represent this diverse community.

Highly experienced in federal contracting and a longtime disAbilities rights advocate with a commitment to worker development and public awareness, Cheryl is currently campaigning to represent the East Bay in the California Assembly for District 15. She is the proud mother of two sons - Elijah, a recent Morehouse College graduate and MBA student and Amir, a current Morehouse College civil engineering student, and a daughter, Ayana'a, a dual-enrolled Albany High School Senior and college freshman. Cheryl presents a much-needed voice in the legislature - dedicated to social and economic justice, fiscal prudence, empowerment of our girls, protection of constitutional & civil & human rights for everyone rather than a select few, safe communities, job training, affordable health care, just immigration policies, living wages which are fair to employees yet incentivize employers, and protection of women’s rights. Committed to all forms of equity, not just in principle, yet in practice, Cheryl follows the lead of the disAbility community which believes, "Nothing About Us Without Us", so the best method of knowing what’s right for any particular group starts by asking that group - whether its People of Color, Women, impacted persons, or other marginalized groups.

 

That begins by ensuring they have seats at the decision-making tables – including legislative bodies, especially legislative seats. It is not enough to appoint individuals to token positions or to positions of 'counsel'. Representation must be true and equitable, measurable and valued at all levels of governance at the levels of diversity as they are within the American society. This starts today with diverse, talented, qualified Women like Cheryl who are willing to step forward to lead the next generation. She has established a stellar reputation for principled and independent leadership, unafraid to take on the tough issues, create sound, pragmatic resolutions, and speak up for those she represents, for a more just society, a richer nation, a safer world.

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