An experienced policy advocate and trained molecular cell biologist & biochemist, Cheryl Sudduth has spent a lifetime advocating for all of US - particularly, our Girls & Women, our underserved youth, people with disAbilities and disadvantaging conditions, our Veterans & Wounded Warriors, those of us who feel unseen, unheard, uncounted.
Her professional experiences as an international negotiator, contracting and compliance officer, procurement & supply chain & logistics expert, and creating job opportunities & training to workers of all types, including untraditional candidates, coupled with her community-based service on various state, regional & local commissions and youth mentoring services, make her the best choice to represent US.
Cheryl’s unrelenting pursuit of equity is borne in her actions and policy advocacy.
Working in collaboration with neighbors and unions, community leaders and elected officials, Cheryl has fought against corporate greed and against prioritizing profits & executive compensation over people & needed community services. Whether professionally or through grassroots work as an elected official currently serving as the Vice-President (immediate Past President) of the Board of Directors on the West County Wastewater District and Chair of the West County Agency, ACLU Board Director, appointed Commissioner of the CC Racial Justice Oversight Body, Steering Committee member of the CC Racial Justice Coalition, CC Immigration Rights Alliance advocate, CC Budget Justice Coalition Steering Committee, BWOPA Lifetime member & Political Education co-chair, NAACP CA-HI Environmental & Climate Justice Committee member, she has been directly involved in the unwavering fight for equity, racial justice, inclusivity, environmental justice, clean air & clean water rights, and transformation of the criminal legal system by proactively confronting and challenging the dynamics of societal power and privilege.
Cheryl has worked tirelessly in the community effecting change with and through: BWOPA / Indivisible East Bay (IEB) / League of Women Voters (LWBAE) / BEO (Black Elected Officials), AMEAON (American Muslims Elected & Appointed Officials), NALEO (Nat'l Assn of Latino Elected Officials) / NSBE (Nat'l Society Black Engineers), SHPE (Society of Hispanic Engineers), Women in Science, Black Women in Science, Women in STEM / Indigenous Women Warriors / Water Warriors, Sierra Club, 350 Bay Area, 350 Contra Costa, Contra Costa Climate Leaders, Sunflower Alliance, Greenbelt Alliance / CAIR / East Oakland Collective (EOC) / Ella Baker Center / Oakland Justice Collective (OJC) / WC Detention Center Strategy Team / Albany Coming Together (ACT) / interFaith Alliance / SF Jewish Family & Children’s Services / Children’s Hospital-Oakland / Girl Scouts / Alliance 4 Girls / Cinnamon Girls / Boys & Girls Club / Veterans Groups and many other grassroots organizations.
She has fought steadily to hold elected officials accountable for public safety and fiscal responsibility. She has campaigned unceasingly 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 eliminate 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 the individual: whether 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.
Professionally, Cheryl’s work at Sony and Siebel negotiating multimillion dollar, multinational agreements and training international sales teams earned her numerous awards and recognitions. Her work as a Sr. Director at Goodwill creating programs which employ & train People with significant disAbilities, Veterans, Wounded Warriors, and those with disadvantaging conditions and those needing second (or more) chances, helped thousands earn living wages and paid benefits. She has a proven record of creating jobs for those considered 'unemployable'. Her current work at AC Transit has reshaped its Contracts & Procurement group to an efficient operation that emphasizes building systems and empowering people and has resulted in increased competitive bidding & improved quality work product. Her concerted focus on quality & consistent documentation, codifying processes, training & retraining, reinforcing procedures & no-excuse maintenance of standards has earned the agency never-before exemplary audit rankings & top-ranked review recognition by regulatory authorities.
She has the scientific knowledge as well as the lived, social and career experience to innovatively create high-quality meaningful, well-paying jobs with benefits while working to protect our natural resources and environment.
Cheryl's years serving as a Government Policy Subject Matter Expert, Senior Compliance Officer, International Contracts Director & Negotiator has given her a unique perspective and incredible insight and world view. It has also provided her sound expertise in negotiations, international business affairs, mediation, and problem resolution helping her establish a stellar reputation as an ethical and unwavering advocate for the unrepresented and underrepresented and those most impacted by legislative policy. Her work has garnered her local, national, and international award for her advocacy and leadership.
In addition to her professional and academic pursuits, Cheryl is also a dedicated parent & mentor, community advocate, environmentalist & fighter, working tirelessly against racism & racial injustices, toward social and economic equity, disAbility awareness & Veterans rights, educational system evolution, just immigration, civil & human rights (incl. elimination of human trafficking and 'legal' slavery & indentured servitude) and transformation of the criminal legal system.
A Wife of over 25 years to a Class A Longshoreman, and the proud mother of three (two college students; a college grad & new Longshoreman), as well as a youth Mentor (over 1450 girls since 1992), Cheryl has been fully engaged in empowering the next generation. She volunteers regularly in ‘Women in STEM’ events, Girl Scouts, science events in local schools and fundraising activities benefiting Sickle Cell Anemia research.
Cheryl is dedicated to the transformation of social and economic systems that focuses primarily on investing in people & communities, environmental protections that include fines for violators, equity-centered Medicare for All, tuition-free public education, protection of constitutional - civil - human rights for everyone, just immigration policies and abolishment of ICE, paid local/regional/federal job works programs, living wages & paid benefits based on local prevailing wages or federal wage determination registers, demilitarization of police and reinvestment in community, protection of women’s rights, and encouraging & honoring the sanctity of the family unit as a necessary and important component in the mental, physical & spiritual growth of the community.
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 the People starts by asking the People - whether People of Color, People with disAbilities, Women, Students, impacted persons, children, thrivers of rape or abuse or other trauma, or other marginalized groups. Todos o nadie.
“Si no estás sentado a la mesa, no puede establacer las prioridades ni la agenda. Además, si no estás sentado a la mesa, o estás en el menú o alguien está ordenando para usted."
We must work to ensure all of us have seats at the decision-making tables, local, regional and national legislative seats. Equity and 'fair' representation demands it must be true and equitable, diverse, measurable and valued at all levels of governance. Our working-class communities deserve a working-class champion from our community.
Unbought. Unbeholden. Unbreakable. | No Comprado. No Devuelto. Irrompible.
This starts today with diverse, talented, qualified Women like Cheryl who are willing to step forward to lead our generation. She has established a stellar reputation for principled and independent leadership, unafraid to take on the tough issues, speak up for us, create sound, bold, forward-thinking solutions, and deliver resolutions.
Everyone's voice should and will be represented, for a more just society, a richer nation, a safer world.
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