2013 Honorees

Ray of HOPE
Nury Martinez


Los Angeles City Council Member, District 6





















On July 23, 2013, Nury Martinez became the second Latina ever elected to the Los Angeles City Council, and the first in over 25 years. Born and raised in the San Fernando Valley, Nury Martinez has dedicated her life to her community, working to create good-paying local jobs, keeping our communities safe and advocating for our children and students. A neighborhood watch captain, homeowner and a mother, Nury is focusing on getting back to the basics and delivering resources to Valley residents.

The product of public schools and the first in her family to graduate from college, Nury was proud to serve the community on the L.A. Unified School Board from 2009-2013. As a leader on the School Board, Nury worked to expand access to quality education for all communities, raise standards for college and career readiness and ensure safe and secure schools for all students. 

As the Executive Director of Pacoima Beautiful, Nury worked to bring parties to the table to create economic opportunity with an eye towards environmental sustainability. Nury was able to help clean up the former Price Pfister toxic waste site and turned it into the Pacoima Plaza shopping center, a LEED certified facility that has brought hundreds of good paying jobs to the community.

The daughter of immigrants, Nury’s parents worked to instill the importance of community involvement in her from a young age. Her father was a dishwasher who took the bus everyday from Pacoima to Sherman Oaks while her mother worked on an assembly line at the Price Pfister factory in Pacoima. Her community involvement began early when Price Pfister announced plans to relocate local jobs to Mexico, ending hundreds of stable, union jobs that had provided, for the first time ever, healthcare coverage for Nury’s entire family. Nury organized to save local jobs that supported working families.

Nury’s family history and background in community organizing inspire her goals on the Los Angeles City Council. Nury will fight to attract and retain businesses that create solid middle class jobs.She will do this by revitalizing key commercial corridors, like the Van Nuys Corridor and the old Montgomery Ward site in the heart of PanoramaCity, with smart economic development plans.With her experience in the non-profit sector fighting for grant funds, Nury will work to finish the 40-acre Cesar Chavez park project and turn some of the existing landfills inSun Valleyinto more open space for the residents of Council District 6. She will also fight to fully fund public safety so that all our City's residents can count on faster emergency response times and well-trained first responders.

As the lone elected female member of the Los Angeles City Council, Nury takes her responsibility for speaking for the women of Los Angeles seriously noting that bringing a diversity of perspectives makes for good government. She is committed to encouraging and supporting girls and women to take leadership roles and be part of government; and is asking all of her colleagues to join her in carrying that flag forward.

Nury is a graduate of San Fernando High School and California State University at Northridge. She is an alumnus of the HOPE Leadership Institute, Class of 2000. She and her husband Gerry live in Sun Valley with their young daughter, Isabelle.

Ray of HOPE
Ana Guerrero

Chief of Staff to

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti



Ana Guerrero serves as Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Chief of Staff. In this capacity, she is the primary driver of his agenda to improve neighborhoods, create jobs and make City Hall work better, and directs all aspects of the Office of the Mayor.

Guerrero has worked with Garcetti since he was first elected to the City Council in 2001. Shewas appointed as his Council Office Chief of Staff in 2008, after serving as his District Director and Deputy Chief of Staff. As Garcetti’s top aide during his Council Presidency she worked closely with the City’s leadership to negotiate unprecedented budget and pension reforms. Garcetti’s Council District underwent a dramatic transformation with the help of Guerrero’s leadership, including being ranked number one in job growth. Guerrero helped develop and implement key initiatives such as Garcetti’s Neighborhood Leadership Institute, Uniting Neighborhoods to Abolish Graffiti, and tripling the number of parks from 16 to 48.

Guerrero brings extensive community organizing experience to her role as the Mayor’s chief strategist. She began her organizing career in 1990 with the Sonoma County Faith Based Community Organizing Project where she organized low and middle income families around issues such as job creation and affordable housing. She came to Los Angeles in 1995 to become the lead organizer of the United Neighborhoods Organization (UNO). There, she led a campaign that helped more than 5,000 immigrants become naturalized, politically active citizens. She has also provided technical assistance to community-based organizations through the Center for Community Change.

Guerrero is an elected member of the Los Angeles County Democratic Party (AD43) and is Second Vice President of the Latino Democrats of Los Angeles County. She remains active in community organizing through her service on the board of the Needmor Family Fund. Guerrero is an immigrant from Mexico and is the daughter of farm workers. She is married to Neal Goldstein and is the mother of three children ages 23, 10, and 8.