About Paloma

Paloma Aguirre serves as councilmember at-large for the City of Imperial Beach. In 2021, she was appointed by State Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon as the Alternate San Diego Coast representative for the California Coastal Commission. She serves on the SANDAG and Metropolitan Transit System Board of Directors, is an alternate on the San Diego Community Choice Power Board, and a member of Vice-Chair Nora Vargas’ Environmental Justice Task Force. She’s been working for over sixteen years to address IB’s most pressing threats to its quality of life, including both environmental and public health issues. Her bilingual and bicultural lived-experience allows her to be a leading advocate in its fight against cross-border pollution.

Councilmember Aguirre’s three priorities are:

Fighting cross-border pollution

Ensuring housing affordability and addressing homelessness

Keeping IB a safe and family-friendly community

Councilmember Aguirre moved to Imperial Beach in 2003 to pursue a college education and competitive bodyboarding. She is the first person in her family to graduate college. After putting herself through school, she graduated from the University of San Diego, California with a B.A. in Psychology. She later earned a certificate in Nonprofit Management from Brandman University; and obtained a Masters of Advanced Studies in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation, from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at University of California, San Diego in 2015.

She is currently the Senior Program Officer for the Environment for the International Community Foundation where she’s responsible for overseeing environmental projects in Mexico and Latin America. Early in her career, Councilmember Aguirre worked as a social-justice community organizer in South San Diego, helping low-income families address immigration, foreclosure, and predatory lending issues. 

In 2014, Councilmember Aguirre was named Woman of the Year by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez for her outstanding leadership in environmental conservation and for her work restoring the Tijuana River Valley.  In 2016 she was selected for the prestigious NOAA Sea Grant Knauss fellowship in Washington D.C. where she worked for U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ), assisting him in drafting and passing bills to reduce trash in our oceans and improve math and science skills in minorities. 

In her spare time, Councilmember Aguirre enjoys bodyboarding and spending time with her husband and two dogs Dante and Dasha. 

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