In March 2017, Tasha Cerda was elected by the citizens of Gardena as their Mayor. Her current term will end in March 2022. She is the first woman and person of either African American and Native American descent to be elected Mayor of Gardena, as well as the first person of Native American descent to be elected as Mayor in the State of California. Prior to the 2017 Mayoral election, she served over seven years as a City Council Member and served as the City of Gardena City Clerk before her service as a Council Member began.
She is a well-known figure in the Gardena community because of her leadership and active roles in a variety of civic and community organizations.
Because she was brought up with strong family values and encouraged to help those in need, these are integral parts of what Mayor Cerda represents. Believing in community volunteerism enabled her to become well known for her “hands on” leadership know-how beginning with her neighborhood involvement when she joined a local Homeowners Association of which she later became President and served in that position for many years.
Her Mayoral responsibilities include representing the City on the Gardena Finance Committee, as well as being the appointed delegate to the County of Los Angeles Sanitation District No. 5, the California Cities for Self-Reliance Joint Powers Authority, the Los Angeles County City Selection Committee, and the Los Angeles Metro Mayors Roundtable. Cerda also serves as the alternate City delegate to the South Bay Regional Public Communications Authority.
Throughout her years of community advocacy, including being no stranger to controversy, Cerda has worked on numerous projects and committees. She is known to tackle difficult and often challenging issues such as taking a firm stand against irresponsible developers or marching with labor unions.
Growing up in the City of Gardena has allowed Mayor Cerda to see the City during its best and worst times. Her passion and love for the City has motivated her to offer fresh new ideas to fight crime and to proceed with the City’s economic renewal by attracting more businesses to the entire populous and make Gardena a Destination City where Opportunity Awaits.
Through Cerda’s careful analysis of the issues at hand and leadership based on integrity, Gardena will experience the positive change that it much deserves and needs – She is truly ‘The People’s Advocate’!