Planning Commission Chair Martha Guerrero has been a tireless West Sacramento community and city government leader for more than 11 years.
As Chair of the Planning Commission, Martha has consistently advocated for a General Plan that balances West Sacramento’s growth with enhanced bike and pedestrian access, and safe routes to schools.
Her work has helped make a significant number of community projects realities, including the Riverfront Development, McGowan Bridge, development of the Bridge District and transformation of West Capitol Avenue, the Bicycle-Pedestrian Master Plan, Branch Line bike and pedestrian trail and numerous economic development projects.
Martha was a fixture at City Hall advocating for businesses, families and children long before being appointed to the Planning Commission by Mayor Christopher Cabaldon. She is a past Chair of the Aging Commission and also served on the Economic Development Advisory Commission.
In addition, she served as a board member for Universal Preschool for West Sacramento, and helps administer the West Sacramento Neighborhood Court and Homeless Court programs, which help divert people in need or at risk into services instead of the criminal justice system.
Martha also represents West Sacramento on the Yolo County Transportation District Community Advisory Committee and the Yolo County Local Mental Health Board.
A licensed clinical social worker by trade, Martha’s dedication to service comes from watching her mother make home-cooked meals to the homeless and elderly while her father worked at a clothing factory.
While attending CSU Los Angeles, Martha worked as a bi-lingual research assistant studying community health issues such as HIV/AIDS and the behavioral issues affecting Latinos. After completing her education, Martha worked with advocates in both the State Legislature and Congress to help close gaps in treatment for those with mental illness. Martha moved to West Sacramento in 2003 and is currently a legislative advocate for the County of Los Angeles.
A single mother of twin daughters and proud grandmother, Martha is dedicated to her family and enjoys cooking, jogging, swimming, cycling and volunteering with her neighbors and friends.
Martha earned her Bachelor’s degree from California State University, Los Angeles and her Master’s in Social Work from the University of Southern California.