Meet Leah Pimentel

pageaccent_tall.jpgLeah knows first-hand the challenges of raising a family in San Francisco, especially when facing medical and financial challenges. A third-generation San Franciscan, Leah was born and raised in the Bayview where she still resides with her husband, Victor, a former police officer, and their 6-year-old son, Lawrence. She also helps care for her mother, who suffered a devastating brain aneurysm 7 years ago and is paralyzed from the neck down.

Leah grew up in a working-class family in the Bayview and witnessed first-hand the difficulties families face in balancing work, school, and home lives.  Her parents both worked long hours at modest-paying jobs to make ends meet. As a child, Leah suffered from untreated ear infections that resulted in profound hearing loss, for which she now wears hearing aids. “When you have a disability, you learn to not just live with it, but to survive and thrive,” she says.

Nothing has ever been able to slow her down, though. Her experiences inspired her to be a champion for children in her community so they and their families would have more and better choices.

Leah has been a community organizer involved in local Democratic political process and engagement since she was 18 years old.  Much of her work has been focused on education and family services.

A graduate of Sonoma State University with an MBA from Dominican University, Leah has received numerous awards for her work in the community, including Good Morning America’s “Hero Award” and KPIX’s “Jefferson Award for Public Service”.  She was also named one of the “Bay Area’s People to Watch” by the San Francisco Chronicle, which described her as “a young, politically active mother and prominent voice of the local elected Democratic Party and the progressive community at large.”

Leah has fought and stood up for for policies and programs that support families in San Francisco, help keep our City affordable, and improve outcomes for communities of color and immigrants.  She worked closely with Assembly Member David Chiu, then-President of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, to pass the Family Workplace Ordinance, a visionary policy that allows employees to request flexible work arrangements when caregiving responsibilities arise for a child, family member, or parent.