Meet the Latino Caucus of California Counties’ New Executive Team

The Latino Caucus of California Counties (LCCC) has elected new leadership. At the California State Association of Counties' 128th Annual Meeting last month, members voted to elect a new Executive Board. It includes the following:

President – Supervisor Chris Lopez, Monterey County

Supervisor Lopez was first elected in 2018 to represent Monterey County’s District 3 and was re-elected again this June. He previously served as Chief of Staff to Supervisor Simon Salinas. 

Lopez currently serves on a variety of commissions, including the Natividad Medical Center Board of Trustees, LAFCo, Monterey County Cannabis Committee, the Alternative Energy and the Environment Committee, Equal Opportunity Committee, Water Resources Agency Joint Boards Leadership Committee, and Urban County Standing Committee.

“I am humbled by my colleagues’ trust in me to lead this organization,” Lopez said. “I am excited for the opportunity to build on the exceptional work of our previous Presidents and Executive Boards. In a time of economic uncertainty, I am committed to work tirelessly to ensure equitable approaches and an even greater level of advocacy to make certain our communities have the tools necessary to thrive for generations.”  

Vice President – Supervisor Dawn Ortiz-Legg, San Luis Obispo County

Supervisor Ortiz-Legg was appointed to San Luis Obispo County’s District 3 seat by Governor Newsom in 2020. Voters elected her to the seat in June. 

Before serving the District, Ortiz-Legg worked as a senior agency liaison at PG&E. She is also a former member of the San Luis Obispo Planning Commission.

Treasurer – Supervisor Eddie Valero, Tulare County

Supervisor Valero was elected to represent Tulare County’s District 4 in 2018 and was re-elected to the seat last month. He is an educator and previously sat on the Cutler-Orosi Joint Unified School Board. From 2016-2018, he served as School Board President.

Valero represents the Board of Supervisors on the following committees: Art Selection Committee; Kings River East Groundwater Sustainability Agency; Kings/Tulare Area Agency on Aging Governing Board; Lake Kaweah Enlargement Project; Law Library Board; North Tulare County Water Alliance; San Joaquin Valley Insurance Authority – Alternate; San Joaquin Valley Regional Early Action Planning (REAP) Committee for Housing; Step Up Committee; Tulare County Association of Governments (TCAG); Tulare County Audit Committee; Tulare County Regional Transit Agency; Tulare County Transportation Authority (Measure) R; Yosemite Sequoia Resource Conservation & Development Council; and Upper Kings Basin Integrated Regional Water Management Authority.

LCCC is the official association of Latino County Supervisors in the Golden State. Working closely with its affiliate, the California State Association of Counties, LCCC helps foster Latino civic engagement, promotes Latino political leaders, and advocates for solutions to issues that concern the Latino community. 


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