Supervisor Gloria Molina has been serving L.A. County as a member of the Board of Supervisors since 1991. The first Latina to be elected to her position, Molina has produced dramatic results during her time as county supervisor. Not only has she streamlined county services to increase their effectiveness, she has also played a primary role in the conceptualization and fruition of various capital endeavors aimed at improving residents’ quality of life. These projects include construction of over 1,100 new affordable housing units in the First District; the Metro Gold Line Eastside Extension, a six mile light rail line connecting East Los Angeles, Boyle Heights, the Arts District, and Little Tokyo to downtown L.A.; a 1.5 million square-foot LAC-USC Medical Center in Boyle Heights; and the Skid Row Assessment Team, which has successfully placed over 1,000 formerly homeless people from downtown L.A.’s Skid Row into permanent housing outside the area. Over the course of her esteemed career of almost 40 years, Molina has earned many distinguished accomplishments, including being the first Latina to be elected to the California State Assembly in 1982 and the Los Angeles City Council in 1987. Her leadership against the construction of a state prison in East Los Angeles in the 1980’s earned her an unparalleled, nationwide reputation as an outstanding politician and activist.