As a mom and digital equity advocate, Lena proposed legislation to close the Digital Divide. She authored a forward-thinking policy, coined Broadband for All, which determined that every Californian should have access to high quality and high speed internet regardless of zip code (SB1130). This Pandemic has shone a light on the digital inequities in our state. Drawing from her experience as a former Social Responsibility Manager for Microsoft, she will continue the pursuit of this righteous cause—an issue of educational equity.
As a member of the Legislative Women’s Caucus, Lena is a strong advocate for Early Childhood Education and providing much needed support for families and the essential workforce who care for our children daily. The current crisis is showing us that California is in dire need of more early education slots for low income families who need to get back to work. It also has shown us that our early childcare workers need critical PPE to keep themselves and our children safe. Lena will also continue engaging our K-12 and higher education systems—as well as parents, students, teachers, classified employees, and administrators—ensuring that our state budget and policy decisions are creating true educational opportunities for all during this important time in our state’s history.