Elizabeth Escalante, M.Ed. (she/her/ella) takes great pride in serving her community as a junior high school special education teacher, president of the Wine Country Young Democrats, and commissioner on the Commission on Human Rights in Sonoma County. Elizabeth is a representative of the AAPI (Asian American and Pacific Islander) community and shares a deep passion for supporting the AAPI community of Sonoma County. Elizabeth is a first-generation Filipina American with origins from the city of San Francisco. Elizabeth has now been a resident of Petaluma since 2008 which is considered home.
Most of Elizabeth’s academic upbringing was grown in the North Bay, including receiving a Master’s in Special Education and her teaching credentials from Dominican University of California. As a teacher, equity in education for all students is of high priority for Elizabeth - especially for students of color and students with disabilities. Elizabeth has been a special education teacher for six years thus far. In between her time teaching, Elizabeth has also acquired her preliminary administrative services credential with the hope to continue serving a wider population in the field of education.
Outside of education, Elizabeth devotes her time to advancing social justice and advocating for sound policies centered on human rights and improving public education. You may also find Elizabeth dedicating herself to these efforts as a member of Sonoma County’s Democratic Central Committee.