Office of Equity

Meet our Team!

En español

The Office of Equity is made up of a small but mighty team of three. We recognize that equity work is community work. Using guidance and best practices from our partners at the Government Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE), the Office of Equity has recruited a team of Equity Ambassadors across County Departments to help us embed equity in our daily work. We are excited to have 23 out of 26 County Departments and Agencies participating in our racial equity Core Team. 

Dora Estrada, Administrative Aide

Dora has supported the Office of Equity as an Administrative Aide since its inception, first on a part-time basis and then full-time starting in March 2021. 

Before joining the Office of Equity Dora worked as a Program Specialist for the General Services Department in their Energy and Sustainability Division, as a Administrative Assistant at Sonoma Clean Power, and as a Public Relations Intern for University of the Pacific’s SUCCESS TRiO program, a federally funded program serving first generation low-income students.

Dora was born and raised in Sonoma Valley. She is the daughter of immigrants and a former foster youth. At a young age, she learned the importance of community engagement and activism. She is excited to be part of the important work that the Office of Equity will be tackling.

Most afternoons you can find Dora cruising on her bright blue bike, baking, or volunteering. Her tres leches cake is definitely a must try! Some of her favorite weekend activities include camping, hiking, and watching movies.  

You may contact our team by emailing us at equity@sonoma-county.org or calling (707) 565-8980.

Melissa Valle, Program Manager

Melissa has been working for the Office of Equity since the fall of 2020 after being part of the County Communications and Government Affairs team since 2018. 

In her role as a Communications and Engagement Coordinator, Melissa helped develop and implement additional Language Access practices for the County of Sonoma, particularly during emergencies, including the translation of all emergency communications to Spanish. She is grateful for the opportunity to work towards creating additional strategies to meaningfully address inequities in Sonoma County now in the Office of Equity. 

Before joining the County, Melissa worked as a news reporter for Telemundo and Univision in the San Francisco Bay Area and California central coast.

Melissa graduated from New York University in 2013 with a double major in Sociology and Journalism. She completed a certificate program in Diversity and Inclusion from Cornell University in 2021, and looks forward to continuing her education by pursuing a Master’s Degree in Industrial-Organizational Psychology at Harvard University.

In her free time, she enjoys baking and propagating more plants that she can actually have at home. 

You may contact our team by emailing us at equity@sonoma-county.org or calling (707) 565-8980.

Alegría De La Cruz, Director

The Board of Supervisors appointed Alegría as the Director of the Office of Equity in August 2020. Prior to this appointment, Alegría served as a Chief Deputy in the County Counsel's Office.

Before joining the County of Sonoma, Alegría worked in public service and public interest for the State of California, the Center on Race, Poverty & the Environment, and at California Rural Legal Assistance. 

Alegría identifies as Chicana and recognizes, embraces, and celebrates her responsibility to contribute meaningfully to public service, social justice, and equity. Alegría lives in Santa Rosa with her husband and two children, their chickens, and their dog. Alegría finds joy on early morning trail runs, at the beach with her family, and around a campfire in Sonoma County’s beautiful wild spaces.

You may contact our team by emailing us at equity@sonoma-county.org or calling (707) 565-8980.

Contact Information

Office of Equity

Business Hours
Monday – Friday
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Contact us by Phone
Address

50 Santa Rosa Avenue

Suite 330

Santa Rosa, CA 95404
38.4390672, -122.7146441