Lauren Cazares

La Mesa City Council , At-Large

Lauren will be the first out LGBTQ+ Councilmember in the City of La Mesa!


Lauren Cazares, a dedicated Policy Advisor at the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, specializes
in environment, education, small business, and economic development, rooted in her lifelong residency in
East County, San Diego. With a rich political background, including roles in Mayor Todd Gloria’s
administration and key regional campaigns, Lauren boasts over seven years of experience in advocacy
and fundraising. A first-generation college graduate with degrees in Political Science & Women’s Studies,
Lauren’s passion for politics began early and led her to initiatives like Emerge California and LGBTQIA+
advocacy at Point Loma Nazarene University. Beyond her professional endeavors, Lauren serves on
various boards and commissions, leveraging her diverse background as a Latina Lesbian, First Generation
College Graduate, and Granddaughter of Immigrants to champion underrepresented voices and foster a
more equitable future.