State Director, California
Susan Bonilla joined Council for a Strong America in 2017, bringing nearly 20 years of education and policy experience to the organization.
Prior to becoming State Director in California, Susan served as the California State Assemblywoman, County Board of Supervisors member, and Mayor from Contra Costa County. Much of her work in the state legislature focused on the educational, health, and welfare needs of children and families, with special emphasis on high quality early childhood care, STEAM, and revitalizing public education. As Chair of the Education Budget sub-committee Susan led the legislative effort to reform K-12 public school funding system establishing the Local Control Funding Formula. Susan also authored legislation ending No Child Left Behind standardized testing and establishing new assessments focused on evaluating college and career readiness for California students. As the chair of the Business and Professions and Consumer Protection committee, Susan worked closely with the business and professional sector to achieve a robust business climate to benefit both consumers and the economy.
Susan is passionate about her role in CSA and the opportunity to network, activate, and mobilize business, law enforcement and military leaders across California on behalf of giving all children the best opportunity for a successful future. Susan graduated as an English major from Azusa Pacific University, received her teaching credential from Cal State L.A. and her Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Concordia University.