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June 5, 2018 — California Primary Election

City of FresnoCandidate for City Council, Council District 7

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Veva Islas

Program Director
1,163 votes (24.13%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Addressing homelessness in a humane and compassionate way.
  • Building equitable Infrastructure.
  • Cleaning up our neighborhoods.



Profession:Founder & Director
Program Director, Public Health Institute (2012–current)
Board Member, Partnership for the San Joaquin Valley — Appointed position (2012–current)
Board Member, California Health Benefit Exchange — Appointed position (2015–2018)


California State University Fresno Bachelors of Science in Health Science, Community Health (current)
Loma Linda University Masters in Public Health, Health Education and Promotion (1997)


Veva Islas was born in Fresno to hardworking farm worker parents. Veva is the first in her family to attend college and graduate with an advanced degree. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Health Science with an emphasis in Community Health from California State University, Fresno and received a Master of Public Health degree in Health Education and Promotion from Loma Linda University. For many, a graduate degree brings opportunities to expand their careers and earning capacity in large urban cities around the nation. Veva chose to stay in Fresno, where she could use her knowledge, contacts, outreach, education and leadership skills to give back to our community. She is the founder and Director of Cultiva La Salud, a public health promotion initiative dedicated to creating healthier communities in the San Joaquin Valley. Cultiva fosters policies, systems and environmental improvements that allow for greater access to healthy foods/beverages and increased opportunities for physical activity. Cultiva's efforts also focus on building community leadership so residents can be more effective in advocating for healthy changes in their communities. Veva’s commitment to our community also includes serving on the board for Community Water Center, the Latino Coalition for a Healthy California, the California Institute for Rural Studies, and the California Bicycle Coalition. Locally, she is also a member of the Fresno County Bicycle Coalition, the League of Mexican American Women, the Kennedy Club, the San Joaquin Valley Democratic Club, the National Women’s Political Caucus and Fresno County Women’s Democratic Club. She was also appointed by Governor Brown to serve on the California Partnership for the San Joaquin Valley Board, and the Health Benefit Exchange Board for California (Covered CA). In 2017, Veva was selected as a National Culture of Health Leader by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Her greatest accomplishments are her 2 children, 4 stepchildren, 19 grandchildren and having her spouse Keith C. Hooker, Sr. by her side the past 15 years of their marriage. Veva wants to make our community a better place where you can have ample opportunities for employment, education, business, owning a home, all while you live safely and in peace. Our families and children deserve as much.Veva is a strong community leader stepping up to run for Fresno City Council, District 7. She is not a politician looking for the next step up; she is a committed daughter, mother, wife, grandmother, community leader and health advocate working to improve District 7. 

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  • Dolores Huerta, Labor Pioneer and Civil Rights Icon

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