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November 6, 2018 — California General Election

City of Pacific GroveCandidate for Mayor

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Dionne Ybarra

Executive Director
2,013 votes (28.04%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Driven by the residents of Pacific Grove my desire is to advocate and be a voice for our diverse community, allowing residents to increase their direct democracy.
  • I will continue my lifetime work in protecting the environment. My intention as Mayor is to make environmentally sustainable solutions a city led initiative.
  • As Mayor I will use my global experience in community development, operations management and finance to bring to the City of Pacific Grove innovative ways of thinking and problem solving.



Profession:Executive Founding Director
Executive Founding Director, The Wahine Project (2010–current)
Chair, Commission on the Status of Women — Appointed position (2017–current)
Chair, Equal Opportunity Advisory Board — Appointed position (2018–current)


San Jose State and Chapman University BA, Liberal Studies, I received an Adult School Teaching Credential (1996)

Community Activities

Board of Directors, Monterey County Rape Crisis Center (2018–current)
Board of Directors, The Wahine Project (2010–current)
Board of Directors, Shoreline Preschool (2003–2008)
Board of Directors, Monterey County Vietnam Veterans Memorial Committee (2000–2002)
Board of Directors, Childbirth Education League of Salinas (1996–2001)


Dionne arrived in Pacific Grove as young mother in the early 90’ to raise three sons with her then husband.  She graduated just before the birth of her 3rd son from Chapman University with a degree in Liberal studies. She quickly pursued a Teaching Credential and became a Parent Educator. With a job offer at the University of Monterey Bay the family moved to live on campus. Dionne moved back to Pacific Grove as a single mother a few years later.


Intent on keeping her boys in the community where they could thrive Dionne continued her work as a Parent Educator and assisted mothers through childbirth, attending over 100 births in a 17 year span. All the while being a community activist, working on campaigns in the 90’s and working for the rights of families. Especially for the rights of her own family. As a single mother she relied on Social Services to see her family through living on one income. It was at this time where she felt the hardship of relying on an infrastructure where she felt that her family some times fell through the cracks but rested in the safety of the Pacific Grove Community that she felt was helping her raise her sons.


Always drawn to the empowerment of underserved communities it was in 2010  that Dionne founded The Wahine Project, an international non profit whose mission is to eliminate the barriers that prevent a diversity of girls from a relationship with the ocean and with one another. In 8 years it has served 1,000’s of youth throughout the world. In 2017 it was recognized by the Non Profit Alliance of Monterey County as Non Profit of the Year for Youth, Children and Families.


Dionne is deeply committed to community.  As a second generation Mexican American she believes the pride and hard work of her grandparents and parents has given her the drive to want to be leader in her community. Serving on Boards of Directors over the last 20 years, participating in leadership trainings , currently participating in County Government and working in international non-profits has given Dionne the experience to understand a broad scope of business, environmental, civic and fiscal challenges that our City is challenged by.


Dionne and her husband Dave are raising their 3 year old son who goes to the same neighborhood daycare, known as Diana’s House, that his 19 year old brother went to. Inviting a daughter into their life as a late teenager has grown their family to 4 adult children. There is nothing they like more than having big family meals where they can all cook and make lasting memories together.


As a 20 year resident of Pacific Grove, Dionne is deeply committed to the well being of Pacific Grove. She is a strong leader for bringing all stakeholders to the table so their voices can be heard. She strives to build community among diversity and Driven by You she will leverage the diversity of Pacific Grove to inspire grassroots, bottom up solutions.

Who supports this candidate?

Organizations (4)

  • Democrats of Monterey County
  • United Public Employees of California 792
  • Central Labor Committee
  • Democratic Women of Monterey County

Individuals (8)

  • Jeremiah Greenberg
  • Kaden Yamashita
  • Dave Eckstaedt
  • Anila Light
  • Jane Paulsen
  • Diana Dennis
  • Elliott Light
  • Johanna Kroenlein

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

My political philosophy is that every one needs a voice! Political representation must be reflective of its community. I believe politics should be engaging and inspiring, transparent and trustworthy. Politicians should be leaders that are willing to step out of boxes, work outside of comfort zones, relate to people, work in collaboration and partnership. My political philosphy is that representation should work for people instead of corporations, for the working class and underserved. Lastly, political leadership should work in tune with the environment our decisions politically should align with environemental conservation and sustainability.

Videos (1)

— October 4, 2018 TEDx

Experience in Global Comnunity Development and environmental stewardship develpment.

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