Commission on the Status of Women

Meeting Information

Date: 1st Wednesday of each month
Time: 6:00 PM
Place: Jackie Robinson Community Center
1020 North Fair Oaks Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91103
Media:  Archived Audio & Video Recordings

Contact Information

Staff Rep: Leticia Lopez
Phone: 626-744-3914
Mailing Address: Commission on the Status of Women
1020 North Fair Oaks Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91103

Commission Members

Name Nominating Authority Term Expires
Maria Guadalupe Castellon Mayor 6/30/25
Jennifer Thibault At Large 6/30/25
Alicia Dhanifu District 1 6/30/26
Robin Allen District 2 6/30/26
Jill Thompson District 3 6/30/25
Kim Santell District 4 6/30/26
Vanessa F. Rodriguez District 5 6/30/24
Maura Harrington Roggero District 6 6/30/24
Charlotte Lacey, Chair District 7 6/30/26


9 members, 1 appointed by each of the 7 Council members and the Mayor. The Mayor shall nominate one member by persons recommended by the other 7 Council members. Pasadena residency required.

Members should possess knowledge or ability in areas pertaining to discrimination against women. Members should have exhibited leadership qualities in community activities relating to the general welfare of women in the city.


The purpose of the commission is to advise the council on the special needs and concerns of women of all ages, races, religions, ethnic and cultural backgrounds, and economic and social circumstances.

The commission shall:

  1. Study and examine conditions which indicate discrimination or prejudice encountered by women;
  2. Recommend policies, procedures, programs, and legislation to promote and ensure equal rights and opportunities for all women in the city;
  3. Consult with other public agencies and commissions on matters relevant to the commission.

Term of Office

3 years, limited to two consecutive terms. A term of less than 1 year is not considered a full term. Terms expire on June 30th of the applicable years. No member who has served 2 consecutive terms shall be eligible for reappointment to the commission prior to the passage of a 2 year interval. Any member of the commission may be removed by the city council at its pleasure.

Report on the Status of Women

This report, researched by Mount Saint Mary’s University in partnership with the Pasadena Commission on the Status of Women, highlights areas of gender inequity and other factors important to the quality of life for the women and girls living and working in Pasadena. It examines key issues that illustrate challenges women face in the political, social, and economic realms.

2015 Report on the Status of Women in Pasadena

2021 Report on the Stautus of Women in Pasadena

Survival Guide

The Commission on the Status of Women Survival Guide is an important resource guide and directory of information for use by individuals, families and organizations. The guide highlights organizations and services that are readily available to provide assistance to Pasadena residents and others in the surrounding areas. Topics include healthcare, childcare, employment opportunities, government programs, housing, substance abuse programs and transportation options.

2018-2022 Survival Guide