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Aida Cardenas

Deputy Director


Aida was appointed by Governor Gavin Newsom on August 15, 2019. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Aida is the daughter of Mexican immigrant service workers. Prior to joining the CWDB, Aida was instrumental in the creation of Building Skills Partnership (BSP), a statewide non-profit with the mission of improving the quality of life of property service workers and their families. She led BSP’s efforts in the development of the CWDB’s model High Road Training Partnership between SEIU-United Service Workers West, the Building Owners and Managers Association of Greater Los Angeles (BOMA-GLA), and the United States Green Building Council of Los Angeles (USGBC-LA) to form the Green Janitor Education Program (GJEP). Now, Aida is leveraging this expertise to expand the Equity, Climate and Jobs vision and develop a suite of initiatives related to the High Road model in California. Aida has over 20 years of experience coordinating and directing educational, leadership, and organizing initiatives with janitors and other low-wage service workers. Outside of work, Aida loves to spend time with her family and daughter; when she needs to recharge, she heads to the mountains to hike or backpack, where nature calms her mind and spirit.