Dr. Anthony Rendon was elected in November 2012 to represent California's 63rd Assembly District, which includes the communities of Bell, Cudahy, Hawaiian Gardens, Lakewood, Long Beach, Lynwood, Maywood, Paramount and South Gate.
Rendon brings exceptional experience as an educator, children's non-profit executive director, and environmental leader who has helped pass some of the most important laws protecting our water and air quality.
A resident of Lakewood, Rendon recently served as the Executive Director of Plaza de la Raza Child Development Services. "Plaza" provides comprehensive child development and social and medical services to over 2,100 children and families. These services are offered through Plaza's 36 child development centers which are located throughout Los Angeles County but are concentrated in the Southeastern part of the county.
He also served as adjunct professor in the Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice at California State University, Fullerton from January 2001 to May 2008. He previously worked with the California League of Conservation Voters (CLCV); the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; AIDS Walk Los Angeles; and Refugio Para Niños Foster Family Agency. As a small businessman, Rendon worked on several public transportation projects, coordinating public input, making sure neighborhood concerns were addressed and helping build community coalitions.
Under Rendon's leadership, while he served as the Interim Executive Director of the California League of Conservation Voters, CLCV enjoyed its greatest legislative victory in its 36-year history with the enactments of SB 375. Sponsored by CLCV and the Natural Resources Defense Council, SB 375 was a first-in-the-nation law that gives local and state officials the tools to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by making housing and transportation planning decisions that will reduce urban sprawl, long-distance commutes and vehicle miles traveled per household.
He also led CLCV through the successful passage of a bill which banned substances that contain cancer-causing perfluorinated compounds and another which allocated $400 million to build and expand neighborhood parks in communities like those in the 63rd Assembly District. Rendon also helped to protect water quality by working to pass bills that improved regional water and water systems and expanded the authority of the state's Oil Spill Prevention and Response Program to inland water.
Rendon attended Cerritos Community College before earning his Bachelors and Masters of Arts Degrees from California State University, Fullerton. A past recipient of a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, he earned his PhD from the University of California, Riverside and completed his post-doctoral work at Boston University.