Chief of Public Information and Legislative Affairs, California Department of Transportation District 11
Caridad Sanchez is the Chief of Public Information and Legislative Affairs for the 11th District of the California Department of Transportation (CalTrans). Caridad was formerly the San Diego and Imperial Counties regional Director for United States Senator Barbara Boxer.
Caridad's interest in public affairs developed from her experiences growing up in San Diego's toughest inner-city neighborhoods. She remembers her mother, a housekeeper, working hard to provide improve their quality of life. Caridad and her mother, Cristina, actively participated in political campaigns and organized voter registration drives. Through these life experiences, Caridad developed an understanding of and deep commitment to improving her community and country.
Born in San Diego, Caridad grew up in the neighborhoods Logan and Sherman Heights. She graduated from the University of San Diego with a degree in History and Political Science. Sanchez previously worked as a senior community representative in the office of United States Congresswoman Susan Davis in San Diego. She previously chaired the San Diego Cesar E. Chavez Commemoration Committee, is active in the San Diego Jewish Latino Coalition, the Chicano Democratic Association as well as the San Diego Leadership Alliance, for which she has served as co-president since 2017.
Long time residents of San Diego, Caridad and her husband Nicolaz Portillo remain active in local politics and civic organizations. They live in Southcrest, where they are raising their sons Nicolaz, Jr. and Cruz.