Born and raised in sunny San Diego, Christopher “Stopher” Vallejo is the proud son of Bolivian immigrants, a first-generation college graduate, and an unapologetic progressive. He is passionate about improving the quality of life for San Diegans through equitable and community-oriented policy and dreams of a San Diego that is the standard bearer for progressivism in California and across the United States.
Stopher currently serves as a Council Representative for San Diego City Council President Georgette Gómez, where he represents the Council President in the City Heights, El Cerrito, and Rolando Village neighborhoods. In this role he collaborates with community members and City staff to tackle San Diego’s myriad issues, including housing affordability, homelessness, and equity for the working class. He also currently serves as the Secretary for the Chicano Democratic Association, a long-standing democratic club committed to preserving the history and values of the Chicano community through civic and political engagement. Stopher earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from San Diego State University, where he was affiliated with Associated Students, Residential Education, and Greek life.
Stopher embraces new experiences and has an appreciation for diversity in all its forms. In his increasingly fleeting spare time, Stopher enjoys reading, playing chess, and continuing his search for the perfect grilled cheese sandwich.