MEET CHARA

 

I am Chara Swodeck; a wife and mother, business owner, community collaborator, problem solver and dreamer; bringing ideas to life with goals, milestones, and conditions of satisfaction.

I am honored to share my passion of effective collaboration within our beautiful city and community.  I am grateful to call the City of Pomona my home.  My husband and I moved to Pomona shortly after our first anniversary in 2003 and chose to invest our time, energy and talents in our neighborhood.  We have two children in Pomona schools and remain actively involved in ensuring equity and opportunity for every family in Pomona.  Connecting-the-dots, designing events, and creating impactful experiences has been part of ‘who I am’ since I was a child.  I found a connection volunteering in our local school prioritizing equity in education and instilling a sense of pride and ownership within our students.  

My community efforts have been focused towards forward movement, safety, and successful development of our neighborhoods, businesses, and culture; something we create collectively, working together.

The phrase “Imagine the Possibilities” has been my mantra for many years, and has led me to imagine and manage community events like the Pomona Children’s Festival, Kwanzaa Joy Celebration at the Farm at Fairplex, Pomona PTAs Summer Training, 500BlockPomona Art Walk, Shop Downtown Pomona, G.I.R.L. Takeover at LA County Fair (Girl Scouts), and support others’ ideas like the Pomona Placemaking workshops, 2020 Juneteenth POWER Parade, Pomona 5K/10K , and serving as Volunteer Coordinator the last seven Pomona Christmas Parades. I currently serve as a board member for the Child Development Center at Fairplex, Service Unit Manager for Pomona Girl Scouts, and Historic Preservation Commissioner for the City of Pomona.

I was born and raised in Los Angeles, in the Crenshaw and Inglewood areas and spent my junior high and high school years in Pasadena, graduating from Blair High School - Health Careers Academy and awarded my Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications and Marketing from Azusa Pacific University.

Our family has been committed to not only give back, but also engage and fully immerse in advocating for equitable policy for our neighborhoods in art, business, education, housing, and public safety.  This moment in history is bigger than any one of us individually.  I would be honored to represent my community.  Together, we have the opportunity and responsibility to build an impartial and just future for our entire district.  I believe in Pomona, the community I love and proudly call home. 

SERVICE TO POMONA COMMUNITY

  • Historic Preservation Commission, City of Pomona - Commissioner (2021 - Present)

  • African American Advisory Alliance, Pomona4As - Founding President (2020-Present)

  • NWPC-PIE (Pomona & Inland Empire) - Vice President of Communications

  • Fairplex Child Development Center - Board of Directors (2019 - Present)

  • Pomona Girl Scouts of GSGLA - Service Unit Manager (2020)

  • Pomona Council of PTAs  - President, Vice President, Treasurer (2011 - 2019)

  • Lincoln PTA (Unit) - President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary (2009 - 2013)

  • Girl Scouts Greater Los Angeles (GSGLA) - Troop 2974 Co-Leader (2013 - Present)

  • G.I.R.L. Takeover at LA County Fair, "Girl Scouts" - Founder, Coordinator (2019)

  • Kwanzaa Joy Celebration at the Farm at Fairplex - Founder, Coordinator (2019)

  • Pomona Library Foundation Inaugural Mayor's Gala - Event Designer (2018)

  • Pomona 5K/10K - Committee Member, Organizer (2018 - Present)

  • Pomona Children's Festival - Chair, Coordinator (2018 - Present)

  • Pomona Christmas Parade - Volunteer Coordinator (2013 - Present)

  • 500BlockPomona Art Walk - Co-Founder, Coordinator (2015 - 2018)

  • Shop Downtown Pomona - Coordinator (2016 - 2018)

  • African American Parent Advisory Committee (AAPAC) - (2016 - Present)

  • Pomona Arts Colony Association (PACA) - (2015 - 2017)

  • Pomona Beautification - Committee (2019 - Present)

  • Pomona Placemaking (2017 - Present)

  • Cooperative Economic Empowerment Movement (CEEM-IE) - Member

  • NWPC (National Women's Political Caucus) - Member

  • NAACP Pomona Valley - Member 

WORK HISTORY

  • Open Box Designs - Owner / Event Designer (2006 - Present)

  • LOFTon2nd Gallery - Co-Owner (2012 - 2018)

  • Cal Poly Pomona - Certified Instructor (2009 - 2016)

  • Balanced Living TV - Production Manager (2002 - 2008)

  • Los Angeles Caregiver Resource Center at USC - Project Assistant (1998 - 1999)

  • Huntington Memorial Hospital - Certified Nursing Assistant intern rotations (1996-1997)

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