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Celebrating Women’s History Month

by: Sen. Dave Min
Published: April 8, 2024


Pictured from left to right: Jennifer Friend, Pamela Estes, Brooke Weitzman, Senator Min, Rebeca Gilad, and Alison Edwards.


COSTA MESA...Last month, I was proud to celebrate Women's History Month by announcing the 2024 Women of Distinction Awards here in California’s 37th Senate District. These awards recognize the outstanding service and accomplishments of local women leaders. From social justice to community organizing, each of the six honorees represent the very best in their respective fields, and serves as a role model and inspiration for the greater Orange County Community.
The 2024 Women of Distinction honorees include:

  • Alison Lehmann Edwards – Chief Executive Officer at Groundswell
  • Pamela Estes – Chief Executive Officer at Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach
  • Xiaoyan "Luna" Lu – Asian American Senior Citizens Service Center
  • Jennifer Friend, J.D. – Chief Executive Officer at Project Hope Alliance
  • Rebeca Gilad – Founder at Community Bridge Builders
  • Paulette Lombardi-Fries – President at Travel Costa Mesa
  • Brooke Weitzman – Executive Director at Elder Law & Disability Rights Center

Senator Min presenting Brooke Weitzman with the 2024 Women of Distinction Award


Women's History Month is not just about honoring women who came before us, but honoring those who continue to challenge the status quo and make history every single day. Orange County is home to incredible women leaders whose impact has transformed our communities and our ability to address some of the most challenging issues of our time. Photos: Sen. Min PIO

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