California Policy Summit 2018
Rob Bonta was elected to the California State Assembly’s 18th District in 2012, becoming the state’s first Filipino American legislator. He is the Assistant Majority Leader and chairs the Asian Pacific Islander Caucus. Rob’s passion for justice came from growing up in a trailer near César Chávez’s home where he watched as his parents organized Filipino and Mexican American farm workers during one of the greatest peaceful social, racial, and economic justice movements. Rob believed legal training was a powerful way to effect change. He worked cleaning laundry rooms and, with financial aid, attended some of the best universities, obtaining his Juris Doctorate from Yale Law School after attending Yale College and Oxford University in England. Rob also captained the Yale Soccer team. Rob was previously a Deputy City Attorney in San Francisco and an Alameda City Councilmember. Rob and his wife Mialisa live in Alameda with their three children.