Elmy Bermejo - Women's Foundation California

Elmy Bermejo


Regional Administrator, Region 9, Small Business Administration

Board Member

Elmy Bermejo is an experienced government and civic leader with a passion for building, connecting and strengthening relationships to assist people and organizations achieve their goals. She has been a senior government official with more than 25 years of experience in executive level management, strategic planning, policy development and advocacy. She has a successful record of collaboration with public and private stakeholders on a range of issues including paid leave, disaster relief and small business. Elmy recently served as a Senior Adviser and Outreach Director for Lt. Governor Eleni Kounalakis, the first woman ever elected to this position in California. She previously served in President Barack Obama’s Administration as the Regional Representative for the Secretary of Labor in the Western United States and as Director of Intergovernmental Affairs in Washington D.C.  Her public service includes working for several elected officials including Retired CA State Senators John Burton and Don Perata, former Congressmembers Lynn Woolsey and Mel Levine and the late U.S. Senator Alan Cranston. Elmy is currently the President of the San Francisco Commission on the Environment, serves on the board of The Beneficial State Foundation and is an Advisory Member of Hispanas Organized for Political Equality (HOPE).  She is also a founding member of the Emily’s List Latina Advisory Council and EMERGE, an organization that trains Democratic Women to run for local office. She previously served on the California Commission on the Status of Women and is a recipient of the Dolores Huerta Woman of Courage Award from the US Hispanic Leadership Institute. Elmy’s family owns Tommy’s Mexican Restaurant a well-known and beloved San Francisco institution for more than 50 years.  There she gained valuable insights and sensitivity to the challenges faced by small business owners, many of whom are immigrants.

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