The Sacramento Hispanic Chamber of Commerce honored Sacramento County District 1 Supervisor Phil Serna (Geography ’92) on Saturday, Feb. 25, with its 2017 Salud! Champion Award.
“I am very honored to be recognized as the Sacramento Hispanic Chamber’s 2017 Salud! Champion,” Serna said. “It is especially rewarding to know my contribution as an activist county supervisor is acknowledged by an organization so committed to helping our community. I look forward to many more years of collaboration and mutual support.”
Serna grew up in the Curtis Park neighborhood. His father, Jose “Joe” Serna Jr., was Sacramento’s first Latino mayor. Phil Serna earned his bachelor’s degree from Sacramento State and a master’s in city and regional planning from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, from which he graduated with honors in 1994.
He is the chair of the Sacramento First 5 Commission and sits on numerous other boards and commissions, including Sacramento Regional Transit, the Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency, the Sacramento Area Council of Governments, and the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District. He was appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown in 2013 to serve on the California Air Resources Board. He’s also a lifetime member of Sac State’s Alumni Association.
District 1 includes the Sacramento International Airport, McClellan Business Park, and many of the region’s most established neighborhoods, such as Downtown, Oak Park, Woodlake, and River Park. Serna has focused on issues such as flood protection, addressing the region’s homeless problem, helping increase access to health care, mental health, and children’s services.