Pete H. Parra
Democrats and Independents Coalition Co-Chair


Pete Parra is a prominent community leader and lifelong resident of Kern County. In 1985, Pete was elected to the Bakersfield City School District Board of Education. While on the board, he provided leadership in early childhood development, bilingual education and parental education.

In 1996, Pete was elected to the Kern County Board of Supervisors, where he established the Kern County Children and Families Commission and served as founding chairman. Pete also served on various California state boards and commissions, including the Welfare-to-Work Task Force, the School-to-Career Task Force, the Debt Limit Allocation Committee, the Rural Development Council and the Workforce Investment Board.

In addition to his long career in public service, Pete also served as executive director of Employer Training Resources for more than 20 years, where he helped thousands of local residents obtain jobs.

Pete served in the United States Armed Forces from 1967 to 1969, receiving an honorable discharge. He graduated magna cum laude from California State University, Fresno where he earned a bachelor's degree in business administration. Pete and his wife of 42 years, Yolanda, have two children, Peter and Nicole.

Nicole M. Parra
Democrats and Independents Coalition Co-Chair


Nicole Parra has more than 17 years of legislative and political experience in California, having served as both an elected official in the California State Legislature and as a high-level appointee in the Executive Branch. Elected to the 30th Assembly District in 2002, Parra represented a significant portion of the Central Valley for six years. During her tenure, Parra chaired the "New Democratic Caucus," which consisted of a large block of moderate Democrats, and she quickly built a reputation as one of the hardest-working and most effective members of the Democratic caucus. She was named Legislator of the Year by the Small Business Association in 2006, was named one of the Central Valley Business Street's Influential Women 100 in 2008 and was given the California National Guard's Order of California Public Service Award in 2003.

Prior to her election to the state Legislature, Parra spent a decade working for Congressman Cal Dooley – six years working in his Washington office as a legislative aide, and four years in the Central Valley as his District Director. In 2009, Parra was appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to serve as the Director of Regional Development Initiatives for the Business, Transportation and Housing Agency.

Most recently, Parra started her own consulting company, NMP Consulting, Inc, where she represents cities, school districts, environmental business companies and political candidates, among other clients.

Parra is also a member of the Fresno Community Food Bank Board of Directors and of the Board of Directors of Self-Help Enterprises, a nonprofit housing and community development organization in the Central Valley. Parra studied economics at UC Berkeley and received her law degree from Catholic University in Washington, D.C.

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