Woman of the Year

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Each year the California State Assembly recognizes outstanding women from each Assembly district. In the past we have recognized women in business, public safety, health and education. As your representative, I am asking you to nominate a woman from the 20th Assembly district who deserves recognition.

Assembly District 20 Woman of the Year Honorees

2013 Woman of the Year – Marita Cheng

Marita, a 30-year resident and active community member who helped to found the Xin Ying Sister City program, and whose leadership and dedication has helped grow the Asian business alliance, Bay Area Chapter of APAPA, and the Hayward Rotary club. Marita is generous with her time and resources.  In addition to running her own businesses, she has always found time to donate to various nonprofits in the Hayward Area.

2014 Woman of the Year – Hafsa Burt

Hafsa Burt generously uses her talents and expertise as an architect and successful business owner to promote ‘healthy building practices,’ environmental sustainability, and volunteer at the school science lab. In her many roles she has organized Chalk Art Festivals, a collaborative fashion show with students, and promoted business.

2015 Woman of the Year – Gail Steele

Gail Steele is known as a public servant and dedicated community volunteer working with the Friends of the Animal Shelter, Hayward Libraries, and is the founder of the Eden Youth Center, and the Children’s Memorial Grove. She served on the Hayward City Council, and the Alameda County Board of Supervisors.

2016 Woman of the Year – Pat Gacoscos

Pat Gacoscos is a City Councilmember in Union City. She has served as a School Board Member and a member of Board of Directors for the Union City Sanitary District. Pat chairs the Union City Sister Cities organization and is a retired Research Analyst for the California Department of Public Health.​

2017 Woman of the Year – Moina Shaiq

Ms. Moina Shaiq is the founder of “Meet a Muslim.”  She is a dedicated community activist who volunteers with countless organizations; the Alameda County Human Relations Commission, Muslim Support Network, Muslim Spiritual Care Program, Community Ambassadors Program for seniors (CAPS), Tri City Interfaith Council, and the Tri City Democratic Club.

2018 Woman of the Year – Chief Sheryl Boykins

California State University East Bay Police Chief Sheryl Boykins, a former Hayward Police Department Commander, has a proven leadership record of promoting community policing by building partnerships and community trust in Hayward. Her motto is “I want people to see the department as ‘one of us’ not ‘one of them.”

2019 Woman of the Year – Aisha Wahab

Ms. Aisha Wahab, a former foster child, recently became one of two Afghan-American women to serve in public office in the United States. One of Aisha’s main beliefs is to keep one eye on the past and one eye on the future as she continues to serve her community.

2020 Woman of the Year – Sophia Humphrey

Humphrey who is deaf and confined to a wheelchair stayed on a BART train to render first aid to a stabbing victim. Later, Humphrey, who is trained in first aid, realized that the experience erased the doubts she had just the day before about becoming a nurse. She knew she could handle herself well in an emergency.

2021 Woman of the Year – Dr. Erica Pan

Dr. Erica Pan, Deputy Director of the Center for Infectious Diseases and State Epidemiologist, served as Acting State Public Health Officer August 10, 2020 to January 3, 2021. Pan, a Health Officer since July 2018, also served as Deputy Health Officer at the Alameda County Public Health Department since 2011.

2022 Woman of the Year – Laurel Quirk

After an incredibly successful career as an insurance underwriting manager for one of the largest financial institutions in the world, she also has a long history of volunteer work. She has always made a point of getting involved to help run the organizations in which she is active. The Assemblymember is extremely grateful for the 10 years she has sacrificed to allow her husband to pursue his dream of improving the lives of the people of California.