In the Spotlight

Welcome to In the Spotlight.

This monthly feature spotlights the people who make San José an incredible place to call home. From unsung heroes to former city leaders and politicians who’ve disappeared from the public eye, we catch up with San Joseans who are doing amazing things — and we share the awe inspiring stories behind their struggles and successes.

We are telling the unique, ever-changing, diverse story of San José. One person at a time.

Who should we feature next? To nominate someone for our next In the Spotlight profile, email ramona@sanjosespotlight.com.

Ann Ravel witnessed wage disparity working in fruit orchards

Working in a fruit orchard cannery in San Jose as a school girl gave Former Federal Election Commission chair Ann Ravel a startling glimpse at income inequality, gender and racial disparities. White men were treated and paid better than white women, Latinos and Latina workers, she said. “I was a member of the union for the workers...

Jessica Paz-Cedillos broke through poverty to lead MHP arts school

Jessica Paz-Cedillos owes it all to her community. Paz-Cedillos in March becomes the new executive director for the School of Arts and Culture at the Mexican Heritage Plaza. Paz-Cedillos brings with her an extensive background in community organizing and an impressive history of fundraising. But she says she wouldn’t be in the position she’s in...

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