The Riverside County Commission for Women was established in 1976 as a temporary Committee on the Status of Women. In 1983, the committee was elevated to commission status, part of a network of local, state, and national commissions which focus on a variety of concerns.
The ten-member commission, composed of two representatives for each of the five supervisorial districts, strives to identify issues, concerns and needs affecting the status of women. These issues include child care, violence against women, legal rights, housing, senior issues, single parents, medical and prenatal care for women, sexual harassment, and employment.
Dr. Sonja Martin and Ms. Gayle Moore bring their professional backgrounds in education and law enforcement experience to represent the Fourth District on the Riverside County Commission for Women.
Dr. Sonja Martin was appointed to the commission in June 2009 by the late Supervisor Roy Wilson. She has devoted 38+ years to K-12 education as a teacher, school principal, district administrator and superintendent of schools. An author of eleven books for parents and teachers, she has worked to improve underachieving schools as a consultant with the Los Angeles County Office of Education and has traveled internationally to help teachers enhance instruction strategies. Dr. Martin has been a Rotarian for over fifteen years, serves on the Board of Directors for the Unforgettables Foundation and as a trained advocate for Court Appointed Special Advocates for Riverside County, and was recently elected to the California Senior Legislature.
Gayle E. Moore was appointed to the commission by Supervisor John J. Benoit on April 20, 2010. Ms. Moore retired from the United States Secret Service as a Supervisorial Special Agent after a 28-year law enforcement career, which included other assignments as a Police Officer, Washington State Patrol Trooper, and as a Special Agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. Upon her retirement, she became the Vice President for Corporate Security for MGM Studios. In 2005, Ms. Moore moved to Palm Desert in 2005 and has since directed two proprietary security departments at private residential golf club properties. She is a member of the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals, the National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives, the Palm Desert Chamber of Commerce, and is a Project Alert volunteer investigator for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
For more information on the commission’s activities and all of its representatives, please visit the commission’s website at www.rivcocfw.com.