/ Rochelle Pardue-Okimoto
Rochelle is a mom, a nurse, a California native and a community volunteer. She was raised by her grandparents in the Central Valley and was encouraged by them to study hard to go to college. Rochelle was very active in high school and in her community and after graduating, she was admitted to UC Santa Barbara as a Regent Scholar.
Rochelle’s love of math, science, and people, led her to a career in nursing. In 1998, Rochelle transferred to Samuel Merritt/Saint Mary’s Intercollegiate College of Nursing where she earned her Bachelor of Science Degree. She is currently a Certified Staff Nurse III at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
She is a strong patient advocate, and has participated in several programs at Alta Bates including:
•The Evacuation Task Force
•The Partnership Council
•The Breastfeeding Advisory Group
•The Family Advisory Council
As a member of the California Nurses Association, she serves on the Sutter Division Joint Bargaining Council, and as a legislative advocate and delegate for CNA.
In El Cerrito, Rochelle serves as the Vice Chair of the Human Relations Commission where she initiated and continues to work on the Loving Day Project honoring the Supreme Court decision of Loving vs. the Common Wealth of Virginia that legalized interracial marriage. Her HRC resolution proclaiming June 12th as Loving Day in El Cerrito, was approved by City Council in 2015. Rochelle also authored and successfully passed Loving Day Resolutions for the Democratic Party of Contra Costa County, as well for the California Democratic Party. In June of 2016, Rochelle implemented the first Loving Day celebration in El Cerrito with the stated goal of celebrating racial equality, marriage equality and human equality.
Rochelle also authored the California’s Nonprofit Hospitals and Charity Care Resolution that was adopted in 2013 by the California Democratic Party. It states that hospitals should put patients before profits and provide adequate charity care to our community hospitals.
As a city council member in El Cerrito, Rochelle will:
1.Support our first responders in El Cerrito who take over 350 patients to Alta Bates Hospital every year. I will fight to preserve this critical community resource. In addition, I will improve our Community Emergency Response Team by connecting team members and increasing emergency supplies.
2. Make sure all new construction has affordable housing and stabilize rent increases.
3. Improve our Parks and Recreation facilities.
Rochelle and her husband Takashi own a home in El Cerrito where they bring together community members every year by hosting the National Night Out block party, and are actively involved in community events and activities. Rochelle and Takashi have two sons, Kai and Kiyoshi. Kai attends public school in El Cerrito and Kiyoshi attends preschool.