Committed to community service, Nora has served on numerous boards and commissions, locally and across the state of California. She serves as a champion for Hispanas Organized for Political Equality (HOPE), a boardmember for the National Association of Latino Elected Officials (NALEO), and a boardmember for Run Women Run. Nora is passionate about ensuring that marginalized voices are included in the public dialogue regarding important issues like health access, energy, technology, consumer protection, the environment, civic engagement, pensions and education. For over two decades Nora has worked to foster the next generation of young leaders by providing them the skills and resources to advocate for and empower their communities.
A product of South Bay public schools, Nora has spent her life working to remove barriers for underserved communities through civic engagement, public policy, and organizing. Nora’s passion to serve is driven by her desire to improve people’s lives in her community. She currently serves as the Vice President of Community and Government Relations at Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest, where she and her team work to increase access to safe, quality healthcare, and education for women and families across California.
Vargas was appointed and later elected to the Southwestern Community College District Governing Board, currently the only public institution of higher education within the South Bay where she was recently elected Board Vice President by her peers. In 2015, Governor Jerry Brown appointed her to serve on the 12-member California State Teachers Retirement System (CalSTRS) making her the first Latina to be appointed in the board's history. There she is charged with securing the financial future of California's educators, providing retirement, disability and survivor benefits for 862,000 educators and their families. Nora has served on numerous boards and commissions, locally and across the state of California.