Mariela Salgado started her career by working for a community-based non-profit organization. She managed and developed business assistance programs, organizational partnerships, and small business clients. By implementing new initiatives, she increased consultative services for local businesses and entrepreneurs by 150%. Shortly after the recession, she pursued her Master’s degree with an emphasis in Finance at Pepperdine’s Graziadio School of Business, and then went onto leading projects and programs for a Fortune 500 company across the US. Today, Salgado runs her family-operated floor care company serving Long Beach. As a small business owner, she understands the importance of giving back to her community. She currently serves as a Parks & Rec City Commissioner and Chairs the Park Usage Committee. She is a Signal Hill Chamber of Commerce Member, Long Beach Unified School District School Site Representative and Edison Elementary School Site Council Member. In 2011, Salgado was also awarded a Certificate of Recognition for her non-profit work by Councilmember Tony Cardenas. Her business has been awarded Best of Long Beach and Best Small Business 2018. It has also been recognized for its service and commitment to Long Beach by U.S. Congressman Alan Lowenthal, State Senator Ricardo Lara, Mayor Robert Garcia and Councilwoman Lena Gonzalez. Salgado has also been an active member of the following organizations: Long Beach Convention Visitor’s Bureau (LBCVB), Long Beach Commercial Real Estate Council (LBCREC), Long Beach Early Childhood Committee (LBECE), National Latina Business Women Association (NLBWA), National Association of Residential Property Managers (NARPM), Apartment Association, California Southern Cities (AACSC 2018). Her broad network and work experience provides a unique perspective to move Long Beach forward as a leader in education and business expansion, retention and growth.
Mariela Salgado was born in Mexico and raised in a Mexican immigrant enclave in Los Angeles. She grew up in a working-class family – her father was a machinist and her mother worked as ahotel housekeeper. Her parents understoodthat quality education would help secure a better future for their children. After spending three years applying to magnet programs in the Los Angeles Unified School District, Salgado was accepted to one of the district’s best and most affluent schools. Her life changed forever. She saw the stark inequities between zip codes and learned firsthand the differences in health outcomes and economic opportunities. Today, we see those same problems in Long Beach District 1, where we have the lowest performing schools, highest unemployment rates, and a ten year reduction in life expectancy.
Her parents are now remarried and recently relocated to Long Beach after a job loss. After twenty years of service, his company relocated out of state and found it difficult to compete with a new job market. Fortunately, after a lengthy search he was able to join Cal State Long Beach – one of Long Beach biggest employers – and is now a proud CSUEU member. However, her mother and dad – like many seniors – struggle to maintain a household with a fixed income and rising costs. Because of her personal experiences and those of her family, Salgado has developed a deep understanding of the challenges facing working families in District 1. That’s why she’s firmly committed to supporting economic inclusion, equitable development, and increased support for early education and youth/workforce development.
After receiving a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Management, Salgado earned her Master’s of Business Administration degree. She runs her family business with her husband Isaac, and live in Willmore’s historic neighborhood where they are raising their two daughters. She also serves in her daughter’s school Foundation and volunteers with her daughters hundreds of hours a year to their neighborhood and Long Beach.