Rochelle Pardue-Okimoto for Assembly 2018
Rochelle is a wife, a mom, a nurse, a California native and a community leader.
As a child Rochelle watched her parents struggle with addiction. She was able to settle with her grandparents in Fresno. With a stable home environment and the help of teachers Rochelle thrived. She was very active in high school and her community and after graduating as Senior Class President, 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.
Rochelle has been a nurse for the past 17 years. She is currently a Certified Staff Nurse IV at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
As a community leader in El Cerrito, Rochelle served 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 that legalized interracial marriage.
As a patient advocate, she has fought against the corporate greed that prioritizes executive compensation over providing needed services for the community. She authored California’s Nonprofit Hospitals and Charity Care Resolution that was adopted in 2013 by the California Democratic Party. The resolution calls for hospitals to put patients before profits and provide adequate charity care to our community hospitals.
As a city council member in El Cerrito, Rochelle has continued to fight against the closure of Alta Bates, which is Berkeley’s only acute care hospital. Closing this hospital would create an ever-greater problem for emergency and acute care services in the district. She has also fought for more resources for our first responders.
Rochelle was part of the protest against Contra Costa County's continued investment in jail expansion. She called for funds to be redirected to expand mental health services and proven prevention programs.
Under Rochelle’s leadership, El Cerrito became a Sanctuary City joining cities across the United States who are standing up to Donald Trump and his continued attacks on immigrants and refugees who need our help.
Rochelle and her husband Takashi are raising their two sons, Kai and Kiyoshi.