Local 521 Executive Board

SEIU Local 521 Convention
Over two hundred member delegates and guests attended SEIU Local 521’s convention in San Jose from Oct. 13 to Oct. 15. Over three days, they met and charted the future of our union. This was SEIU Local 521’s largest convention, at a time when unions, worker rights, immigrants, healthcare, and public services are all under attack.
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New Trustees and Executive Board Members

New trustees and executive board members were sworn in on Sept. 23, 2017. They are ready to serve our union members so that we are stronger together. Together We Rise!

Here is the list of new trustees and executive board members that were sworn in (listed alphabetically):

  • Debbie Acosta, Fresno Unified School District Executive Board Delegate
  • Rogenia Cox, Fresno County Executive Board Delegate
  • Michelle Jones, Tulare County Executive Board Delegate
  • Laurie MacMason, Kern County Executive Board Delegate
  • Denise Quintana, Region 2 Trustee
  • William Ragland, Trustee at Large
  • Kate Selover, Region 3 Vice President
  • Riley Talford, Fresno County Executive Board Delegate
  • Veronica Vasquez, Kern County Executive Board Delegate

New Trustees and Executive Board Members

From Left to Right: Chief Elected Officer Riko Mendez, Rogenia Cox, Riley Talford, Katherine Selover, President Gwyn Harshaw, Bill Wagland, Denise Quintana, Laurie Quintana, Veronica Vasquez, Debbie Acosta, Alysia Bonner

SEIU 521 is a democratically-run, member-driven organization.

That means members govern and are at the heart of every decision in our union. At the head of our member-driven governance is our union’s Executive Board. Members elect the officers and executive board from among their fellow union members, every three years. Guided by SEIU International Constitution & Bylaws, they make decisions about our union’s budget, policies, and other organizational issues. The officers and board members are active union members representing every division in our union.

Click here to see the chart of SEIU 521 Full Executive Board (2016-2019)

Riko MendezMessage from Riko Mendez, Chief Elected Officer
“More important than anything else, we must unite our Union across regions, chapters, job classifications and across our communities. Everything we have earned and won is at stake. In order to protect it and thrive into the future, we must be UNITED.” Continue to read his message here.

Riko Mendez has been elected SEIU 521 Chief Elected Officer (CEO) on January 31, 2017. SEIU Local 521 members also overwhelmingly ratified amendments to our Localwide Bylaws. Click here for details.

Executive Board Meeting Reports, Budgets & Actions

521 Localwide Bylaws – Updated January 31, 2017 (PDF)

Contact the 521 Executive Board

SEIU 521 Dues (PDF)

How to conduct union elections – from the U.S. Department of Labor

2018 Executive Board Meeting Calendar

Full Executive Board Meetings
Meets quarterly. 

  • March 24-25, Saturday 9:30 a.m. – Sunday, 1 p.m. – SEIU 521 Fresno Office
  • June 30-July 1, Saturday 9:30 a.m. – Sunday, 1 p.m. – SEIU 521 Fresno Office
  • September 29-30, Saturday 9:30 a.m. – Sunday, 1 p.m. – SEIU 521 Fresno Office
  • December 1-2, Saturday 9:30 a.m. – Sunday, 1 p.m. – Video-Conferencing

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Executive Board Minutes are posted on the website after the Executive Board has approved them at its next scheduled Meeting (in March, June, September, or December). Click here for 2017 reports.

Officers’ Meetings
Meetings via video/teleconference at the Bakersfield, Fresno, Salinas, San Jose and Visalia offices on the 4th Tuesday of the month, 5:30 p.m.: dinner, 6 p.m.: meeting. Officers will not meet in months when the Full Executive Board meets, and will not meet in November due to Thanksgiving.

  • January 23, 2018
  • February 27, 2018
  • April 24, 2018
  • May 22, 2018
  • July 24, 2018
  • August 28, 2018
  • October 23, 2018

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Officers’ Meeting Minutes are posted on the website after the Officers’ have approved them at their next scheduled Meeting (in January, February, April, May, July, August, or October). Click here for 2017 reports.

Budget & Finance Committee Meetings
Via video/teleconference at the Bakersfield, Fresno, Salinas, San Jose and Visalia offices, on the 3rd Wednesday of the month, 5:30 p.m.: dinner; 6 p.m.: meeting. No meeting in December.

  • January 17, 2018
  • February 21, 2018
  • March 14, 2018
  • April 18, 2018
  • May 16, 2018
  • June 20, 2018
  • July 18, 2018
  • August 15, 2018
  • September 19, 2018
  • October 17, 2018
  • November 14, 2018

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The Budget & Finance Meeting Minutes are posted on the website after both the Budget & Finance Committee and either the Executive Board or Officers have approved them in the following month. Click here for 2017 reports.

Executive Board Reports

Regional Meetings
Region 1: San Mateo & Santa Clara counties
Region 2: Monterey, San Benito & Santa Cruz counties
Region 3: Alpine, Mariposa, Merced, Mono, Stanislaus & Tuolumne counties
Region 4: Madera & Fresno counties
Region 5: Inyo, Kern, Kings & Tulare counties

Caucuses and Committees Meetings


Report from the CEO – August 23, 2016: Changes in Staffing (PDF)

Former CEO Kristy Sermersheim Comes Out Of Retirement
SEIU Local 521 Executive Board has elected Kristy Sermersheim to be Interim Chief Elected Officer of the union, following the departure of Luisa Blue who now serves as SEIU International Executive Vice President.

On June 25, 2016, two new Executive Board Officers were sworn in: Mullissa Willette, Secretary,  and Kristy Sermersheim, Interim Chief Elected Officer. Kristy will replace Luisa Blue until a new CEO is elected.

Luisa Blue Elected SEIU Executive Vice President at Convention
On May 22, 2016, SEIU Local 521 Chief Elected Officer Luisa Blue was elected Executive Vice President of SEIU International at the ‪#‎SEIUnstoppable‬ International Convention in Detroit.

SEIU California Board Report, June 14, 2016 (PDF).

Executive Board Kicks Off Transformation Process
Newly elected SEIU Local 521 Executive Board gathered in March 2016 in Wonder Valley near Fresno to kick off critical transformation process to ‪#UniteFightWin‬ for working families.

SEIU 521 Localwide Elections
The results are in for the elections for our Localwide Officers, Executive Delegates, and Trustees for the 2016–2019 term of office, and to amend the Local 521 Bylaws!
Click here for the election results.

SEIU 521 Convention: Union of Leaders

SEIU 521 Convention 2014Nearly a hundred delegates across SEIU Local 521’s vast region convened in San Jose for a 3-day convention from August 1 to August 3 to assess the state of our Union and chart its future.

The 2014 Convention program included our Community First message and delegates watched the following movie: What does Community First mean?

SEIU Local 521 Officers with Mary Kay Henry

SEIU Local 521 Officers with Mary Kay Henry, SEIU International President

Elected board for 2013-2016:
Executive Board Members Booklet 2013-2016 (PDF)

521’s birthday and Kristy’s retirement
This year’s birthday party for SEIU Local 521 on May 21 also gave members an opportunity to send former 521 Chief Elected Officer Kristy Sermersheim off to a happy retirement. Check out the photos!

New SEIU Local 521 Executive Board takes oath of office

2013-2016 New Executive Board listens to Mary Kay HenryThe newly elected SEIU Local 521 Executive Board was installed March 2 – with SEIU President Mary Kay Henry leading the member leaders through their oath of office.

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SEIU 521 members elect Executive Board for 2013-2016

Member leaders pose for a photo on Jan. 23 after being elected to various posts.More than 2,000 members participated in the localwide election of the second 521 Executive Board. Votes were counted on Jan. 23, 2013 in our San Jose office and broadcasted live via video conference to the Bakersfield, Fresno, Salinas and Visalia offices. The new Executive Board was installed on March 2, 2013.

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