Anais is a first generation Latina, mother, communications professional, and advocate living in the City of El Monte. She was raised in the communities of El Monte and South El Monte by two, hard working immigrant parents, Arcelia and Rafael Medina. She attended local schools, met her husband, David Diaz, and welcomed her first child in this community.
Anais graduated from the University of La Verne, and supplemented her education by attending classes at Rio Hondo Community College to receive her B.A. in Communications in 2010. In 2018, she completed her Masters program at the University of Southern California and received her Masters of Strategic Public Relations with a Certificate in Public Policy Advocacy. Anais also currently serves on the Executive Board for The Los Angeles League of Conservation Voters and The Mosquito and Vector Control Association of California.
Currently, she serves as the Public Information Officer for the Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District and is dedicated to increasing awareness and education about the public health threats mosquitoes and mosquito-borne diseases pose to the 6 million residents the public health agency serves through collaborations and partnerships with nonprofit organizations, schools, neighborhood councils, and city electeds.
Before her recent position, Anais worked on various environmental campaigns focused on creating a more equitable, sustainable and healthier Los Angeles County such as serving as the coalition coordinator and communications specialist for OurWaterLA. Furthermore, Anais has partnered with organizations like Active San Gabriel Valley, Nature for All, Council for Watershed Health, and Day One to support multiple community advocacy programs such as the Puente Hills Landfill Parks Master Plan, Safe Routes to Schools in El Monte/South El Monte, and 626 Golden Streets.
Most recently, she helped form and pass the historic Safe Clean Water Program also known as Measure W which helped secured funds to invest in our infrastructure to secure safe, clean water for our most underserved communities, including the City of El Monte and surrounding San Gabriel Valley cities. The measure also helped set aside funds for job training, local hire, and worker development and education.
Anais recognizes that without the access to higher education or her father's union job, she would not have the career or opportunities afforded to her. Anais is passionate about higher education and ensuring all folks regardless of income, gender, immigration status, and ability have access to higher education. Inspired by the lived experience of her immigrant parents and family, Anais has seen first hand how an education can increase opportunities and positively impact quality of life. She’s motivated to continue being an advocate for those most in need and bring resources that help build a more equitable, inclusive El Monte community.