Michelle Gomez is a native of Southern California who originally hails from the city of Cerritos. She and her husband Don have called Oceanside home for over ten years.
Michelle is a nature lover at heart who enjoys hiking and outrigger canoeing. To ask those who see her in action every day however, most would say that her primary passion must be community service.
Determined to make a difference, Michelle’s record of service goes back nearly two decades and includes assisting military families and veterans, forming community building organizations, serving on the board of a patients advocacy nonprofit, fighting human trafficking
and domestic violence. She currently serves as an Oceanside Housing Commissioner, as well as serving on the Assembly District 76 Advisory Council on Housing and Homelessness.
As an active member of the community, Michelle recognizes the challenges facing Oceanside and is committed to delivering real results to improve the quality of life for all residents. She envisions a community that protects and preserves our neighborhoods and ensures economic opportunity for everyone. As a proud union retiree, Michelle believes it’s time for local government to put the needs of working families first, by addressing our epidemic homelessness crisis, our crumbling roads and infrastructure, the ever-increasing traffic congestion, and by providing for public safety.
Michelle is a proud military spouse and daughter. Her husband Don served in the Marine Corps and deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Her father, also a Marine Corps veteran was awarded a Purple Heart for his service in Vietnam.
Michelle has demonstrated her support for our troops by serving for over half a decade as a USMC Family Readiness Assistant aiding the families of our deployed heroes. For her service to our heroes and those they leave behind while deployed, Michelle was awarded the President's Volunteer Service Award four times by the Obama administration.
In her professional life, Michelle works in the legal field in regulatory compliance, policy development, and data privacy, and has worked previously as a Legislative Analyst reviewing pending legislation and drafting policy. This combination of community service, familiarity with the issues plaguing our city, and experience drafting and executing effective policy is what makes Michelle ably suited to the role of City Councilmember. Michelle is ready to get things done and to take the next step in building a brighter future for Oceanside.