Councilmember Jessica C. Shewmaker
Ms. Shewmaker has been a resident of West Covina for almost thirty years.
In November 2005, Ms. Shewmaker was elected to the West Covina Unified School District’s Board of Education. She has the distinction of being the youngest elected board member in WCUSD’s history. Ms. Shewmaker served multiple terms as president of the board and board clerk. She also served as one of the two West Covina School Board members on the district/city advisory committee. This committee of school board and city council members works to coordinate activities and develop solutions for the community involving the locally elected city council and school boards. She served as a board member on the Joint Board of Management for the East San Gabriel Valley Regional Occupational Program. This board is responsible for public education services, which provide practical, hands-on career preparation and career guidance to residents in seven local school districts.
Prior to the transfer of successor agencies’ oversight to the county level, Ms. Shewmaker served as the Los Angeles County Office of Education’s representative to the City of West Covina’s Successor Agency Oversight Committee.
She attended Edgewood Middle School and graduated from West Covina High School. After graduation, Jessica studied International Relations, Business, and Paralegal Studies. In college, Ms. Shewmaker represented students while working with the California State Assembly and Senate on education issues.
Ms. Shewmaker works as a paralegal and policy analyst at a law firm which specializes in representing public agencies, including cities, school districts and water agencies. Her profession gives her a unique insight and understanding into how public agencies work.