Council District 12 is my Neighborhood. I…
live in the district,
work in the district,
and send my children to public school in the district.
“Council District 12 needs a committed, creative council member with the fortitude to tackle the challenges of the district and the city as a whole. The best person for that job is Loraine Lundquist.”
Hi! I’m Loraine Lundquist.
I’m a scientist, activist, and mom. I was raised by a career army soldier and a middle school math teacher, and I lived all over the country before settling in Northridge for the past 9 years. I have a Ph.D. in physics from UC Berkeley, and served as a Science and Technology Policy Fellow at the National Academy of Sciences and a research scientist at Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.
When I became a new mom, I grew concerned about the future my children faced in a world threatened by climate catastrophe. I chose to devote my life to spreading the word about climate change, and engaging in political activism, advocating common-sense solutions.
Now I am a Faculty Associate at the Institute for Sustainability at CSUN. I try to inspire my students to take action in their own lives, and get involved in improving their communities.
For my own part, I’ve advocated for social justice. I volunteered to teach college math to people in prison. I work on homelessness issues in my community as the co-chair of the homelessness committee of Northridge East Neighborhood Council, and I’m a founding member of the West Valley Neighborhood Alliance on Homelessness. I’m a proud union member, an elected delegate to the California Democratic Party, and I was honored as the 2017 Female Democrat of the Year for Assembly District 45. I’ve been a foster parent to three children, one of whom I recently adopted.
I am not taking corporate PAC money. We're running the type of grassroots campaign that is only victorious if we can mobilize leaders from throughout the community to get involved.
With a Ph.D. in Physics from UC Berkeley, Loraine helped launch a satellite to study the Sun’s magnetic field.
|Community advocate||Loraine helped organize community opposition to the Aliso Canyon gas storage facility when it blew out in 2015.|
|Mom||Loraine’s children attend public school in the district.|
|Northridge East Neighborhood Council’s 2nd Vice President (term ended 2019)||Loraine served as the Homelessness Liaison and on the executive board.|
|Lecturer and Faculty Associate at the CSUN Institute for Sustainability|
|Loraine teaches courses on environmental, economic, and social sustainability at Cal State Northridge. Her students go on to be leaders in our community.|
|Foster parent||Loraine has opened her home to children in need and recently adopted one of her foster children.|
|Expert on clean energy solutions||Loraine serves on the advisory panel for LADWP’s long range planning and has testified before the California State Senate and Assembly.|
| Educator ||Loraine runs a program through CSUN that provides science and sustainability education in local K-12 schools. Her recent Sustainability Fair brought more than 1,200 LAUSD students and family members to CSUN to showcase sustainability projects.|