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.

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“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.”

- The Los Angeles Times

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.


Loraine is…

An astrophysicist

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.

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.

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.