A 23-year-old Riverside resident has been appointed to the State Independent Living Council, the governor’s office announced Friday.
Maya Mendez has been a special education instruction assistant for the Riverside Unified School District and a youth development specialist for the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Redlands-Riverside since 2019.
She was a tutor for California Teaching Fellows from 2018 to 2019 and is a member of the California Youth Leadership Forum Alumni.
Her position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation.
The SILC is an 18-member council, appointed by the governor, to represent people with disabilities throughout the state and charged with:
— determining the allocation of federal funds for independent living;
— advising the governor and Legislature about issues impacting persons with disabilities in California;
— creating projects and moving forward ideas that will enhance the ability of people with disabilities to live independently; and
— assuring compliance with applicable state and federal laws governing independent living.
All council members serve three-year terms as volunteers.