City Clerk Bio

Carmen Avalos was elected to serve as South Gate City Clerk in March of 2001. Ms. Avalos was born in Guadalajara, Jalisco in Southern Mexico. She was raised in the Southeast area, attending local schools. She graduated from South Gate High School in 1987 and went on to complete a degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from CSU Dominguez Hills. 
Carmen’s commitment to improve the lives of others led her into a career as a researcher for both USC School of Medicine and UCLA school of Public Health. In addressing needs that impacted her community, she did research in Cancer, Diabetes, Leukemia, as well as psychosocial stress. Some of her research work has been published in various research journals.  

Further Education & Teaching Career

However, her on-going need to share her knowledge with others led her into the teaching profession. She taught high school science classes at both John Glenn High School for the Norwarlk-La Mirada USD, then returned to her alma mater South Gate High School at LAUSD. She furthered her education and earned a teaching credential, administrative credential and Master’s Degree in Educational Administration from CSU Long Beach. 

Ms. Avalos' commitment to adding value to the city propels her to continue to further her education and is pursuing a second Master’s degree in Public Administration from CSU Northridge. She is a Certified Municipal Clerk (CMC) and a Notary Public. 

Carmen was nominated as City Clerk of Year in 2003 from the California City Clerk’s Association. She has been a public speaker inspiring women to pursue career in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics and pursue higher education. She has also led several workshops on ethics, FPPC filings, and Brown Act for local organizations. She has received numerous recognitions for her efforts to end corruption in South Gate, serves on the Cerritos Community College Board of Trustees, and is a Board Member for Su Casa - a non-profit organization that seeks to educate the public in ending domestic violence. 

Through her desire to give back to the community, and her belief that South Gate residents need to be kept informed of events taking place in their city, she gratefully serves as South Gate’s City Clerk.