Chaya Galicia, Project Manager
February 15, 2021
Please describe your role with your County.
My role with Yuba County is to develop and implement projects and programs that will address the housing needs of our homeless citizens. It’s my job to foster collaborations inside the County, and with external partners, to build a homeless services delivery system that works to effectively meet the needs of our most vulnerable residents. I get to work with outstanding people who have a wide range of strengths, experiences, and passions.
What motivated you to enter public service?
I grew up serving others through The Salvation Army church and rehabilitation programs, and when I was old enough, I was able to join their team as an employee. After working there for 16 years, the position opened at the County, and everyone I talked to about the opportunity said it seemed like this job was a perfect fit for me, and an obvious next step in my career. I thrive in an environment where I can lead teams, build relationships, and create change. Yuba County Health and Human Services is that avenue for me.
What’s your favorite movie of all time?
This is a hard question! I love 80’s family movies, like The Princess Bride and Labyrinth. I love a good fairy tale with excitement, adventure, and mystery. When I was little, I remember watching The Princess Bride and being scared of the Rodents of Unusual Size during the Fire Swamp scene. And in Labyrinth, I love the David Bowie music and all the otherworldly creatures.
What’s your proudest professional or personal accomplishment?
I would say that I’m proud to be part of the growth that has happened in our homeless services delivery system. In 2016, when the County initiated 14Forward, a temporary emergency shelter, it kicked off a series of events that have aligned our community in a vision to address homelessness. I’ve been able to be an instrument in the development of significant projects and initiatives. I’m very proud to be a driving force for change in our community.
Who is your hero?
My grandma is my hero. She was a perfect example of a woman of faith, commitment, and unconditional love. My grandparents were officers in The Salvation Army, and lived a life of service to those in need. She had a creative mind, and used her creativity to build relationships with those around her. She was committed to doing the right thing, and she was kind and loving in every interaction. I’m grateful for her influence in my life, teaching me the most important things.
What makes your county special?
Yuba County has incredible leaders who invest in their employees in order to continue the cycle of strong leadership. We value collaboration, strategy, and service. We aren’t afraid to take risks or make mistakes that help us learn and grow. Our departments work very well together, and that is a direct result of the culture that has been built. I wouldn’t want to work anywhere else.