Mayor Pro Tem Claudia M. Frometa

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Portrait of Claudia FrometaClaudia M. Frometa, (Claudia Marroquin-Frometa) was elected to serve the residents of Downey, District 4 in November of 2018.

Professionally, Claudia is part of the National Emergency Management Team for Kaiser Permanente Foundation and Health Plan.  She provides training, support, and consultation to all Southern California Medical Centers.  Claudia has a combined 23 years of experience in disaster preparedness, strategic planning, education, communications, public relations, and motivational public speaking.

She has spent the last 15 years in the emergency management arena helping improve disaster response strategies and lead best practices for hospitals across Los Angeles County, and the state through the standardization of response initiatives.

Claudia is a member of the National Advisory Committee on Hospital Incident Command System (HICS) for the California Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA).  She is a member of the California Hospital Association (CHA) Emergency Management Advisory Council (EMAC).  Claudia is on the planning committee for the largest annual disaster planning conference in the state for California hospitals.  She is also an instructor for the Hospital Association of Southern California (HASC) quarterly Hospital Disaster Management Training Series at LA County USC Medical Center.  Claudia is a Terrorism Liaison Officer (TLO) and a licensed amateur (ham) radio operator.

Claudia is a former journalist and newspaper publisher.  She worked for The Press-Enterprise in Riverside where she launched La Prensa, a weekly Spanish newspaper in 1999.  Prior to that, she worked for a chain of community newspapers (Inland Empire Community Newspapers) in San Bernardino County as a reporter and later as an editor.  She later helped launch and became executive editor-in-chief for Hispanic Lifestyle magazine in Riverside.

Locally, Claudia is a past Board Member for The Living Help Center, the Downey Foundation for Educational Opportunities (D.F.E.O.), now serving on the Advisory Board.  Claudia has also been involved with the Assistance League, Gypsy Johnson Auxiliary, the PTA (as her children attended elementary school), and School Site Council at the Middle School.  Claudia believes in investing in children and the youth as they are the future.  She is committed to serving the community and creating opportunities to engage younger generations in community service initiatives.

Claudia was appointed to represent District 4 and serve on the Independent Citizens’ Oversight Committee on “Measure S”.

In 2018, Claudia received the Distinguished Woman Award from Soroptimist International of Downey, for her contributions and impact as a professional, community leader, mother, and role model.

Claudia’s family emigrated from Mexico when she was 12 years of age as her father sought a career as a physician in the United States.  Her mother, a middle school teacher in her native Mexico, emphasized the value of higher education to Claudia and her three siblings.  The family of six settled in Downey for a few years and Claudia promoted from West Middle School to Warren High School before moving to Loma Linda.

Claudia holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communications with an emphasis in Mass Media from California State University San Bernardino.  She holds numerous FEMA disaster training certificates.  She attended disaster training at the Department of Homeland Security/FEMA Center for Domestic Preparedness in Anniston Alabama.  Most recently, she completed two Executive Education (EXED) training programs at the University of Southern California (USC) School of Public Policy.

Claudia and her husband Nolveris Frometa have been married for 24 years and are longtime residents of Downey.  Together, they have raised four active and civic-minded children in the Downey Unified School District (Daniel 21, Emily 16, Sarah 15, & Jessica 13).

Inter-Government Committees Boards, City Standing Subcommittees, Ad Hoc Subcommittees

  • California Contract Cities Association Board of Directors (CCCA)
  • Clean Power Alliance of Southern California formerly Los Angeles Community Choice Energy Authority (LACCE)
  • Gateway Cities Council of Governments (COG) I-710 EIR/EIRS Project Committee
  • Gateway Cities Council of Governments SR-91/I-605/I-405 Corridor Cities Committee
  • Independent Cities Association (ICA)
  • Independent Cities Risk Management Authority (ICRMA)
  • Interstate 5 Consortium Cities Policy Board (I-5)
  • Los Angeles City Selection Committee
  • Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County (2 and 18)
  • South East Los Angeles Workforce Investment Policy Board (SELACO WDB)
  • Budget Subcommittee
  • Rancho Los Amigos Property
  • Revitalization of the City/School District Task Force
  • Website Subcommittee
  • 2020 United States Census Ad Hoc Subcommittee

Term in Office
December 2018 - December 2022

City of Downey
11111 Brookshire Ave
Downey, CA   90241
562.904.7274
cfrometa@downeyca.org