Born in Los Angeles, Anica Walls was raised in the agricultural
landscape surrounding Ventura, California, where she lived in a
community largely populated with immigrant farmworkers. An early
memory of the labor issues and politics of the time was when, at
the age of 5, she was told she couldn’t have grapes because “we
can’t buy grapes right now,” in support of the famous boycott
launched by Cesar Chavez.
She was influenced greatly by her father and her “tia,” who
reinforced in her how important it is to be fair and just and to
treat all others with humanity.
Her passion for the working class carried her through college at
UC Santa Cruz, where she earned two Bachelor of Arts degrees in
Latin American and Latino Studies and Community Studies.
Out of college, she worked as an organizer helping at-risk and
poor residents get much-needed services in Mexico, San Francisco,
Santa Cruz and Sacramento, including Head Start and the Mission
Her state career began in 2006, and she works in Sacramento as a
Disability Evaluation Analyst III at the Department of Social
Services. She’s been recognized for her work with an
Excellence in Customer Service award in 2017.
In 2007, she became a Union Steward after witnessing repeated
incidents of management harassing her fellow employees. As the
Vice President for Organizing/Representation, she hopes to foster
greater member engagement by making Local 1000 visible in our
worksites, believing “we are all stronger together.”
Anica is married and the mother of two boys. She lives in