Tasha has been actively serving our community for over 20 years. She has been the Chair of the City‘s Finance Committee and is proud of the fact that the city is doing well financially. Currently, the City of Gardena has an AA credit rating and budget that is fiscally sound with a reserve balance that is 20% higher than most cities. She is also the Chairperson of the California Cities Gaming Authority for small to medium size Cardrooms in California. She is a delegate to the County of Los Angeles Sanitation District where she is one of several Directors who are responsible for overseeing the converting of wastewater (sewage) into resources like energy, recycled water, and materials after the waste water leaves your properties. She also sits on the Los Angeles County City Selection Committee, Los Angeles Metro Mayors Roundtable and is an alternate delegate to the South Bay Regional Public Communications Authority.
Tasha grew up in the South Bay, but moved to Gardena when she was a young girl. She is the oldest of 6 and learned at a young age the value of hard work, commitment, and most importantly, being thankful. She is known for being the go-to person when it comes to getting things done in her community. She is the proud daughter of a union worker and member of the Tohono O’odham Nation Tribe. She is a business owner and a diligent servant of her community.
Mayor Cerda's government service began when she was first elected to office as the City Clerk in 2009. Soon after she went on to become a City Council member for two terms before being elected Mayor in 2017. Mayor Cerda had an abundance of support during her 2022 re-election for Mayor and won by default because no one contested her race. She is truly grateful to the residents of Gardena. She is the 6th elected Mayor in the city's history and the first female and african American to be elected Mayor in the City of Gardena. She is also the first Native American Mayor in the State of California.