Grace Horton

Grace Horton, AFSCME Council 57 Secretary
(650) 722-4537

Griselda (Grace) Horton is a first-generation-born California native who was raised in Redwood City. She was born to migrant parents from Jalisco, Mexico. That was the beginning of her advocacy for working people.

Early in age, Grace aspired to be an attorney but was strongly discouraged by her family. She was told there were already too many lawyers in the world and that the legal field was way too competitive and risky for a woman.

In high school, Grace was interested in automotive technology, but her father did not approve of her to be around so many boys. So she enrolled in Sequoia High School’s Electronics Academy, and she graduated as the Electronics Academy Ambassador. During her high school years, she interned with Lockheed Martin and Hewlett Packard. These opportunities opened her eyes to the many career possibilities that she could explore and excel at.

Grace’s career goal was to become a civil engineer. But after her first child was born, she discovered that she had a new passion: motherhood. Grace now has two sons and a daughter.

Chance and destiny had its a way and Grace found herself back in Redwood City—this time employed at her alma mater. Grace is now a secretary for the administrative vice principal that oversees 11th and 12th grade students at Sequoia High School. 

Grace's career with the Sequoia Union High School District has provided many opportunities to be involved in our union. She has served in every role from steward and chapter president to Labor Management Committee and Health and Welfare Committee.

Griselda has helped protect members during Grievance Meetings, Investigative Hearings, Skelly Hearings, and PERB Charges. She has not turned a deaf ear against a distressed member with a concern. She understands the priority, and takes the time to research to resolve the matter.

Grace was taught to never undermine others and to always treat others with dignity, and she brings those values to the Council 57 Executive Board.