Margaret Sedenquist, Long time ACT/ADC Member, February 9 2021
Allan Eisenman ACT/ADC long time member: notes from friends
Sandra Serrano Sewell
We are sorry to note the death of Sandra Serrano Sewell on April 29 at age 73. She was an ACT Charter member, and a political activist from a young age. She volunteered on Robert Kennedy’s pres-idential campaign, starting the L A chapter of Youth for Kennedy. She worked to promote Latinas in leadership roles and to improve the lives of their families. She mentored future Latina leaders and elected officials and worked on political campaigns. Her passion was Centro de Niños, a bilingual child development center with an innovative, quality curriculum that also provided needed services in the community. She was Executive Director there for almost fifty years. Our heartfelt sympathy goes to those Sandra leaves behind: Mario Sewell, her spouse of fifty-one years and their two children and two grand-children and many other close relatives. They ask that any memorial donations be made to Cen-tro de Niños, 4850 E. Cesar E Chavez Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90022.
ACT mourns the loss of one of our most devoted and respected members and past ACTco-chair, Anne Wolf. Her impact on our organization and our community is truly immeasurable.
Anne was an integral member of the UDH Board of Directors. In addition to her valued and considered input on the direction and strategies of the organization, she was a member of the Personnel Committee since 2012, and, after the election of 2008, Anne was our resident expert in merchandise and merchandising serving on the Steering Committee, after her retirement from managing the bookstore at Occidental College, she volunteered her expertise in retail sales management to headquarters memorabilia sales. This included further implementing a policy of offering merchandise for sale that wherever at all possible was union made, or the work of local artisans, and never from sources using sweatshop labor. When the pandemic made having a brick-and-mortar location from which to sell merchandise, she made arrangements with a former vendor for an online store from which UDH received a significant return from sales.
Anne has been Commissioner and past Chair of the Pasadena Commission on the Status of Women. She worked on the 41st Assembly District Women’s Advisory Committee, and was a board member of California Federation of Women’s Clubs and the California Commission on the Status of Women. As a member of the YWCA Pasadena-Foothill Valley, Anne was dedicated to implementing its mission of Eliminating Racism and Empowering Women.
Anne’s interest in young people who are aging out of the foster care system led her to the All Saints Church Foster Care Project. She served on the Steering Committee, including two years as Chair and three years as point person for Learning Works Charter High School. Learning Works provides young people in crisis, including those previously incarcerated or living on the streets, an opportunity to earn their high school diplomas.
In 2002, when one of the last remaining wild land areas in the San Rafael Hills of Pasadena was threatened with obliteration by a proposed luxury housing development, Anne was on the forefront of an effort that mobilized civic support which ultimately succeeded in converting the area to public parkland in 2008.
For many years, she served as a member of the Los Angeles County Democratic Party and the California Democratic Party State Central Committee. Anne was recognized as the 55th Assembly District woman of the year and has been honored with the Regional Directors “Outstanding Service Award” by the California Democratic Party.
To everyone who was privileged to work with her, and to enjoy her friendship, her loss is a devastating one. She was a treasure and she will be missed forever. May she rest in love and power.
The family is requesting that any donations be made to the Foster Care Project. https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/fcp