Senator Ben Hueso Honors Sarah Brite Evans as 2018 Woman of the Year for Senate District 40

March 12, 2018

Sacramento, CA – March 12, 2018 – The California State Legislature on Monday hosted its annual Woman of the Year ceremony at the State Capitol in Sacramento as part of Women’s History Month. The ceremony honors women of all ages, backgrounds and interests, who are passionate and committed to empowering and improving their communities.

Senator Ben Hueso (D-San Diego) recognized Sarah Brite Evans as 2018 Woman of the Year for the 40th Senate District.



The following statement by Sen. Hueso was read on the Senate floor during the special ceremony:

“Sarah Brite Evans is a true asset to the 40th Senate District. She moves seamlessly between her professional role as one of San Diego Business Journal’s “Best of the Bar”, to her civic responsibilities, where she serves as Chair of the Board of Management for the Border View Family YMCA.

Sarah grew up in a small town in rural Kentucky and, when life brought her to San Diego, she was certain to bring with her the sense of community responsibility that she learned growing up. The diversity of South Bay is an integral part of the 40th Senate District, and brings both challenges and opportunities for service. Sarah has prioritized improving the quality of life for people in the region, and creating opportunities for children and families, in both her work and her community service.

During Sarah’s tenure as Board Chair, the Border View Family YMCA has dramatically increased its fundraising, enabling it to provide hundreds of additional scholarships that support underprivileged students’ participation in sports and community activities. In addition to her work with the YMCA, Sarah serves on the South County Economic Development Council’s Workforce and Education Committee. She is also a member of the Board of Directors for the Crawford High School Academy of Law, which serves one of the most diverse populations of students in San Diego, virtually all of whom will be first-generation college students, and many of whom are first-generation Americans.

Sarah has been practicing law in San Diego since 2000, and is currently a partner at the law firm of Schwartz Semerdjian Cauley & Moot LLP. Her practice focuses primarily on employment law matters, including investigating harassment complaints, and training supervisors and managers about the proper ways to address such claims. A core tenet of her work is helping San Diego’s business leaders create work environments that protect the rights of women and minority employees to allow them to flourish in their careers. Within her profession, Sarah has been Vice President of the Lawyers Club of San Diego, an organization that is the loudest voice for women’s equality within the region’s legal community. She is also a three-time winner of the Wiley M. Manuel Award for pro bono legal services.

Sarah lives in Bonita with her husband and two sons. We are beyond grateful for everything that Sarah Brite Evans has done, and continues to do, to strengthen our community here in the 40th Senate District.”