WHERE I COME FROM
Hello Neighbors, I'm Tiffany Boyd-Hodgson, wife, mother of 4, and scientist. I grew up in the Texas Hill Country and have lived and worked in Canada and on both U.S. coasts. My family and I love living in San Marcos. Not a day goes by that we are not grateful and take the time to marvel at the natural wonders of Southern California.
Everywhere I have lived, I have aimed to make a difference in my local community. Whether I was volunteering to help domestic violence survivors, raising money for human trafficking victims, founding an educational group to teach kids about science, leading a PTO, or being elected to my local school board, I'm not one to sit around and wait for problems to solve themselves. When I see a need in my community, I listen, I plan, I roll up my sleeves, and I get to work.
I grew up in a conservative, single-parent home. My mother worked long hours as a secretary to make ends meet. Sometimes they did, sometimes they didn't. From here, I learned the value of hard work and how financially difficult it can be for single-parent households to meet their family's basic needs. My father and stepmother were heavily involved in local civics. They founded a local Methodist church and my father served as mayor of a then, small Texas town. From them, I learned the value of public service and giving back to my community. When my stepfather came into our lives, I gained two more brothers and a clan of aunts and uncles. His family taught me how important it is for families to stick together and take care of one another. That remains our family motto.
Volunteer work with domestic violence and human trafficking survivors, and shepherding my children through school systems ill-equipped to manage learning differences and gender differences has honed my resolve to advocate for the vulnerable.
Serving as an elected school board member further taught me how to listen to underserved members of my community and implement solutions that promote equity. It also taught me to find common ground across all political stripes, and that folks with different ideas of how to reach a goal, can still work together to achieve that outcome if we keep our eyes on the prize.