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Photo of Terri Zuniga, Mayor Pro Temr TERRI ZUNIGA
Mayor Pro Tem

Date Elected: 2012
1 Term, Term expires: 2016
Address (office): City Hall,
110 East Cook Street, Santa Maria, California 93454-5190
City Phone: (805) 925-0951 x189
City Fax: (805) 349-0657
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Terri Zuniga has lived in Santa Maria most of her adult life. She attended local schools and Allan Hancock College. Her community service activities are numerous.

Terri is currently the Supervisor for the District Attorney’s office Victim Witness Program. Prior to beginning her work with the District Attorney’s Office in 2006, Terri served as Director of Programs for Domestic Violence Solutions for 20 years, starting her career with the agency in 1986. During her tenure, she was instrumental in the establishment of the Santa Maria domestic violence emergency shelter, a 16-unit long-term transitional housing program, one of only two shelters in the State to house teen victims of domestic violence. She also helped to establish of one of the first Domestic Violence Emergency Response Teams in the State (responding with Law Enforcement to all 9-1-1 domestic violence calls). She worked with both the Santa Maria-Bonita School District and the Santa Maria Joint Union High School District to establish curriculum based programs for teens and youth to provide intervention and education regarding family violence, bullying, and peer pressure.

Terri and her husband Alex have raised seven children and are the proud grandparents of 11 grandchildren.


  • Supervisor for the District Attorney’s Office Victim Witness Program.
  • Attended Allan Hancock College.


  • Board Member of Santa Maria Valley Youth & Family Center, Secretary/Treasurer
  • Board Member Good Samaritan Shelter
  • Board Member of Conflict Solutions Center
  • Board Member of People for Leisure And Youth, Inc. (P.L.A.Y., Inc.)
  • Restorative Justice Task Force, Secretary
  • Founding Member of Altrusa Golden Valley
  • City of Santa Maria Recreation and Parks Commissioner (2006-2010)
  • Board Member of the Altrusa of the Central Coast Foundation (2010-2011)
  • Member of Altrusa of the Central Coast (2008-2011)
  • Founding Member of the Marian People for Non Violence Committee (1999-2005)
  • Co-Chair of the Family Violence Prevention & Intervention Partnership (1997-2005)
  • Chairperson of the North County Women’s Political Committee (1995-2000)
  • Chairperson of the Domestic Violence Education and Elimination Services (1990-1995)
  • Founding Member of CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) (1990-1993)
  • Member of Altrusa of the Central Coast (2008-2011)
  • Board Member of the Altrusa of the Central Coast Foundation (2010-2011)