District 1 - Rosa Escutia-Braaton


Rosa Escutia-Braaton was elected Councilmember for District 1 in 2020 and served as Vice Mayor in 2021. She represents the interests of more than 200,000 residents of Modesto, advocating for increased economic growth, cleaner streets, and safer neighborhoods.

Prior to her election, Councilmember Escutia-Braaton was appointed to Modesto’s Cultural Commission in 2013 and the Planning Commission in 2014, where she served for seven years as a strong advocate for fiscal responsibility and smart growth. Additionally, she worked in the public and private sectors for over 25-years in executive positions, including serving as a Gubernatorial Appointee under Governors Davis and Schwarzenegger as Director of Public Relations for the California State Lottery and the Director of Communications for the California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs.

Beyond her professional experience, Councilmember Escutia-Braaton has a deep commitment to service and has been involved in multiple non-profit and community organizations such as the Stanislaus Latino Community Roundtable, the Stanislaus Medical Society Alliance, the American Leadership Forum, among many others.

Councilmember Escutia-Braaton has a Bachelors of Arts degree from California State University Sacramento. Her husband is a local orthopedic surgeon and together they are raising their three children.

Standing Committee Appointments

  • Appointments Committee - Member
  • Finance Committee - Vice-Chair
  • Safety and Communities Committee - Chair

City Council Liaison Committee Appointments

  • City-County Liaison Committee - Member 
  • City's Redevelopment/Successor Agency - Member 
  • League of California Cities - Central Valley Division Executive Committee - Alternate
  • Stanislaus County Local Task Force on Solid Waste Management - Alternate 
  • Stanislaus Council of Governments
    • Executive Committee - Alternate
    • Policy Board - Member 

Board Memberships

  • National Association of Regional Councils - Board Member  
  • San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District - Board Member
  • San Joaquin Valley Regional Planning Agencies Policy Council - Board Member
  • League of California Cities
    • Latino Caucus - Board Member
    • Central Valley Division - President