Gloria E. McClellan, was Councilwoman and Mayor of Vista for 29 years beginning in 1972. She served as Chair for SANDAG (San Diego Association of Governments), helped bring the County Courts and a library to Vista, and vigorously advocated for handicapped children and homeless care. A tireless advocate, Mayor McClellan became known as a visionary humanitarian. She started a Senior Nutrition Center in her home. Even before her service on the City Council, McClellan joined several civic organizations and eventually became president of the North COunty School for the Mentally Disabled. She continued her work for children--most particularly those of homeless families. As mayor, she approved several measures to benefit the well being of homeless families: a 100-bed, year-round Regional Family Transitional Housing Program. In addition, she supported a soup kitchen and a 60-bed program for recovering homeless substance abusers. One estimate of the number of homeless helped by McClellan is 7,000. May McClellan has left a powerful legacy of a redefined Vista and a model for creative, consistent support for homeless.
16th Annual San Diego County Women's Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Reception
Five San Diego women will be honored at the 16th Annual Women's Hall of Fame in March of 2017. Nominations are currently being accepted at the Women's Museum by mail or email.