Jessica is active in the Asian American and Filipino American community. Most recently, she served on the Leadership Council for the Center for Asian Americans United for Self Empowerment (CAUSE). In 2014, she was also selected as one of ten delegates for the Filipino Youth Leadership Program (FYLPro), an international leadership program led by the Ambassador of the Philippines. Jessica previously served on theboards of KAYA: Filipino Americans for Progress, the FYLPro Executive Committee, and the Philippine Humanitarian Coalition.
In addition to her work in the community, Jessica is a Commissioner on the Board of Public Works in the City of Los Angeles. She was appointed by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and confirmed by City Council in March 2019. She is the first Filipina American to serve on the Board.
Previously, Jessica served as Mayor Garcetti’s Director of Scheduling since 2017, overseeing the Mayor’s entire scheduling operation. She also served as Deputy Director of Scheduling, and came to the Mayor’s Executive Office from the Office of Immigrant Affairs, where she managed policy proposals, grant programs, and civic engagement initiatives focused on expanding access to resources for immigrant communities.
Prior to joining the Garcetti Administration, Jessica served in the Obama Administration in the U.S. Department of Education — where she worked on Congressional and legislative affairs, student data and privacy, immigration policy, and gender equity issues. She has also been a campaign aide to several members of Congress for their reelection campaigns, including former Rep. Xavier Becerra of California; former Rep. Mike Honda of California; and Rep. Albio Sires of New Jersey. In 2012, she was a community organizer for President Obama’s reelection campaign in Virginia and helped lead various field offices.
A graduate of the University of California, San Diego, Jessica is a proud first-generation immigrant and lives in Historic Filipinotown with her husband, Matt, and their cat.
Chair, Legal Counsel Committee
Emma Hilario is a first-generation immigrant from the Philippines.
She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from the University of Santo Tomas, Philippines, a Masters in Business Administration degree from Cal Poly, Pomona, and a Juris Doctor degree from Western State University.
She worked as an Engineer and Manager in a major telecommunications company before she ventured out on her own as an attorney for 27 years.
Currently, she is President of Thomasian Engineers Club of Southern California, Legal Advisor for the Lingayen Association of Southern California, and Board Member for the Filipino American Service Group Inc. She also provides free legal consultation every 4th Friday of the month to the Langley Senior Center in Monterey Park and participates in providing free legal consultation at the Los Angeles County Library.
Her past extracurricular activities includes: Past President of the Cal Poly Alumni Association, Board Member of the Western State University Alumni Association, Executive Assistant Governor for the Rotary Club District 5300, Editorial Staff of the Los Angeles Lawyers Magazine, Executive Board Member of the Elder Law Group of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, Past President for the Pilipino American Bar Association, Vice-President of Finance for the National Asian American Bar Association, Past President for the Pilipino American Los Angeles Democrat and Vice-Chair for the Pilipino American Democratic Caucus, California to name a few.
She received numerous Appreciation Certificates for her extra-curricular services, was named Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities in 1992 and recognized as a Top Lawyer in Pasadena Magazine in 2009, to name some.
Emma is committed to giving back to the community and will strive and continue to do so.