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Trailblazers: Pacific, Mission & Ocean Beach

The editorial team has a special attachment to our new series, The Trailblazers: Rewriting the Narrative, because so many of us feel that media portrayals of women have been too one dimensional. Today, women are doing incredible things in all fields – from science and technology to finance, law, business, athletics and more.  With the Trailblazers series, we hope to highlight and celebrate female role models, encourage more equal and just representation in the media, and help foster a more tight-knit community locally helping women find mentors, business partners, friends and more.

Below, you’ll find some incredible trailblazers from in and around Pacific, Mission & Ocean Beach that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Alison Gates

I’ve always been interested in the connection between nutrition and wellness and driven to find what works for my own unique biology. I studied physiology and neuroscience in school, and even though I ended up working as a Creative Director (which I also love), I’ve always been drawn to helping people figure out what uniquely helps them feel their best. Read more>>

Julia Rios

Five years ago, I decided to take a break from college and pursue my dream of working as an actor in the entertainment business. And though it was a leap of faith I was determined to give this career my absolute best. And what a ride this career journey it has been I’ve worked for brands such as Target and Disney and starred in national commercials for Pepsi and Nissan. Read more>>

Kelly Twichel

Growing up, I always knew that I was meant to do something that carried a lot of responsibility and directly impacted people- like being a doctor. I felt comfortable in leadership roles in-class projects and loved science, volunteering, and being creative. So, when I graduated from San Diego State University in 2013 with a degree in Biology. Read more>>

Mia Mitchell

I’m thinking about many memories which caused pain and hardship that I was able to overcome in life. Through pain, I gained strength. I grew up in the Philippines and raised in a small town. I had a simple dream, even as a driven, rebellious and ambitious person. I always do what I want to do. Read more>>

Alex Alford

I discovered I had a passion for photography by capturing images during my adventures and travels. Landscape photography was my first love in the industry and is how I got my start. My friends and family started to ask for prints of my work, and it went from there. I knew if I wanted to spend my life doing something I love, I’d have to start monetizing my passion. Lifestyle photography came easy because I happen to live with the most amazing subject, my dog, Jessie. Read more>>

Kate Houser

I started my journey in the depths of my Instagram timeline. I was deep in my usual stalking of all the beautiful people on my feed, unconsciously being pushed into buying hair growth gummies, leather handbags, and dozens of fast fashion brands. I was spending an hour a day scrolling on my feed constantly surrounded by these products and the idea of consumption without consequence. Read more>>

Cindy Huynh

I believe my daughter got me where I am today. As a first-time mom, of course, there were many new experiences and changes. Both to my life and body. Good ones being the moments we have with this incredible miracle we call our daughter. Completing our little family. Read more>>

Olivia Sylvestro

My entrepreneurial journey might be a little different than most because I woke up one day and decided to quit my job. I had been dreaming of owning my own business for a long time so I could make an impact by helping others and knew that I wasn’t going to be able to do that sitting in a cubicle. Read more>>

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