Kristin Gaspar was elected to the San Diego County Board of Supervisors in 2016 after serving four years on the Encinitas City Council and as the first elected mayor of Encinitas. She is a mother, community leader, and small business owner, working as CFO of her family’s small business with seven locations employing nearly 150 San Diegans.
The youngest woman ever elected to the Board of Supervisors, Kristin has used her private sector small business experience to push government as a catalyst for private sector and non-profit efforts to address the challenges facing San Diego County. She has promoted innovative programs that help our most vulnerable communities: the elderly, the formerly incarcerated, those struggling with mental health or addiction, and our homeless population, while protecting taxpayers and keeping our communities safe.
A fiscal watchdog, Gaspar was the only supervisor to vote against a Board pay raise and pension spike and is a vocal critic of SANDAG’s efforts to divert money from the voter-approved improvements of 78, 52, and 67, to fund a mass transit-only plan for downtown San Diego.
North County’s roads and infrastructure have long needed additional investments, which led Kristin to launch the Building Better Roads Initiative, garnering national attention for its innovative approach to fixing roads. Through the formation of a working group of building industry leaders, she quickly identified and implemented cost-effective and sustainable strategies to pave more lane miles while saving taxpayer dollars.
A leader in the search for a cure for Alzheimer’s, Kristin helped launch the “Seniors in Crisis” initiative, partnered with Supervisor Dianne Jacob on the “Alzheimer’s Project,” and increased funding for research and issues affecting caregivers.
A San Diego native, Kristin attended Arizona State University where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism. She and her husband, Dr. Paul Gaspar, have three children and live in Encinitas.