Sean Elo-Rivera

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Sean Elo-Rivera
Member of the San Diego City Council
from the 9th district
Assumed office
December 10, 2020
Preceded byGeorgette Gómez
Personal details
Political partyDemocratic
EducationChapman University (BA)
California Western
School of Law (JD)

Sean Elo-Rivera is an American attorney and politician serving as a member of the San Diego City Council for the 9th district. Elected on November 3, 2020, he assumed office on December 10, 2020.

Early life and education[edit]

Elo-Rivera was raised in Orange County, California and graduated from Huntington Beach High School. He then attended Golden West College, where he competed on the water polo and swim teams.[1] A first-generation college student, he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in social science from Chapman University, where he also studied history, psychology, and sociology. After graduating, he taught English in Peru and South Korea and worked as a competitive swimming coach. Elo-Rivera relocated to San Diego and earned a Juris Doctor from the California Western School of Law.[2]


In 2019, Elo-River was elected to the San Diego Community College District Board of Trustees. He is also the executive director of San Diego Youth Will, a non-profit organization formerly known as the San Diego Youth Development Office. He has also worked as a field organizer and director for the California Democratic Party.

In the November 2020 election for San Diego City Council, Elo-Rivera defeated Kelvin Barrios. He assumed office on December 10, 2020.[3][4][5][6][7]


  1. "Elo-Rivera will focus on social equity, boosting local youth as new San Diego council member". San Diego Union-Tribune. 2020-12-04. Retrieved 2020-12-10. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  2. "Sean Elo-Rivera, J.D. | San Diego Community College District". Retrieved 2020-12-10.
  3. Rivlin-Nadler, Max. "Elo-Rivera Wins Race For San Diego City Council District 9 Seat". KPBS Public Media. Retrieved 2020-12-10.
  4. "Sean Elo-Rivera". Ballotpedia. Retrieved 2020-12-10.
  5. "2020 election: Q&A with Sean Elo-Rivera, candidate for San Diego City Council District 9". San Diego Union-Tribune. 2020-10-17. Retrieved 2020-12-10. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  6. Rivlin-Nadler, Max. "Amid A Chaotic Race, Sean Elo-Rivera Says He Can Bring Stability And Opportunity To District 9". KPBS Public Media. Retrieved 2020-12-10.
  7. "'A San Diego for All of Us': Todd Gloria Makes History as He's Sworn In as Mayor". NBC 7 San Diego. Retrieved 2020-12-10.

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