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County of Santa Clara Celebrates International Women's Day

The County, where more than half of executive leaders identify as female, is committed to advancing diversity and gender equity and fostering an inclusive workplace

SANTA CLARA COUNTY, CALIF. — The County of Santa Clara joins millions of people around the world on March 8 in celebrating International Women’s Day, recognizing the achievements of women and raising awareness of gender discrimination.

Photo of Greta Hansen, chief operating officer for the County of Santa Clara

Greta Hansen is the County's first female Chief Operating Officer.

The County is committed to promoting diversity and gender equity through its policies and programs and fostering an inclusive workplace.

Women play vital roles at every level of the County organization: 53% of the County’s executive leadership and 65% of the County workforce identify as female, while women comprise a majority on the County Board of Supervisors.

To learn more about female leadership at the County, we invite you to read a story and watch an accompanying video from the Office of Communications and Public Affairs.

The story includes perspectives from Board President Susan Ellenberg, Supervisor Cindy Chavez, Chief Operating Officer Greta Hansen and other female leaders. The video features Hansen and colleagues' advice to young women about their future careers. 


The County of Santa Clara government serves a diverse, multicultural population of 1.9 million residents in Santa Clara County, Calif., making it more populous than 14 states in the U.S. The County provides essential services to its residents, including public health protection, environmental stewardship, medical services through the County of Santa Clara Health System, child and adult protection services, homelessness prevention and solutions, roads, park services, libraries, emergency response to disasters, protection of minority communities and those under threat, access to a fair criminal justice system, and many other public benefits.

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María Leticia Gómez/Aaron Kinney, Office of Communications and Public Affairs, (408) 299-5119, [email protected]

Posted: March 8, 2023