Meet Our Team

The CWGE is located on the Ground Level of Augustine Hall. Our office hours are Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 4:30pm with some extended evening hours for programs. We can be reached by phone at 925-631-4192 or email us at    


Sharon SobottaSharon Sobotta, M.S.

Director of the Center for Women & Gender Equity

Sharon K. Sobotta is a lifetime advocate, a writer, a journalist, a mom and a doula. She has dedicated her professional career to advocating for gender and racial equity, diversity and amplifying the voices of marginalized populations in her role as the director of the Center for Women & Gender Equity (formerly the WRC) at Saint Mary’s College of California and as a reporter and anchor for Pacifca KPFA news and a producer and host for 'The Women's Magazine' at KPFA. 

Additionally, Sharon is an MFA candidate for Saint Mary's College of California's nonfiction program and has taken on the task of telling the non-linear story of finding freedom from unhealthy relationship patterns in her first screenplay (an adaption of her memoir in progress called Thank you god, Men & Oprah) in Augsburg University's low-residency MFA program. or 925-631-4171



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GigiGiselle Espinola-Jimenez, Student Support Specialist and Social Media Specialist

Hi, I’m Gigi! I am a philosophy major with a minor in Law & Society. I am from Monterey, CA and I am currently studying abroad in Rome, Italy. I love documenting my amazing experiences through pictures and videos. I have a YouTube channel where I post about makeup/beauty, vlogs, and my daily college lifestyle. I am excited to continue to learn new skills and meet new people through my various activities this year. I look forward to sharing my passions with everyone through my work and involvement at the Center for Women & Gender Equity!





Maya Patel, Student Support Specialist

Hello. My name is Maya and I am a Second-Year at SMC. I grew up in Oakland, reside in South San Francisco and attended El Camino High School. My intended majors are Business Administration and Political Science. Aside from woking at the Center for Women and Gender Equity and the CARE Center, I am the Vice Chair for the Class of 2022, IC Street Team, a part of the High Potential Program Advisory Board, and Co-Founder of the Youth Advisory Board for the City of South San Francisco. I enjoy learning from new experiences and look forward to meeting and interacting with people through my various activities. I hope to make the Saint Mary's Community a more inclusive one and a community in which everyone is proud to be a part of.




MaysonMayson Lord, Student Support Specialist

Hello! My name's Mayson, and I'm from Orangevale, CA. I'm a junior here at SMC and an English major, with a minor in Creative Writing. This is my second year working with the CWGE and the CARE center, and I'm super excited to help out with my work again! While being a poster designer and the coordinator for our weekly Coffee, Creativity, and Community events, I am also a member of SCAAR and the secretary of PRIDE.






SamSam Newman, Student Support Specialist

Hi! My name is Sam Newman and I am an English major at SMC. I am from Southern California, so I am excited to be part of the Bay Area and explore more of Northern California. I am an activist and always interested in social justice, but working in the Center for Women and Gender Equity and The CARE Center is my first formal opportunity to work in that area. I am excited to learn about and help foster a greater community of love and support at SMC!