PAT ZAHAROPOULOS, Esq., President & Chief Executive Officer
Pat Zaharopoulos, Esq. is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Middle Class Taxpayers Association. She has more than 40 years’ experience working in the public sector for city, county and state government, most notably as a prosecutor for the State of California for more than 30 years. She also served as an adviser to San Diego’s mayor and city council, working for transparency in local government. She has argued eight cases in the California Supreme Court, and received the Attorney General’s Award of Excellence. She has been named Public Lawyer of the Year by the San Diego Bar Association, was nominated twice for California District Attorney’s Association Prosecutor of the Year and was a Department of Justice nominee for Women of Vision in the Law. Ms. Zaharopoulos received her Juris Doctor with Magma Cum Laude from the University of San Diego, and her MA/BA in Political Science from University of California, Riverside. She is the Chair of the Pension Plan Committee, and Secretary of the Board of Directors of the Neighborhood House Association, and also sits on the Advisory Board of the Employee Rights Center. She is an immigrant from Greece after the German occupation and Civil War, and has two children and a grand-child.
Murtaza H. Baxamusa, Ph.D., AICP is the Secretary-Treasurer of the Middle Class Taxpayers Association. He is a certified planner and develops affordable housing for the San Diego Building Trades Family Housing Corporation, and teaches urban planning at the University of Southern California (USC). He has over 10 years’ experience in economic development and sustainable urban planning, and has previously worked for the USC Center for Economic Development and the Center on Policy Initiatives. He has doctoral and master’s degrees in Planning from USC, and a bachelor’s degree with honors from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur. He serves on several nonprofit boards, including Civic San Diego, and the San Diego City-County Reinvestment Taskforce. He received the Ruby Award for Outstanding Advocate from the San Diego Housing Federation in 2012, as well as the John Lyons Memorial Fellowship, an honor that was read into the Congressional Record of the 112th Congress. The City of San Diego proclaimed June 17, 2008 to be “Dr. Murtaza H. Baxamusa Day” in recognition of his contributions to the city. He is a home-owner in Bay Park, and lives with his wife and two daughters.
Linda LeGerrette is a co-founder of the Cesar Chavez Service Clubs, having dedicated themselves to teaching leadership development, which has empowered over 2500 young students to believe in themselves and to know that they can make a difference. Linda is a product of San Diego’s public schools, and married 44 years with her husband, Carlos. They have one daughter, two grandchildren, two dogs, and have lived in their South Park home for over 40 years. Linda and her husband, Carlos, were awarded with the UT Latino Champions Lifetime Award in 2014 as well as the Mesa College 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award.