Alicia Richards Arong was born and raised in Stockton, California with her two brothers and two sisters. She was named after her mother Alicia Chavez, an independent business woman, who owned and ran a 60 room hotel on El Dorado Street in Stockton. Her mother was socially and politically active in the community and instilled the value of civic duty in her children.

    Alicia was active in many clubs at school and in the community. Raised in the diverse community of downtown Stockton, she learned to appreciate and respect different cultures and nationalities.

    She worked her entire professional career life at Macy’s West, advancing through hard work and dedication to earn an Executive position, retiring in 1987. Upon retirement, she became veritably involved in the local community. Among her many pursuits, she was a founding member of the Mexican Heritage Center (along with the Artistas del Valle); joined Hispanics for Political Action; was elected President of the San Joaquin County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, President of the Stockton Arts Foundation, and Chair of the Stockton Arts Commission and appointed a Board Member of KVIE, representing San Joaquin County. She currently serves on the Executive Board of the Dolores Huerta Foundation.