Laura Joye Logan was born July 18, 1955, in San Diego, California, to Larry Prathon Logan and Hope (Speights) Logan. She attended Valencia Park Elementary until the fifth grade, when she entered the Gifted and Talented Education program at Knox Elementary. She completed her secondary education at O’Farrell Junior High and graduated from Samuel F.B. Morse High in 1973. Following high school Laura enrolled in San Diego State University (SDSU). She ultimately obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration in Accounting, at Dominguez Hill CSU in 1995. Over summer breaks while enrolled at SDSU, Laura was a youth counselor for the CETA Youth Program. During this early period in her life she was a member of a black nationalist group, the Organization US, where she embraced the seven principles of Kawaida. These principles influenced her and became the guiding principles of her life’s work setting her on a path of political and community activism. It was at this time she took the Swahali name, Salimisha.

In 1991, Salimisha begin working with Watts Health Systems, Inc. (WHS) in Los Angeles, California. There she found her tenure very rewarding as an executive assistant to Vice President of Governmental Relations and Public Affairs. While interfacing with all levels of management, public officials and community leaders she was able to influence healthcare policies affecting marginalized populations. Through her service at Watts Health Systems, Salimisha was instrumental in the formulation of the Los Angeles Black Business Expo, a subsidiary of WHS. She also implemented the first West Coast Fashion Summit Business Conference.

In 2002 Salimisha relocated from Los Angeles to San Diego to provide in-home care for her parents. During this time she was able to fulfill her entrepreneurial ambition by introducing women and men to natural health, beauty, and body essentials. Even though much of her time was spent caring for her parents, Salimisha continued her political activism both professionally, working in local government and state government, and personally, volunteering in multiple community organizations and political campaigns. Over the course of her life, she worked in many capacities including a position as a Fair Housing Counselor with CSA San Diego and as an outreach specialist for Alliance San Diego, Civic Engagement. Most recently, she was employed as an Assembly Budget Committee Secretary for the California State Assembly (2015-2017).

 Her desire to up lift the people in her community   continued through her volunteer work as President of O’Farrell-Valencia Park Neighborhood Council; Board Secretary, Coalition of Neighborhood Councils; Board Member, Encanto Neighborhood  Community Planning Group; Member, Center for Policy Initiatives, Community Budget Alliance Policy Committee; Member, San Diego County Democratic Party Central Committee; Alternate, Democratic Party Central Committee for Assembly Member Shirley Weber;  California Democratic State Party Delegate, 79th Assembly District 2015-2016 (elected); Member, San Diego Unity League; Member and Secretary, NAACP, San Diego Branch; and Board Member, Amani Community Gardens of Encanto.  During this time she also became a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., and was an active member of the Epsilon Xi Omega Chapter (San Diego) and former member of the Eta Gamma Omega Chapter (Sacramento).  In both chapters she worked and co-chaired the Connection Committee, which focuses on political issues, locally and globally. Her absence in the community will be a great loss. Her smile, always pleasant disposition, and desire to always see the best in everyone will be remembered.   

Salimisha enjoyed the arts, dance, the theater, and sharing the principles of Kwanza.  During her youth she was also a black belt in karate.

Salimisha was a person of great faith and a member of Christian Fellowship Congregational Church, UCC. She will be greatly missed by her family, friends, sorority members, and the many lives of those she touched.   She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Lawrence. Salimisha is survived by her brother, Percy Langston Gist, Jr.; sister, Jennifer Logan Porter; nephew, Hunter Coleman Porter; niece, Morgan Victoria Porter; uncles Theophilus Alonzo Logan (Martha) and  Roy Eldridge Logan (Shirley); her God-Sister, Khalada Salaam-Alaji (Hakim), and a host of cousins and other family members who loved her dearly.     

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