July 25, 2003

Sweetwater Board Vice President Pearl Quiñones elected to NALEO board

The honors keep coming for Sweetwater Union High School District board vice president Pearl Quiñones.

The board of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials has elected Quiñones to a three-year term, one of six new members on the board of directors. NALEO is a nonpartisan membership organization whose constituency includes more than 6,000 on the nation’s elected and appointed Latino public servants.

“It’s a great honor to be recognized by such a distinguished group,” Quiñones said. “We share a noble vision, which is to increase Latino participation in the political process. A big part of that is education. And as a school district trustee, education is what I’m all about.”

As vice president of California’s largest secondary school district, Quiñones helps set and maintain district policies. Quiñones is the first Latina elected to the Sweetwater Board, and she serves as a role model for students and the community.

Her influence on the political stage will only grow with NALEO support. NALEO’s new officers and directors were elected at the organization’s 20th Annual Conference, held recently in Phoenix. In addition to Quiñones, five others were elected to NALEO’s board of directors. They are:

Andres Ayala, Bridgeport, Conn., City Councilmember; Joe Baca, U.S. Rep.; Adolfo Carrion, Bronx Borough President; Oscar O. Garcia, Bolt-Palito Blanco ISD Board of Education; and Mary Herrera, Bernalillo County Clerk.

Arturo Vargas, NALEO executive director, said: “I am honored and look forward to working with the new NALEO board of directors. The new officers and directors begin a new era for NALEO.”

Quiñones’ commitment to youth and community have earned her a growing list of accolades. Earlier this year, the YWCA honored Quiñones with a prestigious Tribute to Women in Industry (TWIN) award. A 23-year tradition, the TWIN recognizes women who have helped provide advancement opportunities for women in the workplace. She is also a fellow of the HOPE (Hispanas Organized for Political Equity) Leadership Institute this year.

Extending her contribution beyond the district, Quiñones was elected to the California Latino School Board Members Association executive board—a non-partisan group of board members from throughout the state. She is a delegate to the California School Boards Association, and was recently appointed to the association’s English Language Learner task force.

Quiñones graduated from San Diego State University with a bachelor’s degree in political science and master’s degree in public administration.

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