EGUSD Trustee Nancy Chaires Espinoza Named 'Woman of the Year' For California 9th Assembly District
March 6, 2017 |
Elk Grove Unified School District Trustee Nancy Chaires Espinoza was honored by California Assembly Member Jim Cooper (D - Elk Grove) who named her the Ninth District's Woman of the Year.
“I am proud to honor Nancy as Woman of the Year,” Cooper said at today's ceremony at the State Capitol. “She is an active and diligent leader in our community, dedicated to improving the lives of families.” (see video below).
Chaires has been a Trustee with the Elk Grove District since 2015. Originally appointed to fill a vacancy in 2015, Chaires won a four-year term for Area Six seat in November.
Prior to her election to the EGUSD Board of Trustees, Chaires served as Cooper's appointment to the Elk Grove Planning Commission from 2007 to 2015. Cooper was an Elk Grove City Council member from 2000 to 2014 and called his appointment of Chaires as his best appointment during his tenure there.
Along with her work as a EGUSD Trustee, Chaires is employed as Legislative Advocate for the California School Boards Association, promoting the interests of public school students’ full time. Additionally, Chaires has advocated for children in foster care children having served as a member of the Board of Directors of CASA (Court-Appointed Special Advocates) Sacramento.
Chaires Espinoza also played a pivotal role with the State Superintendent of Public Instruction in leading the work of the Migrant Education Intervention Team, conducting a comprehensive review of the program, developing recommendations and implementing necessary changes to improve its effectiveness in supporting the academic achievement of migrant students.
Joining Cooper in recognizing Chaires was California Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, Minority Leader Chad Mayes, and Assembly Member Cristina Garcia, Chair, Legislative Women's Caucus.
“I’m humbled by this recognition,” Chaires Espinoza said. “I accept this honor on behalf of all those in the Elk Grove Unified School District and in the community, who work tirelessly to prepare our students for a bright future and on behalf of my parents who always believed that education was the key to success.”