Linda Miranda, a top San Bernardino County educator, was honored at the State Capitol Monday, March 5 as Woman of the Year for the 62nd Assembly District.
"She represents the salt of the earth of women in my district," said Assembly Member Carter, who honored Miranda in a formal ceremony on the floors of the Senate and Assembly. "Education has been a big part of her life. She knows how hard she has to work in a position that impacts the lives of so many young people. She is someone that young people can learn from and admire."
As special assistant to the superintendent, Miranda serves as a direct communication and resource liaison between the county superintendent, community members and community-based groups in order to foster school safety. She works with the Alliance for Education which is a school/business labor partnership.
Miranda has about 20 years of direct experience working with numerous diverse community groups, organizations, boards and elected officials to improve educational, business and community opportunities for the Inland Empire region. Among her professional and service activities, she is past president of the Inland Empire Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and past treasurer with the Hispanic Educational Advancement Foundation and treasurer of the Inland Counties Hispanic Roundtable.
According to Herbert R. Fischer, CountySuperintendent, Miranda is a "strong advocate for assuring all students, particularly underrepresented students, are granted the highest quality educational opportunities."
In 2000, the League of Women Voters recognized Miranda with their Citizen of Achievement Award. In 1999, the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors presented her with the Outstanding Small Business Advocate Award and Hispanic Lifestyle Magazine named her among those recognized as Most Influential-Making a Difference in the region.
Miranda has served as administrative secretary for the Business Services division of SBCSS since 1999 and prior to that was executive administrative assistant for Matich Corporation. She is a graduate of ColtonHigh School and mother of two children.
The annual Woman of the Year event was started in 1987 by former Assembly Members Bev Hansen and Sally Tanner. They noticed that the California Legislature had no events planned for the month of March, which is Women's History Month. In celebration of the contributions to society made by remarkable women statewide, Hansen and Tanner arranged to invite one woman from each Senate and Assembly district to come to the Capitol and be honored for their accomplishments.
Carter has a strong connection to education. She is the first living woman in the Inland Empire for whom a high school has been named. She worked for two years at the university as a legislative and community liaison and was honored by the CSUSB Alumni Association as its Distinguished Alumna in 1981. Amina was elected to four four-year terms on the Rialto Board of Education from 1983 through 1999.
For 23 years beginning in 1973, she was a fixture in local communities as part of Congressman George Brown's staff, including her position as district director.
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