Juan Lopez, 36, filed his committee papers for the San Bernardino City Unified School District Board of Trustees. There are four offices of the seven-member board on the November 8 General Election ballot. Board members are elected from the community at-large, three incumbents are running for re-election.
The grandson of one of the original Bracero farm workers, Lopez and his family faced the challenge of gang violence in their Mt. Vernon neighborhood. Lopez credits his parents strong discipline and loving guidance for putting him on the path to higher education and public service. Lopez works to instill the values of education and service in his children, and wants to share that passion and enthusiasm with students district-wide. El Chicano Weekly called Lopez “young, accomplished, dedicated” in a 2009 profile. The Black Voice News has selected him for a 2011 Community Builders Award.
Lopez says, “I will continually push for excellence, ask the tough questions and demand thorough and transparent answers. We need a board that will support our teachers and staff as they educate our children, and ensure that our students gain the knowledge and adaptive skills they need to understand the world we live in. I want to see students prepared for the responsibilities of citizenship in a complex society.”
Lopez is district director for Assembly Member Wilmer Amina Carter, District 62. He oversees Assembly Member Carter’s district office and staff, and translates his boss’ and his shared concern for constituents’ needs into efforts to assist individuals and community organizations. Previously, Lopez worked with other legislators, including as senior district representative for then Senator and current Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis. He has business experience as Vice President for Government and External Affairs, CPS National.
Lopez is married to Guadalupe, an elementary school teacher, and their three children attend public schools. He graduated from Cal State, San Bernardino with a B.A. in political science. He continues to serve the university community as a board member of the Educational Opportunity Program Alumni Board and the Hispanic Alumni Chapter. Lopez also serves as a San Bernardino Community Action Partnership board member; in that position, he and his board colleagues participated in the Kidz Fuel-Snack Program to provide 1095 low income school children with a backpack of nutritious food every Friday.
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