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Councilmember Nancy Navarro to be inducted into the Montgomery County Women’s History Archives

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Navarro selected for her significant historical achievements and public service

ROCKVILLE, Md., Jan. 22, 2020—The Montgomery County Commission for Women has selected Councilmember Nancy Navarro as a woman whose achievements are of historical significance to the County and whose biography will be included in the Montgomery County Women’s History Archive. Councilmember Navarro’s induction ceremony will be on January 26 at 5:15 at the Universities at Shady Grove.

“Being inducted into the County Women’s History Archives is an honor and privilege that few in the history of our great County have had,” said Councilmember Navarro. “I am deeply humbled to be on a list with such distinguished and pioneering Montgomery County women, particularly as we celebrate this year the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which gave women nationwide a fair and equal voice in our country.”

Councilmember Navarro is the first Latina ever elected to the Montgomery County Council. She was elected to the Council in a special election in 2009 and re-elected to a four-year term in 2010. Since 2010, she has chaired the Government and Operations and Fiscal Policy Committee and serves on the Education and Culture Committee. In 2019 she was elected Council President for the second time in her Council tenure. In October 2011, President Barack Obama appointed Nancy to the President’s Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics, where she serves on the Early Childhood Education Committee. In late 2019, she was elected to serve as Co-Vice President of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (MWCOG), where she has been a Board member since 2014. MWCOG is an organization that connects leaders in local jurisdictions in the Washington metropolitan area and aims to shape strong communities to meet the region’s biggest challenges.

Nancy has received numerous awards and recognition, including: the Maryland State Department of Education’s Women Who Dare Leadership Award; the U.S. Hispanic Youth Entrepreneur Education’s Hispanic Hero Award; the Montgomery County Business and Professional Women Association’s Women of Achievement 2007 Award; the Community Teachers Institute’s Heart of the Community Award; the 2009 and 2013 Maryland’s Top 100 Women Award; the Mid-Atlantic Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s 2010 Elected Local Government Official of the Year Award; and the 2017 Crittenton Leadership Award. In 2019, Nancy was named for the second time to Washington Magazine’s List of Most Powerful Woman in the Washington metro area in local politics and government.

The Montgomery County Commission for Women is both an advisory board to, and a department of, county government. The Commission’s primary focus is to improve women’s lives through: identifying inequities in laws, policies, practices and procedures and; providing recommendations that promote remedies.

The Commission was established under law in 1972. The mandate of the Commission is to advise the County Executive, the County Council, the public, and agencies of the county, state and federal governments on issues concerning women in Montgomery County.

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Release ID: 20-022
Media Contact: Bertha Cerzosimo 240-777-7968