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Councilmember Nancy Navarro is named honoree of Latin American Youth Center Our Youth Matter Gala

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, May 6, 2020

ROCKVILLE, Md., May 6, 2020—Today Councilmember Nancy Navarro was recognized by the Latin American Youth Center (LAYC) for her leadership and work on issues including immigration, healthcare, civil rights, education, racial equity and social justice. She is an honoree of LAYC’s annual “Our Youth Matter” Gala, which would have been held today but was canceled due to the Covid-19 public health emergency.

“It is an immense honor to be recognized by LAYC for my public service,” said Councilmember Navarro, who chairs the Council’s Government Operations and Fiscal Policy Committee and served as Council president in 2013 and 2019. “Although we cannot gather in person to celebrate LAYC’s mission as a multi-cultural and multi-service agency serving youth across different jurisdictions, I continue to applaud and admire their work. Now more than ever, our youth must be properly equipped to navigate our world’s changing landscape and LAYC plays a pivotal role in preparing them.”

Councilmember Navarro was elected to represent District 4 on the Montgomery County Council in a special election in May 2009 and was reelected in 2010, 2014 and 2018. In addition to chairing the Government Operations and Fiscal Policy Committee, she has served on the Education and Culture Committee since 2013. In 2011, President Obama appointed Councilmember Navarro to the President’s Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics. Prior to joining the Council, Councilmember Navarro was a member of the Montgomery County Board of Education. In December 2019, she was elected co-vice president of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (MWCOG).

Last year, as Council president, Councilmember Navarro spearheaded important legislative initiatives including the enactment of the Racial Equity and Social Justice Act, which created the Office of Racial Equity and Social Justice and established the norms of racial equity and social justice as part of the work of Montgomery County government. She also led efforts to establish the County’s Early Care and Education Initiative, which is a four-year action plan that aims to create a comprehensive system of high-quality, accessible and affordable early childhood educational opportunities; and to create a new County Economic Development Platform that is focused on business development, housing, transportation and workforce development.

LAYC is a Washington D.C.-based organization which has the mission of empowering a diverse population of youth to achieve a successful transition to adulthood through multi-cultural, comprehensive and innovative programs that address youths’ social, academic and career needs.

Release ID: 20-195
Media Contact: Ikhide Roland Ikheloa 240-777-7824