Elected: May 2008
Current term: expires in 2016
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 5002
Tempe, Arizona 85280
Assistant: Parrish Spisz
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About Councilmember Navarro
Joel Navarro was elected to the Tempe City Council in May 2008 and won re-election in March 2012.
Born and raised in Tempe, Joel Navarro is a third-generation Arizonan who has spent most of his life in the Valley of the Sun.
With a commitment to public service and public safety, Navarro has served as a trained captain/paramedic with the Phoenix Fire Department since 1995. As a fire captain and paramedic, he has worked with other public safety agencies across Maricopa County.
In 2001, Navarro was appointed to the City of Tempe's Human Relations Commission, serving as chair in 2006. For that commission, Navarro chaired various subcommittees including Day Labor and Emerging Issues. He is a graduate of Tempe Leadership Class XIX and has spent many hours volunteering for the Tempe Community Council to help allocate grant money to a variety of local nonprofit organizations.
Within the National League of Cities (NLC), Joel currently serves as first vice president of the Hispanic Elected Local Officials (HELO) and sits on the board of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) as well as the Public Safety & Crime Prevention Steering Committee.
Navarro is dedicated to providing leadership and mentoring to children of all ages. For more than 20 years, he has coached a variety of sports, including basketball, baseball, soccer and football, and has coached 13 years as an assistant football coach at Marcos De Niza High School, with the junior varsity and varsity teams.
Navarro is a graduate from Marcos De Niza High School. He played four years of sports: football, basketball, baseball and track, lettering in football and basketball. While at Marcos, he also attained the rank of Eagle Scout, attended Boy’s State and was in “Who’s Who Among American High School Students 1984-85.”
After attending Phoenix College and Mesa Community College, Navarro received a full athletic football scholarship to New Mexico State University. While at NMSU, he helped local charities including Salvation Army and Special Olympics and was a Founding Father of Sigma Phi Epsilon. Navarro graduated from NMSU in 1991 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Advertising Design.
Moving back to Tempe, Navarro received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Ottawa University in secondary education and did his student teaching at Tempe High.
Navarro has three children, Jillian, Parker, and Henley and lives in the same south Tempe neighborhood where he grew up.
NLC Public Safety and Crime Prevention Policy and Advocacy Committee; Kiwanis Club of Tempe; Tempe Leadership Class 19; Old Settlers, President; Marcos de Niza coach