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Tempe Councilmember proud to serve on national boards for Latino elected leaders

Post Date:07/07/2014 4:26 PM
Nikki Ripley
City of Tempe

Tempe, Arizona – For six years, Tempe City Councilmember Joel Navarro has been active in serving residents in his hometown and nationally in organizations that work to connect and advocate for the Latino population.

Navarro recently took part in his first meeting as a member of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) during the group’s annual conference last week.

According to the nonprofit’s website, NALEO is a national, non-partisan organization formed in 1976 to facilitate “full Latino participation in the American political process, from citizenship to public service.” The organization addresses issues such as pension reform, education and veterans issues, and advocates for legislation nationally and locally.

Navarro also is a first Vice President on the Board of Directors of the Hispanic Local Elected Officials (HELO) group within the National League of Cities (NLC). The group serves as a forum for communication among Hispanic elected officials and NLC colleagues.

“I am proud of my own personal heritage as well as the strong and diverse community I’ve called home all my life,” said Navarro, who noted the increasing numbers of Latino residents and voters throughout the United States. “I want to do what I can to be of service to Latinos in my hometown and throughout our great country.”

Earlier this year, Navarro also was re-appointed to the NLC Public Safety and Crime Prevention Steering Committee for 2014. The committee develops NLC federal policy positions on issues involving crime prevention, corrections, substance abuse, municipal fire policy, juvenile justice, disaster preparedness and relief, homeland security, domestic terrorism, court systems and gun control.

The NLC is dedicated to helping city leaders build better communities. The organization is a resource for 19,000 cities, towns and villages representing more than 218 million Americans.

Born and raised in Tempe, Navarro is serving his second, four-year term on the Tempe City Council. For more information or to contact Navarro, visit

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