An elected community leader, Councilmember Ana Valencia has demonstrated a deep commitment to some of the most pressing and fundamental needs of the community she represents.
Ana’s tenure in public office includes serving for one of the nation’s larger school districts, giving her a keen understanding of public service and the issues affecting education. From November 2001 to April 2020, Ana served on the Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District Board of Education, where she focused on funding initiatives to advance education opportunities.
Ana’s profession is also aligned to education. She is a 6th grade teacher at a middle school in Huntington Park. Ana has taught pre-kinder to 6th grade to students from City Terrace Elementary, Kennedy Elementary, and Los Angeles Academy Middle School and Nimitz Middle School in the Los Angeles Unified School District. As an education activist, she also served as an officer in UTLA, United Teachers Los Angeles which is the Teacher Union for all of the educators in Los Angeles Unified School District. Ana served her union as UTLA Secretary from 2002 to 2009 and as UTLA/NEA Vice President from 2009 to 2011.
A Norwalk resident, Ana’s commitment to building healthy families, safe neighborhoods and quality educational environments stretches back to her earliest professional experiences. Ana has: helped young adults at juvenile halls obtain an education; worked at shelters for young people who run away from abusive homes; and worked with homeless youth to get them back on their feet. Her work reminds her daily that we need effective partnerships with families, businesses, law enforcement and schools to make communities and cities safe, clean and productive.
As a Councilmember, Ana will continue her commitment to provide every resident with quality public services by: maintaining fiscal solvency in the City’s budget; prioritizing community safety; and making decisions with integrity.
Ana received her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the California State University, Los Angeles and her teaching credential from National University. Ana was born in Apatzingan, Michoacan, and was proud to become a naturalized citizen of the United States in 1998.