NALEO Selects Canutillo ISD Trustee Armando Rodriguez to Board of Directors
Posted on 08/09/2017
This is the image for the news article titled NALEO Selects Canutillo ISD Trustee Armando Rodriguez to Board of DirectorsThe National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) announced the election of new board members during the organization’s board of directors meeting in Dallas. Canutillo Independent School District’s School Board Trustee Armando Rodriguez was unanimously elected to serve an initial three-year term on the NALEO Board of Directors.

The election took place following the leadership organization’s annual conference, which brought together nearly 1000 Latino policymakers and leaders from across the country. NALEO President and Dallas County Treasurer Pauline Medrano said that she is grateful to have these extraordinary leaders joining the NALEO Board of Directors during a critical time for our community.

“With their help, this organization will continue to empower the Latino community, strengthen our democracy and help our nation’s Latino elected officials develop the leadership and governance skills they need to be effective advocates for their communities,” Medrano said. 

Earlier this year, Rodriguez was also elected to the National Hispanic Council (NHC) of School Board Members Board of Directors for the Southern Region. NHC members are leaders in the effort to support and enhance the education of Hispanic students. The NHC promotes the goals and vision of the National School Boards Association (NSBA) and provides leadership and a foundation to school board members for student educational opportunities through collaboration with key stakeholders to foster excellence and equity in public education.

Mr. Rodriguez believes that through participation in educational leadership organizations, best practices have been brought back to the District and opportunities for students have increased in Canutillo over the years such as the creation of Northwest Early College High School.

“It’s about creating opportunities for kids. If we don’t, we fall into a cycle that prevents them from moving forward,” Rodriguez said. “It’s getting a better understanding and making an impact by collaborating with others on the state and national level. We’re bringing back leadership skills, getting educated on issues facing our community, and being influential on legislation that affects student outcomes.”

Mr. Rodriguez was recently elected as President of the Mexican American School Board Members Association (MASBA) becoming the first member from the El Paso region to be elected president of MASBA. A graduate of Canutillo High School and the University of Texas at El Paso, Mr. Rodriguez also serves in leadership positions, including the Texas Association of School Boards, and the former President of the Far West Texas School Board Association. He is serving his fourth term on the Canutillo ISD Board of Trustees, where he has served as Secretary, Vice President and President.