Photo: L.A. Mayor Villaraigosa Honored by NALEO
The National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund will host a tribute reception in honor of Los Angeles Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa, the recipient of the 2012 Edward R. Roybal Award for Outstanding Public Service. The event will take place this Thursday, December 15, 2011 in Los Angeles.
Each year, Edward R. Roybal’s legacy is celebrated through the recognition of a Latino public servant who demonstrated exemplary leadership and distinguished himself or herself in public service. Through their respective advocacy and representation, these elected and appointed officials advanced and gave voice to the interests of their constituents and the Latino community.
This year’s recipient, Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa, has a record of public service that mirrors the life of NALEO’s founder Edward R. Roybal, with several shared leadership examples including the development of initiatives for the benefit and improvement of Los Angeles and its community members, and an unwavering commitment to the City’s most vulnerable populations.
Mayor Villaraigosa has also dedicated a large share of his term to reforming Los Angeles’ public school system given his conviction that the City of Los Angeles’ success will be measured by the opportunities children have to access a quality education. His tireless efforts to improve the quality of life for the Latino community and increasing opportunities for a new generation of Latino leaders are in the same spirit of service as the work of the late Congressman Roybal.