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El Monte Union High School DistrictCandidate for Board Member

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David Diaz

Nonprofit Youth Director
2,991 votes (24.45%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Identify and examine gaps in our educational system to ensure that opportunities and support systems exist to ensure every student succeeds, regardless of special needs, race, ethnicity, or income
  • Seek to provide support services including nutrition, mental health, and other community resources to foster a safe and healthy learning environment.
  • Strengthen partnerships with parents, students, teachers, and institutions to provide each student with what they need to achieve academically and emotionally to graduate prepared for college, career, or community success.



Profession:Nonproift Youth Director
Social Innovation Director, Day One (2014–current)


Claremont Graduate University Masters of Public Health, Public Health, Concentration in Policy and Management (2014)
Arizona State University Bachelor of Arts, Psychology and Social Behavior (2011)

Community Activities

Advisory Member, Investing in Place (2016–current)
Planning Commissioner, South El Monte City (2017–current)
Community Services Commissioner, South El Monte City (2015–2017)


David Diaz is a South El Monte resident who is running for the El Monte Union High School District Board of Trustees for the November 7th, 2017 election.


David was born in Ensenada, Mexico to two hard working parents, Raquel and Jose Diaz. He was raised in the communities of El Monte and South El Monte where he made some of his best friends, memories, and met his wife. David is a Wilkerson Wildcat, Shively Saint, South El Monte High School Eagle and Rio Hondo Roadrunner alumni. He grew up playing baseball at New Temple/Lambert Park, playing for the El Monte Jets, and even had a short stint playing AYSO soccer. His parents went above and beyond to provide economic security for his family, working multiple jobs and eventually becoming small business owners in South El Monte, operating a successful daycare business for over a decade.


Their relentless work ethic and the mentorship he received in high school from his teachers’ inspired David to be the first one in his family to go to college and graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Social Behavior from Arizona State University in 2011. Shortly thereafter, David began his pursuit of his Master's degree, receiving a Masters of Public Health with a concentration in Policy and Management.  His educational experience taught him the connections between the built environment and quality of life and motivated him to come back and serve the communities that raised him; El Monte and South El Monte.


Since 2014, David Diaz serves as a director at a local nonprofit public health organization, which focuses on youth development, education and creating change in underrepresented communities.  He's a dedicated public servant and advocate with project management, coalition building experience who has successfully worked with youth, schools, businesses, nonprofit organizations and cities to advance education, equity and public health.  Over the course of the last few ​year​s​, David has worked​ on the development of an Advanced Energy Community plan, the San Gabriel Valley​ Regional Bicycle​ Master Plan, ​the Puente Hills Landfill Park Master Plan, an Urban Greening Toolkit, ​and ​multiple healthy community related policies/initiatives​ aimed at creating healthier environments in the El Monte/South El Monte.  


David is also a consultant with a local nonprofit, Bike San Gabriel Valley, Investing in Place Board Member, South El Monte Planning Commissioner, former South El Monte Community Services Commissioner and an El Monte Coalition of Latino Professionals Member.  As an invested resident of the City of South El Monte, he has championed health, literacy, and creating opportunities for the Greater El Monte/South El Monte area. He holds a Masters of Public Health degree from Claremont Graduate University and is happily married to Anais Medina-Diaz.

Who supports this candidate?

Organizations (6)

  • El Monte Union Educators Association
  • Los Angeles County Democratic Party
  • Los Angeles Federation of Labor
  • IBEW 11
  • El Monte Union High School District Board President, Carlos Salcedo
  • Local Labor 300

Elected Officials (4)

  • AssemblyMember, Majority Leader Ian Calderon
  • AssemblyMember, Ed Chau
  • El Monte Mayor Andre Quintero
  • El Monte Union High School District Vice President, Maria Morgan

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