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Jaime López

Jaime López is committed to enhancing educational opportunities for youth in the community. Rooted in serving students and families, Jaime is a long-standing advocate who has worked for decades to enhance the quality of life in the greater Whittier area.

As a community leader Jaime López has the experience on serving on various boards. Most recently, in 2019, he was elected by his peers to the California High School’s School Site Council. Together, with other parents, principal, teachers, and students, he evaluates and develops the school’s budget and programs to present to the school board for the upcoming school year. Jaime is also an appointed member to the Rio Hondo College Citizens Oversight Committee by Trustee President Oscar Valladares to ensure Measure A, the 2016 General Obligation Funds, are properly managed for the success of our local students. With his Union SEIU Local 721 Santa Ana Chapter he serves on different leadership capacities to secure strong contracts that provide good pay, medical benefits and Secured Retirement for union members.

Jaime López currently works in the Community Development Agency as a Workforce Specialist for the City of Santa Ana. He is a business representative who provides assistance for employers and employees affected by layoffs or plant closures. In addition, he matches job talent with businesses that are hiring.

Jaime is a graduate of Yuba Community College, California and understands first-hand the opportunity and value community colleges represent. After earning his Associate of Arts Degree, Jaime transferred to California State University, Sacramento and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree, in Government & Spanish. Jaime later earned his Master of Public Policy & Administration Degree from California State University, Long Beach.

Jaime is the first in his family to attend college and understands the importance an education and/or a technical career provides an opportunity for continued success. He believes our students should be provided with the opportunities and resources that previous generations were not afforded. His ability to bring resources and work with state and regional leaders makes him the ideal individual to fight for our students.

Jaime and his wife Vanessa, an elementary school teacher, are the proud parents of two Whittier Union High School District students. Their son Benito is currently participating in the California High School’s Health Academy and Rio Hondo College’s Concurrent Dual Enrollment which provides high school students with the opportunity to enroll in college courses for college credit. Their daughter Yarely attends California State University, Northridge where she is majoring in sociology.

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