Cecilia Iglesias | Founder & Director of Latino Engagement | Parent Union

Cecilia “Ceci” Iglesias founded the Parent Union to provide a voice and resource to parents who often times do not have a seat at the table in their child’s school.  As an elected Trustee to the Santa Ana Unified School District, she advocated and provided a voice to those parents who were not heard by the district. Parent’s knew that Teacher’s had a union, the staff had a union but Parent’s did not have a union. Together with other engaged parents, Ceci founded the Parent Union. Ceci also founded the nonprofit Santa Ana Family Empowerment (S.A.F.E.) to provide homework assistance to deaf and hard-of-hearing students. She has tutored deaf students in Language Arts and Math.

As an Administrative Manager with the County of Orange, she oversaw multi-million dollar contract that assisted families in crisis. As a legislative staffer for State Senator Bob Huff, she assisted constituents with Education and Human Services concerns and provided policy advice to the Senator. As the Director of Education and Community Relations for the California Policy Center, Ceci strengthens partnerships between parents, education partners, businesses, nonprofits and other community groups. Thru her efforts, the Parent Union now has Chapters in four different counties. Orange, Los Angeles, Riverside and San Diego.

Ceci is a product of the Santa Ana Unified School District – graduated from Valley High School, earned an AA degree from Santa Ana College, and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Services from California State University, Fullerton. She also received a Sign Language Certificate from Santa Ana College. She is fluent in English, Spanish, and American Sign Language.

Ceci served as an elected Trustee to the Santa Ana School Board from 2012-2018. On April 27, 2016, Ceci was sworn in by Former California State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Marion Bergeson, as a member of the Orange County School Boards Association Board of Directors for the year 2016-2017. She was elected to the Santa Ana City Council in November 2018.