Wednesday, October 5, 2011

President Obama Appoints Shakira & Montgomery Councilmember Nancy Navarro to Hispanic Education Commission

Navarro (left) w/ Justice Sotomayor
UPDATE: The Washington Post's new MoCo reporter, Victor Zapana, follows up with a brief interview with Navarro.

The AFP wire service had a cool story today noting that President Obama has selected four people to serve on his advisory commission for Hispanic education:
Shakira was among four people named to the President's Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics, along with Nancy Navarro, a Maryland politician, Adrian Pedroza, an immigration and education campaigner and educational expert Kent Scribner.

"I am grateful that these impressive individuals have chosen to dedicate their talents to serving the American people at this important time for our country,'" Obama said. "'I look forward to working with them in the months and years ahead...."
"The Hispanic community, a growing voting demographic which usually leans Democratic, will play a key role in Obama's campaign to win a second term next year, in key swing states including Florida and Colorado."
You can read Obama's Executive Order at the White House press site, but it states the following goals:
"By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, to restore the country to its role as the global leader in education, to strengthen the Nation by expanding educational opportunities and improving educational outcomes for Hispanics and Latinos (Hispanics) of all ages, and to help ensure that all Hispanics receive an education that properly prepares them for college, productive careers, and satisfying lives...."
Does this mean Shakira may show up at a future Navarro fundraiser???

Disclosure: I worked on Navarro's 2008 & 2009 races, as well as in her Council office.

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