Luis Chavez

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Trustee, Fresno Unified School District

Fresno, California

Luis Chavez is on the Fresno Unified School Board and is chief of staff to Fresno City Councilman Sal Quintero. He has dedicated his career to helping children and youth as a mentor, community college educator, youth program leader and literacy volunteer.

Luis gained experience working in the classroom as a teacher in Fresno County Schools and at Fresno City College where he taught courses to help first-generation college students succeed. He also served as program director for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central California, covering Kern, Kings, Fresno and Tulare counties, where he learned how investing in a child’s life can make a world of difference. As a Trustee, Luis has worked to reduce classroom size, boost graduation rates and expand sports and after school programs that are so vital to many of our kids. Luis also fought for universal access for pre-kindergarten aged children and expansion of “Parent University,” a program that has trained over 12,000 parents to navigate the educational system and help students apply for college.

Luis grew up in Fresno and attended local public schools. While working full time jobs to support himself and his family, Luis attended Fresno City College and then Fresno State where he earned his bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in public administration. The son of immigrant farmworkers, Luis was the first in his family to finish college.

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