At 18, Jennifer was elected to the South Tucson City Council, serving for 18 years, with 5 years as Mayor. She framed public policy for planning, budgeting, financial management and infrastructure improvements. She has actively advocated for high quality education and meaningful community equity within marginalized communities. In 2009, she led a community rally of 900 parents, educators and community stakeholders preventing the closure of Ochoa and Mission View Elementary Schools.

As a TUSD parent, she empathizes with the many critical issues parents face especially relating to school safety and learning environments. She fully recognizes that her experience is not like every parent. Jennifer pledges to always have an open-door policy enabling her to learn from other parent experiences which can then serve to make TUSD a much better district for everyone.

Teacher/Staff and Enrollment Issues
The TUSD Board must implement effective strategies dealing with the current teacher and staff shortages. It must ensure that all teachers and staff earn livable salaries and receive quality healthcare benefits. Declining enrollment and losses of state revenues have severely impacted TUSD. We must all work diligently to elect state legislators who will fully fund the needs of our public schools.

Leadership, Integrity and Transparency
All TUSD Board Members must effectively represent our community. They must always place a strong emphasis on providing proven leadership, demonstrated integrity and full transparency.

School Safety and Security
Schools must be safe havens that constantly protect all students from the threats of violence, bullying, and other security incidents. TUSD must have an action plan for all these situations that are made known to parents and guardians and are consistent across each of the district schools.

It’s important that all our TUSD schools serve as the heart of their community, and that they stay open and remain the community focal point that holds our neighborhoods together.  We need career readiness, as well as college or vocational bound goals.  We need to make sure that all students have counseling opportunities readily available for them to help prepare for life career and professional opportunities after high school

As a parent, I fully understand what other TUSD parents go through every day. I worry about my daughter’s safety.  I enjoy contributing to my daughter’s school PTO and I’m curious about what she’s learning.  We need to continue to have a parent’s perspective on the board.

We must empower TUSD students and parents to be able to speak up about what they need in order to be fully prepared for school.   We must also empower educators to be able to speak up to administration, and we must also empower educators to have the right tools to be effective teachers, administrators and counselors for all our students;

We must advocate for up-to-date infrastructure in our TUSD schools, including fixing bathrooms, classrooms, playgrounds and exteriors.  Enriching our schools with health and safety guidelines, masks in schools, making vaccines accessible for families.  We must base our most important decisions on science and focus on the health and safety of our kids.

We need the ability for every TUSD school to have basic curriculum opportunities such as art, physical education, music and sports. We want curriculum opportunities that add to the school culture.  These are all important courses that get our kids excited for school and to engage in their school community. Let’s give parents an equal voice, all the way from Pueblo to Sabino, so all parents can have access to school leaders and for volunteer opportunities;

We must build an environment for our community to invest in TUSD public schools by creating volunteer opportunities and connecting local organizations who believe in the mission of equitable and excellent public education. We also need to elect state legislators who are going to fully fund our public schools.  We can’t keep piecemealing together plans.  It is my firm belief that in all education endeavors, that it truly takes a village to attain real success in achieving these educational pillars.

We must be advocates for those that don’t feel heard or seen, especially children of color and those that identify as LGBTQIA+.