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Margarita Rios
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Biography

Mayor Rios is a proud wife, mother and grandmother.  Elected in 2017 with almost 64% of the vote for her seat, Mayor Rios is the first Latina to serve on the city council since 1992. Margarita was raised by a single mother and grandparents. Margarita’s mother instilled in her the importance of a quality education.  Margarita’s grandparents, Mexican immigrants, taught her the importance of perseverance and hard work. Her early education included Edmondson Elementary and Waite Middle Schools.  Mayor Rios attended Cerritos College, earning her Associate’s Degree before transferring to California State University, Long Beach. Mayor Rios graduated in 1997 with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and minor in Psychology.  Upon graduating from CSULB Margarita received the Jeannie Eisentraut award for Outstanding Female Graduate of the Criminal Justice Department.  Only one female graduate is selected by the Criminal Justice Department yearly for this prestigious award.

With her family’s support and encouragement, Margarita accomplished her goal of pursuing a career in law enforcement. Mayor Rios currently holds the position of sergeant with the Los Angeles Unified School District Police Department, assigned to Campus Services Bureau. Margarita’s training and experience have made her an expert on public safety, at-risk youth, and safe communities. During her two decades of law enforcement experience, her assignments included criminal investigations, background investigator, and school resource officer.

Mayor Rios has an extensive history of community service and accomplishment.  For seven years, she served on the Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District Board of Education. During her tenure as a Board Member, she successfully completed the California School Board Association, Masters in Governance program.  She also led the effort in a successful school bond campaign, Measure G, to increase equal access and opportunities for all students and to close the achievement gap, opening the way to greater learning through Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), Project Lead the Way (PLTW), college and career readiness, and music and the arts. During her tenure on the Board, the rates of high school graduation increased.

Margarita also served on the Southeast ROP Board from 2009 to 2013 and 2015 to 2017, representing the interests of career-technical classes for adults and Southeast Academy High School.  During her service, she succeeded in establishing equitable and increased access to career-technical opportunities for NLMUSD students, and helped to establish articulation agreements with Cerritos College for the Norwalk High School Culinary program and John Glenn High School Student in the Law program.

Margarita has also served on the Norwalk Community Promotion Commission, has been a member of the Norwalk League of United Latin American (LULAC 3148), Norwalk Coordinating Council, Latinas Lead, and the National Association of Latino Elected Officials (NALEO).  Valuing the opportunity to build positive relationships and improve her community, she volunteers as a Neighborhood Watch Block Captain, working to maintain safe, clean neighborhoods.

Mayor Rios’ top priorities are Public Safety and Community Development. Her goal is to work closely with all residents to increase community engagement, build trust, and cultivate strong collaborative partnerships. Mayor Rios readily meets with residents, attends all if not most city events, and is responsive to the community’s concerns. Mayor Rios’ vision for Norwalk is a community in which all current and future residents enjoy a safe, healthy, and prosperous life.

Mayor Rios’ accomplishments include strengthening the city’s Community Based Policing model, initiating a Business Watch Program, and a Youth Commission. Mayor Rios has secured funding for park improvements, and promoted a healthy climate by supporting the planting of hundreds of trees citywide. Mayor Rios’ efforts to increase the city’s general fund, resulted in the implementation of a Passport Acceptance Facility at city hall. Mayor Rios has openly advocated for creating business initiatives that support the local economy, but also create local jobs for the community. Mayor Rios’ work includes bringing together teams of city staff, elected officials, and various organizations to explore solutions to keeping our city clean, addressing housing insecurity, completing sustainability projects, improving infrastructure, and augmenting programs and services. Mayor Rios is grateful to serve the residents of Norwalk; a community she aspires to help lead forward.

With her family’s support and encouragement, Margarita accomplished her goal of pursuing a career in law enforcement. Mayor Rios currently holds the position of sergeant with the Los Angeles Unified School District Police Department, assigned to Campus Services Bureau. Margarita’s training and experience have made her an expert on public safety, at-risk youth, and safe communities. During her two decades of law enforcement experience, her assignments included criminal investigations, background investigator, and school resource officer.

Mayor Rios has an extensive history of community service and accomplishment.  For seven years, she served on the Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District Board of Education. During her tenure as a Board Member, she successfully completed the California School Board Association, Masters in Governance program.  She also led the effort in a successful school bond campaign, Measure G, to increase equal access and opportunities for all students and to close the achievement gap, opening the way to greater learning through Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), Project Lead the Way (PLTW), college and career readiness, and music and the arts. During her tenure on the Board, the rates of high school graduation increased.

Margarita also served on the Southeast ROP Board from 2009 to 2013 and 2015 to 2017, representing the interests of career-technical classes for adults and Southeast Academy High School.  During her service, she succeeded in establishing equitable and increased access to career-technical opportunities for NLMUSD students, and helped to establish articulation agreements with Cerritos College for the Norwalk High School Culinary program and John Glenn High School Student in the Law program.

Margarita has also served on the Norwalk Community Promotion Commission, has been a member of the Norwalk League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC 3148), Norwalk Coordinating Council, Latinas Lead, and the National Association of Latino Elected Officials (NALEO).  Valuing the opportunity to build positive relationships and improve her community, she volunteers as a Neighborhood Watch Block Captain, working to maintain safe, clean neighborhoods.

Mayor Rios’ top priorities are Public Safety and Community Development. Her goal is to work closely with all residents to increase community engagement, build trust, and cultivate strong collaborative partnerships. Mayor Rios readily meets with residents, attends all if not most city events, and is responsive to the community’s concerns. Mayor Rios’ vision for Norwalk is a community in which all current and future residents enjoy a safe, healthy, and prosperous life.

Mayor Rios’ accomplishments include strengthening the city’s Community Based Policing model, initiating a Business Watch Program, and a Youth Commission. Mayor Rios has secured funding for park improvements, and promoted a healthy climate by supporting the planting of hundreds of trees citywide. Mayor Rios’ efforts to increase the city’s general fund, resulted in the implementation of a Passport Acceptance Facility at city hall. Mayor Rios has openly advocated for creating business initiatives that support the local economy, but also create local jobs for the community. Mayor Rios’ work includes bringing together teams of city staff, elected officials, and various organizations to explore solutions to keeping our city clean, addressing housing insecurity, completing sustainability projects, improving infrastructure, and augmenting programs and services. Mayor Rios is grateful to serve the residents of Norwalk; a community she aspires to help lead forward.

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