SACRAMENTO –In a ceremony today, Assemblymember Jim Cooper (D-Elk Grove)
honored Elk Grove Unified School Board Member Nancy Chaires Espinoza as the 9th
Assembly District’s Woman of the Year.
“I am proud to honor Nancy as Woman of the Year,” said Assemblymember Cooper. “She
is an active and diligent leader in our community, dedicated to improving the lives of
families,” Cooper added. “I’m humbled by this recognition,” said Nancy Chaires Espinoza. “I accept this honor on
behalf of all those in the Elk Grove Unified School District and in the community, who work
tirelessly to prepare our students for a bright future and on behalf on my parents who
always believed that education was the key to success.”
Nancy Chaires Espinoza was appointed to the Elk Grove Unified School District Board of
Education in January 2015, and elected in November 2016. In December 2016, the Board
of Trustees selected Chaires Espinoza to serve as Board Clerk.
Chaires Espinoza is an active Elk Grove community member, having served as Chair of the
City of Elk Grove Planning Commission, Vice Chair of the City of Elk Grove Charter
Exploratory and Election Reform Committee, and as a member of the School Site Council
at Joseph Sims Elementary. She is a passionate advocate for children in foster care,
having served as a member of the Board of Directors of CASA (Court-Appointed Special
Advocates) Sacramento. She also spent years as a volunteer College Admissions
Interviewer for the Harvard Alumni Association of Sacramento.
Chaires Espinoza has served in various roles throughout her professional career including
as a Senior Consultant with the California State Assembly Committee on Accountability and
Administrative Review where she helped improve the effectiveness and efficiency of state
and local government programs. She also analyzed and developed legislation with regard
to education, public safety, health care, and child care as a Legislative Aide in the nonprofit
sector. During her tenure in Washington D.C., she worked in the Executive Office of the
President monitoring Congressional action on appropriations. From 2012-2014, Ms.
Chaires Espinoza played a pivotal role with the State Superintendent of Public Instruction in
leading the work of the Migrant Education Intervention Team, conducting a comprehensive
review of the program, developing recommendations and implementing necessary changes
to improve its effectiveness in supporting the academic achievement of migrant students.
Chaires Espinoza is currently a Legislative Advocate for the California School Boards
Association, promoting the interests of public school students’ full time. She earned a
Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Spanish from Whittier College and earned
her Master’s degree in public policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at
Chaires Espinoza is married to her husband, Pablo Espinoza and is the proud mother of
two children, Adrian Espinoza and Nicolάs Espinoza.