WeHo’s John Duran Elected Chair of Latino Elected Officials Group

John Duran
John Duran

West Hollywood City Councilmember John Duran has been elected chair of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund.

NALEO today announced the election of Duran as chair of its board and of two new members on the 15-member board. They are Jessica Herrera-Flanigan, executive vice president of government and corporate affairs at Univision Communications Inc. and Joseph “Pep” Valdes, executive vice president and director of new business development for Parking Company of America.

Duran, a current member of the NALEO Educational Fund board of directors, was elected to serve a three-year term. Current NALEO Educational Fund board member and Florida State Senator Rene Garcia was also elected to serve a second and final three-year term on the NALEO Educational Fund board of directors during last week’s meeting.

“The coming months offer our organization an extraordinary opportunity to ensure talented and qualified Latinos who want to put their skills to work on behalf of the country are able to do so in the next administration,” said Pauline Medrano, NALEO Educational Fund’s outgoing chair, who has been elected president of NALEO and is treasurer of Dallas County. “We are extremely fortunate to benefit from Councilmember John Duran’s leadership during this critical time and look forward to working with him and the new members of the NALEO Educational Fund board to ensure that the policy priorities of Latinos are front and center in 2017 and beyond.”

The new members will replace Mike Fernandez; Lorraine Cortés-Vázquez, the former New York secretary of state, and former U.S. Representative Pete Gallego.

NALEO Educational Fund is the nation’s leading non-partisan, non-profit organization that facilitates the full participation of Latinos in the American political process, from citizenship to public service.