Nancy Navarro was elected to represent District 4 on the Montgomery County Council in a special election on May 19, 2009 and re-elected in the general election on November 4, 2010. Since December 2010, she has Chaired the Government Operations and Fiscal Policy (GO) Committee and serves on the Education Committee.
Prior to her election to the Council, Ms. Navarro served on the Montgomery County Board of Education, where she was twice elected President (2006 and 2008). She was first appointed to the Board of Education in October 2004 to fill the term of the vacant District 5 seat. On Nov. 7, 2006, she was elected to a full four-year term. Ms. Navarro was a member of the Board's Strategic Planning Committee and chaired the Communications and Public Engagement Committee.
Before entering public life, Ms. Navarro co-founded a non-profit, community-based organization whose mission is to assist the economic and educational development of Latino and other immigrant communities. School readiness, healthy family development, and academic achievement are primary goals of the organization. She participated in the Public Education Leadership Project (PELP) at Harvard University during the summers of 2007 and 2008, where the Montgomery County Public School team focused on race, poverty and the achievement gap.
She has served in a number of volunteer leadership roles, including PTSA co-president of White Oak Middle School; chair of the Youth, Schools, and Childcare Work Group of the Long Branch Revitalization Task Force; co-founder of the Montgomery County Non-Profit Village; member of the Montgomery County Gang Prevention Task Force; member of the National Child Care Action Campaign; Member, Advisory Committee, Washington Area Foundation Portrait Project. She also served as a bilingual classroom parent volunteer.
She is the recipient of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Montgomery County's Leadership Award; the Maryland State Department of Education's Women Who Dare Leadership Award; the Hispanic Democratic Club of Montgomery County's Poder con Ganas Award; the U.S. Hispanic Youth Entrepreneur Education's Hispanic Hero Award; the Montgomery County Business and Professional Women Association's Women of Achievement-2007 Award; the Community Teachers Institute's Heart of the Community Award; the 2009 Maryland's Top 100 Women Award; and the Mid-Atlantic Hispanic Chamber of Commerce's 2010 Elected Local Government Official of the Year Award, among other recognitions.
Ms. Navarro is a graduate of the University of Missouri – Columbia. She is also a graduate of IMPACT Silver Spring 2001 Leadership Program and Leadership Montgomery Class of 2009. She was born in Caracas, Venezuela. She resides in the area of Colesville with her husband, Reginald, and two daughters.Her oldest is an MCPS graduate attending Howard University and her youngest is an MCPS ninth grader.