About Nancy

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 2010 and 2014. She chairs the Government Operations and Fiscal Policy (GO) Committee and serves on the Education Committee. She was elected by her colleagues to serve as Council Vice President in 2012 and Council President in 2013.

In October 2011, President Barack Obama appointed Nancy to the President’s Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics, where she serves on the Early Childhood Education Committee. In January 2014, she was selected to serve on the Board of Directors for the Washington Metropolitan Council of Governments.

Prior to joining the Council, Nancy was a member of the Montgomery County Board of Education, where she served two consecutive terms as Board President. She was first appointed to the Board of Education in October 2004 to fill a vacant seat. On Nov. 7, 2006, she was elected to a full four-year term. Nancy was a member of the Board’s Strategic Planning Committee and chaired the Communications and Public Engagement Committee.

Before entering public office, Nancy co-founded a non-profit, community-based organization with a mission to assist the economic and educational development of Latino and other immigrant communities. School readiness, healthy family development, and academic achievement was the primary focus of the organization. During the summers of 2007 and 2008, she participated in the Public Education Leadership Project (PELP) at Harvard University, where the Montgomery County Public Schools team focused on race, poverty and the academic achievement gap.

Nancy has served in a number of volunteer leadership roles, including PTSA co-president; 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 of the Advisory Committee for the Washington Area Foundation Portrait Project. She also served as a bilingual classroom parent volunteer.

Nancy has received numerous awards and recognitions, including: 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 and 2013 Maryland’s Top 100 Women Award; and the Mid-Atlantic Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s 2010 Elected Local Government Official of the Year Award.

Nancy graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Missouri (Columbia). She was born in Caracas, Venezuela and has lived in Montgomery County for more than two decades with her husband, Reginald, and two daughters.

Accomplishments & Goals

Furthering Progressive Values

  • Passed Minimum Wage as Council President
  • Passed legislation providing equal benefits for same-sex couples employed by County contractors
  • Marijuana Decriminalization and Lowest Law Enforcement Priority Resolution
  • Created Right to Vote Task Force and Passed Right to Vote Resolution
  • Passed Gun Control Resolution
  • Passed Secure Communities Resolution
  • Organized Latino Action Summit in partnership with the White House as a member of the White House Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics
  • Organized Latino Civic Association project & Conference Series

  • Increased Council transparency–televise all Council sessions, improved Council communications
  • Added funding for Suburban Welcome Back Center
  • Added funding for child care for most vulnerable residents
  • Created bilingual Council public information officer and weekly Spanish-language radio show
  • Passed legislation creating a program that promotes and prioritizes the use of public facilities for organizations that serve youth, vulnerable, and low-income residents
  • Passed legislation improving access to affordable health insurance for employees of County contractors and strengthening the County’s Living Wage Law
  • Passed strongest Earned Sick & Safe Leave law in the nation

Improving Quality of Life

  • Created and subsequently expanded Teen Escape Club program
  • Procured funding for traffic calming and pedestrian safety improvements on Castle Blvd
  • New Hampshire Avenue Street Lighting
  • Colesville Facade Improvement
  • Saved Ride On’s “Kids Ride Free” Program from proposed funding cuts
  • Increased funding for Street Outreach Network – a gang prevention program – in FY13 budget
  • Increased funding for Excel Beyond the Bell in FY13 budget
  • Accelerated construction of new Wheaton Library & Recreation Center
  • Protected funding for Wheaton High School/Edison Technical High School Modernization
  • Helped establish Health Center at Bel Pre Elementary School
  • Hosted Community Foreclosure Seminar
  • Secured funding for County led redevelopment in Wheaton
  • Secured funding for expansion of Wellness Centers to new schools including Wheaton High School
  • Created Senior Villages Coordinator position
  • Passed legislation creating the Child Care Expansion and Quality Enhancement Initiative
  • Secured funding for the Wheaton Redevelopment Program and the Wheaton Library and Recreation Center

Demonstrating Fiscal Responsibility

  • Implemented County’s Fiscal and Reserve Plan as chair of GO Committee
  • Maintained County’s AAA Bond Rating as chair of GO Committee
  • Made difficult decisions regarding compensation, benefits, and mid-year reductions at the height of the Great Recession
  • Created “Small Business Assistance Program” to help small businesses that are adversely impacted by County-led redevelopment

Promoting Sustainable Growth

  • Wheaton Sector Plan
  • Glenmont Sector Plan
  • Chevy Chase Lake Sector Plan
  • Long Branch Sector Plan
  • Kensington Sector Plan
  • Countywide Corridors Functional Master Plan (BRT)
  • White Oak Science Gateway Master Plan
  • Sandy Spring Rural Village Plan (Pending)

2015-2018 Goals

  • Changing the narrative about the Mid- and East- County
  • Framing the elimination of the Academic Achievement Gap as a socioeconomic imperative
  • Developing a framework for policymakers to meet our future workforce needs
  • Implementing Wheaton Redevelopment and the White Oak Science Gateway
  • Fully funding the Small Business Assistance Program
  • Creating a dedicated funding stream for youth programming (at local and state level)
  • Expanding quality early childhood education and improving access for family childcare providers
  • Continuing to build capacity for improved Council communications with the public
  • Improving quality of life in previously neglected neighborhoods
  • Providing affordable health insurance to low-income County contractors
  • Requiring earned sick leave for all workers