MEET JOSÉ LUIS 

 
It is my honor to humbly introduce myself and outline my platform as a candidate for the School Committee.  In this website, I share my personal and professional background, and what I will bring to the School Committee.  I hope that you will read more and give me your #1 vote.
ABOUT ME / WHY I AM RUNNING / WHY VOTE #1 FOR ME

ABOUT ME

My family and I have lived in Cambridge for more than 15 years, and our two sons attend a public school.  Born outside the US, my wife and I came to the area for work opportunities and have stayed because of the supportive community that surrounds us.  We are lucky to have two joyous boys, a family that loves us and friends from various backgrounds.  As a child, I never imagined that I would live in a place like Cambridge.  It is a great city and I know we can make it better, which is why I am running!

WHY I AM RUNNING

  • I care passionately about the importance of education. My belief that all our kids deserve the opportunities that come from education started with my upbringing 

    • In Mexico, my parents invested in my brother’s and my education

    • They saw it as the best “inheritance” they could give us

    • We studied in English-Spanish bilingual schools in Mexico

    • My parents decided to risk their future and move us to the US-Mexico Border to strengthen our English language skills

  • That education provided me with unimaginable opportunities:

    • Obtained financial aid to study as a Mexican undergraduate student at the University of Pennsylvania

    • Earned a master's degree in Economic & Political Development at Columbia University

WHY VOTE #1 FOR ME

  • My professional experience, along with my personal background, make me well suited to be an effective school committee member.

  • As an Amigos School parent:

    • Have been an Amigos School Council member for 7 years including Co-Chair

  • As finance committee chair of cooperative and non-profit boards (Equal Exchange, Creative Action Institute, ICA Group and LEAF), I have learned:

    • To challenge group think and come up with creative solutions 

    • To hold leadership and management accountable for success

 

  

  • ​Through 20 years experience and leadership in community finance (Root Capital, Mass Growth Capital, Boston Private and LEAF) I have:

    • Effectively communicated & collaborated with people of diverse backgrounds:

      • Working with people from low-income communities to corporate board rooms

    • Learned to value and appreciate all cultures by working in the Americas, Africa and Europe

      • Including working with organizations and businesses in Massachusetts

    • Arrived at solutions with my clients through quantitative and qualitative analysis

      • Discussing financial statements of worker-owned business

      • Understanding a community’s socio/economic challenges and opportunities

  • Dedicated to investing significant time to be an involved, active and engaged School Committee member by:

    • Reducing personal job to part-time

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