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City of El MonteCandidate for City Council

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Maria Morales

Teacher/City Commissioner
6,599 votes (26.7%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • To address homelessness and housing demand, I will have a keep keen focus on increasing the supply of low income, affordable housing options for our families.
  • To address housing affordability, I will focus on assuring developers create beyond minimum wage jobs for our community.
  • To keep our children safe, I will foster relationships with state and local officials to secure funding to continue school districts, non-profits, and law enforcement programming.



Profession:Professor, Rio Hondo College and Researcher, USC
Higher Education Researcher, University of Southern California - Pullias Center of Higher Education (2018–current)
Adjunct Professor - Political Science, Rio Hondo College (2005–current)
Mathematics Teacher, San Gabriel Unified School District (2012–current)
Planning Commissioner, City of El Monte — Appointed position (2016–current)
Policy Analyst - Surface and Aviation Transportation, United States Government Accountability Office (2001–2005)
Mathematics Teacher, El Monte Union High School District (1998–2002)


University of Southern California Doctoral, Education Leadership - Higher Education Focus (current)
University of Southern California Masters, Public Administration - Public Policy Focus (1998)
University of Southern California Bachelor of Science, Business Administration (1996)


As a career public school teacher of the El Monte community, a mother, wife, resident of the El Monte community, former policy analyst, and current City Planning Commissioner, Ms. Morales is proud of the work accomplished on behalf of our community families and children. Currently, as a teacher and researcher, her focus remains to develop community, civic engagement, and academic partnerships to create a foundation where El Monte children can thrive academically, and residents can have access to high-paying, local jobs.  Currently, as a Co-Chair of the City of El Monte Planning Commission, Ms. Morales is part of overseeing the El Monte one billion dollar economic development, advocating for preserving greener spaces in the community allowing opportunities for children and families to have access to greener environments.   


During graduate school, Ms. Morales was selected to participate a research study with the California Legislative Analyst’s office focused on addressing state homelessness.  In addition, as a policy analyst for the Government Accountability Office, the audit, evaluation, and investigative arm of the United States Congress, Ms. Morales was advocate for safe-guarding finances, fiscal responsibility and accountability in government. Her work at the GAO resulted in improving and ensuring the accountability of the federal government on behalf of the American people.   


A graduate of the University of Southern California (USC), Ms. Morales received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration.  Ms. Morales is currently pursuing a Doctoral degree from USC focused on Education equity and access.  Ms. Morales grew up in the Salinas Valley and is one of the eldest children of six, of immigrant-farm-working parents.  She is married to Jorge Morales, a life-long resident and high school administrator of El Monte, and mother to Aaron Josue Morales. 

Who supports this candidate?

Organizations (1)

  • LA FED

Elected Officials (6)

  • Mayor, Andre Quintero
  • Council Member, Jerry Velasco
  • Council Woman, Vicky Martinez
  • Rio Hondo School Board Member, Norma E. Garcia
  • Cerritos Colles Board Member, Marissa Perez
  • Mount San Antonio Board Member, Dr. Manuel Baca

Individuals (1)

  • Dolores Huerta, Founding Member - United Farm Workers

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