Councilwoman Cecilia “Ceci” Iglesias immigrated with her family to the United States, specifically, to Santa Ana, in 1979. The youngest of three children, she was born in Usulután, El Salvador. She has resided in Windsor Village, located in Ward 6, since 1990. Councilwoman Iglesias has one son who attends Santa Ana public schools.
Councilwoman Iglesias is a proud product of Santa Ana Unified School District schools. She earned an Associate of Arts degree from Santa Ana College, a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Services from California State University Fullerton, and received a Sign Language Certificate from Santa Ana College. She is fluent in English, Spanish, and American Sign Language.
Through the Santa Ana Civic Leadership Initiative (SACLI) program, Councilwoman Iglesias founded Santa Ana Family Empowerment (S.A.F.E.), a non-profit organization, to provide homework assistance to deaf and hard-of-hearing students. She proudly tutored deaf students in Language Arts and Math and taught sign language to the parents and family members of the deaf students.
As a social worker for Orange County, she served the Santa Ana community by assisting families in crisis. As a contract administrator, she administered programs that provided temporary assistance while empowering families to become self-sufficient and self-reliant. As a contract administrator, she gained extensive experience in managing budgets. As a District Representative for State Senators Mimi Walters and Bob Huff, she gained policy making experience and was successful in constituent service delivery.
As an elected member of the Santa Ana Unified School District School (SAUSD) Board from November 2012 to December 2018, she played a key role in the expansion of Early Literacy Initiatives through Paso a Paso. She strongly recognizes that early literacy and numeracy is critical to ensure academic success for all students. She also led the initiative for the student voice by creating the Student Ambassadors program in the S.A.U.S.D. She has been a strong advocate for additional training and hiring of Police Officers so that they could work with students, parents, and community members in a positive collaborative approach. She has worked tirelessly to address school and neighborhood safety issues and supports providing all neighborhoods with the necessary tools to ensure residents’ safety and success.
Councilwoman Iglesias currently serves as the Vice- Chair for the City’s Youth, Education and Community Services Council Committee (jointly with the SAUSD), is a member of the Economic, Development, Infrastructure, Budget and Council Committee, the Legislative Affairs, Ethics, Transparency and Communications Council Committee, and the Public Safety, Code Enforcement and Neighborhood Empowerment Council Committee.
Councilwoman Iglesias is committed to:
- Protecting the tax payer from increased taxes and fees
- Allocating the additional sales tax from Measure X to increase the resources for clean streets, park improvements and neighborhood needs
- Transparency in the budget process and accountability of services
- Increasing public safety in our neighborhoods and parks
- Addressing the problem of homelessness with compassion, and protecting residents’ quality of life
- Collaborating with education agencies to strengthen our public schools
- Collaborating with local nonprofits, churches, and businesses in order to help make Santa Ana a safe, vibrant city once again
Councilwoman Iglesias has received numerous recognitions for her work and dedication to the Santa Ana community, including LULAC Woman of the Year. In 2016, she received the distinguished award of the Local Elected Official of the Year by her colleagues and peers of the 69th Assembly District. Currently, she serves as an advisory director for the Salvation Army Santa Ana Temple.
Councilwoman Iglesias attributes her service on the City Council to God and family. She strongly believes that, along with her faith, transparency, accountability and communication with residents is the key to the success of the City of Santa Ana.