Board Member - Board Position #2
María Iñiguez was born in California, is a first generation Mexican-American and an English Language Learner. She’s a graduate from Enumclaw High School in Enumclaw, WA and has resided in Wenatchee since 2006.
María attended the University of Washington Tacoma where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Cultural Studies and a master’s degree in Interdisciplinary Art and Sciences with an emphasis on education. While conducting research for her master’s thesis “Leaving Hispanic Students Behind: The Effect of the Washington Assessment of Student Learning on Hispanic Students”, María studied abroad in Cuernavaca, Mexico and Cienfuegos, Cuba. During her time in Cienfuegos, María collaborated on an academic paper “Abriendo un espacio para el alumno latino en el currículum de las universidades de los Estados Unidos,” (Opening a space for Latino students in US University Curriculums) and presented at the International Colloquium on University and Community, at the University of Cienfuegos.
Education has opened many doors for María, which is why she has centered her professional career around education. She began her career as a student recruiter for the University of Washington Tacoma before relocating to Wenatchee. In 2006, she was hired by the Wenatchee School District where she worked for over 12 years under different capacities. María currently works as the Executive Assistant to the President of Wenatchee Valley College.
María serves the community as a parent volunteer and team sponsor for Wenatchee Youth Baseball, team sponsor for Greater Wenatchee Soccer Club, a volunteer scholarship reader for Community Foundation of NCW, mentor for WHS College Mentor Program, volunteer for Community for the Advancement of Family Education and the Washington State’s Latino Civic Alliance.
María and her husband, Ricardo have a child that attends Wenatchee Public Schools.
María was appointed to the Wenatchee School Board on January 14, 2020 and was elected to serve an unexpired term in November 2021. Maria is the first elected Latina to serve on the Wenatchee School Board.