Martín Quezada will be honored with the Profiles of Success Recognition by Valle del Sol.
The Profiles of Success Hispanic Leadership Awards Celebration will recognize Latino leadership at 11 a.m. Friday, September 6, at the Phoenix Convention Center. Quezada was selected due to his significant philanthropic contributions, his support for nonprofit organizations and community development.
The luncheon launches National Hispanic Heritage Month in Arizona and is attended by nearly 1,600 people. The funds raised from this event will give new hope to the thousands of men, women, children, families and elderly who need Valle del Sol’s help.
Quezada was born in Maryvale and attended public schools in the Peoria Unified School District, and later earned degrees from Glendale Community College, ASU and ASU’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law.
In school, Quezada’s values of activism and public service developed as he studied criminal justice, ethnic studies and law. He recognized education had given him an opportunity others had been denied because of cultural, financial or social barriers. He became involved in student and activist organizations to remove those barriers and give everyone the opportunities they deserved.
Quezada served a judicial clerkship on the Arizona Court of Appeals and started a law practice before re-entering the political world as a candidate. He was elected to the Pendergast Elementary School District governing board in the 2010 general election and was re-elected in 2014 and 2018.
He was appointed to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2012 to represent District 13 and was elected for District 29 later that year. In 2014, Quezada was elected to the state Senate and was re-elected there in 2016 and 2018.
“Martin is a beacon of light for our school district and the communities he serves,” said Dr. Lily Matos DeBlieux, Pendergast District superintendent.
“He is a dedicated community leader who is always speaking out for the betterment of others. We are proud of his accomplishments and grateful for all he does to help serve the students, staff and families that he cares so deeply about in the Pendergast District and Legislative District 29.”
Quezada’s service to his community in and out of public office has been recognized multiple times. He’s been named the Rep. Ed Pastor Outstanding Graduate Student, one of Arizona’s Top 40 Hispanic Leaders Under Age 40 by Univision Radio and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and was School Board Member of the Year by the Arizona Latino Administrators Association.