Devin Del Palacio – Tolleson Union High School District’s first Black American Board President, Del Palacio, has dedicated his board tenure to advancing equity. Del Palacio helped draft and pass a non-discrimination policy that includes protection for gender identity and gender expression; assisted the district in passing the Indigenous Peoples Day Resolution; and collaborated with board members to produce an anti-hate speech resolution, among other important board actions.
Del Palacio began working as a community organizer in 2012 and is currently the Advocacy and Strategic Initiatives Consultant for the Arizona School Board Association. The Cesar Chavez Foundation, the City of Phoenix, and the Greater Phoenix Urban League have recognized Del Palacio for his commitment to securing equitable learning environments for all students. In 2019, Devin was recognized as the National School Board Member of the Year by the National Alliance of Black School Educators. Currently, Devin serves as the Chairman of the National Black Council of School Board Members. In addition, Devin has served as a member of the Board of Directors for the Arizona School Board Association and the National School Board Association.