Adelita Grijalva is a Tucson native and graduated from Pueblo High School in 1989. In 1995 she earned a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Arizona. Ms. Grijalva has the special distinction of being the youngest woman ever elected to the Tucson Unified School District Governing Board. She is currently serving in her fourth term. At the conclusion of this term, she will have dedicated sixteen years of her life to serving the TUSD community.
Ms. Grijalva serves as the Program Director for the Pima County Teen Court. She has been working with this outstanding program for twenty years and has been Program Director for seventeen years. Ms. Grijalva has been the recipient of many awards, among them, she was part of the first cadre of community members to receive a “40 under 40” award from the Tucson Business Edge Magazine; 2008 she received Advocate of the Year from the Arizona School Counselors Association for her tireless advocacy to keep counselors in schools; and she received a Profiles in Success award from Valle del Sol.
In addition to her School Board work, Ms. Grijalva volunteers with the Democratic party, is a founding member of Las Adelitas, serves with the Educational Enrichment Foundation and serves as Community Advisor for Kappa Delta Chi Delta Chapter. Ms. Grijalva actively participates in as many Pueblo events as her schedule allows, including Si Se Puede Day, judging at Mr. Pueblo Warrior, attending Senior’s Honors Night, Pueblo’s Fiesta and Alumni dances. Ms. Grijalva exemplifies the Warrior motto “Once a Warrior, Always a Warrior.”