TheLiberalOC confirmed last night that Roman Reyna, an SAUSD trustee, will enter the race for Ward 5 Santa Ana City Council regardless of the legal outcome of the attempt by Claudia Alvarez to extend her term in office by lawsuit.
Reyna attended last night’s council meeting and noted speaker after speaker railing against the attempt by Alvarez to get on the ballot. Alvarez beat Reyna in 2004 but the political climate against her this time around is very different. The only speakers in her favor of Alvarez last night where not there to support her extended candidacy but those who spoke out about PBID and a proposed sunshine ordinance.
Reyna’s a native Santa Anan and was elected to the SAUSD board in 2008. He is a youth program director at the YMCA of Orange County, Mr. Reyna is responsible for High School Leadership University. In addition to his role with the school district, Mr. Reya’s bio is impressive.
He serves as Commissioner of Housing and Redevelopment for the City of Santa Ana. He served as a volunteer teaching assistant at Carver Elementary School, offering support with both community and parent outreach. Additionally, he has coordinated numerous special events, managed after-school and licensed childcare programs, and directed resident camps, recreation, and aquatics activities.
Mr. Reyna is also a popular community presenter, having served as keynote at many venues. For instance, he was a key presenter at the United Way Multi-Ethnic Leadership Initiative from 2003 – 2007; Santa Ana Civic Leadership Initiative from 2004 – 2008; and during the City of Santa Ana Camp Catalina for the last 16 years on the topic of outdoor adventures and teambuilding. He also was a guest Speaker at Youth Expo for the City of Santa Ana on numerous occasions.
Moreover, Mr. Reyna has provided nearly a decade of service to a wide array of non-profit organizations and causes including the following: Federal Empowerment Zone (Vice-Chairman); Federal Empowerment Zone-Budget & Task Force (Chairman); Department Juvenile Justice Weed & Seed Program (Member, Past Chairman); Neighborhood Housing Services of OC (Board Member); Kid Works (Advisory Board Member); Tempo Calvario Community Development Corporation (Board Member, Former Vice-Chairman); Casa Bonita Neighborhood Association (Founder, Past President); Communication Linkage Forum (Past Vice-Chairman); American G.I. Forum (Past Member); and the American Cancer Society Santa Ana Relay for Life (Past Co-Chairman).
With his first-hand experience dealing with students and knowing the challenges they and teachers face along with his varied board governance experience, Mr. Reyna is well positioned for his current role as Board of Education Trustee.
Having attended school within the district fuels his familiarity with SAUSD and underscores his zeal to serve the students of Santa Ana Unified. Mr. Reyna attended both Fremont Elementary School and Santa Ana High School. He is working towards a bachelor’s degree in Youth Development from Springfield College in Los Angeles, Calif.