A Proud, lifelong resident of the City of El Monte
Running for Mayor of My Beloved City of El Monte
“ I am extremely excited to announce today, that I am running for Mayor of my beloved City of El Monte. My neighbors and residents of this great city gave me the opportunity to serve on the city council 2 years ago. Quickly I have realized that new, bold and more inclusive leadership is needed at the head of the dais,” Ancona said. “I want my community to know that as Mayor I will NOT sell them out and will make executive decisions that place their interests first, and ensure their voices, in these chambers, matter.” -Jessica Ancona
Councilwoman Jessica Ancona is a proud, lifelong resident of the City of El Monte and a daughter of hardworking immigrants from Mexico. She was born and raised in this great city of El Monte, and has dedicated her adult life to public service as an educator and elected official.
Jessica attended public schools in El Monte, and graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles. In addition to obtaining her bachelor’s degree from UCLA, she has earned a Teaching Credential and Master’s in Education from Azusa Pacific University and an Administrative Services Credential from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.
Ms. Ancona is currently a high school assistant principal in the Lynwood Unified School District. Prior to becoming a school administrator she was a high school teacher for 10 years. For the past two decades, Jessica has been an advocate for our children, their education and their quality of life.
In 2013, Councilwoman Ancona was first elected to the El Monte City School District Governing Board, where she served as the President in 2016 and 2017 and Vice President in 2018. Jessica also served as a Delegate Assembly Member for the California School Board Association (CSBA) in 2017 and 2018 with 300 other members from throughout the State of California. She was elected to serve on CSBA by local school boards within Region 23.
As an elected El Monte City School District Governing Board Member for five years, Councilwoman Ancona supported building state of the art facilities; re-implemented music programs for all students; opened the Jeff Seymour Family Center housing over 30 community service providers for our families; increased wages and improved healthcare benefits for the district’s workforce and maintained a fiscally sound budget. While Jessica was President of the school board, she advocated to establish a Project Labor Agreement with the Building Trades for the final project of a series of school and facility improvements scheduled to begin late Winter of 2018.
In 2018, Councilwoman Ancona was elected to the El Monte City Council as the only independent candidate in the race. Her independence has proven valuable to the community as she has been able to focus on the needs of the residents of El Monte. In the last 2 years on the council, she has taken on the tobacco and vape industry protecting the youth of this community. Jessica also advocated for a joint use agreement with the school district, opening up more greenspace for recreational and passive uses for her community. Additionally, she has worked with the Southwest Carpenters Union to help complete Fletcher Fetch Park by building aesthetic enhancements to the project. She supports smart conscious development and welcomes progress that considers community first.
Jessica is a proud mother to a son who is entering his Junior year of college and a daughter who is starting her Freshman year in college. Her parents still live in the City of El Monte along with many other family members.