Updated: Jan 6, 2022
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 10, 2021
Contact: Marcos Rodriguez Maciel
LOS ANGELES, CA –Today, President-elect of California County Boards of Education and former San Mateo County Deputy District Attorney Joe Ross endorsed Marina Torres’ campaign for Los Angeles City Attorney. Marina A. Torres is an Assistant United States Attorney for the Central District of California. The endorsement adds to the growing list of California elected leaders who have endorsed Torres.
“I have seen how lives can be improved for everyday Californians through both the legal and education systems and I know Marina will be a champion on both fronts,” said Ross. “Marina has devoted herself to bringing opportunities to people through the justice system and will help elevate lives and create opportunities for all children, families and people of Los Angeles.”
Joe Ross has served on the San Mateo Board of Education since 2012 and is the president-elect of the California County Boards of Education. He is also the president of the Reach Institute for Leadership and has devoted his career to education access. He also served as a prosecutor in San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office as well as eight years active duty in the U.S. Navy.
“I am thrilled to have the endorsement of my friend Joe Ross who has been a visionary leader throughout California for education reform,” said Torres. “As a fellow prosecutor, Joe understands how the judicial system can work to improve lives with greater equity and justice. I look forward to our partnership on all fronts to improve opportunities for all Californians.”
Torres is the daughter of undocumented parents who, like many others, came from Mexico in pursuit of a better life. She was born in Los Angeles County before her parents moved to a struggling neighborhood in the Inland Empire. Her father worked at the Sunkist Factory in Ontario until he passed away when Torres was just two-and-a-half years old. Her single mother worked a variety of jobs to keep the family afloat. As the oldest of three, she helped look after her younger brothers while her mother was at work. Growing up, the fear of her mother's deportation was never too far away.
Although English was her second language, Torres understood that education was the only way to help her family and community move forward. While working as a cashier at Burger King to afford the fees for her Advanced Placement tests, she graduated near the top of her high school class and was admitted to the University of California, Berkeley when she was just 16 years old. Torres juggled a full class schedule, many student government activities and a 20-hour work week to send money home to help support her family. She graduated in 2004 with a double major in Political Science and Rhetoric, a minor in Ethnic Studies, and with honors.
After college, Torres served as an AmeriCorps Fellow at the Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago, travelling across Illinois to provide litigation aid to migrant farmworkers who were victimized by recruiters and employers. She returned to California to attend Stanford Law School, where she served on the executive board of the Stanford Law Review and was co-president of the Stanford Latino Law Students’ Association. After being appointed by President Obama to work in the Department of Homeland Security, Torres became a federal prosecutor at the United States Department of Justice under President Obama and now under President Joe Biden.
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