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YEOs Elizabeth Toledo Board of Education Member - Thermal, California Council: Building a Healthy and Inclusive Society In 2006, Elizabeth R. Toledo was elected to the Coachella Valley Unified School District Board of Trustees. Upon re-election to a second term, she was appointed to the Riverside County Board of Education. Toledo began her career working as a Youth Promotora with Planned Parenthood of Riverside and San Bernardino Counties at age 15. She earned a degree from the University of California at Riverside and recently completed a master’s degree in politics, economics, and business at Claremont Graduate University. She spent over seven years working in county government as a legislative assistant for the late Supervisor Roy Wilson and Supervisor John J. Benoit, where she focused on health and human services. Toledo currently manages the Building Healthy Communities Initiative in the Eastern Coachella Valley, a new 10-year initiative funded by The California Endowment. Toledo is a policy fellow with the Women’s Policy Institute, sponsored by the Women’s Foundation of California. Lea Webb City Councilmember - Binghamton, New York Council: Building a Healthy and Inclusive Society Councilwoman Lea Webb is an award-winning activist, working to bridge the gap between local and state government to bring about positive and lasting change in her community. Her greatest achievements include being the first – and youngest – African-American representative on the Binghamton City Council. Webb is currently a community organizer with Citizen Action of New York, where she coordinates the Health Care for All New Yorkers and the Racial/Ethnic Disparities task forces. Recently, Webb brought public and private partnerships together to address a 15-year food desert in her district by securing plans for a grocery store. She was recognized as one of tomorrow’s leaders by Oprah magazine and The White House Project, and was honored with the President’s Award by the Broome-Tioga Branch of the NAACP for her significant contributions to her community. Airick Leonard West School Board Member - Kansas City, Missouri Council: Empowering and Educating Communities Airick Leonard West is the president of the Kansas City, Missouri School Board. West has a background in community organizing and is a board member of the League of United Latin American Citizens’ National Education Service Center, board member of MorningStar Missionary Baptist’s Development Corporation, and treasurer of the Missouri Democratic Party. West is a Big Brother, a YouthFriend to scholars at KCMSD’s Choice Learning Program and MLK Elementary, and a CASA volunteer for two district scholars. - 27 -