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Meet Adelita Grijalva

Adelita is a native Tucsonan, educated through the Tucson Unified School District and the University of Arizona, Adelita Grijalva is committed to improving the quality of life for our Pima County community. Adelita was elected in November 2020 to the Pima County Board of Supervisors in District 5 to a four-year term, the first Latina elected to this position and the first Latina appointed to Chair the Pima County Board of Supervisors in 2023 and holds this position today. Adelita is seeking re-election in 2024 to continue representing the community she loves. 

Adelita served on the TUSD Governing for 20 years and shares the honor of being the longest-serving TUSD board member with only one other person. Ms. Grijalva served as the Director of Pima County Teen Court, a non-profit Juvenile Court diversion program, for more than 25 years before beginning her service as a Pima County Supervisor. That position helped her to understand that collaborations and coalitions that involve non-profit, business and government can bring about the best benefit. Adelita also serves as a volunteer board member for the YWCA of Southern Arizona.


As Chair, Adelita makes a strong commitment to working with community to create a coalition to address the biggest issues facing Pima County, including but not limited to: housing people can afford, education, climate, and water resiliency, and healthy and safe communities. and hopes to continue this work. Adelita is proud that organizations dedicated to diversity, inclusion, education and equity for all have supported her throughout her career.  


Adelita lives in Tucson with her husband Sol and their three children, Adelina, Raúl and Joaquín..

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