Nestor Enrique Valencia is the son of immigrant parents from the town of Cihuatlan in Jalisco, Mexico.
Councilmember Nestor Enrique Valencia is the son of immigrant parents from the town of Cihuatlan in Jalisco, Mexico. Born in Mexico, Nestor made the perilous journey with his siblings as an unaccompanied minor to reunite with his parents who fought relentlessly to keep their family together. Nestor’s father was a factory worker and his loving mother worked at home raising five children. His parents taught their children the importance of education, hard work, honesty, spirituality and public service
Raised in the City Bell, Nestor received a quality public education and is a product of LAUSD. After graduating from Bell High School, Nestor earned a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences from San Jose State University. He continued his educational pursuits at the Harvard-Kennedy School of Executive Leadership and he studied Public Policy at University of Southern California.
In March of 2011, Nestor was elected to the City of Bell Council after a very difficult period for the City. He was elected Mayor by his fellow councilmembers in 2014, and then re-elected in 2015. Nestor is an education advocate having served on School Site Councils and elected vice-president of the Los Angeles Unified School District Advisory Committee. As a LAUSD Board Member, Nestor will face aggressively the challenges that impact LAUSD.
Nestor fought to restore integrity to the city council.
Nestor fought to restore integrity to the city council and to deliver good government and transparency back to the City of Bell. He led the effort to return taxes to Bell residents with the help of Senate Pro-Tem Kevin De Leon under AB 99. His passion for advocacy helped Bell residents to appreciate the importance of voting and civic engagement.
As Mayor of Bell, Nestor was one of the first leaders in our country to open a shelter to house Central American Immigrant families and their children. Despite resistance from other cities and some Bell residents, Nestor led the vote to support families seeking refuge in America. "I think the community of Bell is a compassionate community, full of kindness and understanding," Bell Mayor Nestor Enrique Valencia said. "While not wealthy, we can come together in this humanitarian effort and be a fine example of 'America the Beautiful.' " Los Angeles Times
Nestor is raising two beautiful and intelligent daughters one who is a LAUSD high school student and his other daughter attends Long Beach State University. In his spare time, he plays on a competitive ice hockey team, although his real passion is surfing waves!