Profiles of Success 2018


This award is given to an individual or organization that has excelled in advocating for Latinos in Arizona and contributed a number of years toward Hispanic issues, giving their personal time, and making a significant difference to the communities they serve.

Honorable Laura Pastor

Honorable Laura Pastor

Honorable Laura Pastor currently serves as Councilwoman for Phoenix’s District Four. A fifth-generation Arizonan and native Phoenician, Laura began her career as an elementary school teacher in the Roosevelt and Isaac Elementary School Districts, working primarily with at-risk students. During that time, she created a volunteer program to provide after-school tutoring, and authored an accountability program for teachers, students, and parents.

Currently Laura is Director of the nationally recognized Achieving a College Education Program (ACE) at South Mountain Community College. ACE is dedicated to assisting students in their transition from high school through community college and on to earning a bachelor’s degree. Laura is also a member of the Phoenix Union High School District Board, where she has been a strong advocate for strategic planning for the District and serves on the O’Connor House Speak Out Against Domestic Violence and Mi Familia Vota advisory boards.

In 2003, Laura became Special Assistant to the Arizona Director of Insurance. She assisted with legislative matters, rules, constituent activities, and conducted special research projects — as well as represented the Director of Insurance on various boards and commissions. Additionally, she designed a consumer awareness program for teenagers, the elderly and Hispanic constituencies.

She has been a member of the Encanto Village Planning Committee and is a former member of the Hispanic Advisory Board of Maricopa Community Colleges, the Homeless Task Force, the Maricopa Transportation Advisory Board, and Phoenix Day.