John Palacio was elected to the school board in 1998. He currently serves as Board President.
Palacio received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from the University of Arizona, attended Catholic University of America Law School and did graduate studies at both Bucknell and Arizona State universities. He is a National Urban Fellow.
He is active in the community as a member of the Santa Ana League of United Latin-American Citizens (LULAC), Chapter 147 and the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO). He is also a former member of the Santa Ana Host Lions Club, North Santa Ana Rotary Club and the Santa Ana Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks.
Over the years, Palacio was very active with the Orange County Hispanic Education Endowment Fund (HEEF) and the Boy Scouts.
As a parent of a child with special needs, Palacio has been very involved in working with the developmentally disabled. He currently serves on the Board of the Directors of the Community Housing Resources, Inc. which provides affordable housing opportunities for adults with disabilities. He has also found time in the past to serve on the Board of Directors of both the Regional Center of Orange County and the Orange Caregiver Resource Center (Serves the Brain Injured).
For nearly 10 years, Palacio was involved with the Challenger Division of both Northwest and Bolsa Little Leagues. The Challenger Division which served residents in Santa Ana and parts of Garden Grove and Tustin, is a special baseball league for developmentally disabled youth, ages 5 through 21.
Palacio, who is self employed as a Consultant, has resided in Santa Ana for over 35 years with his wife, Sonia. Their two sons, Johnny II and Steven, attended and graduated from Santa Ana schools.