• J. Palacio

    John Palacio - Member
    Current Term: 2019 - 2022
    Phone: (714) 542-0589 

    John Palacio was elected to the Santa Ana Unified School District Board of Education in 1998.

    John 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.

    Representing Region 15, he was appointed to a 2 year term (2018-2020) to the California School Boards Association Delegate Assembly.

    He is active in the community as a member of the Santa Ana Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks, Lodge No. 794; Santa Ana Host Lions Club, No. 002627; Santa Ana League of United Latin-American Citizens (LULAC), Chapter 147;  National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO); The Society of Hispanic Historical and Ancestral Research (SHHAR) and The Transportation Corridor Agencies, Toll Roads of Orange County Latino Advisory Committee. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Orange County Community Housing Corporation|SteppingUP which provides Orange County low income families towards greater self sufficiency by assisting them with housing and educational opportunities.

    Over the years, Palacio has been active with the Boy Scouts, including currently serving on an Advisory Committee on Community Outreach.  He is also a former member of the North Santa Ana Rotary Club.

    Palacio has also been very active over the years with The Orange County Hispanic Education Endowment Fund (HEEF) which provides scholarships, mentoring and support to Hispanic youth in Orange County. HEEF also recognizes outstanding Orange County educators.

    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 Orange Caregiver Resource Center (Serves the Brain Injured) and the Regional Center of Orange County which serves developmentally disabled adults and children.

    For nearly 10 years, Palacio was involved as a Vice President, Manager and Coach 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.

Last Modified on February 22, 2022