Eleanor Roosevelt Award 2018

We are pleased to announce that

JOSIE VALDEZ

is this year’s recipient of

the 25th Annual Eleanor Roosevelt Award

 

Each year, our Eleanor Roosevelt award recipient is honored as one who exemplifies the courage and values we saw from First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt. Eleanor Roosevelt was a woman ahead of her time; a loving, sincere, kind, strong, and disciplined person who used her talents and position to help bring about much needed change.

As the granddaughter of migrant farmers, Josie is humbled and proud to receive this award. Service to her community has always been her motto.

Josie retired as Assistant Director from the Utah Small Business Administration. During that time, she was only one of seven women in the United States holding that position. Immediately after retirement, Josie served on the Cabinet of Mayor Rocky Anderson as Director, Office of Diversity Affairs. Since retirement, Josie became active in Utah Party politics. She ran for Lieutenant Governor in 2008 as the first person of color in Utah history to run for this office. She served as state party Vice Chair-2010, and in 2012 ran for Senate. Over the years, Josie has served on a myriad of committees within the Party always spreading joy and inclusiveness in her efforts.

Josie has served on many boards including Community Health Clinics, National Association of Mental Health Institutes, Murray Center for the Blind, NAACP, Governor’s Advisory Council on Hispanic Affairs, Entrepreneurship for Single Parents, Futures Commission Salt Lake City, and Utah Hispanic Women in Progress. Honors for Josie include President Elect-Utah Women’s State Legislative Council, Distinguished Alumni Westminster College, Top 20 Hispanic Business Leaders Connect Magazine, YWCA Distinguished Woman Business Award, Rosa Parks Award NAACP, 30 Women to Watch Utah Business Magazine, and Cesar Chavez Peace and Justice Award.

Josie has been married to Representative Mark Wheatley for 33 years in which time they have worked to serve their community together.