Supervisor Wilcox wins national award from Mexican government
Longtime Maricopa County Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox has been awarded a prestigious international award from the Foreign Relations Secretariat of Mexico. The Premio Ohtli was awarded by the Instituto de los Mexicanos en la Exterior, an agency that fosters good will and strong ties between Mexico and the Mexican communities in the United States and other nations around the world.
The award was presented Saturday (June 23) in Orlando at the 29th Annual Conference of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO).
The Mexican government, acting through the Instituto, created the award to recognize persons who have promoted the prosperity of Mexican communities abroad. Ohtli means path, or road, in Nahuatl, the native language of Mexico. In granting the Ohtli, the Government of Mexico recognizes distinguished individuals who have improved the lives of members of the Mexican community beyond Mexico’s political borders.
“It is a tremendous honor to receive recognition from the Mexican government in our fight for human and civil rights for all people in Arizona,” Wilcox said.
Supervisor Wilcox served five years as the Chair of the NALEO Educational Fund and is currently serving her fifth four-year term representing, District 5 on the board. She has played a major role in Maricopa County, embracing its diversity as an organization. Born in Superior, deep in the mining country of Arizona and a fourth generation native from a Mexican-American family, Wilcox is the first Latino to serve on both the Phoenix City County and the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors.
Mrs. Wilcox has devoted her career to public service, championing the first Civil Rights Day in Maricopa County. She has been in the forefront in the push for comprehensive immigration reform. She serves on the National Association of Counties Immigration Task Force, the Arizona Mexico Commission and is chairman of the Sports Youth Exchange Subcommittee. She has created numerous programs to strengthen families and communities, including leading the County’s efforts to create a homeless campus to centralize services for the homeless in downtown Phoenix.