April 2011

Par Excellence Award

Luz Robles is passionate about promoting equity and justice for all

After only two years away from the University of Utah, and barely in her thirties, Luz Robles BS’00 MPA’05 was elected to the Utah Legislature in 2008 as a State Senator, representing District 1 (Salt Lake Valley’s west side). But even before that, Robles began filling in a résumé with an impressive array of achievements and appointments, especially notable given the relatively brief time she has spent in the state.

Originally from Mexico, Robles arrived in Salt Lake City in 1996 to attend the University of Utah, receiving a bachelor’s degree in business marketing and a master’s in public administration. Passionate about victim’s rights, and committed to promoting equity and justice for all people, Robles has served as diversity coordinator for the Utah Domestic Violence Council, and as a health policy analyst for Utah Issues, lobbying the Legislature on supporting health care for low-income families. She currently sits on the U’s College of Social and Behavioral Science Advisory Board, and on the boards of Valley Mental Health, Regence Caring Foundation, Utah Health Policy Project, and the Autism Council of Utah. She is also a member of the Medical Advisory Committee and the Ethnic Health Advisory Committee for the Utah State Department of Health. In 2005, former Gov. Jon Huntsman, Jr. appointed her director of the State Office of Ethnic Affairs.

Robles is currently vice president and Hispanic/Latino market manager at Zions Bank and was previously director for Zions Business Resource Center. She has been awarded the Pete Suazo Award for her dedication and commitment to the Hispanic/Latino community, and sees the late senator as a role model. Just as Suazo once did, Robles represents her constituents in District 1.

Luz Robles lives in Salt Lake City with her husband, Jorge, and their daughter, Aileen.

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Luz Robles, recipient of the 2011 Par Excellence Award, will be honored at the Alumni Association/Young Alumni Spring Awards Banquet on April 21.

For more information about the banquet, call the Alumni Association at (801) 581-6995. (Additional information, including a registration form, will soon be available at www.alumni.utah.edu.}


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