Maria Nieto Senour

Maria Nieto SenourElected 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014

Represents District A:
University City, La Jolla, Pacific Beach, Clairemont Mesa, Torrey Pines, Bay Ho.



  • Ph.D., Guidance and Counseling, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, 1972
  • M.Ed., Guidance and Counseling, University of Toledo, Toledo, OH, 1968
  • B.A., Art and Education, Marygrove College, Detroit, MI, 1964

Professional Background

  • Retired Professor, Department of Counseling and School Psychology, San Diego State University, 1977-2014
  • Director of the Community-Based Block Program held on the campus of the Educational Cultural Complex, San Diego Community College District, 1987-92; 1996-2014
  • Faculty Senator, member of Senate Executive Committee, 1990-93
  • Chair, Affirmative Action and Outreach Advisory Council, 1988-94; Member, 1994-2014
  • Assistant Professor, California State University, San Bernardino, 1973-77 Chair, Counselor Education Program
  • Faculty Senator Visiting Professor, University of Redlands, 1973
  • Psychologist, Student Counseling Center, University of California, Riverside, 1971-73
  • Elementary School Counselor, Redlands, CA 1970-71
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, 1969-70
  • Junior High School Counselor, Royal Oak, MI, 1968-69
  • Elementary School Teacher, Centerline, MI, 1964-67

Public Service

  • Elected to four-year term of office, San Diego Community College District Board of Trustees, 1990,1994, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014
  • Board Member, San Diego Convention Center Board of Directors, 1996-2014
  • President, San Diego Convention Center Board of Directors, 2002

Community Service/Professional Affiliations

  • Member, California LIbrary Services Board, 2018-present (appointed by Senate Pro Tempore Toni Atkins)
  • Member, Community Review Board on Police Practices, 2013-present
  • Consultant to Viewpoint Learning. Facilitated day-long dialogues with San Diego County residents on various issues related to the future of the region. Facilitated six-hour sessions with stakeholders in the San Diego Unified School District on the "Blueprint for Success", 2000-present
  • Member, San Diego Foundation Health and Human Services Working Group, 2001-05
  • San Diego County Policy Panel on Youth Access to Alcohol, 1997-present
  • San Diego County Policy Panel on Youth Access to Alcohol Executive Committee, 1998-present
  • Consultant, San Diego Housing Commission, 1989-91
  • Trainer, numerous county departments of probation throughout California, including San Diego County, 1985-91.

Consultant to more than 50 educational institutions and numerous community groups and agencies, including:

  • San Diego Unified School District, Southwestern College, Grossmont College, UCSD, Grossmont High School and Sweetwater Union High School District.
  • Facilitator for "The Central American Challenge," sponsored by the Carl Rogers Peace Project, President Oscar Arias, and the University of Costa Rica, San Jose, Costa Rica, 1988.
  • Member, Citizens Advisory Council, ECC, San Diego Community College District.
  • National Chairperson, Committee on Women of the American Personnel and Guidance Association (APGA), 1979-81.
  • Chairperson, Western Region of APGA Human Rights Committee, 1978-82.
  • Chairperson, California Personnel and Guidance Association Human Rights Committee, 1977-79.
  • Keynote speaker at professional conventions.
  • Author of articles for counseling and education publications.
  • San Diego State University Outstanding Professor, 1993.
  • Member, Board of Directors, LEAD, San Diego.

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