Laura Pastor

Phoenix City Council District 4

Phoenix native Laura Pastor is a fifth-generation Arizonan. Her grandparents and great-grandparents worked in Eastern Arizona’s mining communities, and both her parents began their careers as classroom teachers. In her early years, motivated by her parents, Laura participated in gatherings of local community advocates and listened as they addressed cultural, social, educational, and political concerns. At these gatherings, Laura learned how important and necessary it is that all communities be heard.  Laura has dedicated her career to education: first as a classroom teacher in the Roosevelt and Isaac Elementary School Districts and later as Director of Early Outreach at South Mountain Community College. She is currently the Community Liaison at Phoenix College. Councilwoman Pastor was first elected to the Phoenix City Council in 2013. She is currently leading the push to end the digital divide in Phoenix through PHX DECC. Councilwoman Pastor serves as the Chairperson of the Economic Development and Equity Subcommittee and a member of the Transportation, Infrastructure, and Planning Subcommittee. Laura is a member of the Phoenix Union High School District Governing Board, The Community Liaison at Phoenix College, Vice Chair of Valley Metro, and on the workforce ad-hoc Committee. These roles give her the opportunity to use her educational background and policy experience to prepare young Phoenicians for the next opportunity – whether that’s college or a specialized skill at one of Phoenix Union’s micro schools.