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Pete Vasquez Villa

34th president - elected at the 1971 convention held in Beaumont, Texas and at the 1972 convention held in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Served two terms.

Villa was born on April 15, 1922, and graduated from Corona High School in California in 1942. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II, receiving the theater service, good conduct, Asiatic Pacific service and victory medals.

Villa and his wife, Rosie had two children - Richard, Elizabeth.



His academic career and positions held include:

  • Studies in business administration at Santa Ana and Chaffey Colleges
  • Leadership program and social welfare seminar at the University of California
  • Supervisor of building and maintenance at Norco Junior High School (1955-65)
  • Organizer of community action groups for two years
  • Coordinator of the Economic Board
  • Director of the Economic Board
  • Director for community development of a management and public relations firm
  • Member of President Nixon's Rent Advisory Board
  • Member of the Advisory Board for Project Headstart
  • Member of the Department of Labor Ad-Hoc Committee
  • Riverside County, California, Board Member

His LULAC activities include:

  • President of California LULAC Councils #1016 and #2001
  • Director of two California LULAC districts
  • State Director for the California LULAC organization
  • Executive Director of Southern California
  • Chairperson of the SER Board of Directors
  • Executive Director of the LULAC Abrazar
  • Program, administering and providing policy direction for a staff of 140 workers seeking to identify the socio-economic needs of elderly Spanish-speaking people
  • Organizer in the desert area
  • Assistant National Director of the War on Poverty Program
  • Chairperson of the LULAC Migrant Program of California
  • LULAC representative on the Interagency Committee on Mexican American Affairs

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