DUARTE CA, March 13, 2018- Over 32 years of Community Service to the public and community volunteerism to five different non-profit boards was recognized on Saturday, March 10, 2018 as Karen A. Herrera, Duarte’s long-time Deputy City Manager was honored by Assembly member Blanca Rubio as 2018 Woman of the Year for outstanding Community Service.
Karen’s energy and enthusiasm for the work she does, both in and outside of city hall, is infectious. She can rally her colleagues at work, and assemble a group of residents anytime to discuss and begin to solve an issue or a problem that needs handling. Never seeking any recognition, she is the last to take credit for a great idea, or a successful conclusion to a problem. She seems to be driven by equity, equality, and fairness to everyone she encounters. To complement her City service, Karen Herrera serves on several boards and committees including the Duarte Chamber of Commerce, the Volunteer Center of the San Gabriel Valley, the USC City/County Management Foundation, the Foothill Unity Center, El Modena High School Site Council and as a trustee to the new performing arts charter school, CS Arts of the San Gabriel Valley.
Herrera’s commitment to community youth is also notable having created and served as Project Manager of Duarte's Promise, the Alliance for Youth an AmeriCorps Project for over 10 years. She also serves as the long-time Co-Chair of the Pasadena/Duarte Branch NAACP ACT-SO Youth competition which has garnered six national medals for the Duarte community since 2010.
Special City Council and community projects are also a part of Ms. Herrera’s resume including the remodeling of two civic centers, creation of a job matching and service center for day laborers, and overseeing the creation of a one of a kind, freeway sound wall concrete mural. She also manages the City’s comprehensive community outreach program which includes the City website, five social media platforms, a quarterly Business/Community Newsletter, two electronic sign including one on the 210 freeway and an enews/e-alert system.
The City of Duarte congratulates Karen on this outstanding achievement, and thanks her for the many accomplishments, years of service, dedication, and her passion towards our community.