Meet Denaee Amaya

Denaee Amaya is a daughter of Mexican immigrants, a first-generation college graduate, and a passionate public servant. Raised in Covina, CA, Denaee is the product of a K-12 education at the Covina Valley Unified School District and attended Lark Ellen Elementary, Las Palmas Middle School, and Northview High School. At a young age, Denaee saw her family members endure economic hardships and face racial and social inequality. These injustices motivated her to attend a four-year university, study criminal justice, and choose a career serving others. 

Denaee served the City of Los Angeles as an aide to Mayor Eric Garcetti and City Councilwoman Monica Rodriguez. In these roles, she learned the inner workings of a major city, helped pass important legislation, secured resources for Angelenos impacted by COVID-19 and wildfires, and mentored marginalized youth from underserved communities in Los Angeles.

Denaee’s public service inspired her to serve youth in her hometown where she was appointed to the City of Covina’s Library Board of Trustees and Parks and Recreation Commission. As a Trustee and Commissioner, she currently serves students and families in the Covina Valley Unified School District. Denaee has built a track record of getting real results for Covina, from delivering food to families in need to securing free books from the Library of Congress in Washington, DC for Covina kids.  
 
She also advises City Departments on youth and education programs, develops policies seeking to maintain Covina’s green spaces, and works closely with local leaders to bring resources to our community. During the pandemic, Denaee was selected as a member of Covina’s COVID-19 Recovery Plan Working Group where officials oversee essential City Services including reopening Covina City Hall.

Denaee Delivering For The Community

Library of Congress Partnership with Covina Public Library

Denaee teamed up with Congresswoman Grace Napolitano to make Covina Public Library an ongoing part of the Library of Congress Surplus Book Program. Denaee selected nearly 100 books that were donated and shipped to the Covina Public Library from Washington, DC. Denaee specifically chose books that would empower the community. The genres ranged from: bilingual and dual language children’s books, test prep, self help, law, social justice, and more. 

Providing Essential Meals to Seniors

As a Commissioner, Denaee works with Covina’s Parks and Recreation Department to deliver essential meals to seniors in the community. Seniors are at higher risk for COVID-19 and rely on these meals to stay safe at home. These meals are offered to residents 60 years and older and distributed every Thursday to 160 seniors and families. To date, Denaee has helped deliver 1,000 meals during her Commission tenure. 

Financial Literacy Workshop For Families Impacted by COVID-19

Denaee hosted a Financial Literacy Workshop series with Financial Consultant Katia Lopez. Together, they led a discussion with residents to demystify the components of financial stability, unemployment resources for families impacted by COVID-19, and financial tips for essential employees, college graduates, and undocumented residents working during the pandemic.
 

Campaign Platform

Health

Prioritize the health and safety of students, teachers, and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond

Funding

Fight for optimal school funding and resources through effective advocacy and public-private partnerships

Diversity

Empower diversity and inclusion in our curriculum and on every school campus

Transparency

Create greater transparency between school board members and the community

Campaign Powered By The People

  • Our campaign is owned and operated by everyday people just like you.
  • We refuse to take money from corporate special interests or hire expensive consultants to do the job.
  • We don’t believe big money belongs in our schools, we believe in the power of our people.