Diana Dávila, District VIII, President
Diana Dávila was elected to the Board of Education in 2015. She previously served on the board from 2003 to 2010. She believes that every student in HISD should be provided with a high-quality education to ensure their future success.
A former teacher, Dávila is a native Houstonian and life-long resident of the East End. She also is a product of HISD, attending Park Place and Lewis elementary schools and Deady Middle School before graduating from Milby High School.
She went on to attend the University of Houston, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies with an emphasis on bilingual education. She also earned a master’s degree in educational management and principal certification from University of Houston-Clear Lake.
Dávila has been recognized as an outstanding volunteer by HISD Volunteers in Public Schools (VIPS) for a tutorial program she initiated with her husband at Tijerina Elementary School and Houston Community College. Through this program, parents, and students received tutoring in reading and math while also gaining an appreciation for the college experience.
A mentor with the Best Friends program for girls, Dávila has served as a community liaison for the Hispanic Educational Leadership Committee, for which she helped raise more than $300,000 in scholarship money within four years.
In 2015, she began volunteering weekly with M.D. Anderson Cancer Center to honor her father, who is a cancer survivor. When her father became ill five years ago, Dávila resigned from the board to help care for him. She is married with two children.