ASBA is delighted to officially announce the appointment of Desiree Fowler as the new President of the ASBA Board of Directors, effective immediately. President Fowler, who previously served as ASBA President-Elect and a dedicated member of the Page USD school board, will be formally inducted into her new role during the ASBA-ASA Annual Conference at the Annual Business Meeting on Thursday, December 7, 2023.
President Fowler brings a wealth of experience and dedication to her new position. She has been an invaluable member of the ASBA Board of Directors, having served in various capacities, including Secretary and Treasurer. Additionally, Desiree has demonstrated a deep commitment to fostering inclusivity and equity as the President of the Hispanic Native American Indian Caucus and committee member on the ASBA Equity Committee, and as an active member of the ASBA Black and Rural Alliances.
With an impressive six-year tenure on the Page USD school district governing board, President Fowler’s leadership has been instrumental in driving positive change within the educational landscape. She has held the position of board president over three terms within the past seven years, exemplifying her dedication to the betterment of the school community.
President Fowler’s commitment to representing border town and Native communities is at the heart of her work. Understanding the unique challenges and demographics of Arizona’s rural and urban school districts, she strives to ensure that all students have access to a quality education that prepares them for a bright future. Her advocacy efforts have not only inspired students but have also encouraged them to find their voices in state and national advocacy initiatives, including participation in the ASBA Advocacy Day student panel.
Hailing from the Edgewater clan, born from the Redhouse clan, with maternal and paternal grandfathers belonging to the Mexican People clan and Bitterwater clan, President Fowler’s background and cultural heritage enrich her commitment to creating positive change in the educational landscape.
“I am honored and excited to assume the role of ASBA President. ASBA has given me the tools and knowledge I need to be a strong advocate for public schools and equitable education,” said President Fowler. “My experiences on the Navajo Nation in Coppermine, AZ, have taught me the importance of representing and serving the underrepresented rural and urban Native communities. Together, with the support of ASBA and our fellow board members, we will work towards creating a strong foundation for our future leaders.”
ASBA is confident that under President Fowler’s leadership, the organization will continue to champion the rights of students, advocate for equitable education, and pave the way for a brighter future for all Arizonans.