In a ceremony Monday, Assemblyman Jim Cooper, D-Elk Grove, honored Elk Grove Unified School District Board Member Bobbie Singh-Allen as the 9th Assembly District’s Woman of the Year.

“She is an active and diligent leader in our community, dedicated to improving the lives of families,” Cooper said in a news release.

Singh-Allen was appointed to the Elk Grove Unified School District in August 2012 and re-elected in November 2014. She was elected board President in December.

Since joining the school board, she has been a leader in anti-bullying initiatives, dedicated to promoting multi-cultural awareness and diversity appreciation.

Singh-Allen is also a leader in the Indian-American community. As a member of Indian Association of Sacramento and Indus Valley American Chamber of Commerce, Singh-Allen inspires her community to increase civic and political engagement. Currently, she is the only Indian American women in elected office from the Sacramento region.

Her passion to make a difference started as a young college student. In 1993, she helped to create and launch “The Mayor’s Summer Reading Camp” in Sacramento under the direction of the Late Mayor Joe Serna, Jr. The program helped “at risk” students in the first and second grade in some of Sacramento’s most challenging neighborhoods.

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