Nancy Swenson has been a resident of Downey for almost 40 years and is a graduate of Warren High School. She earned an A.A. degree from Cerritos Community College as a Computer Programming Analyst and continued on to earn a B.S. in Business Administration: Computer Information Systems with Honors from California State University at Dominguez Hills. This was accomplished by attending night classes as she worked full time to support her family.
Nancy has two children who also attended Downey Unified schools and graduated from Warren High School. She volunteered her time while both her children were active in the Downey Little League and supported them as members of local Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts groups. Nancy tutored high school students in Algebra and helped set up and operate the first computers for family members and friends in her neighborhood. Her daughter was a member of Assisteens of the Assistance League of Downey and is now an elementary school teacher in the Downey Unified School District. Her son was on the football team at Warren High and is currently a warehouse supervisor at a logistics company in Carson, CA.
Nancy recently retired from Raytheon Systems in the Space and Airborne Systems (SAS) division after 28 years. Over the course of her employment at Raytheon (previously Hughes and GM/Hughes) there have been several reorganizations. She was often called upon to lead and/or participate on many teams related to financial changes and process alignment. Her daily responsibility was to supervise a team that was responsible for ordering and tracking an annual multi-million dollar budget for equipment and software in support of the 12,000 SAS employees.
While on the School Board, Nancy has been very hands-on as a member of various teams. She has been a member of both the Budget and Audit committees as well a member of the Character Counts Coalition. Because of her passion for getting technology into the hands of teachers and students, she has been on the Technology 5-year planning team and is the School Board representative on the Common Core Coalition transition team.
In her spare time, Nancy has coordinated visits between Raytheon engineers and CTE engineering students as well as a site visit to the local Raytheon campus. She attends music and drama presentations, after school functions such as back-to-school and open house, and regularly visits the school sites while classes are being taught. She is an active member of the Assistance League of Downey Gypsy Johnson Auxiliary where she was recently elected Chairman as well as Gangs Out of Downey (G.O.O.D.) Downey Symphony Guild, and Sister Cities Association. She was also on the first Green Team for the City of Downey.
As a School Board member, Nancy has always been driven to do the best she can to see that all children in Downey have an equal opportunity for an optimum education in a safe, learning environment and provide all students with college and career readiness skills. Her annual visits to school sites are the most fun for her. She is able to interact with the students and staff, see first hand how the curriculum is being taught, and learn more about changes that have been implemented at the schools. She is so honored to be on the School Board and have the opportunity to give back to the community that has given her family so much.