Giovanna “Giggy” Perez-Saab has been a proud member of the Board of Education for the Downey Unified School District representing Trustee Area 3 since 2018. She rapidly immersed herself into attending many Downey Unified school events, programs, and activities where she quickly connected with Downey Unified’s students, staff and families. Mrs. Perez-Saab serves on the Audit and Enrollment committees for the district and is also a member of the Los Angeles County School Boards Association and the California School Board Association (CSBA), where she completed her Master of Governance certification.
Mrs. Perez-Saab grew up in Miami, Florida and moved to Downey to start her family. She has been married to her husband, Alex Saab, for 15 years and has three children: Dominic, Gianna and Alexander. As she has been an active volunteer in different organizations most of her life, she has chosen to exemplify and demonstrate what volunteerism and commitment to one’s community should be and hopes her children will follow her path to help others. Mrs. Perez-Saab has actively served on her son’s PTA Board at Rio San Gabriel Elementary, has been selected as the Chairperson of her children’s School Site Council and continues to be an active classroom parent. She is also involved with Downey Unified’s new Global Language Academies of Downey (GLAD) at Carpenter Elementary where her daughter is attending. Mrs. Perez-Saab is also involved in her children’s extracurricular activities, as she supports them with Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of America.
Mrs. Perez-Saab is a graduate from Florida International University with her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. She is a certified Substitute Teacher, licensed Real Estate Agent and certified Yoga Instructor. Ms. Perez-Saab worked with Sandals and Beaches Resorts as their Spa and Fitness Corporate Manager and Public Events Coordinator and has traveled throughout the Caribbean. She was also a top Pharmaceutical Sales Professional for Schering-Plough and Adeza Biomedical, where she was ranked in the top 5% of the country.
Mrs. Perez-Saab serves on several community organizations that assist families through service, fundraising and scholarships. She has served as President of Soroptimist International of Downey with the goal to Educate, Encourage and Empower Soroptimist members and those within the community through many hands-on service projects and scholarships both locally and internationally. She is a member of the Assistance League of Downey and actively assists with Operation School Bell Service Project and acts as a puppeteer with Kids on the Block, a program established to educate school-aged children on important issues they encounter. Mrs. Perez-Saab also serves as Co-Chairperson on the Downey YMCA Board as well as the YMCA Membership Committee where they strengthen communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. She has served on the Supervisory Committee of the Downey Federal Credit Union (DFCU) to help serve members and has participated in DFCU’s annual Feeding Children Everywhere Food Packing and Steam Festival events. She received several awards including the Red Triangle Award for outstanding service to the Downey YMCA and to the community, the Kiwanis Int’l Foundation’s George. F. Hixon Fellowship Award and the Soroptimist Women of Distinction Award.