March 28, 2003

Sylvia Rios the First City of San Diego Hispanic Port Commissioner

Mayor Dick Murphy, on Thursday, announced the appointment of Sylvia C. Rios to the San Diego Unified Port District’s Board of Commissioners. She is the first Hispanic appointed to the Port Commission by the city of San Diego.

The Commission oversees all maritime, real estate and recreational activities on San Diego Bay and the tidelands that surround it. The Commission is comprised of three members appointed by the city of San Diego, and one each by the cities of Chula Vista, Coronado, Imperial Beach and National City.

Sylvia Rios, a Carmel Valley resident, was born in Mexico City and raised in San Diego. She is president and CEO of First Security Mortgage, a local mortgage loan company. She attended Southwestern College and holds a real estate broker’s license.

Rios’ work in the community includes 17 years on the board of the Mexican American Business and Professional Association, where she served as president. She also worked with Las Madrinas, an organization that encourages young Latinas to further their educations. As a member of the 1998 Super Bowl Host Committee, she was instrumental in arranging activities south of the border. She also was president of the Republican National Hispanic Assembly of San Diego County.

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