Biography

Claudia Ordaz represents the people of El Paso on City Council serving the east side and mission valley. She formally served as Press Secretary in the U.S. House of Representatives under former Congressman Silvestre Reyes, and as Communications Director in the Texas Senate, under the leadership of former State Senator Eliot Shapleigh.

Claudia grew up in El Paso’s eastside where she attended O’Shea Keleher Elementary, Slider Middle School, and is a proud graduate of Montwood High School. Since graduating from Montwood High School in 2004, she continued her education at UTEP and has been committed to helping make El Paso a better place through public service and volunteerism.

She believes that for far too long El Paso has lost thousands of talented young professionals due to the lack of career opportunities here at home. In order to combat some of these issues, she decided early in her career to buck this trend and dedicate her efforts to improving the El Paso community and help retain local talent.

During her time at UTEP she served as President of University Democrats, where she led efforts to increase voter participation among students. She believes while El Paso has suffered from historically low voter turnout rates, this dismal trend is even worse among young people under 30.  She strongly believes that low voter turnout in this demographic is part of the reason why very few young people currently serve in elected office in El Paso.  As one of the youngest cities in the nation (by population age) El Paso should have a greater number of younger elected officials who can help address the needs of our community.

As an undergraduate, she was also elected Senator at-large in the Student Government Association, was inducted into the Pi Sigma Alpha Honor Society, and was selected as the UTEP’s Homecoming Queen in 2007. 

These experiences helped her cultivate her interest in community service.

As a young professional in public service, Claudia was fortunate to serve under two of El Paso’s most influential political leaders: former Congressman Silvestre Reyes and former State Senator Eliot Shapleigh.  Working as a staffer in both the federal and state legislatures has given her unparalleled professional experience in understanding and addressing some of the most pressing public policy problems that impact our region’s economic competitiveness, such as access to quality health care, K-12 public education, higher education, and the need for greater local economic development. 

While working for Congressman Silvestre Reyes, she was blessed to have met her longtime boyfriend, Vince Perez, who is another young El Pasoan committed to public service. They share the same interests and love for the El Paso community. 

In 2011, he made a bold decision to launch his campaign for El Paso County Commissioner and in 2014, Claudia decided to take the same brave step and launched her campaign for El Paso City Council. They are now two of the youngest elected officials in the El Paso community and are both dedicated to making their home a better place.

Aside from her work, she is also so engaged in community service through the Junior League of El Paso, a women’s organization dedicated to promoting volunteerism and empowering women. Most recently, she served as project chair for a bullying awareness campaign that launched in February of 2014. The project sought to reduce bullying in middle and elementary schools by empowering students to stand up against bullying. The program reached over 3000 students in the Socorro Independent School District and Canutillo Independent School District.

Because of her efforts in spearheading this anti-bullying initiative, she was named “Active Member of the Year" by the Junior League of El Paso.

Claudia was also named one of The City Magazine’s “30 under 30” for El Pasoans who have chosen to make a difference here at home and in 2012, she was named Young El Pasoan of the Year by the YWCA.

Claudia is the proud daughter of Martha and Ariel Ordaz.