CHICAGO (July 11, 2007) - U.S. Soccer's National Council has unanimously approved the addition of Fabian Núñez to the Board of Directors as the second of three Independent Directors. Núñez (D-46th District) was elected to the California State Assembly in 2002 and sworn in as the State's 66th Speaker on February 9, 2004. Now in his fifth year as Speaker, he has served longer than any other Speaker since Californians adopted term limits in 1990.
“To serve in this capacity is an honor and a privilege,” said Núñez, an active soccer player who attended the FIFA World Cup in Germany in 2006. “I have been a soccer fan my entire life and look forward to helping contribute to the remarkable growth of U.S. Soccer.”
In his time in office, Speaker Núñez has orchestrated several legislative victories and in 2006 he presided over what the San Francisco Chronicle called “…one of the most productive legislative sessions in decades.”
During that session the Speaker authored first-in-the-nation legislation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from California industries, a law which has gone on to become the gold standard for other states. Núñez has testified before Congress in support of national greenhouse gas legislation and was invited to the World Economic Summit in Switzerland earlier year to discuss the law with the world's leaders in business and government.
In addition, Speaker Núñez crafted legislation to raise California's minimum wage to the highest in the nation and worked with Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and legislative Republicans to lead Assembly passage of the first on-time, balanced budget in nearly a decade.
In previous legislative sessions, Núñez authored bills to curb pollution, aid small business, help the homeless, discourage predatory lending, improve working conditions for hotel attendants and offer solutions to California's long-term energy needs.
Speaker Núñez was named by Senator Hillary Clinton as a national campaign co-chair, and this year authored bills that will help boost the availability of alternative fuels. Additionally, his proposal to reform the state's health care system has won support from business, labor and a broad coalition of health reform groups.
Speaker Núñez, 40, earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in political science and education from Pitzer College in Claremont. He resides in Los Angeles. He and his wife, Maria, have three children: Esteban (18), Teresa (17) and Carlos (7).
U.S. Soccer’s National Council previously approved the addition of longtime Goldman Sachs Group partner and chair, Carlos Cordeiro, as an Independent Director on Feb. 26. The three Independent Director positions were created at U.S. Soccer’s 2006 Annual General Meeting when the organization's Board of Directors was reduced from 40 to 15.