Montgomery County, Md. Councilwoman Nancy Navarro has been named to the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics.

Her appointment was noted by other local officials, who praised her for serving the Latino community in Maryland.

“I congratulate Nancy Navarro on her appointment to the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics,” Rep. Donna Edwards (D.-Md.) said in a statement. “Nancy has a proven track record when it comes to education, from Chair of the Montgomery County Board of Education’s Communications and Public Engagement Committee, to her non-profit work promoting educational development of Latinos and other immigrant communities.”

Edwards said she believed Navarro would serve as an excellent ambassador for Maryland and its Latino community.

“She will be a strong advocate for the Latino community and all our young people who deserve a quality education to compete in a 21st Century economy,” Edwards said in the statement.

Joining Navarro on the committee are pop star Shakira, Phoenix, Arizona Union High School District No. 210 superintendent Kent P. Scribner and Adrian A. Pedroza, executive director of the Partnership for Community Action. President Obama thanked all of the committee members for their service.

“I am grateful that these impressive individuals have chosen to dedicate their talents to serving the American people at this important time for our country,” Obama said in a statement. “I look forward to working with them in the months and years ahead.”