Bobby Roy – Stepping Up Politically for a Better Community
Living the Local 1000 Purpose Statement, Bobby Roy advocates for education, economic empowerment, and social justice—and is stepping up his commitment to the community where he lives by running for a seat on the Board of the Elk Grove School District.
Bobby is a 20-year veteran of state service at the California Department of Education (CDE). His first teacher was Edita Amoroso, his mother, a single parent who, along with Juanita Guleng, his lola (grandmother in Philipino), moved to Sacramento in 1984, when he was just under five years old. It was Edita that planted the seed for becoming a lifelong learner, a true believer in the power of education, and a servant leader.
Bobby Roy is a product of, and a champion for, public education. He believes “every child deserves a meaningful and relevant education, and as enshrined in the California Constitution, all students deserve a free and equitable education, no matter their family’s background.”
An alumnus of Valley High School in the Elk Grove Unified School District, Bobby has lived in the same home since 1984 in the same community he so loves.
In his state job, he grew from being a student assistant to Education Programs Consultant. He is a crusader for socio-economic-political justice, protecting the rights of students and individuals through the administrative law process called the Uniform Complaint Procedures.
He’s a leader in Local 1000 as well. He serves as the elected Vice Chair of the Bargaining Unit 21 Bargaining Unit Negotiating Committee, where he fights for the rights of his colleagues.
In the community, Roy currently serves as the Treasurer for the Filipino American National Historical Society and as Treasurer for the Philippine National Day Association. He recently completed multiple-year terms on the Sacramento County Children’s Coalition and the Iu-Mien Community Services. He is also a trained healing practitioner and facilitator for Second Circle healing circles, and an organizing committee member for the People’s Collective for Justice and Liberation.
Inspired by Jose Rizal’s maxim, “It is a useless life that is not consecrated to a great ideal,” Roy’s model mirrors the Local 1000 mission: To empower all individuals to live a good life in sustainable communities where they can enjoy the fruits of social, economic, and political justice.