Fernando Vasquez was first elected to the Downey City Council in November 2010, to serve the citizens of the Fourth District. He was elected Mayor by a unanimous vote in November 2013, becoming one of the youngest councilmembers to hold that position.
Council Member Vasquez has championed the causes he promised to address when campaigning. He has led the charge to bring the City into the 21st century by bringing forth new technology and open government initiatives to make government more transparent and accountable. He has supported public safety services, a healthier and active City, enhanced streets, parks and sidewalks, business friendly, job creation, and activated downtown with events and support for new businesses.
Council Member Vasquez serves on the board of Southeast Los Angeles Workforce Investment Board, I-5 Freeway Consortium Cities Joint Powers Authority, Gateway Council of Governments, LA County Sanitation District, Southeast Animal Control Center (Alt.), Avanti Hospitals and Los Angeles County Medical Association Latino Advisory Committee. He is also a member of the National Association of Latino Elected Appointed Officials (NALEO), Catholic Association of Latino Leaders (CALL) and Downey Kiwanis.
In 2011, Council Member Vasquez founded and launched Primawaste, a medical waste management company. Today, Primawaste offers a variety of medical services throughout the western United States and is one of the fastest growing minority owned businesses in its industry.
Council Member Vasquez holds a Masters Degree in City Planning from San Diego State University and a Bachelor’s Degree from UC Riverside. He is engaged to his fiancé, Donna B. Noushkam, who is a partner with the Law Offices of Musick Peeler.
Council Member Vasquez was raised in the City of Downey and is fluent in English and Spanish. He is the son of immigrant parents who came from a small town near Tepatitlan, Mexico.
Term in Office
November 2010 - November 2014
Downey City Hall
11111 Brookshire Avenue
Downey, CA 90241