Councillor Jess Diaz - Ward 1

Councillor Jess Diaz B.A., LL.B., M.B.A.

Cr Jess Diaz

Now in his third term at Council, Councillor Diaz is the first Asian to be elected Blacktown City Councillor. Councillor Diaz has served as Foundation President of the Philippine Community Council of New South Wales and is a past President of Filipino Communities Council of Australia. As Area Commander for Australia and Oceania of The Knights of Rizal he earned the rank of Knight Grand Officer of Rizal. A founder of Philippine Sydney Jaycees, he is also an officer of the Riverstone Lions Club.

Councillor Diaz was appointed Chairman of the Filipino Language Committee, NSW Board of Studies by the NSW Government's Department of Education, after successfully lobbying for Filipino to be included for study in the Higher School Certificate curriculum. He also served on the NSW Board of Adult Education and has been a lecturer in different universities and schools in Manila, the USA and Australia.

The first Filipino lawyer to be admitted as a Barrister in Australia, Councillor Diaz was Senior Legal Counsel of a foreign bank and has been a legal practitioner in Blacktown for over 25 years.