Arthur Othon, director of community development for Arizona Public Service Co., is the newest Washington Elementary School Board member, appointed last month to fill a vacancy. He is believed to be the first Hispanic to sit on the board. Othon lives in the Washington district, where 38 percent of students are Hispanic, and his four children, now grown, attended Washington schools.
Othon is also responsible for the administration of the APS Foundation, which gives grants to non-profit groups. Before working at APS, Othon was the senior public affairs representative for Pinnacle West Capital Corp. He also has worked for the governor, the mayor of Phoenix and Chicanos Por La Causa.