Phyllis Gutierrez Kenney was born to migrant farm workers. Her parents were born in Mexico and came to the United States in 1919. Phyllis grew up in the Yakima Valley where she helped her family in the fields before and after school from the age of five.
Phyllis has always been a champion for higher education, leading the way in sponsoring and supporting programs and funding that have helped many students to get an opportunity to achieve their education dreams. In 2005 Kenney sponsored House Bill 1794 to allow branch campuses to offer four-year degrees.
On March 9, 2017 Phyllis was presented the Phyllis Gutierrez Kenney Award by the Northwest Mountain Minority Supplier Development Council at the 2017 Annual Awards Dinner. Previously known as the Champion Award, the Phyllis Gutierrez Kenney award will be presented annually to an outstanding supplier diversity advocate - an employee/representative from a public agency member of the Council - for their exemplary contribution to the community, the Council, supplier diversity and supplier development.
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