Photo credit: Matthew Hermerding

Photo credit: Matthew Hermerding

Meet Canek

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Canek Aguirre is a community advocate and progressive leader focused on improving the lives of all Alexandrians.  As the son of Mexican immigrants, Canek knows first-hand the importance of hard work, education, and ensuring everyone has a fair shot at the American Dream.

A member of numerous boards and commissions in the region, Canek has made it a priority to give back to his adopted community. Canek’s leadership experience includes serving as: the Chair of the City of Alexandria’s Economic Opportunities Commission, President of the Tenants and Workers United (TWU) Board of Directors, Vice Chairman of the Health Systems Agency of Northern Virginia (HSANV) Board of Directors, in addition to the Alexandria Campaign on Adolescent Pregnancy’s (ACAP) Leadership Council, and the Steering Committee for the Partnership for a Healthier Alexandria.

In 2016, Canek was appointed to the Virginia Board of Social Work by Governor Terry McAuliffe.

In his professional capacity, Canek works to increase access to care and improve health outcomes for Medicaid populations throughout Northern Virginia.  Prior to this, Canek spent three years serving students and families in Alexandria City Public Schools. 

Canek lives in the West End and is an active member of the Alexandria Democratic Committee where he is the former precinct captain for Cora Kelly.  He is a proud graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.