Andrew A. Valdez
Andrew A. Valdez began serving a first two-year term as a Director at Large on the USTA Board of Directors in January 2011. He is a member of the Budget Committee and serves as the Board Liaison to the Delivery System Council. Previously, Valdez served as a member of the Executive Committee for the USTA Intermountain Section and as a member of the USTA Intermountain Board of Directors.
Valdez graduated from the University of Utah Law School in 1977 and subsequently worked as a commissioned captain in the U.S. Army JAG corps and as a trial counsel with the Legal Defenders Association Felony/Homicide Division. He was appointed to his current post as a judge in the Third District Juvenile Court by Utah Governor Michael Leavitt in 1993.
During his time as a judge in the juvenile court system, Valdez has developed a court-based mentoring program, formed partnerships with community education schools and worked to help create opportunities for female juvenile offenders to work off restitution obligations. He has served as Chair of the statewide Youth Parole Authority, and has served on the Utah Sentencing Commission, the Board of Trustees for Primary Children’s Medical Center, the Juvenile Justice Task Force, the Board of Juvenile Court Judges and the Judicial Council. He is currently a member of the National Youth Gang Center.
In addition, Valdez founded the Village Project Mentoring program and co-founded the Tennis and Tutoring program, an after-school initiative that teaches tennis and sportsmanship and matches inner-city grade-school students with tutors who help improve their academic skills. He is also active in youth player development.
Valdez grew up in a poor neighborhood in Salt Lake City and credits tennis with opening new worlds of possibility to him. He wrote a book, "No One Makes It Alone," chronicling his upbringing and relationship with his mentor, Jack Keller, and the important role tennis played in his life. To this day, Valdez remains an avid public park player, participating in USTA League play and an up-and-down wheelchair league.
Over his distinguished career, Valdez has been honored with the USTA Intermountain’s Diversity Award in 2005, the Utah Tennis Association David L. Freed Award in 2006 and the Cesar Chavez Peace and Justice Award in 2007. He was also named Judge of the Year by the Utah State Bar Association and received the Martin Luther King Civil Rights Award from the NAACP in 2005, and he was given the Distinguished Alumnus Award by the University of Utah Alumni Association in 2009.
Valdez resides in Salt Lake City with his wife, Joyce. He is a member of the USTA Intermountain Section.