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A Lifetime Of Achievement

Hydra Mendoza is the current Vice President of the Board of Education.  In her first term as a school board member, Hydra has championed improving academic standards in our schools, and implemented policies that have increased parent engagement.  She has built necessary coalitions between community and education leaders to get things done for our kids.

Leadership for Our Schools

PopularHydra has worked on issues of public education in San Francisco for over 15 years.  She is the former Executive Director of Parents for Public Schools, a national organization that engages various stakeholders to support, promote and improve public education.  Under her leadership, Parents for Public Schools of San Francisco successfully moved towards greater reform for parent involvement, recruitment of teachers, improvements to student health and nutrition, expansion of school site councils, and the establishment of language immersion programs.

As a parent of two SFUSD students, Hydra has taken many volunteer leadership positions to improve San Francisco’s schools.  Hydra has been a co-chair of her children's school site council (SSC), Vice-President of the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) and an active classroom volunteer.   She has also previously served as Vice-Chair of the mandatory school bond oversight committee, which oversees the District's capital improvement projects, and served as a community member on several committees for the San Francisco Unified School District including: Weighted Student Formula, Student Assignment Task Force, and the Public Education Leadership Project.

BabyIn addition to these roles, Hydra has been very active in various electoral efforts to strengthen our public education in San Francisco.  She served on the steering committee for the successful passage of Proposition A (2003 & 2006), a $295 and $450 million facilities bond and Proposition H (2004), which brings additional support to our students for art, music, sports, librarians and universal preschool, and Proposition A (2008) Quality Teacher Act.

Hydra currently serves as the Education Advisor to Mayor Gavin Newsom.

Election to the Board of Education

In 2006, Hydra successfully won a citywide bid for a seat on the San Francisco Unified School District Board of Education.  She is the first Filipina elected to office in San Francisco. 

She is the chair of the Buildings and Grounds Committee, and a member of the Rules, Policy and Legislation Committee, Select Committee and Ad Hoc Committee on Student Assignment.  As Vice President, she chairs the Committee of the Whole and Closed Session meetings.

Educational Policy Expertise

PopularHydra has been invited to speak on key educational policies ranging from parent engagement to school governance on panels for state and national organizations and school institutions such as the California Council of Parent Participatory Nursery Schools, Teach for America, San Francisco State University, U.C. Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall), and Goldman School of Business. 

In 2005, she was honored with the Parent of the Year Award from the California Association for Bilingual Education, received the 2008 Public Service Award by the Public Administration Graduate Program at San Francisco State University and was recently added to the list of 100 Most Influential Filipina Women for 2009.  She serves on several local and national non-profit boards.

Hydra has two children, ages 12 and 14 and lives in the Bayview community in San Francisco.


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