The President of the San Francisco Board of Education will step down from her position at the end of September for a new job in New York City.
Hydra Mendoza will move to New York City’s Department of Education to serve as deputy chancellor for community empowerment, partnerships and communications, according to a statement from the San Francisco Unified School District.
Mendoza is a prominent figure in San Francisco’s education community, having served as deputy chief of staff for education and equity to Mayor Ed Lee while serving as a school board member. She also served as senior advisor for education to former Mayor Gavin Newsom for 6 years and was a founding member and former executive director of Parents for Public School of San Francisco, a non-profit organization that helps families engage with their school communities..
In her new position, Mendoza will empower communities and increase awareness and support for New York City’s public schools, according to the NYC DOE.
“I’ve learned from the successes and challenges of our collective efforts over the years and I will bring these lessons with me to New York,” Mendoza said in a statement. “I’m grateful to have worked with so many amazing people and will miss my San Francisco community.”
Mendoza was hired for her new position by former San Francisco Superintendent Richard Carranza, who in April took over as New York City schools chancellor. Carranza ran the San Francisco school district for four years before being named as superintendent in Houston in August of 2016.
Mendoza announced in June that she would not be running for a fourth term in November and would be stepping down from her position with the mayor’s office.
Vice President Stevon Cook will succeed Mendoza as board president. Board members will vote for a new vice president and Mayor London Breed has the option to appoint an interim board member to fill Mendoza’s seat until the next election.
Breed has endorsed Michelle Parker and Josephine Zhao in the November school board race.
Mendoza is the first and only Filipina elected to office in San Francisco. Her last regular meeting at the Board of Education will be on Tuesday Sept. 25.