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Ruben Mendoza

Area 3 Representative (Area 3 map)

Trustee Since: 2016

Term Expires: 2024

Trustee Mendoza was elected in November 2016 to represent Area 3 of Madera Unified. Trustee Mendoza currently serves as Board President. 

Born in El Paso, Texas, Trustee Mendoza attended grade school until his parents decided to move his five brothers and four sisters to Los Angeles, where he would graduate high school. Trustee Mendoza would also graduate from Rio Hondo College with an Associate in Science degree, California State University Fullerton with a Bachelor of Arts degree, and Chapman University with a Master's in Science degree. Trustee Mendoza was the first in his family to have ever graduated with advanced degrees.

In the 1980s, Trustee Mendoza graduated from Los Angeles County sheriff’s Department Academy and worked for three law enforcement agencies, eventually moving to Madera County. Trustee Mendoza worked for the Chowchilla Police Department and served on multiple committees throughout the county. In 2011, Trustee Mendoza honorably retired as a police sergeant, formally a detective sergeant; however, he was not the type to sit still, bred for public service. He could not see himself retired, so he ran for office to continue serving his community, like before. In 2016, Trustee Mendoza was a new school board member at Madera Unified and took a job with Merced County as an investigator.

Trustee Mendoza met and married his wife, Lynette, in Madera. Together they have two girls, Kamryn, who graduated from Madera High in 2019, and Korina, who will graduate in 2023 from the same high school.

For 2023, Trustee Mendoza will serve the following schools:

  • Lincoln Elementary
  • Nishimoto Elementary
  • Desmond Middle School
  • ETAA Charter School
  • Sherman Thomas Charter School
  • Madera Adult School
  • Torres High School

For 2023, Trustee Mendoza will serve on the following Board Advisory Committees:

  • Facilities Committee
  • Parent Advisory Committee
  • Safety Advisory Committee (Alternate)

For 2023, Trustee Mendoza will serve on the following out-of-district committees:

  • Madera County School Boards Association (MCSBA) Executive Board
  • Tri-Agency Committee
  • Central Valley Education Coalition (Alternate)
Last Modified on February 28, 2023