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Ruben Mendoza

Area 3 Representative (Area 3 map)

Board President

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 his four sisters to Los Angeles, where he would graduate from 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 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 Chowchilla Police Department and served in 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 just 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 to Madera Unified and took a job with Merced County as an investigator.

Trustee Mendoza met and married his wife, Lynette in Madera and 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 2021, Trustee Mendoza will serve the following schools:

  • Lincoln Elementary
  • Nishimoto Elementary
  • Desmond Middle School
  • ETAA Charter School

For 2021, Trustee Mendoza will serve in the following Board Advisory Committees:

  • Budget and Finance Committee
  • Citizens Bond Oversight Committee
  • District Career Technical Education Committee
  • Facilities Committee
  • Site Selection Committee
  • Safety Advisory Committee

For 2021, Trustee Mendoza will serve in the following out of district committees:

  • Madera County School Boards Association (MCSBA) Executive Board
  • California Association of Suburban School Districts (CALSSD)
  • Tri-Agency Committee
Last Modified on December 18, 2020