Why I'm Running
As the mother of two school-aged children, I’m deeply concerned about the direction of our County Board.
Our focus should be on student success, not donor access. Our only agenda should be stronger schools and a bright future for our kids. As a parent, I’m running for OC Board of Education because we need someone who fights for us and puts students first.
Once elected, I will:
Cut wasteful spending, maintain fiscal oversight, and direct resources back to students, local districts, and schools
Reduce class sizes so our teachers can reach every student
Ensure our curriculum is preparing students for the 21st Century economy
Renew focus on student mental health so no children get left behind
Beatriz “Bea” Mendoza is a non-profit executive, longtime community volunteer, education policy expert, former city commissioner, and mother of three. Her two decades of public service began during college as a caseworker for the state legislature. Since then, she has built an impressive career working with a number of local non-profits, including: CEO of the YWCA of Orange County, Managing the Youth Empowerment Services (YES) Office in Anaheim, a Victim Assistance Specialist with Zero Abuse Project, the Delhi Center in Santa Ana, and currently as Chief of Staff of the California League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC).
A product of Santa Ana schools, Bea Mendoza is a homegrown leader who has given back to the community that helped raise her, serving in a volunteer role with the city as an appointed Planning Commissioner and as a volunteer with the Kiwanis of Santa Ana. A twenty year Notary Public, she offers free notary services to veterans, seniors, and families in need. Throughout her distinguished career she has always been passionate about the needs of our children and supporting strong public schools, working with state, federal, and county leaders on creating equitable education policies that give students the best opportunity for success in Orange County.
A graduate of UCLA, Bea Mendoza has received numerous accolades for her countless hours of volunteer work and dedication to her community, including “Volunteer of the Year,” awarded by the Orange County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, “National Woman of the Year,” awarded by LULAC, and “National Notary Public of the Year Honoree” awarded by the National Notary Association. As an involved parent, Bea volunteered for 15 years with the local PTA, including two terms on the School Site Council for Santiago Elementary and on the Parent Board of El Sol.
Bea currently lives in Santa Ana with her two children who attend local public schools, her oldest attends Santa Ana College.
Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (ret.)
State Senator Joe Dunn (ret.)
OC Supervisor Vicente Sarmiento
Buena Park City Councilman Connor Traut
Buena Park City Councilmember Jose Trinidad Castaneda
Santa Ana Councilman Johnathan Ryan Hernandez
Santa Ana Councilman David Benavides (ret.)
Stanton Councilmember Donald Torres
Tustin Councilmember Rebecca "Beckie" Gomez
Coast Community College Trustee Liz Dorn Parker
Ocean Valley School Board President Gina Clayton-Tarvin
Jose "JB" Barrera
Billie Joe Wright
The Orange County Labor Federation
Women for American Values & Ethics (WAVE)
Southwest Mountain States Regional Council of Carpenters
International Brotherhood of Teamsters
CSEA - Chapter 468
California Teachers Association (CTA)