Nelida Mendoza was elected to the Board of Trustees in November 2012 for Trustee Area 3 (formerly District 1). She currently serves as a member of the Board Safety & Security Committee and representative to the Orange County School Boards Association and Nominating Committee on School District Organization.
Mendoza was born in Jalisco, Mexico, immigrated to the United States in 1965 and has been a resident of Santa Ana since then. She is a paralegal with Orange County Department of Child Support Services. For more than 19 years, she has helped prepare exhibits and witnesses for trial, analyzed existing case information, and researched pertinent case law. In addition, she researches and analyzes legislation affecting education, family support issues, and the paralegal profession.
Previously, Mendoza served as Court Clerk for Orange County Superior Court. In that role, she reviewed legal documents for accuracy, legal compliance, and filing. In earlier years, she served as a Personnel Clerk in the Human Resources Department for the City of Santa Ana, and a paralegal for the law firm of Klein, Wegis, DeNatale, et al.
Mendoza is a U.S. Army veteran who was honorably discharged as a Sergeant (E5). Her extensive community involvement includes membership in the Selective Service Board, United Mexican American Veterans Association, American GI Forum, Rudy Escalante Chapter, American Legion Post 132, MANA de Orange County, Women in Leadership, and Toastmasters International. She also served as a member at large for the City of Santa Ana in the Environmental and Transportation Advisory Committee, chairperson of he Community Redevelopment and Housing Commission, community outreach chairperson for the Orange County Paralegal Association, and secretary of the West End Community Oriented Policing Board.
She earned an A.A. in liberal arts, an A.A. in paralegal studies, and an A.A. in office technology from
Santa Ana College. She holds a B.A. in sociology and a Master’s in Public Administration from
California State University, Fullerton. Mendoza also has a Career Technical Education Teacher's Credential from the Orange County Department of Education. Mendoza lives in Santa Ana and has three adult children Joseph, Jonathan, and Marisa.
In April 2014 Mendoza was celebrated as one of Assemblyman Tom Daly's Women of the Year recipients. The award honors her efforts and inspiration in community involvement in areas such as veterans issues and higher education.
Mendoza' motto and belief is to "educate for success," which is the reason her father immigrated the family to the United States. It is her vision that a college degree will be proudly displayed in every household within and beyond RSCCD boundaries and eventually in the entire state of California.
President Mendoza can be reached by email.
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