Jorge O. Ayala Superintendent (ret.), Yolo County Office of Education
Dr. Jorge Ayala was elected Yolo County Superintendent of Schools
in 1998. He directed the operations of the Yolo County Office of
Education until he retired in 2015. He is recognized as
California’s first elected Latino County Superintendent of
Schools. A few of his major accomplishments as county
superintendent are: having been instrumental in acquiring a state
of the art permanent office and conference center; having been
selected to be in charge and improving the county Head Start
Pre-school Program; and having kept solvent all five county
school districts during the difficult years of the recent
economic downturn. His career spanned 42 years in education as an
elementary, middle and high school educator, including 32 years
as an administrator. Dr. Ayala has spent his career bringing
people together to provide students with safe, structured and
nurturing environments where they are encouraged to learn and
Dr. Ayala has served on many national, state, and local boards
and committees, among them: the WestEd Regional Laboratory Board,
the Woodland Healthcare Community Board, the Yolo First Five
Commission and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.
Currently, he serves on the Yolo Employment Services Board, the
UC Davis School of Education’s Board of Advisors, and recently
joined the Yolo CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) Board.
He received his bachelor’s degree from California State
University, Humboldt, master’s degree from California State
University, Sacramento and his doctorate from the University of
the Pacific. Dr. Ayala and his wife Patricia live in Woodland.
They are the proud parents of two children.