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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 succeed.

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.

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