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About Maria

Maria Orozco was raised in Watsonville in a family of hard-working, dedicated, and determined individuals. She is a daughter of farm workers, a product of our PVUSD schools, a wife, and a proud mother to her three sons. She graduated from Santa Clara University with degrees in Pre-law, Political Science and Communication and a Masters in Governance from the California School Board Association. After graduating, she returned to Watsonville to serve her community. 

Maria was first elected to serve on the Pajaro Valley Unified School Board of Trustees at the age of 24 and has served on the board for the past 9.5 years. As the only Latina on the board, Maria has been a strong advocate for equity, diversity and inclusion. As a trustee, she has played an integral role in the implementation of key data-driven initiatives aimed to narrow the achievement gap through informed instruction, personalized learning, supportive and safe learning environments, career technical education, and parent engagement. PVUSD has received national recognition for some of these efforts and their impact on student achievement- something that would not have been possible without the support and commitment of our educators, staff, parents and students. 

Maria has served on several other boards, commissions, and PVUSD committees including the Watsonville Parks & Recreation Commission, the Community Action Board of Directors, the Women’s Commission of Santa Cruz County; the PVUSD Migrant Head Start Committee, the PVUSD Inter-governmental Committee, the PVUSD DELAC Committee, the PVUSD Education Equity Audit Steering Committee, and the PVUSD District-wide Green Team Committee. She is also the founding board President for the Watsonville Parks and Community Services Nonprofit and the current president and founding board member for the Pajaro Valley Education Foundation.

Maria works as the Special Programs and Communications Manager for the Financial Aid and Scholarships Department at the University of California Santa Cruz, where she has been a proponent of higher education for all.


Paid for By Maria Orozco for Watsonville City Council 2022, FPPC# 1451010


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