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.
As a mother of three, Maria is committed to the success of all students in our community and believes every child as the right to an excellent education as exemplified by her work on the PVUSD Board during the past eight years. She was first elected to serve on the Pajaro Valley Unified School Board of Trustees at the age of 24. 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 boards and commissions including the Watsonville Parks & Recreation Commission, the Community Action Board of Directors, the Women’s Commission of Santa Cruz County; 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. She currently works as a Financial Aid & Scholarship Adviser for the University of California Santa Cruz, where she has been a proponent of higher education for all. She formed part of the founding committee for the UC Santa Cruz 7th grade College and Career Summit which provides an inspirational and transformational college and career exploration opportunity for all local seventh-grade students in Santa Cruz County.