Gabriela Mendoza-Torres for Cloverdale School Board 2020


I am a middle school science teacher, mother of two children and proud CUSD alumna:

  • This is the moment for change, and I believe in the capacity of our district to lead it. 
  • I look forward to building a destination district with resources, safety and retention of students and staff, by diversifying leadership and managing change compassionately through challenging times.
  • As a member of the Cloverdale School Board, I will offer an approach centered in communication, inclusion and advocacy among students, parents, teachers, administrators and the larger community.


A strong educational system that serves the needs of students and families begins with listening.  I am uniquely prepared to hear the concerns of the Cloverdale community in order to act. I do not shy away from difficult conversations and want to hear more voices and opinions around topics such as bilingual education, ethnic studies, college readiness, distance learning and safety. As a teacher, I enjoy continuously learning and growing so that together we can improve the opportunities and experiences available to students.


Effective decision-making must involve those whom the decision affects. Dialogue is most valuable when it includes various voices regardless of educational level, cultural background, socio-economic status and more. My experience as a first generation college student and professional has reinforced the importance of creating spaces for those who have been historically underrepresented to engage in education, the workforce or local leadership. I seek to connect with a wide range of community members as a step toward improving the sense of safety and resources so critical at schools.


With the drive to create opportunities through education, I aim to represent and serve more diverse parts of the Cloverdale community. My work ethic and determination have made me a successful professional and mother of two children who strives to improve outcomes for youth and their families. As an advocate for equity and social justice through the power of cultural representation, my goal is to ensure that everyone in the school district has the opportunity to thrive as we compassionately adjust to the pandemic and other challenges.


Meet & Greet Coffee Chat Online Live Forum

 Dates: Every Tuesday

 October 6, 13, 20, 27 & November 3rd

 Time: 4:00 - 5:00 pm

 Location: Next to Plank Coffee, 227 N.   Cloverdale Blvd.

 Date: Saturday, October 17

 Time: 9:30 - 10:15 am

 Location: Next to Plank Coffee, 227 N.   Cloverdale Blvd.

 Come to converse over coffee. With       neighborhood walks completed, this will be   the final Saturday meet & greet opportunity.

 Date: Monday, October 12

 Time: 7:00 pm

 Location: Online via Facebook

 Join the Cloverdale Homepage to watch the     forum live and contribute your comments       or questions! Or watch a replay on the       Campaign Facebook page.