Program Profiles
Thelma Meléndez de Santa Ana

Current Title
State Trustee
Current Organization
Inglewood Unified School District

Pre-Program Information


Previous Title
Program Manager
Previous Organization
Stupski Foundation
Previous Organization Sector
Nonprofit

The Broad Academy 2006


I am a public education professional who believes in the ability of every child to learn. I strive to help students who frequently are — like I was — dissuaded from achieving their potential on the basis of gender, class, the accent with which they speak or the color of their skin. Every day I serve in a school district, I work for each child of the district as if she were my own.

Thelma Meléndez de Santa Ana began her career as a bilingual first-grade teacher and brought her first-hand teaching experience to leadership roles in several urban school districts throughout Southern California — including Pomona, Santa Ana and Los Angeles — as well as the U.S. Department of Education, where she served as assistant secretary for elementary and secondary education. In that role, she helped draft the Blueprint for Reform, an Obama administration plan for continuing improvements begun in the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

Current Title
State Trustee
Current Organization
Inglewood Unified School District

Pre-Program Information


Previous Title
Program Manager
Previous Organization
Stupski Foundation
Previous Organization Sector
Nonprofit