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Trudy Arriaga

Corwin Press / Cal Lutheran University
Retired Superintendent
Trudy T. Arriaga, Ed.D, was privileged to serve as the first female superintendent of the Ventura Unified School District for 14 years. Her journey toward the role of superintendent included trilingual paraeducator, teacher, assistant principal, principal, and director. She was honored to publish her first book with Corwin, Opening Doors: An Implementation Template for Cultural Proficiency with her esteemed colleague, Dr. Randy B. Lindsey.

Trudy has focused her life work on the fundamental belief that the educational system has tremendous capability and responsibility to open doors for all students. Her leadership has focused on core values that ensure equity, access and opportunity for every child and their family. It has been her privilege to work extensively with school districts and educational organizations throughout the United States as a presenter, professional development facilitator and keynote speaker as they examine their actions with a culturally proficient lens to ensure their practices reflect the stated values of the organization. Trudy is the proud recipient of numerous awards to include the State ACSA Marcus Foster Award, CABE Bilingual Administrator of the Year and most recently the 2017 State ACSA Professor of the Year.

Trudy retired from the superintendency in August of 2015 and the Board of Trustees honored her leadership by naming the VUSD District Office, the Trudy Tuttle Arriaga Education Service Center. She is currently serving as the Chair of the Education Leadership Graduate Program as Distinguished Educator in Residence at Cal Lutheran University. She and her husband, Raymundo are enjoying this grand chapter in life as grandparents to Rayo Mana and Sofia Anuhea.

My Speakers Sessions

Thursday, February 21