The Pinay DOE Deputy Chancellor With the Greek-Spanish Name

Hydra Mendoza, NYC DOE’s Deputy Chancellor for Community Empowerment, Partnerships and Communications (Photo by Momar G. Visaya via Asian Journal)

At the Filipina Women’s Network event for a leadership discussion and reading of “Disrupt 3.0,” the organization’s third book in the Filipina Leadership Series, NYC Department of Education deputy chancellor Hydra Mendoza served as the guest of honor. Asian Journal‘s Momar G. Visaya called the event, held at the Philippine Center, her “introduction to the Filipino-American community in the northeast.”

Mendoza, the deputy chancellor for Community Empowerment, Partnerships, and Communications, told the audience: “My first name is Greek, my last name is Spanish but I am a proud Pinay.”

After serving as a senior education advisor to mayors in San Francisco – and becoming the first elected Filipina in the county of San Francisco after winning a seat on the city’s board of education – Mendoza moved in the summer of 2018 to NYC to join the Department of Education, where she oversees the divisions of Family and Community Empowerment, communications, external affairs, intergovernmental affairs, and translation and interpretation services.

At the event, Mendoza described the delight of moving to New York.

“It was a good time to pick up our lives and do a new routine. Everything for us here in New York is brand new. Every weekend you will never find us because we are off doing something in a new neighborhood eating something delicious and listening to great music,” she said. “Who gets to do that? In your mid-50s and you pick up your life, go to the east coast and you meet amazing, wonderful new friends.”

“I am grateful for the opportunity to rebuild my community here on the east coast and to start with the Filipino community. I am really blessed and honored to be here,” she added.

“I was his boss and now he is my boss,” Mendoza said about Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza. Go to Asian Journal to read more about their history together and her achievements in San Francisco, as well as how she ended up in the field of education.

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