Board of Education
About The Board
The School Board usually meets for one study session and one regular meeting each month. Most meetings are held in the Board Room of the district office, located at 546 S. Citrus Ave. in Azusa. If an alternate location is selected for a meeting, it will be indicated on the meeting schedule and on the homepage google calendar. Meetings in the Board Room and at schools are live-streamed on the AUSD YouTube channel.
Meetings begin with a closed session or an open study (informational) session. During regular meetings, agenda items are considered at 7 p.m. Please check the meeting agenda, as start times and meeting locations may vary.
Certain confidential matters regarding employees, individual students, and collective bargaining are discussed in closed session, as required by California law. The School Board does not discuss complaints against individual employees in an open meeting.
We welcome your attendance at the Azusa Unified School District Board Meetings. The posted schedule may change occasionally. Please check the Current Board Agenda quick link on the homepage or review the board meeting schedule below.
Board President, Term expires in 2024, Trustee Area 2
Ms. Rodriguez-Peña was born in Boyle Heights, California. After graduating high school, Rodriguez-Peña dedicated 40 years to working for the Garvey School District as a classified employee. She first worked as a Classroom Instructional Aide, Office Clerk, and Attendance Technician and was also a union job steward for the Classified School Employees Association chapter 292.
Ms. Rodriguez-Peña decided to run for a Board of Education seat due to her commitment to her community and her 50 years of service in community service and education. She pledges to remain a voice for students, parents, and staff, advocate for public education, increase student achievement levels, and continue supporting the District as it maintains fiscal responsibility.
A longtime resident of Azusa, Ms. Rodriguez-Peña's four children and four grandchildren attended Azusa Unified schools (Murray, Center, and Gladstone High) from Kindergarten through 12th grade. She is also very active in community organizations such as the Azusa Leaders for Learning, Azusa Beautiful, Azusa Sister City, Azusa Rotary, Azusa Connects, the National Women Political Caucus, and the San Gabriel Valley Regional Occupational Program.
Board Vice President, Term expires in 2026, Trustee Area 5
Board Clerk, Term expires in 2026, Trustee Area 3
Ms. Benavides was elected to the Azusa Unified Board of Education in 2022, representing Trustee Area 3. Ms. Benavides is a longtime Azusa resident and volunteered in many community organizations, including Azusa Sister City, Golden Days, and the Azusa Chamber of Commerce.
Married with one son, Ms. Benavides devoted more than 27 years to a career in local government with leadership roles in the administration of social services and economic/community development. This professional experience includes administering numerous federal, state, and local government contracts in areas such as social services, community and economic development, child development, senior services, housing programs, and programs servicing the most vulnerable populations. This expertise provides Ms. Benavides with a unique perspective in addressing students and parent needs, exploring the future development potential of AUSD, and assisting AUSD in evaluating the potential financial resources.
Ms. Benavides holds a Masters in Public Administration and a Bachelors in Business Administration. Ms. Benavedes ran for a seat on the Board of Education with the goal of increasing school connectedness, strengthening school curriculum, and giving parents a voice. An advocate for transparency, quality education, and putting students first, Ms. Benavides is honored to represent Trustee Area 3.
Board Member, Term expires in 2026, Trustee Area 1
Board Member, Term expires in 2024, Trustee Area 4
Dr. Sabrina Bow has served students and families of Title I schools since 2005 where she seeks to center the historically marginalized. She was elected to the Azusa Unified School District Board of Education in 2020. Dr. Bow is also a member of the Arts, Cultural and Historical Preservation Commission for the City of Azusa, following one term as a member of the Azusa Library Commission (2019-2022). A dedicated community volunteer, she serves on the board of directors for a variety of non-profit organizations, including Woodcraft Rangers, El Monte-South El Monte Emergency Resources Association, and Chinese-American Elected Officials (CEO). Dr. Bow is a proud parent of two Azusa Unified students. Born in East LA and a first-generation college graduate, she holds an MBA from USC and a Doctorate in Education from UCLA.