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Trudy T. Arriaga

Arriaga, Trudy

Trudy T. Arriaga, EdD, has been 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 bilingual paraeducator, teacher, assistant principal, principal, and director. She is honored to publish her first Corwin book with her esteemed colleague, Dr. Randy 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 ensure that the actions of the organization reflect the stated values of the organization. She has been privileged to not only lead a culturally proficient organization, but to live one.

In April of 2015, the Board of Trustees honored her leadership by naming the VUSD District Office the Trudy Tuttle Arriaga Education Service Center. She retired in June of 2015 and is a full-time Distinguished Educator in Residence in the Graduate School of Education at Cal Lutheran University.


Areas of expertise
  • Cultural proficiency
  • Schoolwide and districtwide equity reform
  • Superintendency
  • Diverse learners
Certified in
  • Cultural Proficiency

Trudy can help you: 

  • Articulate the language, beliefs, policies, and practices that support all learners

  • Promote a values-based, inside-out approach for embracing cultural differences within anorganization or district

  • Understand the tools and strategies needed to embed Cultural Proficiency into organizational culture

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