San Mateo County, CA — On Wednesday, March 15, the San Mateo County Board of Education selected Hugo Torres to represent the Board’s Trustee Area Seven, which includes Menlo Park, East Palo Alto, Atherton, Woodside, Portola Valley, and a number of unincorporated areas in the county. He was provisionally sworn into office by San Mateo County Superintendent of Schools Nancy Magee on Thursday, March 16.

Trustee Torres holds a B.S. in American Studies, K-9 Teaching Certification, and Masters in Nonprofit Administration. He has experience teaching grades K-8 and working with students at all age levels through after-school programs and community projects and is currently pursuing his doctorate degree in Educational Leadership. 

As a Latino educator, Trustee Torres is passionate about serving the needs of San Mateo County's Latinx community as well as local educators to ensure student success. From his experience as the Director of Programs for Siena Youth Center and classroom teacher at Holy Family School in the St. Francis Center in Redwood City, he works closely with the community and is acutely aware of the barriers families face to achieve student success.

“I’m here to make sure that different perspectives are being brought to the table,” shared Trustee Torres. “It’s my main priority to make sure the needs of our teachers and communities are being met and that their voices are being heard.”

The vacancy on the San Mateo County Board of Education occurred after Trustee Joe Ross announced his resignation, effective March 16, to focus on his work with Reach University, where he serves as President. Trustee Torres’ appointment will become permanent unless a petition calling for a special election is filed with the San Mateo County Office of Education within 30 days of the provisional appointment.


The San Mateo County Office of Education is committed to ensuring excellence and equity in education by inspiring students, investing in teachers, invigorating leaders, and involving communities.

Released Friday, March 17