Rebeca Mendoza, middle, flanked by District 65 Superintendent Paul Goren and School Board President Suni Kartha

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The District 65 School Board voted, 4-0, to appoint Rebeca Mendoza to fill the vacancy on the School Board created when Omar Brown resigned on July 7, citing work and family commitments. Board President Suni Kartha said 24 people submitted applications for the position.

Ms. Kartha said Ms. Mendoza was born in Mexico and immigrated to Evanston when she was five-years old with her mother; and she attended Washington, Nichols, and Evanston Township High School. Ms. Mendoza earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and a Master’s degree from National Lewis University.

Ms. Mendoza has served on the Board of the Coalition for Latino Resources, served as a mentor for Project SOAR, volunteered with the Books and Breakfast program, and was a member of the Evanston Arts Council. She is currently employed by Rotary International as a Regional Grants Coordinator, and was previously employed by Family Focus, McGaw Y, and Youth & Opportunity United (Y.O.U), said Ms. Kartha.

“I think Evanston has so much to be proud of today,” said Ms. Mendoza. “I want to start my term out by celebrating everything we’ve done. As the school year starts we have very many challenges ahead, but most importantly we’ve come so far. As a parent of District 65, I can’t tell you how incredibly proud I am of this School District. We do have our challenges, but I can tell you as a resident, as a parent, as a long-time employee of many non-profit organizations of Evanston, that there’s no place like Evanston. And I think that if anybody can be the beacon of the Lighthouse District, it can be us.

“One of the things I aspire to do here is that to let all voices be heard, and I think we’re on the right track. We still have a lot of work to do, but I really do feel so encouraged, so grateful.”