A top city Education Department official and long-time colleague of schools Chancellor Richard Carranza is stepping down, according to a statement from the agency Monday.
Hydra Mendoza, who worked with Carranza in his previous post as schools chief in San Francisco, left to spend more time with her family in California, a department spokesman said.
“Hydra Mendoza has changed the way we talk to our public-school parents in New York City,” Carranza said in a statement Friday. "I am deeply grateful to her for moving across the country to lead this important work, and I wish her the absolute best as she returns to California.”
Mendoza served as a deputy chancellor overseeing communication with families. She presided over increased parent participation in elected Community Education Councils and appointed the first Student Voice Manager.
Mendoza, who was serving as elected president of the San Francisco School Board in 2018 when Carranza brought her to New York, was the chancellor’s first major out-of-town hire.
She’s the second high-ranking department official and former Carranza colleague to leave the agency’s ranks in recent months.
Abram Jimenez, who also worked with Carranza in San Francisco, recently departed his position helping oversee school turnaround efforts. Reports later emerged that the city conflicts of interest board was scrutinizing his ongoing ties to an education software company. Department officials said Jimenez returned to California to spend more time with his family.
Mendoza will leave her role Sept. 18.