Castro Valley superintendent named a California Woman of the Year

March 8, 2019 Staff Writer

Castro Valley USD Superintendent Parvin Ahmadi was honored as a California Woman of the Year for Senate District 10, as nominated by Sen. Bob Wieckowski. Here she poses at a ceremony with members of ACSA Governmental Relations. L-R, Legislative Advocate Martha Alvarez, Ahmadi, Legislative Advocate Cathy McBride, Senior Director of Policy and Governmental Relations Edgar Zazueta.A prominent school district leader was an honoree in a state Capitol ceremony last week. Parvin Ahmadi, superintendent of Castro Valley USD, is the 2019 Woman of the Year for Senate District 10, Sen. Bob Wieckowski announced. Ahmadi and other Women of the Year honorees were recognized during a ceremony on the Senate floor.

“Superintendent Ahmadi is a statewide educational leader who has dedicated her professional career to educating all students and enhancing their learning opportunities so they can achieve their goals,” Wieckowski said. “For over 30 years, she has worked in several positions in our educational system, including as a teacher, site administrator, assistant superintendent and now as a superintendent who also teaches aspiring superintendents. Her commitment to public education, students of all ages and social justice is recognized throughout our community.”

Ahmadi, also a member of ACSA’s Board of Directors, has been superintendent of CVUSD since 2015. She started her career as a teacher in San Jose and taught there for 10 years before moving to Fremont USD. She worked there for 13 years as a teacher and a site administrator, before becoming an assistant superintendent. She then served as superintendent of Pleasanton USD for five years.

In 2017, Ahmadi was appointed to the Assembly Blue Ribbon Commission on Early Childhood Education and is currently working with other advocates to develop recommendations to improve support services for children up to 5 years old in California.

In the community, Ahmadi is active in a number of organizations, such as the Eden Area Chamber of Commerce, the American Association of University Women, the League of Women Voters of the Eden Area and Castro Valley Rotary. Last year, she received an Alameda County Excellence in Human Relations Award.

Ahmadi founded the Castro Valley Community Alliance in 2016, a collaborative group of community and educational leaders, students and families advocating for compassion, understanding and acceptance.

The Woman of the Year event was founded in 1987 by Assemblywoman Bev Hansen and Assemblywoman Sally Tanner, who noticed that the California Legislature had no events planned for the month of March, Women’s History Month. In celebration of the contributions to society made by remarkable women throughout California, Hansen and Tanner arranged to invite one woman from each Senate and Assembly district to come to the Capitol and be honored for their accomplishments.

Sen. Wieckowski represents the 10th District, which includes southern Alameda County and parts of Santa Clara County.

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