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federal agency administrator

Thelma Meléndez de Santa Ana, American federal agency administrator. Broad Urban Superintendents Academy fellow, 2006.


Ana, Thelma Meléndez de Santa was born on June 24, 1958.


Bachelor in Sociology, University of California at Los Angeles, 1981. Doctor of Philosophy in Education, University Southern California, 1995.


Bilingual classroom teacher Montebello Unified School District, California, 1982—1986, language specialist, vice president, 1986—1992. Principal Bandini Elementary School, Commerce, 1992—1995. Director instruction Pasadena Unified School District, 1995—1997.

Director school/family initiatives Los Angeles Annenberg Metropolitan Project (LAAMP), 1997—1999. Department superintendent & chief academic officer Pemona Unified School District, 1999—2005, superintendent, 2006—2009. Program manager Stupski Education Foundation, Mill Valley, 2005—2006.

Assistant secretary for elementary & secondary education United States Department Education, Washington, since 2009.


  • Other Work

    • Contributor articles to professional journals.