Governor Appoints HRC Parent and Board Member


January 2013

We are pleased to report that Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. has appointed Mariano Sanz to the California Department of Education, Advisory Commission on Special Education. Mariano is currently a member of the HRC Board of Trustee, a past president of the board, and an HRC parent.

In addition to serving HRC’s Board in multiple roles since 1992, he has represented HRC families in visits to our state legislators, and as a representative to the Association of Regional Center Agencies. He has also provided information and training to fellow HRC parents, especially those who speak Spanish, on topics such as special education and inclusion. He lives in Long Beach with wife Beatriz Cifuentes, daughter Cristina, and sons Julian and Adrian.

The Advisory Commission on Special Education provides recommendations and advice to the State Board of Education, the Superintendent of Public Instruction, the Legislature, and the Governor in new or continuing areas of research, program development and evaluation in California special education.

Mariano Sanz has worked as a school counselor at the Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District since 2001. He served as a school counselor at the Long Beach Unified School District from 1994 to 2001, school counselor at the Paramount Unified School District from 1990 to 1994 and elementary school teacher at the Los Angeles Unified School District from 1987 to 1990. He earned a Master of Science degree in school psychology at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid in Spain and a Master of Science degree in school counseling from National University.