Who's Who Top Educators

Hugo Torres

Title: Trustee
Company: San Mateo County Office of Education
Location: Santa Clara, California, United States

Hugo Torres, trustee at the San Mateo County Office of Education, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the field of education.

Demonstrating a commitment to excellence on behalf of the Latin community and other underserved populations, Mr. Torres has distinguished himself as a trustee of the San Mateo County Office of Education. Meeting with his fellow trustees on a monthly basis, he helps to oversee policies, regulations and curriculum for various schools and programs, as well as the authorization of the annual budget for the county, the adjudication of expulsions, and the development of housing facilities for teachers. 

Long dedicated to addressing the inequities that face people of color, Mr. Torres has worked in the field of education since his early youth, either with nonprofit organizations or at the public level. Having served in an administrative capacity throughout the course of his career, he initially served as a tutor, program coordinator, student teacher, and volunteer at the Cicero Youth Commission, which he came to direct in 2016. Following this accomplishment, he went on to join the St. Francis Center of Redwood City, where he served as an administrator and educator at various levels, and as the program director for the Siena Youth Center. In this role, Mr. Torres restructured the organization in order to better address the needs of the community, and created leadership programs that serve as a pipeline to college and eliminated all costs and fees, tripled enrollment, improved mental health conditions, and exclusively employed people of color from the local area. 

A proud first-generation child of immigrants, Mr. Torres initially studied at Dominican University, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in American studies and education in 2017. He subsequently attended the University of San Francisco, from which he attained a Master of Business Administration in nonprofit administration in 2023. He also holds a K-9 professional educator license, as well as endorsements in language arts, social studies and mathematics. 

Well-regarded for his work in the field, Mr. Torres was, notably, inducted into the honorable societies of Pi Alpha Alpha, Pi Gamma Mu, Nu Lambda Mu, and Beta Gamma Sigma, during the course of his education. He was also bestowed with the 2023 Archbishop Oscar Romero Award in honor of his work on behalf of the community. Looking toward the future, Mr. Torres hopes to establish his own nonprofit organization, with the intention that it should serve as a cradle-to-college pipeline for low-income, marginalized communities of color. He also aspires to pursue a doctorate in educational leadership.

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