Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has appointed two Cal State Northridge alumnae to the state Board of Education, subject to confirmation by the state Senate. Ruth Bloom of Marina del Rey was appointed to a three-year term, and Ruth Green of Santa Barbara to a four-year term.
"I am confident these members will work tirelessly to guarantee our children have every opportunity to be successful," said the governor.
Bloom, who received her master's degree in educational psychology at Northridge in 1977, is a longtime advocate for the arts and the public school system.
A partner in AR Designs, a Southern California jewelry company, Bloom has devoted years to developing curriculum and teaching art at UCLA Extension and the Museum of Contemporary Art, where she serves on the board of trustees' executive committee. From 1987 to 1996, Bloom operated the Ruth Bloom Gallery in Santa Monica.
Bloom is a member of the Teach for America advisory board and until 2002 served on the board of the California Council for the Humanities.
Green earned a bachelor's degree in radio-television broadcasting from Northridge in 1982. For the past three years, she has served as a member of the Board of Trustees for the Santa Barbara elementary and high school districts.
"I am honored to have the opportunity to serve on the State Board of Education," she said. "The current board has shown its commitment to increasing student achievement by charting a course for a system of standards-based education."
In its announcement, the governor's office cited Green's personal focus on curricular and special education reforms that led to the creation of an elementary language arts pilot program addressing the needs of at-risk students in Santa Barbara's educational system.
During the 1980s, Green worked in children's television and on educational and promotional films.
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