Meet Yarma

mom - Neighbor - EDucator

Why I'm running

No matter what we look like, where we live, or what’s in our wallets, most of us want our neighborhood public schools to inspire imagination, cultivate critical thinking, and ensure our children can live fulfilling lives. The challenges of isolation and fear brought on by the Covid 19 Pandemic made it all too clear that to achieve high-quality education, we must come together as a community. Students, teachers, parents, staff, and our school board leadership all benefit when we work together.

l'm running for school board because we need proactive leadership that is responsive to our community, leadership that fights for education equity and leadership that ensures the safety of students and teachers.

My Values

Honesty & Integrity - In order to ensure trust in our schools we need to have trust in our leaders. Honesty and integrity are the cornerstones upon which trust is built. You can count on me to always make decisions that put children first and to always let you know where I stand.

Equity & Inclusion - Every child has the right to a quality education, no matter their background, color, or zip code. If we’re serious about making sure every child can pursue their dreams, let’s get serious about doing what works and ensure every school has the engaging materials, up-to-date approaches, healthy meals and an environment welcoming to all cultures to set kids up to be all that they dream.

Transparency & Democracy - Students and families must be at the center of District decision-making. To do that, I will strive to increase parent and community engagement by making the district more transparent and accountable.


Dr. Yarma Velázquez Vargas was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Yarma is a third-generation educator who received her Ph.D. from the Florida State University in Communication Studies. She has a Master’s in Advertising Management from Michigan State University and a B.A. from the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras.

After completing her PhD in 2008, she moved to the area with her husband, Daniel Rossman. They now share their home in the San Rafael neighborhood of Pasadena with their two children Jonathan, grade 4 and Anaya, grade 2. Yarma can often be seen walking her children to school at San Rafael Elementary.

Yarma is a tenured professor who teaches Speech, Communication, and Media Studies courses in the Chicana/o Studies Department at California State University Northridge.