Director - District 3

Ms. Ursula Ghirardo

Ms. Ghirardo
I am in my eighth year as a school board director for Arlington Public Schools. In prior years I served on both the district’s Facilities Planning Committee and Advisory Council for Education (ACE), as well as volunteered in various classrooms and with the high school music and drama programs.


Raised in Connecticut, I moved to the west coast to attend Stanford University and received my BSE in Chemical Engineering. I met and married my husband Larry of 30 years in California, and together we have lived and worked in Belgium, Texas, Japan and Washington. We have called Arlington home for 21 years and have raised two children here, Kelsey (23) and Connor (20).


In my professional career I worked overseas as an engineer in a multi-national research and development facility, in a manufacturing and technical service role, and as the business project manager for a chemical manufacturing expansion project.


I am honored to work alongside my fellow school board directors in furthering the purpose of the board – to facilitate the success of Arlington’s students and staff through sound decision making. I value the diverse life and work experiences, as well as the personal commitment of the current board, district staff, and administration. These factors are of paramount importance in the successful completion of our mutual endeavors. I feel that with the strong support of Arlington community members and organizations, the school district is well positioned to accomplish its goals and meet future challenges.