Joe Ferrentino is a candidate for Orange Unified School Board because every child deserves a quality education and the best learning environment possible. As a partner in the firm Newmeyer & Dillion, Joe represents land owners, general contractors, and schools in negotiating construction contracts, insurance policies, and resolving construction disputes. Throughout his career, Joe has resolved and provided cost saving guidance in some of the most complex and publicized construction disputes in California. Recognized as a fiscally disciplined professional, Joe has been honored for his expertise in the area of real estate by U. S. News and World Report naming him “Attorney of the Year” for Orange County and his peers have repeatedly recognized him as a “Super Lawyer.” He is also a twenty-year member of the Banyard Inn of Court, an organization dedicated to fostering excellence in professionalism, ethics, and civility.
A fifty year resident of Orange County, Joe attended public schools growing up and was a three-sport letterman at Loara High School in Anaheim. He demonstrated his leadership skills early as the quarterback of Loara’s football team. He earned a partial football scholarship to Cal Poly – San Luis Obispo and graduated 2nd in his Economics class. Thereafter, he obtained his J.D. from Loyola Law School and again graduated with honors.
As a resident of Villa Park, Joe and his wife of twenty-seven years have three children, all of which have attended elementary, middle, and high school in the Orange Unified School system. Joe has always enjoyed working with kids and is motivated by a desire to give back to the community. He was a Little League baseball coach for seven years and a Pop Warner football coach for two years. He also participated in the YMCA father-daughter program with his girls for over ten years. More recently, Joe was elected to the Board of Directors for Human Options, a charity dedicated to stopping the cycle of domestic violence.
A strong leader who will bring new ideas and fiscal responsibility to the Orange Unified School Board, Joe works with contractors, architects, and engineers virtually every day. As a parent and taxpaying homeowner, Joe has already challenged the existing Board to identify ways to save the School District millions of dollars so that the kids and the community get the most out of the bond money. As a member of the School Board Joe Ferrentino will continue to put our kids first while providing new leadership that ensures our school board represents the values of Orange Unified families.