Ari Parker


Ari & her late brother, Arn.

Something About Ari ...   


The Ardaiz-Cano-Soto-Alvarado Connection...

Thomasa & Gil Refugio Cano




Ari's family is deeply connected to the Pajaro Valley. The Ardaiz-Cano-Soto-Alvarado families have been here for more than nine generations. Her Great Grandfather, Gil Refugio Cano, was Constable of Pajaro for over three decades. The Cano home was well known in the Pajaro Valley and opened their door to neighbors, family, friends and even down-on-their-luck rail riders. The music of early California, a good solid meal of homemade tortillas, tamales, rice and beans were offered to all. 

The Parker-Ardaiz-Cano Connection...

Aurora Ardaiz Parker & Billy G. Parker

Ari’s parents met at Fort Ord and her father, Bill Parker, settled in Watsonville with Aurora to raise a family: Arlen, Arn & Ari.  Ari’s father, Bill Parker, a true track and field aficionado, and his good friend, Coach Bill McGarvey, founded the Pajaro Valley’s Premiere Track and Field event: Watsonville’s Wildcat Relays. There wasn’t a Wildcat Relays Bill Parker didn’t announce at Geiser Field for over 25 years. The Overall Team Championship Award is still called the “Billy G. Parker” Team Award.

Ari began her education at Preschool on Second Street across from the Firehouse. She attended Pajaro Valley Schools from kindergarten through High School graduation. Ari received her B.S. Degree from Santa Clara University and then attended the University of Santa Cruz for Graduate School.

Ari is a California Native American of the Amah-Mutsun Tribal Band who along with her Aunt, Aris Ardaiz Diaz, has served on their Tribal Council. Ari is a proud American who also has immigrant ancestors from Spain, Mexico, Ireland, England, Sweden, France, Croatia, and Italy. Ari is truly a product of the Pajaro Valley.

Ari’s Inspirations & Teacher Achievements...

Aurora Ardaiz Parker and Ari Parker
You'll see us out on the campaign trail together!
Love you, Mom!

Ari's mother, Aurora Ardaiz Parker, was the first in the Ardaiz/Cano family to graduate College and the first to represent our Native American tribe in the Monterey Bay Area in their dealings with the Federal Government in the 40's. Aurora’s teaching career spanned over 50 years. This inspired Ari’s love of teaching, and Ari has taught at Salsipuedes, MacQuiddy, Starlight and Bradley schools in the PVUSD for more than 30 years.

Ari has always participated as a teaching professional in the Site Councils and Leadership at the schools she has taught at. Ari is a Fellow in the California Writing Project and was selected as Santa Cruz County Elementary Science Teacher of the Year, Outstanding Arts Teacher of the Year, been recognized with numerous Mayoral recognition awards and most recently a KSBW “Crystal Apple Award.”

Ari’s Public Service …

As the Pajaro Valley Women’s Commissioner Ari championed Women Trailblazers of the Pajaro Valley, created events focused on the “Wonderful Women of Watsonville” and continued the vision of the Santa Cruz County Women’s Commission: to advance the causes of all women, expand possibilities for women and girls and advocate for empowerment and equality.

As a City of Watsonville Parks Commissioner Ari’s leadership responsibilities include: Provision of the annual budget; Recommending new recreation and parks programs for the community; Formulating new policies for acquisition and development of parks; Care and removal of trees; acceptance or rejection of offers of donations of money; Personal property or real estate to be used for recreation and parks; Other duties relating to recreation and park matters as directed by the Council.

As the Vice-Chair of Watsonville’s Public Safety Measure G Oversight Committee, Ari has been charged with bi-annually reviewing revenues and expenditures and providing a second independent verification that all expenditures are being made as promised to residents of Watsonville.

Ari is the Vice-President of the Independence Square Board (HUD/Federal Housing) in Watsonville that helps provide affordable housing for Seniors and disabled residents.

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