My Story

Hi, I'm Robert

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I, Robert Ocampo, along with five of my siblings were born in Salinas, California. I am a native of Salinas. I have lived in East Salinas for 68 years.

     I attended Jesse Sanchez Elementary, El Sausal Middle School, and Alisal High School. I graduated from Alisal High School in 1971. I attended the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) for four years, I completed a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology, in 1975. I did my graduate work at San Jose State University, where I completed a Master’s Degree in Counselor Education and a Pupil Personnel Service Counseling Credential in 1977. In 1978 I was hired as a high school counselor at Alisal High School. I worked as a high school counselor for forty years and retired in 2018.

     I have been happily married to my wife, Sandra, for forty-three years. We have three lovely children. Our oldest son, Robert Ocampo (junior) is a District Technology Specialist with the Salinas Elementary School District. Our middle son, Michael Ocampo, is the Principal at North Monterey County High School. Our youngest child, who wishes to remain anonymous, is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, with the State of California. We are very proud of our children and their accomplishments.


     I will always be grateful to my father, Jose Ocampo, who immigrated from Mexico in 1945. He was an undocumented worker who, like so many before him, came to this country in search of a better life. He always encouraged me, and my siblings to study hard, and get an education. We have all succeeded, in this country, because he sheltered us and carried us on his shoulders throughout our childhood, adolescence, and early adulthood.

     At UCSC I learned that it is important to give back to your community. My father would always say to us, “go and do the good.”

     There is much work that remains to be done at the Alisal Union School District. I look forward to serving you for another term as your trustee.


As a trustee, my mission is to provide a world-class education to all students. I am a strong believer in equity. Equity means that you give each student what they need to succeed academically. I believe that all students can learn if they are given competent instruction in a nurturing environment.