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Explore what called school trustees to public service and examine how they are transforming schools


School board members are a diverse group united by a common goal: supporting students and improving their academic and social outcomes. CSBA's School Boards in Action campaign explores what called these school trustees to public service and examines how they are transforming schools for the benefit of students, staff and families.

What's Your Why? - Video Series

This series of video vignettes that features school district and county office of education board members describing why they became trustees and why they continue to serve California's public schools.

Kate Bishop 

Board Member | Chula Vista ESD


Hector Camacho

Board Member | San Mateo COE


Sean Yang

Board Member | Elk Grove USD


Kandice Richardson Fowler

Board Member | Woodland Joint USD


Gwen Dowdy-Rodgers

Board Member | San Bernardino USD


Shelley Hamilton

Board Member | Ross Valley SD


Ruthi Hanchett

Board Member | Fullerton SD


Ligia Andrade Zúñiga

Board Member | San Mateo Union HSD


Neil Layton

Board Member | San Carlos ESD


Melissa Krogh

Board Member | Warner USD


Jorge Pacheco Jr

Board Member | Oak Grove ESD


Dr. Bonnie Castrey

Board Member | Huntington Beach Union HSD


Dr. Robert Cancio

Board Member | Norwalk-La Mirada USD


Andrea Jordan

Board Member | Jefferson ESD


Dr. Alma Carina Castro

Board Member | Lynwood USD


Dianne El-Hajj

Board Member | Santee SD


Jessicca Rodgers

Board Member | El Dorado Union HSD


Michael Flowers

Board Member | West Covina USD


Zenaida Rosario

Board Member | San Ysidro ESD


Greg Land

Board Member | San Mateo Union HSD


Gethsemane Moss

Board Member | Benicia USD





Board Member Stories - Video Series

Learn how school trustees have led school districts and county offices of education through a time of crisis, using the disruption as an opportunity to re-examine, expand and enhance programs for students.

Jackie Wong

Board Member | Washington USD


Maggie Bove-LaMonica

Board Member | Lynwood USD


Dr. Alma Carina Castro

Board Member | Lynwood USD


Dr. Alma Carina Castro (in Spanish)

Board Member | Lynwood USD


Carrie Buck

Board Member | Placentia-Yorba Linda USD


Kalimah Salahuddin

Board Member | Jefferson Union SD


Maimona Afzal Berta

Board Member | Franklin-McKinley SD


Tom Adams

Board Member | Davis Joint USD


Zachary Ramos

Board Member | Gustine USD


Abel Sanchez

Board Member | Santa Cruz COE

On the CSBA blog

Our School Boards in Action series takes an in-depth look at how our board members and districts are supporting students.




School Boards in Action 2021 Archive 

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On the radio

CSBA takes its message to the airwaves with our latest radio ad. The ad highlights who members are, what they do, and their mission to support California's more than 6 million k-12 students.

Click here to listen. 


On Video: Board Member Stories   

From expanded learning initiatives, to wellness centers, to mental health services, to food distribution, school trustees have stepped up to serve students and families in a time of crisis. CSBA is proud to showcase the hard work of our members through our year-long multimedia School Boards in Action campaign.

Richard Barrera

Board President, San Diego USD


Michelle Sierra-Sammons

Board Trustee, Auburn Union

Devon Conley

Board President, Mountain View Whisman SD


Betsy Lara

Board Trustee, Baldwin Park USD