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Luan Burman Rivera
Governance Consultant

Luan Burman Rivera served as a board member of the Ramona Unified School District in San Diego County for 16 years and is a past president of the California School Boards Association. A former teacher and longtime school and community volunteer, Rivera brings more than 30 years of experience in public education to her work at CSBA. She is currently on the faculty for CSBA’s Masters in Governance program and teaches the Foundations of Effective Governance, Human Resources, Policy and Judicial Review and Community Relations and Advocacy modules. Additionally, Rivera is a Governance Educator/Consultant with CSBA's Governance Consulting Services and is a part of the team that teaches the Board Presidents Workshop and the New and First-Term Board Members Institute. She is an experienced facilitator and has the knowledge and skills to effectively assist governance teams in improving their leadership skills and organizational effectiveness.

Rivera was elected to the Ramona school board in 1994 and graduated from CSBA’s Masters in Governance program in 2000. She has been a member of the San Diego County Achievement Gap Task Force and the CSU Education Leadership Doctorate Advisory Board. She has also served on the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education Board of Examiners.

She has been involved with the Cities Counties and Schools Partnership, a partnership between the League of California Cities, California State Association of Counties, and CSBA. While working with the CCS Partnership, she chaired the Conditions of Children Task Force and the board of directors.

Rivera earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, and a master’s degree from Roosevelt University in Chicago, where she majored in elementary education with a focus on reading. She also holds an English as a second language certificate.