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Meet the Board

Bill Withrow

Area 1

Bill Withrow has a B.S. in Business from the University of Colorado and MBA in Finance from Harvard University. He served for twenty-four years on active duty in the U.S. Navy, retiring with the rank of Captain, Supply Corps he also worked as a financial professional for the past twenty years, retiring from Wells Fargo and Company. He served as Mayor of Alameda and Alameda as a Councilmember. As Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Robert Lippert Foundation, he helped to provide college scholarships to Alameda students and Alameda charities.  Term began 11/02/2004.  Current term ending 11/2020.



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 Meredith Brown, President

 Area 2

Meredith Brown has over 20 years of experience in complex litigation and representing public agencies. She received her Bachelor of Science from Cornell University and her Juris Doctor Degree from Boston University School of Law.  Ms. Brown served as a clerk for United States Magistrate Joyce London Alexander, First Circuit in Boston, Massachusetts.  Her community involvement includes service as a delegate to the 2008 Democratic National Convention, and leadership with the Alameda County Democratic Lawyers Club, Montclair Soccer Club, National Women Political Caucus – Alameda County North, and a volunteer Judge Pro Tem for Alameda County.  Term began 12/11/2012.  Current term ending 11/2020.  (Photo by Paul Kuroda)



Linda Handy

Area 3

Linda Handy has a long resume of community service and college administration experience. She has a M.S. in Organizational Development and Analysis from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University. She is a Laney College alumna and a former president of the Oakland Coalition of Congregations. She represents part of the Laurel district as well as the San Antonio, Fruitvale, Brookdale, Fairfax and Maxwell Park districts in Oakland.  Term began 11/05/2002.  Current term ending 11/2018.



Nicky González Yuen

Area 4

Nicky González Yuen earned both a Ph.D. and JD degree from the University of California, Berkeley and a B.A., summa cum laude, in political science from Carleton College, Northfield, Minn. He has been a teacher at De Anza Community College for 15 years where he teaches courses in US politics, Grassroots Political Activism and Race and Gender. A former Congressional Fellow for the late Senator Paul Wellstone (D-MN), Nicky González Yuen also brings to the Peralta Board a long history of organizing for voting rights, educational access, peace, justice and civil rights and environmental sustainability.  Term began 11/02/2004.  Current term ending 11/2020.



William Riley, Vice-President

Area 5

William Riley was first elected to the Board of Trustees in 1998 and represents an area that includes Oakland’s Rockridge District and the City of Piedmont. He has served as President of the Board twice and also as Vice President. He is a Merritt College alumnus and has served in public education over 30 years, including the Oakland, East Palo Alto/Ravenswood and San Ramon School Districts. He earned an Ed.D., in Educational Policy and a B.A. in Sociology and Physical Education from the University of San Francisco and an M.A. in Educational Administration from San Francisco State University.  Term began 11/03/1998.  Current term ending 11/2018.


karen-weinsteinKaren Weinstein

Area 6

Karen Weinstein has spent a lifetime helping families and students make a better life for themselves.  She has championed accessible college opportunities for all.  She is a Board Member of the Berkeley Public Schools Fund and is Vice-Chair of the Berkeley Commission on the Status of Women.  She serves as Co-Chair of the California Democratic Party’s Affirmative Action Committee and is a member-elect to the Alameda County Democratic Central Committee.

Student success, equity, access and excellence in education are her goals for all students, whether on a career path or bound for a four year university.  That’s why she focuses on helping students who are veterans or formerly incarcerated students.  She serves as community liaison for the Dreamers and Undocumented Student Task Force and is a member of Berkeley City College’s President’s Advisory Board.  Last year, Karen was acknowledged for her leadership with a Berkeley City College’s President’s Advisory Board.  Last year, Karen was acknowledged for her leadership with a Berkeley City College award for her “unshakable commitment to transforming student lives at Berkeley City College.”

Karen lives in Berkeley with husband Michael Goldhaber, a physicist-writer and their dog Buttercup.  Her son Justin is a lecturer at Stanford Law School.  Karen received her Ph.D. in Counselor Education, with a concentration in college counseling from the School of Education; State University of New York at Buffalo.  She is a Licensed California Psychologist.  Term began 11/08/2016.  Current term ending 11/2020. (Photo by Paul Kuroda)


Julina Bonilla

Julina Bonilla

 Area 7

 Julina Bonilla is a community college graduate and received her B. A. from U. C. Berkeley. She is a former Oakland elementary teacher and eventually moved into workforce development providing  education and job training to young adults in Northern California. Her community work and active memberships include: Board Vice President of Tradeswomen Inc., National Women’s Political  Caucus-AN, and she served as a member of the Oakland Workforce Investment Board and co-chair of the Oakland Youth Council. Today, she is the Program Director of the West Oakland Job  Resource Center.  Term began 12/09/2014.  Current term ending 11/2018.  (Photo by Paul Kuroda)


Nick Galán

Student Trustee

Nicholas Galan, student trustee, representing students from all four campuses, has been active in the Berkeley City College community. Nicholas Galan Term began 6/1/2018.  Current term ending 5/31/2019.  (Photo by Paul Kuroda)






Aisha K.L. Jordan

Student Trustee

Aisha K.L. Jordan, student trustee, representing students from all four campuses, has been active in the Laney College community. Term began 6/1/2018.  Current term ending 5/31/2019.  (Photo by Paul Kuroda)


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