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PCCD Board of Trustees Elects New Officers for 2018

19 December 2017

Board of Trustees


Peralta Community College District

Board of Trustees

Elects New Officers for 2018



The Peralta Community College District’s Board of Trustees, at its annual organizational meeting held on December 12, 2017, elected new officers for 2018.


Meredith Brown representing Area 2, was elected President, and William “Bill” Riley, who represents Area 5 was elected Vice President. Jowel C. Laguerre, Ph.D, Chancellor of the District, was elected Board Secretary. Outgoing president, Julina Bonilla, who represents Area 7, and Trustee Brown, who served as Vice President in 2017, were honored for their service at the meeting.


Bill Withrow (Area 1), Linda Handy (Area 3), Nicky González Yuen (Area 4), Karen Weinstein (Area 6), Julina Bonilla, (Area 7), and Student Trustees Corey Hollis and Nesi More continue to serve on the nine-member governing board.

“I look forward to continuing Peralta’s work to raise the retention and graduation rates of our under-served students, improving our educational facilities and improving the delivery of services to our Peralta Community,” President Brown said.


President Brown was elected to the Peralta Board of Trustees in 2012 and has an extensive background in community service, including providing training for California community colleges and K-12 institutions on immigration in the educational setting and maintaining a welcoming educational environment for all students regardless of immigration status. She is also active in promoting student success and student support programs for students who are under-represented in higher education. 


President Brown’s volunteer work also includes providing training on best practices for supporting and recruiting faculty members from diverse backgrounds, on sexual harassment, on dual enrollment, which provides high school students and students who are under-represented in higher education with the opportunity to take community college courses for dual high school and college credit while in high school, as well as trainings on trustee fiduciary responsibilities and fiscal oversight. In addition, President Brown is a volunteer member on the Peralta Colleges Retirement Board. She is a graduate of Cornell University and also graduated from Boston University School of Law.


President Brown has worked as a literacy volunteer for the Super Stars Literacy Program at Hoover Elementary School and served as a delegate at the 2008 Democratic Convention. She has also been active in raising awareness of the importance of early childhood education by working on the Alameda County Pre-School for All Campaign and working on a community task force for our local assembly representative. 


William “Bill” 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.

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