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Meet the Board

Bill Withrow

Area 1

Bill Withrow has a Bachelor of Science in business from the University of Colorado and MBA in finance from Harvard University. He served for 24 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. For the City of Alameda, he served as a Councilmember and Mayor. As Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Robert Lippert Foundation, he helped to provide college scholarships to students and charities in Alameda. Term began 11/02/2004.  Current term ending 12/2024.

 Kevin Jenkins

 Area 2

Kevin Jenkins has served on the Peralta Community College District Board of Trustees since December of 2020. Kevin is a proud alumni of the Peralta Community College District. Kevin is a native Oaklander. He earned his Master’s of Public Administration from California State University East Bay. Kevin earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Urban Studies and Planning from San Francisco State University. Kevin has worked in local government for many years, working to influence systems to improve the lives of people from disenfranchised communities. Kevin currently works with local community based organizations to address societal inequities. His community involvement includes serving in leadership on the Alameda County Public Health Commission and Peralta Citizens Bond Oversight Committee. Term began 12/08/2020.  Current term ending 12/2024.

Linda Handy

Area 3

Linda Handy has a long resume of community service and college administration experience. She has a Master of Science in organizational development and analysis from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University. Handy 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 11/2022.

Nicky González Yuen

Area 4

Nicky González Yuen has served on the Peralta Community College District’s Board of Trustees since November 2004 representing Berkeley, Oakland and Albany.  He has been an instructor at De Anza Community College since 1989 where he teaches courses covering U.S. politics, grassroots political organizing, environmental politics, and race, class and gender.  Trustee Yuen serves on his faculty union’s Executive Council and co-directs the union’s student internship program.  He also co-directs the California Campus Camp, a statewide training program to empower community college students, faculty and staff to build democracy and support their communities.  Trustee Yuen earned both his doctorate and J.D. degree from UC Berkeley.  Term began 11/02/2004.  Current term ending 12/2024.

Cynthia Napoli-Abella Reiss, Board President 

Area 5

Cynthia Napoli-Abella Reiss has been an educator within the California Community College System for over twenty years. Napoli-Abella Reiss has been a vocal advocate for the arts, civic engagement, global education and equity issues in higher education at the local and state level. She has spent much of her academic work researching African-American and Latino/a students’ success rates and has worked to increase success and persistence through pathway and learning communities at her own college through Global Education initiatives and  Pipeline projects. Napoli-Abella Reiss has been very active in governance as vice-president of the West Valley Academic Senate and on many committees of  the State Academic Senate (ASCCC)  in the areas of  Curriculum, Governance and Internal Policies, Legislation and Advocacy, and Education Policies. She is a Commissioner on the Accreditation Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC)., and has been a board member on Oakland Leaf, an educational non-profit organization for Oakland youth, since 2012. Napoli-Abella Reiss holds two B.A. degrees in Comparative Literature and in Art History from the University of California; a Master’s in Art History from San Francisco State University; a Doctorate in Art History from the University of California, Irvine; and a Certificate in Educational Leadership from Harvard University. Term began 12/07/2018.  Current term ending 12/2024. (Photo: Paul Kuroda)

Dyana Marie Delfín Polk, Board Vice-President

Area 6

Dyana Marie Delfín Polk is a third-generation Mexican-American community college graduate, public education advocate and political organizer. She received her Associate’s degree from Merced College, Bachelor’s Degree in American History and Chicano Studies from UC Berkeley and her Master’s degree in Public Policy from Mills College. As a community college student, she advocated for transferable courses to the UC system when they were at risk of being cut at her campus, which began her work as an education advocate. Dyana recently worked as Associate Executive Director at HOMEY, a violence prevention nonprofit serving Latinx and African American youth in San Francisco’s Mission District, addressing systemic violence in communities of color and providing a pathway for at-risk youth to pursue education. Currently, she works as a legislative aide in the Office of Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguín, working on education and health policy as well as constituent services. Dyana represents the North Berkeley Hills, parts of Elmwood, Claremont and parts of North Oakland and Montclair. She is a longtime resident of Berkeley’s Northside neighborhood and is active in local politics. Term began 12/08/2020.  Current term ending 12/2024.


Julina Bonilla

Julina Bonilla

Area 7

Julina Bonilla is a community college graduate and received her Bachelor of Arts from UC 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, Bonilla is the Program Director of the West Oakland Job Resource Center. Term began 12/09/2014. Current term ending 11/2022. (Photo: Paul Kuroda)


Leesa Hogan

Student Trustee

Leesa Hogan is a 3rd generational Oakland California resident. In 2009 she returned to Merritt and had the privilege of sitting on the ASMC Senate and being a member of the Black Student Union. The exposure from being a part of student government provided her with experience on how to be a voice for herself, her peers and the community she lives in. She currently serves her community of Oakland by being an active member of the ASMC as Vice President of Prepertory Governance and working as an Early Childhood Educator, where she promotes an all-inclusive non-bias education philosophy. She wants to do her absolute best to promote the same philosophy for all students within her district. She wants to help ensure that every student that attends a college district has the resources available to reach their full potential. To the best of her abilities, she will participate in discussion forums on upcoming events and ideas and collaborate regarding student issues so that she can be the change she wants to see in the community and world she lives in. Term began 7/01/2021.  Current term ending 7/2022.


Micah Cooper

Student Trustee

Mike-a (“Micah”) Cooper is a proud Multiply-Neurodivergent, Transgender, Disabled, 1st Generation College Student. Cooper draws on over a decade of experience serving, organizing, or collaborating in the name of social, civil, and environmental justice. For their own rights, for those of others, and for those of the land. In addition to drawing from extensive experience with struggles like homelessness, police violence, incarceration, discrimination, and exclusionary or accessibility-related barriers. Cooper started as a Peralta student with an 8th-grade education and a GED-Equivalent in the fall of 2019. Cooper is an honor roll student with a 4.0 GPA as they pursue three associate’s degrees with a goal to graduate after spring 2023. Cooper is currently serving as a Founding Member of Oakland’s College Student Advisory Board (CSAB), a Student Trustee of the Peralta Community College District (PCCD), President of the Associated Students of Merritt College, Student Representative on Merritt’s Accreditation Committee, Student Representative on Merritt’s Student Success & Equity Committee, and Student On Merritt’s Distance Education Committee. Term began 7/01/2021.  Current term ending 7/2022.


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