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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 11/2020.

Meredith Brown final2Meredith Brown

Area 2

Meredith Brown has more than 20 years of experience in complex litigation and representing public agencies. She received her Bachelor of Science from Cornell University and her JD degree from Boston University School of Law. Brown served as a clerk for U.S. Magistrate Joyce London Alexander, First Circuit in Boston, Mass. 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: Paul Kuroda)

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 11/2020.

Cynthia Napoli-Abella Reiss, Board Vice-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 11/2022. (Photo: Paul Kuroda)

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. Weinstein 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. Weinstein 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. In 2017, she was acknowledged for her leadership by Berkeley City College’s President’s Advisory Board for her “unshakable commitment to transforming student lives at Berkeley City College.” Weinstein lives in Berkeley with husband Michael Goldhaber, a physicist-writer, and their dog Buttercup. Her son Justin is a lecturer at Stanford Law School. Weinstein received her doctorate 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: Paul Kuroda)

Julina Bonilla

Julina Bonilla, Board President

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)

Romina Contreras

Student Trustee

Romina Contreras, student trustee, representing students from all four campuses, has been active in the Berkeley City College community. Term began 6/11/2019. Current term ending 5/31/2020. (Photo: Faiza Ali)







Dowell Standley

Student Trustee

Dowell Standley, student trustee, representing students from all four campuses, has been active in the Berkeley City College community. Term began 6/11/2019.  Current term ending 5/31/2020.  (Photo: Faiza Ali)

  • Board of Trustees

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    The District comprises four colleges serving northern Alameda County.
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    Peralta Community College District
    Board of Trustees
    333 East 8th Street
    Oakland, CA 94606
    Phone: (510) 466-7203
    Fax: (510) 466-0604