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The San José-Evergreen Community College District is governed by a seven-member board of trustees.
These trustees represent a population of over 918,800 (per US Census 2010)
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BIO - Trustee LivengoodGrowing up in a hard scrabble neighborhood near Downtown San Jose, Bob Livengood had the opportunity to appreciate the values of hard work and self-reliance that were the hallmarks of the many immigrants and long-time San Jose residents that were his neighbors. Raised by his single mother and four older sisters, economic uncertainty sometimes made life a challenge. But his family home was full of love and security. After a family move to Milpitas, Bob became interested in government. At the age of 20, Bob became a member of the Milpitas City Council, the youngest Councilman in the history of Milpitas, and at the time, the youngest City Councilman in California. He went on to be re-elected to 7 City Council terms, and 3 terms as the City’s directly elected Mayor. During his elected service to Milpitas, Bob worked tirelessly to provide economic opportunity to the City and helped create the necessary infrastructure that businesses needed. As a result, dozens of Fortune 500 companies opened offices in Milpitas, providing jobs and revenues to schools and community groups. As Mayor, Bob prioritized education at every level. He demanded that development paid their fair share of fees for schools, parks and libraries. Bob’s municipal background provides him with an excellent understanding of how government agencies can work together to provide high quality and cost effective services to the public. And Bob’s experience as a successful business owner means he has the skills and judgment to make sound financial decisions in the interests of the community. After his final term as Mayor ended, Bob began a new phase in his life-long public service career, joining the City of Santa Clara Police Department as a reserve police officer. Bob graduated Summa Cum Laude from Southern New Hampshire University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice. He earned an Associate Degree from San Jose City College and graduated from Samuel Ayer High School in Milpitas.
BIO - Trustee Martinez
Karen Martinez is a Community Activist on the East Side of San José.
Karen has served as a Parent Leader at Rocketship Si Se Puede, is a founding petitioning parent of Alpha Public Schools who currently manages the Alpha Parent Center and served two terms on the Alum Rock School Board along with being the first plaintiff with her daughter Daniella on the Vergara vs. California Students Matters case.
Karen's most important role within the community is wife and mother of 7 kids. Karen had her first child at the age of 16. Karen never allowed becoming a teen mom to hold her back in life. To the contrary, Karen used becoming a teen mom to push herself to demand excellence of herself in all aspects of her life.
Although Karen's work schedule is demanding, Karen continues to find time to make significant contributions to the community by devoting many long hours to the continued success of schools within San José, particularly in Alum Rock. Karen is a former People Acting in Community Together (PACT) Leader and still is an Education Advocate. Karen believes it takes a village to raise a family. She works hard to live what she believes by always giving a helping hand where ever she sees help is needed.
BIO - Trustee MannTrustee Craig Mann is a public school teacher. Previously, he worked in private industry throughout most of his career. He was first elected to the San José/Evergreen Community College District board in 2012. Craig served on the Santa Clara County Board of Education from 2006 to 2012; and before that, he was an East Side Union High School District trustee from 1998-2006. He was a member and chair of San Jose's Human Rights Commission for three years, worked as a parent volunteer, served as a church trustee and has served on several non-profit boards. Craig has an Administrative Services Credential and earned his Teaching Credentials from UC San Diego and Alliant International University; holds a MBA from the University of Phoenix; and a B.S. in business administration from San José State University.
BIO - Trustee FuentesTrustee Maria Fuentes returned to the SJECCD Board of Trustees in December 2018, after previously serving as Trustee for 23 years. Maria brings her creativity and passion for education to making strategic policy decisions that benefit students at San Jose City College, Evergreen Valley College, the Milpitas Extension, the local community and economy, and the success of and good working conditions for classified, faculty, management, and executive staff of SJECCD. Like most students she serves, Maria sought her opportunity at a community college. Maria started at Bakersfield Community College, transferred to San Jose State University receiving a BA in Liberal Studies and a minor in Mexican American Studies. She later received a Master of Social Welfare from UC Berkeley. Understanding the challenges of mental illness and the importance of accessible, culturally competent services, Maria devoted close to 40 years as a manager in public mental health, working in several community agencies and with the County of Santa Clara. She retired in 2019. Trustee Fuentes is always accessible and dedicates her service to helping all students fulfill their dreams!
Ms. Maria Fuentes, Board PresidentTrustee since December of 2018Email:
Maria.Fuentes@sjeccd.eduTrustee area map 4
BIO - Trustee HoWendy Ho, MPA, is a community advocate and civic leader with over 10 years of experience working on behalf of students and underserved communities at the local, state, and federal level.
Ms. Wendy HoTrustee since December 2012Email:
Wendy.Ho@sjeccd.eduTrustee area map 5
BIO - Trustee LeaseTrustee Dr. Jeffrey Lease was born and raised in San José. Dr. Lease has close personal ties with SJECCD, faculty, staff, and their families, where he has provided chiropractic care for more than 10 years. He worked as a campus administrator for 4 years at Evergreen Valley College and his mother Lois retired after serving 33 years. His passion is to ensure that every child in the community has the same educational opportunities he did growing up in San José. Dr. Lease earned his Doctor of Chiropractic degree in 2000 from Palmer College Chiropractic West.
Dr. Jeffrey LeaseTrustee since December of 2010Email:
Jeffrey.Lease@sjeccd.eduTrustee area map 6
BIO - Trustee Torres Omar was raised in SJECCD Trustee Area 7 and spent his early years living in an overcrowded basement in the Washington neighborhood of Downtown San Jose. He has seen firsthand how higher education barriers have prevented marginalized families from accessing opportunities in our educational system. After graduating from Lincoln High School, Omar enrolled at San Jose City College, graduated, and transferred to San Jose State University. Like many of the students attending campus today, this was the only educational pathway that his family could afford. Omar currently serves as the Community Relations Director for East San José Councilmember Magdalena Carrasco. In this role, he empowers residents to address the issues within their neighborhoods. Over the past several years, he has organized around immigration, poverty alleviation, and public education. Omar is honored and eager to serve on the San José-Evergreen Community College District Board of Trustees to build a community college system that works for all.
Mr. Omar TorresTrustee since December 2020Email:
Omar.firstname.lastname@example.orgTrustee area map 7
Eduard Kaba, EVC Student Trustee Email: email@example.comNhi Le, SJCC Student Trustee
REDISTRICTING OF TRUSTEE AREAS
The redistricting of Trustee Areas boundaries was conducted in 2011 and 2012. Below is the January 2012 Board-adopted redistricting map.
Final Board - Adopted Detail Map
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The process of self-evaluation for community college Boards of Trustees requires that only Board members evaluate themselves. However, in an unprecedented move, the SJECCD Board of Trustees undertook a self-evaluation process that included both internal and external participants in order to provide the public with a more comprehensive and honest review. Click on “Board of Trustees Self Evaluation” to view the full report.
2016 Board of Trustees Self-Evaluation Summative Report