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About Leadership, organizational structure, benefits, and business partners and affiliates

Roles and responsibilities

The Board of Directors sets the direction for the association by establishing the vision, mission and strategic directions and ensuring that the association’s activities remain focused on those goals and the issues identified in the Policy Platform.


The Board of Directors consists of:

  • Four officers
  • 21 regional directors
  • Four ethnic directors-at-large
  • One county director-at-large
  • The California County Boards of Education president
  • Any California board member serving on the National School Boards Association Board of Directors

CSBA’s Board of Directors is called upon to provide:

Oversight: The Board of Directors is responsible for oversight of CSBA’s corporate functions, including programs, products, budget, and executive personnel matters

Insight: The Board of Directors often functions as a focus group of representatives to provide insight into the impacts of association activities and state policy on local boards and communities

Foresight: The Board of Directors provides strategic foresight by examining the trends in public education and making decisions that will position CSBA and its members for the future

Directors exercise the following skills and competencies
Derived from the board’s Guiding Principles of Effective Governance:

  • Think and act strategically
  • Maintain focus on results towards the vision, mission and strategic directions
  • Link budget decisions to the vision, mission, and strategic directions
  • Act with transparency and integrity
  • Be comfortable respectfully challenging colleagues’ assumptions
  • Make decisions based on a personal examination of the facts
  • Maintain a constructive partnership with the executive director
  • Continually seek opportunities to learn and grow
Jennifer Owen

Director, Region 1
Fort Bragg USD

Sherry Crawford

Director, Region 2
Siskiyou COE

Cindi Clinton

Director, Region 3
Novato USD

Paige Stauss

Director, Region 4
Roseville Joint Union HSD


Jill Wynns
Director, Region 5
San Francisco County & USD


Darrel Woo
Director, Region 6
Sacramento City USD

Anne White

Director, Region 7
Livermore Valley Joint USD

Matthew Balzarini

Director, Region 8
Lammersville Joint USD

Tami Gunther

Director, Region 9
Atascadero USD

Susan Markarian

Director, Region 10
Pacific Union ESD

Suzanne Kitchens

Director, Region 11
Pleasant Valley SD

William Farris

Director, Region 12
Sierra Sands USD

Susan Henry

Director, Region 15
Huntington Beach Union HSD

Wilson So

Director, Region 16
Apple Valley USD

Carol Skiljan

Director, Region 17
Encinitas Union ESD

Jerry Bowman

Director Region 18
Menifee Union ESD

Albert Gonzalez

Director, Region 20
Santa Clara USD


George McKenna
Director, Region 21
Los Angeles USD

Victor Torres

Director, Region 22
Castaic Union SD

Robert Cruz

Director, Region 23
Charter Oak USD

Donald LaPlante

Director, Region 24
Downey USD

Darryl Adams

Director-at-Large, African American
Norwalk-La Mirada USD

Shelly Yarbrough

Director-at-Large, American Indian
Val Verde USD

Robert Gin

Director-at-Large, API
Alhambra USD

Mike Walsh

Director-at-Large, County
Butte COE

Kathryn Ramirez

Director-at-Large, Hispanic
Salinas Union HSD

Juliana Feriani

CCBE President
Tuolomne COE

Frank Pugh

NSBA Pacific Region Director
Santa Rosa City Schools

Lillian Tafoya

NSBA Director
Bakersfield City ESD