Printable View    sign in

AboutLeadership, 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

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

Tyler Nelson
Director, Region 1
Ukiah USD


Bruce Ross
Director, Region 2
Redding ESD

David T. Gracia
Director, Region 3
Napa Valley USD

Renee Nash
Director, Region 4
Eureka Union SD

Alisa MacAvoy
Director, Region 5
Redwood City ESD


Jackie Wong
Director, Region 6
Washington USD

Rachel Hurd
Director, Region 7
San Ramon Valley USD

Christopher "Kit" Oase
Director, Region 8
Ripon USD

Roger Snyder
Director, Region 9
Scotts Valley USD

Kathy Spate
Director, Region 10
Caruthers USD

Sabrena Rodriguez
Director, Region 11
Ventura USD

William Farris
Director, Region 12
Sierra Sands USD

John McPherson
Director, Region 14
Monterey COE

Susan Henry
Director, Region 15
Huntington Beach Union HSD

Karen Gray
Director, Region 16
Silver Valley USD

Eleanor Evans
Director, Region 17
Oceanside USD

Bruce Dennis
Director, Region 18
Riverside COE

Devon Conley
Director, Region 20
Mountain View Whisman SD

Tanya Ortiz Franklin
Director, Region 21
Los Angeles USD

Nancy Smith
Director, Region 22
Palmdale SD

Helen Hall
Director, Region 23
Walnut Valley USD

Jan Baird
Director, Region 24
South Whittier ESD

Chris Clark
African American
Folsom-Cordova USD

Christina Cameron-Otero
American Indian
Needles USD

Sylvia Leong
Asian/Pacific Islander
 Cupertino Union SD

Michael Teasdale
Ventura COE

Joaquin Rivera
Alameda COE