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Dr. Susan Heredia named President-elect of the California School Boards Association


SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Dec. 9, 2020) – Natomas Unified School District Trustee Dr. Susan Heredia has been named President-elect of the California School Boards Association, which represents more than 1,000 school districts and county offices of education and over 5,000 local educational agency members.

Dr. Heredia, who is a professor of Education, Emerita at California State University, Sacramento, has been a lifelong educator and advocate of underserved children. The Sacramento native earned a doctorate in socio-cultural studies from the University of California, Davis, and a Master’s of Arts in Education and a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies from CSU Sacramento. She began her career as a bilingual teacher in the Sacramento City Unified School District and taught in the credential program at the University of California, Davis. She was also chair of the Bilingual Multicultural Education Department and Graduate and Professional Studies in Education Division at CSU Sacramento. An active member of CSBA, Dr. Heredia has served as CSBA’s Director-At-Large, Hispanic, as well as chair of the organization’s 2019 Annual Education Conference Committee. Dr. Heredia has also been a member of the association’s Policy Platform, Board Development, Bylaws, and Golden Bell Review committees, as well as CSBA’s Equity Network, Accountability Task Force, No Child Left Behind Task Force, Federal Issues Council and Governance Study Group.

"I’ve dedicated my career to improving educational access, opportunities and outcomes for all students and that work has never been more critical than in this moment when a pandemic exacerbates the disparities in our education system,” Dr. Heredia said. “I am grateful that my colleagues have provided this platform to expand our shared goal of advocating for what is necessary to provide all students with a high-quality education.”

Joining Dr. Heredia on the 2021 Executive Committee are CSBA President Suzanne Kitchens of the Pleasant Valley School District and Vice President Susan Markarian of the Pacific Union Elementary School District. Xilonin Cruz-Gonzalez of the Azusa Unified School District will serve as Immediate Past President.


CSBA is a nonprofit association representing nearly 1,000 PreK-12 school districts
and county offices of education throughout California.