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Susan Markarian joins CSBA’s Executive Committee as new Vice President


SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Dec. 9, 2020) – Pacific Union Elementary School District Trustee Susan Markarian has joined the Executive Committee as Vice President of the California School Boards Association, which represents more than 5,000 local educational agency board members and 1,000 school districts and county offices of education.

Markarian, who is a farmer and a staunch advocate for the state’s rural students, was elected to the Pacific Union Elementary School District Board in 1985 and has held the role of President since 1990. Markarian’s three decades of board experience include deep engagement with local organizations as well as on a statewide level with CSBA. She has been a director of the Fresno County School Trustees Association since 1989, spent 12 years as a CSBA Delegate and for the past 18 years has been a CSBA Regional Director representing Fresno, Kings, Mariposa and Madera counties. Markarian has served as CSBA’s Governmental Relations Chair, Chair of its Annual Education Conference, and sat on its Small Schools Advisory Council, and Finance and Board Development committees. Markarian has also been a member of CSBA’s English Language Learner Task Force, and the Policy Platform, Nominating, Reform and Restructuring, Budget and Leadership Institute committees. Markarian has also earned a Masters in Boardsmanship and a Masters in Governance from CSBA.

“I am passionate about public schools and the role that good governance plays in expanding opportunity and improving outcomes for all students, particularly students in small and rural districts who may not have access to the same resources that are available in other communities,” Markarian said. “I’m eager to take this next step in my leadership journey and use my experience and knowledge of grassroots advocacy in the service of California students.”

Joining Markarian on the 2021 Executive Committee are CSBA President Suzanne Kitchens of the Pleasant Valley School District and President-elect Susan Heredia of the Natomas Unified 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.