The Peralta Community College District Governing Board
The Peralta Community College Board of Trustees is a seven-member elected-board that meets on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month (with the exception of February, April and August) at 6 p.m. in person and virtually via Zoom Webinar until further notice. The meetings are open to the public and are Broadcast Live on KGPC, 96.9FM, and are also televised on Peralta Colleges Television (PCTV), Cable Channel 27 in Alameda and Berkeley, and Cable Channel 28 in Emeryville, Oakland and Piedmont, with a meeting repeat airing the following Wednesday at 11 p.m. Meetings are also viewable live on Peralta’s YouTube Channel.
Board of Trustee Members
Trustee – Area 1
Bill Withrow has a Bachelor of Science in business from the University of Colorado and an MBA in finance from Harvard University. He served for 24 years on active duty in the U.S. Navy, retiring with the rank of Captain, Supply Corps. He also worked as a financial professional for the past twenty years, retiring from Wells Fargo and Company. For the City of Alameda, he served as a Councilmember and Mayor. As Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Robert Lippert Foundation, he helped to provide college scholarships to students and charities in Alameda. Term began 11/02/2004. Current term ending 12/2024.
Board President – Area 2
Paulina Gonzalez-Brito (They/Them/Elle) is the Chief Executive Officer of Rise Economy.
Trustee Gonzalez-Brito identifies as Xicane, Purepecha, Mestize. They received their Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of California Los Angeles, and were a student at both Rio Hondo Community College and East LA Community College. Trustee Gonzalez-Brito has worked for over 10 years to protect and advance the rights of students with disabilities, and previously served as co-President of the Alliance for Parents and Teachers at Oakland School for the Arts, where they organized to include parents and students on the school's governing board, and to include student-centered diversity and equity goals in the school's charter.
Trustee Gonzalez-Brito was sworn in on 3/14/2023 replacing Kevin Jenkins, and will complete his original four-year term ending 12/2024.
Board Vice-President – Area 3
Louis Quindlen has devoted his professional life to education. He was the Department Chair of the Laney College Machine Technology Program from 2003 to 2020, where he worked to build the program to one of the best in the state of California. In 2015 the California Industrial and Technology Education Association named Professor Quindlen as Community College Instructor of the Year. In 2019 he was the winner of the We Rise Award as Laney Faculty of the Year. Louis has worked in career education at the college level, regional level, and statewide level. He has also worked with local employers like the San Francisco Public utilities Commission and EBMUD to build apprenticeship and bring women and people of color into these high paying skilled trades jobs. Term began 12/13/2022. Current term ending 11/2026.
Nicky González Yuen
Trustee – Area 4
Nicky González Yuen has served on the Peralta Community College District’s Board of Trustees since November 2004 representing Berkeley, Oakland, and Albany. He has been an instructor at De Anza Community College since 1989 where he teaches courses covering U.S. politics, grassroots political organizing, environmental politics, and race, class, and gender. Trustee Yuen serves on his faculty union’s Executive Council and co-directs the union’s student internship program. He also co-directs the California Campus Camp, a statewide training program to empower community college students, faculty, and staff to build democracy and support their communities. Trustee Yuen earned both his doctorate and J.D. degree from UC Berkeley. Term began 11/02/2004. Current term ending 12/2024.
Cindi Napoli-Abella Reiss
Trustee – Area 5
Cindi Napoli-Abella Reiss has been an educator within the California Community College System for over twenty years. Napoli-Abella Reiss has been a vocal advocate for the arts, civic engagement, global education, and equity issues in higher education at the local and state level. She has spent much of her academic work researching African-American and Latino/a students’ success rates and has worked to increase success and persistence through pathway and learning communities at her own college through Global Education initiatives and Pipeline projects. Napoli-Abella Reiss has been very active in governance as vice-president of the West Valley Academic Senate and on many committees of the State Academic Senate (ASCCC) in the areas of Curriculum, Governance, Internal Policies, Legislation and Advocacy, and Education Policies. She is a Commissioner on the Accreditation Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC)., and has been a board member of Oakland Leaf, an educational non-profit organization for Oakland youth, since 2012. Napoli-Abella Reiss holds two B.A. degrees in Comparative Literature and in Art History from the University of California; a Master’s in Art History from San Francisco State University; a Doctorate in Art History from the University of California, Irvine; and a Certificate in Educational Leadership from Harvard University. Term began 12/07/2018. Current term ending 12/2026. (Photo: Paul Kuroda)
Dyana Delfín Polk
Trustee – Area 6
Dyana Marie Delfín Polk is a third-generation Mexican-American community college graduate, public education advocate, and political organizer. She received her Associate’s degree from Merced College, her Bachelor’s Degree in American History and Chicano Studies from UC Berkeley, and her Master’s degree in Public Policy from Mills College. As a community college student, she advocated for transferable courses to the UC system when they were at risk of being cut at her campus, which began her work as an education advocate. Most recently, Dyana served as a legislative aide in the Office of Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguín, working on education and health policy. Currently, she is a consultant for various East Bay nonprofits, advising on nonprofit management and violence prevention strategies rooted in social and racial justice. In addition, she is on the Board of Directors for the Multicultural Institute, a Berkeley-based nonprofit working with Latino immigrant families, day laborers and domestic workers increase access to opportunities through workforce development and education. Dyana represents the North Berkeley Hills, parts of Elmwood, Claremont, and parts of North Oakland and Montclair. She is a longtime resident of Berkeley’s Northside neighborhood and is active in local politics. Term began 12/08/2020. Current term ending 12/2024.
Trustee – Area 7
Sheweet Yohannes is an Assistant Dean, Adjunct Professor, and US Army Veteran. Born of immigrant parents starting a new life in the United States, Sheweet Yohannes wasn't afforded many opportunities to succeed in life. Starting her higher education journey at community college, Sheweet understands its role in communities where access to higher education is limited. Over the past 10 years, she has dedicated her life to education in the forms of teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) abroad, mentoring students, offering college test prep courses, and, longest of all, working in higher education in multiple capacities. Additionally, Sheweet’s community involvement includes serving on the Board of Directors for the non-profit, Building Opportunity for Self-Sufficiency (BOSS), which addresses the root causes of poverty and homelessness by providing offerings such as career training programs, supported independent living projects, and reentry case management services. Sheweet holds a BA in International Business, an MS in Business Analytics, and an MS in Human Resource Management. Term began 12/13/2022. Current term ending 11/2026.
Natasha Masand is a full-time student in the Peralta District majoring in Business Administration. Born in Berkeley and raised in the surrounding area, she aspires to transfer to a four-year college nearby. The love she has for her community can be seen in her extensive involvement in school, where she serves as a student employee and club leader. These activities were the catalyst for her discovery of her passion for student advocacy. It is with great gratitude and anticipation that she serves as Student Trustee of the Peralta Community College District.
Naomi Alexandra Vasquez is a first-generation Latina student studying Business Administration. She is passionate about building community and creating positive change in her hometown of Oakland. She's a club leader for various clubs at Laney and BCC, a teacher for young children at church, a peer mentor, and an entrepreneur at heart. Naomi loves being a student at Peralta and advocating for her peers! She will be hosting Office Hours via Zoom on Mondays from 3-4pm (go to https://zoom.us/join and enter Meeting ID: 846 117 6277 and Passcode: a07yF0).
Attending/Viewing the Board of Trustees Meetings
Meetings of the Peralta Community College District Governing Board are Broadcast Live on KGPC, 96.9FM, and Peralta TV on Cable Channel 27 in Alameda and Berkeley, Cable Channel 28 – Oakland, Emeryville, and Piedmont; and Channel 99 on AT&T U-Verse. Listed agenda times are estimates. Live stream video of the meetings, agendas, minutes, and all open session reports and meeting materials are available for viewing on the following:
And here on the Board of Trustees site.
The meeting can also be viewed Live on Peralta College’s YouTube link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTEVyZCQ1p_yqMRafmQFUww
PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CELL PHONES DURING THE MEETING – THANK YOU!
Those participating in public comment for this meeting may do so in person at the District Office, located at 333 East 8th St.
During the Public Comment Section of the meeting, the Board of Trustees will listen to communication from the public on matters that are not on the agenda and within the Board’s jurisdiction. Under provisions of the Brown Act, the Board and District staff are prohibited from discussing or taking action on oral requests that are not part of the agenda but may respond briefly. A maximum of 45 minutes (up to 3 minutes per individual) will be provided for speakers under this agenda section, at the Board President’s discretion. A speaker’s card must be completed to request to address the Board. Requests to speak which cannot be honored within the time limit, will be scheduled for subsequent meetings in the order received. Persons addressing items included on the agenda will be heard at the time the item is considered, and comments on tangential issues not directly related to the item may be ruled out of order. Cards must be received prior to the Board’s consideration of the item, and are honored in the order the cards are received. A speaker may yield time to another speaker up to a limit of 6 additional minutes, with no more than 5 speakers on the issue, where both have completed a speaker’s card, and the yielder must identify himself/herself to the Board. Speakers are asked to submit any materials to the Board Clerk and shall not approach the dais during meetings. Further direction is provided in Board Policy and Administrative Procedure 2345 Public Participation at Board Meetings.
The next Regular Board Meeting for the Board of Trustees will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 27th.
You can register for the meeting here.
Upon registering for the meeting, you will see a start time for the closed session of 4 p.m.
The regular meeting session will begin around 6 p.m.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
You can find the agenda here.
Those participating in public comment in person can do so at the District Office, located at 333 East 8th St., Oakland.
**Per AP 2345 re: Time Limitations**
“Communications by members of the public will be limited to 3 minutes each. Time may be yielded to another speaker up to a limit of six additional minutes provided there are no more than five speakers for the agenda item or in the non-agenda category. At the discretion of the Board President of the Board, total time allowed for speakers for an agenda item or in the non-agenda category may be limited to 15 minutes. In order to limit total time, the Board President may limit individual speakers to 1 or 2 minutes. If more requests are received than can be honored within the meeting’s time limit, they will be scheduled for the subsequent meeting in the order received.”
- A total of 45 minutes is allowed for public comment
- Between 1-3 minutes will be allowed per speaker, depending on the number of speakers that have signed up for public comment.
- The list of public comments speakers may need to be cut off to remain within the total allowed time frame.
- For the District’s Mission Statement visit Strategic Plan
- To view agendas, minutes, and videos of Regular Board meetings, please visit BoardDocs.
- Trustee Boundaries and Area Descriptions (view a map below)
- View Board policies
Special meetings, emergency meetings, and retreats may be added to the above calendar and will be posted in accordance with Brown Act regulations.
Please View Board meetings, agendas, minutes, and background materials here on our YouTube link: visit Peralta’s YouTube Channel