PCCD Names Paulina Gonzalez-Brito as TrusteeUpdate as of March 8, 2023
Gonzalez-Brito was appointed to fill the Area 2 seat that became vacant in January, when Kevin Jenkins became a member of the Oakland City Council. They are the Chief Executive Officer of the California Reinvestment Coalition, a non-profit that works to build an inclusive and fair economy that meets the needs of communities of color and low-income communities. Gonzalez-Brito will serve the remainder of Jenkins’ original term, which extends through November 2024.
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After a rigorous screening process, the Board initially selected four strong candidates from that large, diverse pool, which drew 30 applicants from the Area 2 community. The Board then conducted in-depth interviews and narrowed the field to two extremely strong finalists.
The Board was initially deadlocked on selecting one of the two finalists and the District faced the prospect of filling the vacancy through a special election in November. That would have incurred a significant financial cost to the district as well as leaving Area 2 without a representative on the Board for nearly a year.
Following a regular board meeting and three special meetings, the Board of Trustees selected and subsequently affirmed Ms. Gonzalez-Brito by a 5-0 vote of the elected members, with Area 4 Trustee Nicky González Yuen abstaining. They will be sworn in at the next Board of Trustees meeting on Tuesday, March 14th.
“We had two extraordinary finalists in Adrien Abuyen and Paulina Gonzalez-Brito. There was no wrong answer in a choice between those two individuals who are both proven community leaders,” said Dr. Jannett N. Jackson, Interim Chancellor of the Peralta Community College District. "I’m so glad that we were able to amicably end the deadlock and come together in support of candidate Paulina Gonzalez-Brito, and we welcome them into the Peralta family. My thanks to the Board of Trustees for completing a difficult process, as the selection saves the District hundreds of thousands of dollars in unnecessary election expenses.”
Vacancy Background and Selection Process
Following his election to the Oakland City Council, Kevin Jenkins vacated his seat on the Peralta Community College District (PCCD) Board of Trustees effective January 10, 2023, creating a Board Vacancy for Trustee Area 2. At its regular meeting on January 24, 2023, the PCCD Board took action to fill this vacancy with a provisional appointment. The appointee will hold office until the next regular election date in November 2024.
All eligible residents residing in Trustee Area 2 were welcome to apply for Trustee by February 9, 2023. According to California Education Code 72103: Any person, regardless of sex, who is 18 years of age or older, a citizen of the state, a resident of the community college district, a registered voter, and who is not disqualified by the Constitution or laws of the state from holding a civil office, is eligible to be elected or appointed a member of a governing board of a community college district without further qualifications.
Applications were due February 9, 2023 and were reviewed from February 10th-13th. Finalists were approved by the Board at their February 14, 2023 meeting. The Board held a special meeting on Friday, February 24, 2023 to interview the finalists, with Paulina Gonzalez-Brito selected at a special meeting on March 7, 2023. The new trustee’s first meeting will be on Tuesday, March 14, 2023.
- California Education Code 72103: Any person, regardless of sex, who is 18 years of age or older, a citizen of the state, a resident of the community college, a registered voter, and who is not disqualified by the Constitution or laws of the state from holding a civil office, is eligible to be elected or appointed a member of a governing board of a community college district without further qualifications.
- Applicants should not have been convicted of a crime that prohibits them from running. This is consistent with when a candidate files papers with the local election office.
- Applicants cannot be a current employee of the District.
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About the Board of Trustees
The Peralta Community College District Board of Trustees is an independent, policy-making body charged by the California Education Code with responsibility for establishing academic standards, approving courses of instruction and educational programs, and determining and controlling the operating and capital budgets of the District.
The Peralta Community College District service territory includes the cities of Albany, Alameda, Berkeley, Emeryville, Oakland, and Piedmont in northern Alameda County. The Board of Trustees consists of Seven elected members, each elected by the voters of specific areas within the county. Trustees are elected to staggered four-year terms. The Board also has two Student Trustees who are elected by representatives of students of the District’s four colleges. The student trustees are elected annually.
The Peralta Community College Board of Trustees is a seven-member elected board that meets on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 4 pm for closed session and 6 pm for public session. The public 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 pm. Meetings are also viewable live on Peralta’s YouTube channel.
Special meetings, emergency meetings, and retreats may be added to the above calendar and will be posted in accordance with Brown Act regulations.
For further meeting information, please contact the Assistant to the Chancellor/Board Clerk, Sasha Amiri-Nair, email@example.com, 333 East 8th Street, Oakland, CA 94606.