The San Mateo County Community College District is governed by a six member Board of Trustees, five elected by voters for four-year terms to represent discrete areas within the county and one elected by students for a one-year term.
The Board governs one of the largest community college districts in the state of California. The Board generally holds public meetings at 6 pm on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month at the District Office, 3401 CSM Drive, San Mateo, California.
Agendas for the meetings are posted on the District's homepage several days in advance of the meeting or may be reviewed online or requested by phoning (650) 358-6877.
Elected to the College Board in November 2018. President Nuris resides in Daly City with his wife and three sons. He attended public schools in Daly City where he grew up, followed by receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government from the University of San Francisco in 1975. Continuing on to the University of California-Hastings College of the Law, he received his Juris Doctorate in 1978, being admitted to the State Bar later that same year. President Nuris thereafter established law offices in Daly City, where he presently continues a general civil practice of the law.
Areas of past community service include having been a Member of the Daly City Coastal Zone Committee; Member and Past President of the Daly City Exchange Club; Member and Past President of the Board of Directors of the Daly City - Colma Chamber of Commerce; and Trustee of the Jefferson Union High School District for 33 years having served 9 terms as President of the Board. Current community service includes: Chairman of the City of Daly City Personnel Board, having been first appointed in 1986; President of the Board of Directors of the Daly City Public Library Associates, which is a nonprofit foundation that raises money for the public libraries in Daly City; Member of the Jefferson Elementary School District Community Bond Oversight Committee; Chairman of the Board of Directors of Seton Medical Center and Seton Coastside.
President Nuris has enjoyed working in the past with the youth of our community as a public recreation leader, basketball referee, Boy Scout Leader, Parish Youth Group and Summer Camp Counselor and continues to coach his Parish Boys High School Basketball Team. Term expires 2022.
Board Vice President-Clerk
Elected to the College Board in November 1997; served as Board President in 2002, 2008, 2011 and 2018. Former Trustee and President of the Millbrae School Board. Over three decades experience as a consumer and labor advocate. Current Executive Director, Consumer Federation of California. Authored or sponsored laws improving food and drug safety, protecting victims of financial fraud, and strengthening overtime pay. Wrote the Minimum Wage Initiative (Proposition 210) and managed the campaign that raised wages for 2 million low-income Californians. His work as a consumer advocate has been covered by scores of news media outlets, including the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Bloomberg News, Forbes, Reuters, AP, Fox News and GQ.
Served on Insurance Commissioner’s Consumer Advisory Board, State Treasurer’s NUMMI/Toyota Blue Ribbon Commission, California Department of Education's School to Career Curriculum Committee, California Community Colleges Vocational Education Plan Committee, Board of Trustees of the United Way of the Bay Area, Caltrain Citizens Advisory Committee, and San Mateo County Private Industry Council. Graduate of University of Rochester; attended graduate school at Cornell University. Resident of San Mateo. Term expires 2022.
Elected to the College Board in November 2015; served as Board President in 2019. Became the first African American to serve on the Board and, as a former student leader and product of the District, brings a unique perspective to the already progressive and student centered team. Is a father and husband and worked as a legal paraprofessional for nearly a decade prior to turning to a career in educational leadership and youth development.
After completing degrees in Administration of Justice and Paralegal Studies at Skyline College, went on to California State University, East Bay and received a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. Working as an educator, was elected to two terms of office on the South San Francisco Unified School District Board of Trustees and served as President twice. Volunteer experience includes work with the Red Cross, South San Francisco Host Lions Club, North San Mateo County Boys & Girls Club and Operation Genesis. Is a passionate advocate for all students, with a focus on the underserved students and families in our community. Term expires 2024.
Elected to the College Board in November 2020, Lisa Petrides, Ph.D. is founder and CEO of the Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education (ISKME), a San Mateo County-based education nonprofit dedicated to democratizing access to education and whose work inspires and supports educators to adopt Open Education through the practice of collaboration, organizational change, and continuous improvement. Petrides is a scholar and open educational resources (OER) expert who has helped lead the design of tools and strategies to create and support the field of OER. Her work also includes the development of ISKME's award winning OER Commons, a digital public library and collaboration platform that facilitates the discovery and improvement of high-quality digital resources that are free, openly licensed, and adaptable for a diverse range of learners.
Petrides is a former faculty member in the Department of Organizational Leadership at Columbia University, Teachers College, and has advised and led development efforts that have enabled schools, colleges, universities, ministries of education, and the organizations that support them to expand their capacity to use data and information, and create inclusive knowledge-driven environments focused on teaching and learning. Petrides received an MBA from Sonoma State University, and a Ph.D. in Education Policy from Stanford University. Lisa is a Senior Fellow of the American Leadership Forum of Silicon Valley, and a Board member of the Palo Alto nonprofit Kafenia Peace Collective.
A resident of Half Moon Bay, she is an avid cyclist, triathlete with Team and Training, and can be found painting in her garage or playing guitar and baglama in her band. Term expires 2024.
John co-founded and managed several businesses in the renewable energy and sustainability field. His companies built over $1.5 billion in renewable energy infrastructure that annually displaces the equivalent CO2 of over 100,000 cars. Prior to being an environmental entrepreneur, John worked with Bain & Company, a strategic management consulting firm.
In the 1990’s John was California’s Deputy Secretary for Transportation overseeing Caltrans, Highway Patrol/State Police, and parts of the DMV. In that role John helped manage the rapid rebuilding of Southern California’s freeways after the 1994 Northridge Earthquake, served on the Bay Conservation and Development Commission, and was Director of the Executive Fellows Program.
John was the Governor's Higher Education Advisor providing analysis on legislative and budget matters related to UC, CSU, and community colleges. He began government service as an Assembly Fellow. John was the student body president and Student Trustee for San Joaquin Delta Community College District.
In 2020, John was elected to represent Area 5 (including Redwood City, East Palo Alto, North Fair Oaks and Menlo Park) on the San Mateo County Community College District Board of Trustees. Currently John serves on the boards of the Redwood City Police Activities League, the Ravenswood Education Foundation, the Delta College Foundation, and the Ravenswood Little League. John is also on the City of Menlo Park's Housing Commission and he serves as an alternate on the San Mateo County Democratic Central Committee.
He has been a mentor at Menlo-Atherton High School, a parent representative at the Castilleja School, a volunteer at Encinal Elementary School, a Big Brother and a youth sports coach in Menlo Park and East Palo Alto.
A first-generation college student, John graduated from Harvard Business School, University of California, Berkeley, and San Joaquin Delta Community College. He lives in Menlo Park with his wife of 20 years and 3 children.
Ashley Garcia, Student Trustee
Elected as the San Mateo County Community College District Student Trustee in June 2021, Ashley Garcia is a College of San Mateo Policital Science Major, graduate from Capuchino High School, and a first- generation college student.
Ms. Garcia hopes to increase equity and livelihood for all students, especially for first-generation immigrants. She would also like to ensure all students are aware of the support, opportunities, and events that the colleges offer. Ultimately, her goal is to help voice the opinions of her fellow students so they feel heard, especially at Board Meetings.
In addition to working as the Student Trustee, Ms. Garcia plans on engaging in activities provided by the Promise Program, the Democrats Club, and more. She will also continue advocating for social justice issues such as Climate Change, Black Lives Matter, and Healthcare.
Ms. Garcia has also actively participated in the following educational programs: American Legion Auxiliary California Girls State, Sojourn to the Past, Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising Clubs, Interact Club, Latinos Unidos Club, and leadership programs at Capuchino High School.