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Board Members

The San Mateo County Community College District is governed by a six member Board of Trustees, five elected at-large by County voters for four-year terms 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's headquarters, 3401 CSM Drive, San Mateo, California.

Agendas for the meetings are posted several days in advance of the meeting or may be reviewed online or requested by phoning (650) 358-6753.


  • Richard

    Richard Holober

    Elected to the Board in November 1997; Board President, 2002 and 2008. Former member and president of the Millbrae Elementary District Board; current Executive Director, Consumer Federation of California. Serves on Improving Access to Educational Opportunity Task Force. In 1995, served on California Department of Education's School to Career Curriculum Committee. Served on the California Community Colleges Vocational Education Plan Committee and the San Mateo County Private Industry Council. Wrote the Minimum Wage Initiative (Proposition 210) and was the manager of a successful campaign for passage of Proposition 210. Served on the Board of Trustees of the United Way of the Bay Area, Caltrain Citizens Advisory Committee, and the San Mateo Growth Policy Council. Graduate of University of Rochester; also attended graduate school at Cornell University. Resident of Millbrae.  Term expires 2017.

  • Dave

    Dave Mandelkern

    Current Board Vice President. Elected to the Board in November, 2003; was Board President in 2006 and 2012.  Also serves on the President’s Council for Innovation at Skyline College. Previously served on the San Mateo County Office of Education Internet Access Task Force. Is currently a trustee and Chair of the California State Parks Foundation, and is also a Board member of the Beyond Barriers Athletic Foundation. Has previously been a Board member of the local chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and was their 2001 Silicon Valley Man of the Year. Also was a Board member of the Volunteer Center of San Mateo County, the Symphonix League of the San Francisco Symphony, and was a member of the 1997 San Mateo County Civil Grand Jury. Is currently president and co-founder of Maverix Biomics, Inc., a "big data" software company for analyzing genomic sequence data. Was founder and CEO of QuickHealth, Inc., a provider of primary care medical services, and was previously co-founder, Executive Vice President, and Chief Technology Officer of Docent, Inc., a pioneer in online learning software. Has more than 30 years of entrepreneurial experience with Silicon Valley startup companies, including creating two publicly-held companies with a market cap in excess of $1 billion. Graduate of Stanford University with a Bachelor of Science degree (with distinction) and a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering. Resident of Hillsborough.  Term expires 2015.

  • Tom Mohr

    Thomas Mohr

    Elected to the Board in November, 2013. Began a fifty-year career in education as a high school chemistry and math teacher. Servied as principal of three different high schools in the north county before becoming Superintendent of the San Mateo Union High School District. Shortly after retirement from the high school district, became the President of Cañada College where he served in that role for six years before retirement. Board member of several educational and philanthropic foundations. Term expires 2017.

  • Patricia Miljanich

    Patricia Miljanich

    Current Board President. Elected to the Board in November, 1995; served two previous terms as Board President. Current President of the San Mateo County Colleges Educational Housing Corporation Board, overseeing operations of the College Vista and Cañada Vista residential community for faculty and staff. Attorney; currently serving as the Executive Director CASA of San Mateo County.  Current member of the Board of the San Mateo County Community Colleges Foundation. Former Board member of Redwood City Education Foundation and appointed Commissioner of First 5 of San Mateo County.  Past positions include: Coordinator of the Street Law Program of the University of Santa Clara Law School; the Middle School Street Law Program of the University of San Francisco School of Law; District Office Director and Legislative Aide to Former Assemblyman Ted Lempert; and elementary school teacher in Virginia. Graduate of University of San Francisco School of Law and the University of Virginia. Resident of Redwood City.  Term expires 2015.

  • Karen Schwarz

    Karen Schwarz

    Elected to the Board in November, 1995; has served four terms as President of the Board. Current President of the San Mateo County Colleges Educational Housing Corporation Board, overseeing operations of the College Vista residential community for faculty and staff. Previously served as an elected member of the San Mateo County Board of Education (1988 -1994) including two terms as Board President. Elected and appointed to several educational and community associations in San Mateo County, including the San Mateo County School Boards Association, (President, 2001-02), California School Boards Association, California County School Boards Association, and League of Women Voters. Has extensive PTA executive leadership experience; past President of South San Francisco PTA Council. Honors include: 2011 inductee into San Mateo County Women's Hall of Fame, Soroptimists Distinguished Woman of the Year Award and numerous South San Francisco Honorary Service Awards. Resident of San Mateo County for more than 30 years.  Term expires 2015.

  • Rupinder Bajwa, Student Trustee