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.
Elected November 2015. Becomes 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 2019.
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.
Current Board 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. Is currently a Chair of the Board of the California State Parks Foundation, and is also a Board member of the Beyond Barriers Athletic Foundation and Charge Across Town. 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 previously a Board member of the Volunteer Center of San Mateo County, the Symphonix League of the San Francisco Symphony, was a member of the 1997 San Mateo County Civil Grand Jury and served on the San Mateo County Office of Education Internet Access Task Force. Is a retired Silicon Valley serial entrepreneur. Was president and co-founder of Maverix Bionics, Inc., a "big data" software company for analyzing genomic sequence data; founder and CEO of QuickHealth, Inc., a provider of primary care medical services; co-founder, Executive Vice President, and Chief Technology Officer of Docent, Inc., a pioneer in online learning software. Has more than 35 years of entrepreneurial experience with Silicon Valley startup companies, including creating two publicly-held companies with a market cap at one time 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 2019.
Current Board Vice President-Clerk. 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.
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 2019.
Rupinder Bajwa, Student Trustee