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I love serving as your elected representative on the Governing Board of the San Mateo County Community College District because I am passionate about education and the difference it makes in the lives of our students. As a Trustee, my guiding principle is to put our students first, and make sure that they have equitable access to affordable, high quality educational opportunities that enable them to pursue the American Dream. I am motivated by seeing the amazing things our students accomplish with the educational opportunities made available to them. If I'm ever tired after an 8 hour marathon Board meeting, all I have to do is talk to one of our incredible students, and see how attending our Community Colleges has changed their life, and I'm charged up and ready to keep on going.

What is the job of a Community College Trustee?

Basically the elected Trustees of the San Mateo County Community College District are responsible for setting policy for the entire District (including all three of our Colleges-- Skyline, College of San Mateo, and Cañada), and reviewing and approving the annual budget (which is currently in excess of $200 million). We are also responsible for hiring and supervising the top leadership of the District, most notably our Chancellor, who oversees the three College presidents. 

Here's the current official position description: 

"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's headquarters, 3401 CSM Drive, San Mateo, California."

You are welcome to join and participate in our meetings in person or online by following the instructions contained in the Board Meeting Agendas that are posted online several days in advance of each meeting. Recordings of previous Board meetings are also now available for review online.

Read more about our Affirmation of Commitment to Social Justice.

For more information please see the San Mateo County Community College District website.

Mandelkern for Community College Board 2020 FPPC ID#1428322
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