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San Mateo County Community College DistrictCandidate for Trustee, Trustee Area 3

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Dave Mandelkern

San Mateo County Community College District Member, Governing Board, Trustee Area 3
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Successfully lead our District's response to COVID-19’s impact on our classrooms and finances, based on my unique qualifications as an online learning pioneer who successfully guided our District through the Great Recession.
  • Help San Mateo County residents improve and learn new job skills for our changing economy, including expanding training opportunities in healthcare, nursing, and at our fire academy to prepare the frontline workers who keep us safe and healthy.
  • Increase success for all students by updating the District's Strategic Plan based on my unique insight and knowledge, so that every student can complete a two-year degree, technical certificate, or transfer to a four-year university.



Profession:Educator/Governing Board Member (Incumbent)
Member of the Governing Board, San Mateo County Community College District — Elected position (2003–current)
President and Co-founder, Maverix Biomics, Inc, (2011–2015)
Chairman and CEO, Founder, QuickHealth, Inc. (2004–2009)
Interim CEO, Executive Vice President, Chief Technology Officer, Co-founder, Docent, Inc. (1996–2004)
Member, San Mateo County Democratic Central Committee — Elected position (1997–2001)
Grand Juror, San Mateo County Civil Grand Jury — Appointed position (1997–1997)
President and Founder, AlmondSeed Software, Inc. (1993–1996)
President and Chief Executive Officer, Talarian Corporation (1991–1993)


Stanford University Bachelor of Science with Distinction (1981)
Stanford University Master of Science, Electrical Engineering (1981)

Community Activities

Board Member, Past Board Chair, California State Parks Foundation (1998–current)
Founding Board Member, Beyond Barriers Athletic Foundation (2012–current)
Board Member and Chair, Quantum Leap Healthcare Collaborative (2016–current)


Currently I'm serving in my fourth term on the Board of the San Mateo County Community College District (including serving as Board President three times), and my motivation continues to be seeing the amazing accomplishments of our talented students, who make the most of the opportunities made possible by our District and the voters, taxpayers, and residents of San Mateo County. In 2017 I earned the Community College League of California's Excellence in Trusteeship certification.  

I currently serve on the Boards of three other non-profit organizations:

Since 1998 I've been on the board and served as Chair of the California State Parks Foundation, a statewide member-driven organization. I've been a leader in improving access to state parks for California’s increasingly diverse population, advocating for improved funding for California's 280 state parks, and fighting to protect our state parks from threats such as toll roads, high-speed rail, power lines, and other development. 

In 2012 I became a founding board member of the Beyond Barriers Athletic Foundation, helping save lives by giving scholarships for swim lessons and changing lives by supporting lifeguard training, swim team and water polo for over 10,000 underserved children at community pools, primarily in San Mateo County and surrounding areas. BBAF’s scholarships address the aquatic inequities that exist in our local neighborhoods; helping under-resourced families who would otherwise not be able to participate in water safety programs become water safe and enabling these children to move into structured after-school programs such as water polo and swim teams, along with training to become lifeguards so that they may obtain local employment.

In 2016 I was invited to join the Board of the Quantum Leap Healthcare Collaborative and currently serve as Board Chair. Quantum Leap was established as a collaborative between medical researchers at the University of California, San Francisco and Silicon Valley entrepreneurs. We sponsor the innovative I-SPY Clinical Trials for Breast Cancer and COVID-19, clinical trial matching programs including, and other programs that integrate high-impact clinical research with patient care to improve and save lives.

Previously, my professional career was being a serial entrepreneur, starting innovative companies using disruptive technologies to solve problems in new and interesting ways. I am proud that in my career I have helped directly create over 1000 new jobs, generating over $250 million of income for my employees, and produced over $1.3 billion in equity returns to my investors.

Most recently I was the founder and CEO of Maverix Biomics, Inc., a San Mateo-based big data analytics software company. Maverix provided cloud-based platforms for analyzing genomic sequence data from all types of organisms for research and clinical applications.

Before that I was the founder, CEO, and Chairman of QuickHealth, Inc. QuickHealth transformed the delivery of primary medical care, particularly for those who don't have health insurance. The QuickHealth physician provider-based model, located in convenient high traffic retail locations, provided affordable access to health care on a drop-in, no-appointment-necessary basis seven days a week on a cash-pay basis (no health insurance necessary). Our first location was in San Mateo, at the corner of 41st Avenue and El Camino Real, and we grew to 18 locations throughout California. From 2005-2009 QuickHealth completed over 150,000 patient encounters and generated over $10 Million in revenue. My concept for QuickHealth was recognized as one of the "Ideas of the Year" in 2006 and "Ideas of the Decade" in 2010 by the New York Times.  

Prior to founding QuickHealth in late 2004, I was the co-founder, interim CEO, Executive Vice President, and Chief Technology Officer of Docent, Inc., a pioneer in on-line learning software, enabling organizations to improve their performance through effective deployment of knowledge. I led the company from its inception in 1996 through a successful initial public offering in September 2000. As one of the key members of the team that took Docent public, I worked directly with our investment bankers and after our IPO I helped create our investment policy and hired the firms that managed the investment of hundreds of millions of dollars of our cash. In March 2004, I retired from the company at the close of the merger of Docent with its leading competitor (Click2Learn, Inc.), forming SumTotal Systems, Inc. (now part of the SkillSoft Group). 

I was previously CEO of Talarian Corporation, a software company that went public and was ultimately acquired by Tibco Software, Inc. I was also founder and president of AlmondSeed Software, and co-founder of V.I. Corporation, which was acquired by Dynatech Corporation, a New York Stock Exchange-listed company. 

In addition to serving on the board of directors of a publicly traded corporation, I have also served on the board of numerous privately held companies. 

Serving on four non-profit Boards takes up most of my time now, but here are some of the activities and organizations I've been involved with in the past.

I serve on the President's Council of Skyline College in San Bruno, and have previously served on the San Mateo County Office of Education Internet Task Force. I was also a member of the 1997 San Mateo County Civil Grand Jury, which gave me the opportunity to learn about the many different agencies in our County government and how they work together. 

I've also been a keynote speaker at numerous industry events and conferences and have been a founding member of the board of directors of the Convenient Care Association and have served on the national board of directors of the American Electronics Association.

Some of my prior community service includes serving as a Board member of the Silicon Valley/Monterey Bay chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. In 2001 they were kind enough to name me Silicon Valley Man of the Year. I've also served on the Boards of Charge Across Town, the Volunteer Center of San Mateo County, the Symphonix League of the San Francisco Symphony, the supervisory committee of the Stanford Federal Credit Union, and as a volunteer fundraiser and national chair for the Stanford University School of Engineering Fund. I’m honored to have been a recipient of the School's Frederick E. Terman Achievement Award. I also received the Stanford Associates Outstanding Achievement Award for my efforts honoring alumni killed in the Korean and Viet Nam wars.

While this is a non-partisan office, I do want to point out that I am a past member of the San Mateo County Democratic Central Committee

In my spare time I enjoy competing in endurance athletic events to raise money for charitable causes. Some of my personal highlights include completing an Ironman triathlon in 2004 and finishing the Boston Marathon in 2005. I'm pretty sure that I'm the first person to have ever completed a sanctioned triathlon in each of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia. Most recently, during the COVID-19 pandemic shelter-in-place, I completed a Virtual 5K run in each of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia to raise money for charity. In addition to having completed over 170 triathlons in the past 21 years, I have served on the Southwest Regional Council of USA Triathlon, which is the sanctioning body of the sport for the United States and chooses the US triathletes for the Olympics. I’m also a member of the USA Triathlon Century Club. The picture to the left shows me running down Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C. during The Nation's Triathlon

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • David Pine San Mateo County Board of Supervisors
  • Kevin Mullin, California State Assembly
  • Anna Eshoo, Member of Congress

Organizations (10)

  • People First Future PAC
  • Plumbers, Pipefitters & HVACR Local 467
  • Carpenters Union Local 217
  • American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 829 & Council 57
  • San Mateo County Building & Construction Trades Council
  • San Mateo County Central Labor Council
  • San Mateo County LatinX Democratic Club
  • Peninsula Young Democrats
  • San Mateo County Democratic Party
  • San Mateo Community College Federation of Teachers, AFT Local 1493

Elected Officials (73)

  • Terilyn Hanko Director, Peninsula Healthcare District (retired)
  • Pete Carrillo Trustee, West Valley Mission Community College District (retired)
  • Chris Thomsen Sequoia Union High School District
  • Alan Sarver Sequoia Union High School District
  • Carrie Du Bois Sequoia Union High School District
  • Peter Hanley San Mateo Union High School District
  • Robert Griffin San Mateo Union High School District
  • Alison Proctor San Mateo Foster City Elementary School District
  • Rachel Norton San Francisco Unified School District
  • Andrew Mason San Bruno Park School District
  • Kevin Martinez San Bruno Park School District
  • Teri Chavez San Bruno Park School District
  • Don Revelo Millbrae School District
  • Maggie Musa Millbrae School District
  • Denis Fama Millbrae School District
  • Gilbert Wai Hillsborough City School District
  • Margi Power Hillsborough City School District
  • Don Geddis Hillsborough City School District
  • Greg Dannis Hillsborough City School District
  • An Huang Chen Hillsborough City School District
  • Florence Wong Burlingame School District
  • Pradeep Gupta South San Francisco City Council (retired)
  • Mark Addiego South San Francisco City Council
  • Rich Garbarino Mayor, South San Francisco City Council
  • David Lim San Mateo City Council (retired)
  • Eric Rodriguez San Mateo City Council
  • Diane Papan San Mateo City Council
  • Amourence Lee San Mateo City Council
  • Rick Bonilla San Mateo City Council
  • Joe Goethals Mayor, San Mateo City Council
  • Ron Gonzales Former Mayor of San José
  • Adam Rak San Carlos City Council
  • Irene O’Connell San Bruno City Council (retired)
  • Ken Ibarra San Bruno City Council (retired)
  • Michael Salazar San Bruno City Council
  • Jim Ruane Mayor, City of San Bruno (retired)
  • Larry Franzella Mayor, City of San Bruno (retired)
  • Rico Medina Mayor, City of San Bruno
  • Ian Bain Redwood City Council
  • Alicia Aguirre Redwood City Council
  • Gina Papan Millbrae City Council
  • Anne Oliva Millbrae City Council
  • Wayne Lee Millbrae City Council
  • Reuben Holober Mayor, Millbrae City Council
  • Kirsten Keith Menlo Park City Council (retired)
  • Rich Larsen Los Altos Hills Town Council (retired)
  • Christine Krolick Hillsborough Town Council (retired)
  • Alvin Royse Hillsborough Town Council
  • Deborah Ruddock Half Moon Bay City Council
  • Frank Pagliaro Mayor, City of Burlingame (retired); Director, Peninsula Healthcare District
  • Terry Nagel Mayor, City of Burlingame (retired)
  • Cliff Lentz Brisbane City Council
  • Charles Stone Belmont City Council
  • Davina Hurt Belmont City Council
  • Julián Castro former U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
  • Joe Ross, San Mateo County Board of Education Trustee
  • Rod Hsiao, San Mateo County Board of Education Trustee
  • Jim Cannon, San Mateo County Board of Education Trustee
  • Susan Alvaro, San Mateo County Board of Education Trustee
  • Anne Campbell, San Mateo County Superintendent of Schools (retired)
  • Tom Nuris, San Mateo County Community College District Trustee
  • Richard Holober, San Mateo County Community College District Trustee
  • Tom Huening, San Mateo County Controller, Supervisor, Community College Trustee (retired)
  • Juan Raigoza, San Mateo County Controller
  • Adrienne Tissier, San Mateo County Board of Supervisors (retired)
  • Warren Slocum, San Mateo County Board of Supervisors
  • Don Horsley, San Mateo County Board of Supervisors
  • Carole Groom, San Mateo County Board of Supervisors
  • Steve Westly, Controller, State of California (retired)
  • Ted Lempert, California State Assembly (retired)
  • Rich Gordon, California State Assembly (retired)
  • Gene Mullin, California State Assembly (retired)
  • Marc Berman, California State Assembly

Individuals (7)

  • Sandra Lang former member, San Mateo County Commission on Aging
  • Cliff Robbins San Mateo Sustainability and Infrastructure Commission
  • Peter Radin Past President, Lincoln Club of Northern California
  • Lenny Mendonca Chief Economic & Business Advisor, State of California (retired)
  • Robert Bernardo South San Francisco Planning Commissioner
  • Anders Fung Millbrae City Council Candidate
  • Sophie Cole MD Hillsborough Town Council Candidate

Political Beliefs

Position Papers



I am proud of the many accomplishments that the San Mateo County Community College has been able to make under my leadership. Here's a partial list of some of the highlights:

- Our District responded quickly and effectively to the COVID-19 pandemic, including a fast transition to online education, technology support for faculty, staff, and students. While making sure that students, staff, and our community were kept safe, we continued to provide as much outside-of-classroom support as possible, including our drive-through food pantry and access to essential training.

- We now have a strategic plan in place for the first time in the history of the District.  This plan clearly places Students First, focuses our effort on measurably increasing student success in achieving their educational goals, and also reaffirms the District’s commitment to Equity and Social Justice. 

- Based on data from the State Chancellor's office on Transfer Level Achievement in English and Math, our students succeed at well above the statewide average, and our overall success rate has increased by 35-40% from 2010-11 to 2015-16 (last cohort that data is available for). We also substantially closed the achievement gap for African-American and Hispanic students over that timeframe, and both groups succeed at or above the statewide average. While our results are better than average, there is still plenty of room for improvement.

- We have made tremendous strides forward, but still need to do more, to address equity and social justice, for our students, staff, community, and in our District hiring and promotion practices.  I have always been active in promoting, encouraging and fostering diversity, equity and inclusion inside and outside of the classroom, including in our hiring, promotion, employment, contracting, and purchasing practices. We created the Equity Institute at Skyline College; hold regular Contemporary Conversations on Race, Class, Gender, Privilege, and Equity at our Board meetings; and the Board has made a public Affirmation of our Commitment to Social Justice.

- Our three colleges (Skyline, Canada College, and College of San Mateo) continue to be fully accredited without qualification. 

- The College of San Mateo was recognized by the Aspen Institute as one of the “Top 150 Community Colleges in the United States,” eligible to apply and compete for the 2021 $1 million Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence.

- Our students now have consistent enrollment and graduation requirements across all three campuses, along with course articulation and the implementation of Associate Degrees for Transfer to make it easier to take the right classes in order to transfer to a four-year institution.

- We have reduced barriers to equitable access by eliminating placement testing that reduced student success by sidetracking students into non-transfer Math and English courses.

- Our Promise Scholars programs are enabling even more students to succeed and achieve their academic dreams, in spite of the ever-increasing burdens of tuition and fees, books, housing costs, transportation, and food insecurity in San Mateo County. 

- Our District has been one of the leaders statewide in lowering the costs of textbooks for students (books often cost more than tuition does for a class), including setting up an innovative textbook rental program and encouraging faculty to move to lower cost "open source" course materials.

- I have led efforts to provide our students with subsidized meals, food pantry access, and other resources in order to reduce food insecurity.

- With grant funding that I helped secure, we've added free shuttle buses to Skyline College and Canada College from transportation hubs and underserved communities to address the difficulties our students have getting to campus from where they live. 

- While not yet complete, I have led discussions to address the housing crisis that our students face, including proposing safe parking on campus for students living out of their cars, and developing the appropriate scope and policies for building permanent student housing.

- We now have Veterans Resource Centers at all three campuses to support those who sacrificed so much to serve our country.

- We have Dream Centers at all three campuses to support our "Dreamer" or DACA students and those who qualify under the California Dream Act. Since 2003 I have made sure that we provided an open, supportive, and equitable environment for our undocumented students.

- Since 2014, in partnership with the San Mateo Building Trades Council, Bay Area Apprenticeship Coordinators Association, NOVA Workforce Board, San Mateo County Union Community Alliance, and Working Partnerships USA we've hosted the Trades Introduction Program, a pre-apprenticeship course that exposes students to a wide variety of building trade occupations such as electrician, pipe fitter, carpenter, sheet metal worker, and more. TIP has resulted in the placement of hundreds of students into union apprenticeships since its inception.

- Encouraged the creation of multiple Learning Communities (students who enroll in a group of classes taught by the same instructors across multiple disciplines, and learn with other students who share the same passions, interests, or specific field of study) to increase student success. Some of our current Learning Communities include Umoja-STEP, Puente, CIPHER, Kababayan, PACE, Engineering & Technology Scholars, Biology & Chemistry Scholars, Teacher Track, First Year Experience, COLTS, Honors Project, Mana, Project Change, and Writing in the End Zone. Many of these Learning Communities have won awards and recognition at the local, state, and national level for their contribution to our students' success.

- Supported the implementation of Guided Pathways, integrating student services and instruction to create a cohesive student experience that helps students clarify their college and career goals and provides counseling, academic support, and proactive feedback that facilitates student progress towards successfully attaining their educational goals. Guided pathways provide structure that ensures the most efficient journey to graduation. 

- I have called for, and started the process of creating, better career planning and job placement opportunities for our students who are seeking to enter the workforce.

-  Since November 2016, while making sure that our campuses are safe zones for sharing ideas and opinions, and are models for open expression, I have reaffirmed our commitment to social justice and made sure that we have protected our students and staff from the discriminatory attacks by the Trump Administration on immigrants (both documented and undocumented) and on transgender members of our campus community.

- Our District is one of the first in the State to offer a four-year Bachelor’s degree (in Respiratory Therapy at Skyline College). 

- I’ve helped lead the discussions around expanded four-year degree opportunities in San Mateo County for our students, including expanding the 4-year-degree pilot program, finding partnering opportunities at local colleges, and holding discussions with CSU regarding offering four-year degrees in San Mateo County.

- We have improved our ties to local K-12 school districts, especially the high school districts, through our Middle Colleges (now at all three campuses), concurrent enrollment and dual enrollment programs, and increased outreach meetings with school guidance counselors.

- We thoroughly reviewed and upgraded our Public Safety Department, creating a safer environment for our students and staff that is consistent with our community values and desires. I championed basic necessary measures, such as improving our radios and communications capabilities, and making sure all classroom doors could be locked from the inside (one of the items shown to actually increase safety during an “active shooter” event).

- Our below-market-rate faculty and staff housing facilities at College of San Mateo and Canada College (and soon to be open at Skyline College) serve as a model for the rest of the Bay Area. 

- I’ve helped steer our District through difficult financial times and massive state budget cuts in the past, especially during the "Great Recession" from 2008 - 2012, keeping core programs and services in place to benefit all of our students.

- The District has successfully transitioned from being State-funded (Revenue Limit) to Community-funded (Basic Aid) status, which has allowed us to increase spending per student and create adequate reserve funds.

- Every year I've overseen a balanced budget that is now in excess of $200 million dollars annually (General Fund).

- We’ve created a trust fund that now covers 100% of our employee post-retirement benefit liabilities. 

- Since 2003 we've also invested almost a billion dollars into new and upgraded facilities on our three campuses (and keeping those investment dollars benefiting our local economy and local labor workforce through our Project Labor Agreements). 

- Our new buildings are LEED certified, green, and sustainable, and we've built a successful cogeneration project at College of San Mateo and a solar farm at Cañada College, substantially reducing our use of fossil fuel-generated energy (the Cañada solar farm alone provides 50% of the energy used at the College). 

- We’ve created educational programs in fields like solar energy and environmental sciences that prepare our students to help fight climate change and ensure a sustainable future, while also securing local jobs with good pay. We offer degrees such as the AS-Transfer degree in Environmental Science at Skyline College and Cañada College. We also offer Career Technical Education Certificate programs in “Climate Protection Professional” and “Solar Design, Estimation, Finance, and Sales” and a course in Solar Panel Installation at Skyline College.

- I started my service on the Community College Board by creating an innovative funding mechanism that raised tens of thousands of dollars a year for student scholarships. The San Mateo County Community Colleges Foundation now provides millions of dollars of scholarships and innovation funds each year for our students.

- After many years of fighting for this, I am pleased that we have finally begun live streaming our Board meetings and archiving the videos of our meetings on our website, increasing the transparency of (and access to) our Board meetings for all San Mateo County residents.

- And on a personal level, I have recently completed the Community College League of California's Excellence in Trusteeship Program.



Providing quality public education for all is one of the most important responsibilities of our government. Open, affordable, and equitable access to high quality educational opportunities is the key to enabling pursuit of the American Dream. In particular, the San Mateo County Community College District is a vital link between our locally run K-12 school systems and our state-run four-year public colleges and universities, and is the primary provider of career and job skills training in San Mateo County. While I've accomplished a lot since I began serving on our Community College Board, including putting in place many programs that have increased the number of students who successfully attained their educational goals, there are many challenges ahead and there's a lot more that I would like to do.

Here's my 10-Point Plan for the next four years:

1. Ensure complete recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, making sure we offer extra support to our most vulnerable and at-risk students, return safely to face-to-face instruction on our campuses, build on and enhance the skills we have developed in online instruction, and thoughtfully execute the necessary budget cuts that we are anticipating as a result of the related economic downturn. 

2. Execute on a thoughtful plan to transition, onboard, and support new, diverse leadership for our District as our most experienced educational and staff leaders have retired. This includes our new Chancellor and two new College Presidents, at least two new Trustees, as well as our new Chief Business Officer, Chief Human Resources Officer, and Chief Information Officer; the biggest change in leadership in our District in the past 20 years.

3. Update our District Strategic Plan with a focus on increasing student success in achieving their educational goals, and closing the equity gaps that many of our students face.  I want to make sure we have metrics and benchmarks in place to ensure that the programs we spend money on actually contribute to increasing our students’ success.

4. Continue to enhance our course offerings, degree programs, and student services to match the educational needs and goals of our community and our students, and continue to focus on preparing our students to transfer to four-year colleges and universities or for good paying jobs that are available in our local community. Also provide better career planning, internship, and job placement opportunities for our students, in partnership with our local business community.

5. Dramatically expand the number of four-year degrees that we can offer here in San Mateo County by working with our State legislators, the California State University system, and local colleges and universities. San Mateo County is arguably the largest county in California without a public four-year institution and it's often hard for our residents to travel to the nearest CSU in San Francisco, San Jose, or the East Bay. I want to change that by providing more options to pursue four-year degrees on our Community College campuses. 

6. Continue to develop and put in place a College Promise program so that every high school graduate in San Mateo County, not just the ones that find their way to one of our three campuses, is prepared for college academically, financially, and socially, if they so desire. One third of the high school graduates in San Mateo County do not pursue higher education, and are effectively frozen out of our knowledge-based, high tech, high skill local economy.

7. Do more to address the issue of housing insecurity that our students face. Having several hundred of our students homeless and living in their cars on any given night while attending our colleges is a moral failing for one of the wealthiest counties in the United States. I will continue to work on both short-term and long-term solutions to address our students’ housing needs, and continue to expand on our successful workforce housing programs.

8. Provide solutions for our students’ food insecurity and nutritional needs, through continuing to provide subsidized “grab-and-go” and hot meals on campus and additional access to food pantries for our students and their families.

9. Improve transportation to our campuses from underserved areas, particularly for Coastside residents, including expanding our existing network of shuttle buses and working closely with SamTrans, CalTrain, BART, and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission to offer additional options.

10. Carefully examine the District's role in hosting the Regional Public Safety Training Center (“Police Academy”) and conduct a similar review of the District's own Public Safety Department, ensuring that their policies and procedures conform to what we expect and the values we hold as a community in terms of de-escalation of force, mental health crisis intervention training, no use of choke holds, officer intervention to stop inappropriate conduct, and addressing the issues of racial bias and systemic injustice. This is necessary in order to create the safest environment possible for our students, staff, and members of our community.

These are the top priority items that I hope to address if I am fortunate enough to be re-elected to serve for another term. 

The Job


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.

Videos (3)

— September 19, 2020 Mandelkern for Community College Board Campaign

The virtual campaign kickoff event for Dave Mandelkern's re-election campaign to the San Mateo County Community College District Governing Board. Featuring comments by former California State Assemblymember Gene Mullin, San Mateo County Supervisor David Pine, San Bruno City Countil Member Michael Salazar, San Mateo City Councilmember Amourence Lee, Hillsborough City School District Board Member An Huang Chen, and San Mateo Union High School District Trustee Robert Griffin. Recorded in July 2020.

— September 19, 2020 Mandelkern for Community College District Campaign

Comments in support and endorsement of Dave Mandelkern's re-election to the San Mateo County Community College District Governing Board by former California State Assemblymember Gene Mullin, San Mateo County Supervisor David Pine, San Bruno City Countil Member Michael Salazar, San Mateo City Councilmember Amourence Lee, Hillsborough City School District Board Member An Huang Chen, and San Mateo Union High School District Trustee Robert Griffin. Recorded in July 2020.

Retraining Residents for New Jobs During the Pandemic — September 19, 2020 San Mateo City Councilmember Amourence Lee

Conversation between San Mateo County Community College District Trustee Dave Mandelkern and San Mateo City Councilmember Amourence Lee on how our Community Colleges help residents retrain for new jobs & navigate the "new normal" we are experiencing due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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