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Peralta Community College DistrictCandidate for Trustee, Area 5

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William "Bill" Riley

Incumbent
10,027 votes (27.51%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Securing equal access to quality academic programs and student support services; leading to attainment of associates and certificates, and successful transfer to four year institutions.
  • Opportunity and pathways to gainful employment; through comprehensive career education that includes such things as Career Technical Education and internships.
  • Issues of afforable housing and homelessness in our community.

Experience

Experience

Profession:Incumbent
Peralta Community Colleges Trustee, District 5 — Elected position (1998–current)
Member, Junior Golf: Metropolitan Junior Golf — Appointed position (2009–current)
Counselor, Principal, Administrator, Oakland Unified School District (1986-1994; 1999-2011) (1986–2011)
Coordinator of Student Services, Alameda County Office of Education (1994–1999)
Parks and Recreation Commissioner, City of Oakland — Appointed position (1990–1998)
Member, Oakland Zoo Board — Appointed position (1985–1992)
Principal, East Palo Alto School District (1984–1986)
Counselor, San Ramon Valley Unified School District (1975–1984)
Teacher, Oakland Unified School District (1971–1975)

Education

University of San Francisco, San Francisco State University, University of San Francisco, Merritt Community College Doctor of Education (Ed.D.), Masters of Arts(M.A.), Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Associate of Arts, Educational Policy, Educational Administration, Sociology and Physical Education, Associate of Arts

Community Activities

Member, Community College League of California (1998–current)
Member, Piedmont-Montclair Rotary Club (2010–current)
Member, Peralta College Foundation (2000–current)
Member, University of San Francisco Alumni Association (1970–current)
Member, Lake Merritt Breakfast Club (1987–current)

Biography

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

  • Chaired Measure E Bond Committee; passed $153 million bond with over 79% of vote
  • Co-chaired Measure A Bond Committee; passed $390 million bond to strengthen infrastructure construction, equipment, and furnishings
  • Fought for equal access to quality academic programs and student support services
  • Advocated for the use of bonds to rebuild District facilities, including: 
    • Merritt College's new science building
    • Alameda College's new genomics facility and performing arts center
    • Berkeley College's new smart classroom building
    • Laney College's environmental construction education complex and athletic facilities
  • Advocated for hiring more women in District leadership roles
  • Participated in developing a health care coverage plan that ensures employee benefits 

EXPERIENCE       

  • Oakland Unified School District 
  • Alameda County Office of Education
  • San Ramon Valley Unified School District
  • East Palo Alto School District
  • California State Department of Education

 

EDUCATION

University of San Francisco
School of Education
Ed.D. Educational Policy

San Francisco State University
M.A., Educational Administration

University of San Francisco
B.A., Sociology and Physical Education

Merritt Community College
Associate of Arts Degree

 

ENDORSEMENTS

Tony Thurmond, Assemblymember District 15

Rob Bonta, Assemblymember District 18

Nancy O'Malley, District Attorney for Alameda County

L. Karen Monroe, Alameda County Superintendent of Schools

Keith Carson, Alameda County Board of Supervisors, District 5

Nate Miley, Alameda County Supervisor

Libby Schaff, Mayor, City of Oakland

Robert McBain, Mayor, City of Piedmont

Rebecca Kaplan, Oakland City Councilmember

Annie Campbell Washington, Oakland City Councilmember

Iron Workers Local 378

Carpenters Local 713

Plumbers & Steamfitters, Local 342 

Planned Parenthood Advocates Mar Monte

Evolve Community Organizations

Building and Construction Trades Council of Alameda County, AFL-CIO

 

Who supports this candidate?

Organizations (6)

  • Evolve Community Organizations
  • Planned Parenthood Advocates Mar Monte
  • Building and Construction Trades Council of Alameda County, AFL-CIO
  • Plumbers & Steamfitters, Local 342
  • Iron Workers Local 378
  • Carpenters Local 713

Elected Officials (11)

  • Tony Thurmond, Assemblymember District 15
  • Rob Bonta, Assemblymember District 18
  • Nancy O'Malley, District Attorney for Alameda County
  • L. Karen Monroe, Alameda County Superintendent of Schools
  • Keith Carson, Alameda County Board of Supervisors, District 5
  • Robert McBain, Mayor, City of Piedmont
  • Rebecca Kaplan, Oakland City Councilmember
  • Annie Campbell Washington, Oakland City Councilmember
  • Ben Bartlett Jr., Berkeley City Councilmember
  • Nate Miley, Alameda County Supervisor
  • Libby Schaff, Mayor, City of Oakland

Individuals (8)

  • Carl Chan, Oakland Chinatown Chamber of Commerce
  • Jon Loh, former Oakland Port Commissioner
  • Rena Rickles, Attorney and former Chair of the East Bay Women's Political Caucus
  • Gregory McConnell, President & CEO - The McConnell Group
  • David Stein, former president Rotary Club of Oakland #3
  • Aileen Frankel, former Laney student and retired City of Oakland employee
  • Robert Stewart, Executive Director Lake Merritt Breakfast Club
  • Mark Delventhal, former Piedmont Parks and Recreation Director

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

Why I Am Running for Re-Election

My life is dedicated to public education. It changes lives and provides hope and opportunity.  As your Trustee, I’ll continue fighting for quality education and accessible student pathways, including tuition-free community colleges. Under my leadership, all four colleges attained full accreditation. 

Fiscal responsibility, organizational stability and sensible stewardship underlie student success and are important to taxpayers. I’m working to eliminate operational inefficiencies and improve fiscal management. I helped establish Peralta’s Employees Retirement Bond investment program funding employee health care pension costs. 

I helped secure funding to rebuild our District, examples: Merritt College’s new science building; Alameda College’s new genomics facility and performing arts center; Berkeley College’s new classroom building; and Laney College’s environmental construction education complex.  On the Peralta Foundation Board I organize annual events that fund student scholarships.

I’m a retired public school educator with years of administration experience, community volunteer, and long-time Rotarian.   I received an AA from Merritt College; a master’s degree from SF State; and a BA and Ed.D. from the University of San Francisco; my wife of 45 years and I raised two daughters who earned graduate degrees. 

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