Alameda County Board of Education Elects New President and Vice President

ACOE Press release-Hayward, CA – The Alameda County Board of Education elected Joaquín Rivera as President and Amber Childress as Vice President for the 2019-20 school year at its July 9, 2019 meeting. 

“It is my pleasure to work alongside President Rivera,” said Alameda County Superintendent of Schools L. Karen Monroe. “His educational advocacy and dedication to the youth of Alameda County is well aligned with the vision and values ACOE embodies. Joaquín’s focus on student achievement and academic quality raises the bar for education in our County. I am proud to work with each of our County Trustees, and proud of our continued commitment to the education and well-being of every student in Alameda County.”

Outgoing Board President Yvonne Cerrato added, “It has been my honor to lead this Board for the past year and I’m proud to pass my gavel to President Rivera. I know he will continue his strong advocacy for students, teachers and public education. Under his leadership, the Board will remain focused on our mission to serve the 225,000 students of Alameda County and to ensure their success in every school, every day.”

President Rivera was first elected in 2010 to represent Area 1, which includes Albany, Berkeley, Emeryville and portions of Oakland, including North Oakland, Temescal, Rockridge, Downtown, and the northern portion of West Oakland. Rivera has taught chemistry at Skyline College in San Bruno since 1990. He served as President and Chief Negotiator for the San Mateo Community College Federation of Teachers, President of the Academic Senate, and Vice President of the California Federation of Teachers. Rivera served for 12 years on the Berkeley School Board. He holds a Masters in Governance from the California School Boards Association (CSBA) and has served on many CSBA committees, including the Policy Platform, Nominating, and Legislative committees.

Vice President Childress represents Area 2, which covers the City of Alameda and parts of Oakland, including the southern portion of West Oakland, all of Jack London Square and Chinatown, part of Fruitvale, the Oakland hills south of Redwood Road, and East Oakland south of Seminary Avenue and 66th Avenue.For additional information, contact Laura Forrest at (510) 670-7754 or [email protected].
About ACOE
The Alameda County Office of Education (ACOE), under the leadership of County Superintendent of Schools L. Karen Monroe, serves as liaison between the California Department of Education and the 18 Alameda County public school districts that serve more than 225,000 students and 10,000 teachers. ACOE provides oversight of district budgets and Local Control and Accountability Plans (LCAPs). ACOE directly operates two types of schools that serve Alameda County’s most vulnerable youth: Court Schools at the Juvenile Justice Center and Community Schools that serve foster youth, students in substance abuse treatment, pregnant and parenting teens, Probation-referred youth, and students expelled from their resident school districts. ACOE also runs the Infant & Family Support Program, which provides individualized service for children from birth to three years and their families. For more information, visit
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