Board of Education
President: Rachel Kertz
Current Term: 2013 - 2017
Rachel Kertz joined the Board in 2013. She was elected by her fellow trustees to serve as Vice President for 2014 and President in 2015 and again in 2016. As a San Rafael resident since 1999, Rachel has been active in the community for many years and a strong education advocate. She was an active classroom volunteer in the Dixie School District and helped to facilitate many classroom technology-based projects. She joined the Board of Dixie Children’s Fund in May 2006 after serving on the Dixie Business Development Committee. Most recently, Rachel served on the Steering Committee for the successful passage of the Measures A & B campaign to continue funding for local schools.
Rachel is equally active in the Marin Jewish Community. She has served on the Jewish Community Center board for the last 10 years and is a past president. Rachel, and her family are very active at Rodef Sholom assisting with the Winter Shelter program.
Rachel received her B.A. in Psychology from UC Santa Cruz and her MBA from San Francisco State University. She currently works full time at Autodesk as a Program/Project Manager in Operations.
Rachel and her husband Loren have two children: Ryan and Nathan, students at Terra Linda High School. In her spare time, Rachel enjoys going to the Giants baseball games, cooking and taking her dogs Luna and Shadow for a walk.
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Vice President: Greg Knell
Current Term: 2015 - 2019
Greg Knell was first elected to the Board in 2003. He won re-election to his second term in 2007 by a wide margin, and was elected to a additional terms in 2011 and 2015. Greg currently serves as Vice President.
Greg is a Graphics Manager at Breakpoint Sales, working in the areas of promotional products, print and mail. A fourth generation San Rafael businessman, he qualified for membership in the Marin Generations Club, sponsored by the Marin Historical Society. He is an active participant in community affairs, co-founding and serving as President and Vice-President of the Santa Margarita Neighborhood Association in Terra Linda, San Rafael’s largest homeowner / neighborhood organization. He has been a member of the San Rafael Chamber of Commerce since 1983, serving on the Education, Business Development and several other committees. Greg was awarded the Chamber of Commerce Milestone Award for 30 years of continuous service to the Chamber of Commerce. A long-time member and past-president of the Mission San Rafael Rotary Club, he participates in both the academic and vocational scholarship programs.
Greg has two daughters who went through San Rafael City Schools K-12. His youngest daughter, Tiya, (TLHS Class of 2005) graduated with a Bachelor of Illustration from Academy of Art University. She then obtained her teaching credential from Cal State East Bay and is now a full-time Art Teacher at Mt. Eden High School in Hayward, CA. The oldest, Jahmila, (SRHS Class of 1999) received her Bachelor in Communication and Film from Tulsa University and is now a manager in Direct TV Technical Support Division.
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Board Member: Linda M. Jackson
Current Term: 2015 - 2019
Linda M. Jackson, originally appointed to the board to fill a vacancy in February 2006, was elected to four years in November 2007 and was unopposed in the 2011 and 2015 elections.
She serves as board liaison to the Superintendent's Parent Leader Group and the District’s LCAP Parent Advisory Committee. Her key board initiatives for 2017 are the Community Schools Initiative, Student Voice and Reporting Metrics. Linda is co-chair of the Marin County Office of Education’s Efficiency and Effectiveness Committee. Previously she served on the Executive Committee of the Marin County School Boards Association, including as president. Linda was Marin's elected delegate to the Assembly of the California School Boards Association 2009 - 2015. Linda was elected School Board President in 2010 and 2011.
Linda serves on the boards of the San Rafael Public Library Foundation, Sustainable San Rafael and the League of Women Voters. She has volunteered for over 15 years as a mentor with 10,000 Degrees to help first generation students get into college. She and her husband have three children who attended San Pedro and Coleman elementary schools, Davidson Middle School and San Rafael High School.
She holds a B.A. in Urban Studies from Wellesley College and completed her graduate work at the University of Texas in Austin, where she received an M.A. in Latin American studies and an M.S. in Community and Regional Planning. After college, Linda served two years in the Peace Corps in Ecuador.
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Board Member: Maika Llorens Gulati
Current Term: 2015 - 2019
Maika Llorens Gulati was appointed as the provisional trustee in 2015 to fill a vacant seat. She was elected to a four-year term in 2015, running unopposed.
Maika’s work experience includes over 18 years of marketing and communications for Fortune 500, midsize and entrepreneurial companies in both the technology and service sectors. She became involved with SRCS community when in 2009, during a sabbatical year, she volunteered as the fundraising chair for the Sun Valley Elementary School PTO. In 2010, she was hired as the executive director for HeadsUp. She also is a Board member for SchoolsRule, a member of Main Promise, Voces de Marin planning committee and a member of the San Rafael Chamber Education Committee. Previously, she was a Board member for the San Rafael Downtown Improvement District, the San Rafael Chamber of Commerce and part of the committee for Measures A & B campaign in 2013. She also served as a member of the Purchasing and Recycling Team for the City of San Rafael Green Ribbon initiative.
Maika received her B.S. in Marketing and Business Administration from ESIC in Madrid, Spain and she is fluent in Spanish and English.
Maika and her husband Ashwin Gulati have resided in San Rafael for more than 16 years. They have two children, Kiara and Marcos, students at San Rafael High School.
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Board Member: Natu Tuatagaloa
Current Term: 2013 - 2017
Natu Tuatagaloa was elected to the Board in November 2001. Natu has served as Board President and Vice President (multiple times) during his 15 year tenure on the Board. He is a San Rafael native who attended Glenwood Pre-School, San Pedro Elementary School, Santa Venetia Middle School and then graduated from San Rafael High School.
Natu is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley. While at Cal, Natu played defensive line for the Bears and was voted Captain of the 1988 squad by his teammates. After graduating from Cal, Natu played six years in the National Football League as defensive lineman for the Cincinnati Bengals, Seattle Seahawks, New Orleans Saints, and Houston Oilers.
Natu is currently Self Employed, creating Strategic Partnerships with design/build firms, which specialize in full-service engineering, general construction, electrical, telecom, audio visual, security, wireless, commercial solar and move management / logistics. Natu has three children: Tianna, a graduate of San Rafael High School, who received her B.A. at Gonzaga University and an M.B.A. in Global Sustainable Management at Dominican University. Malia, a graduate of San Rafael High School, attending CSU Monterey Bay and playing Volleyball for the Otters. McKenna currently attends San Rafael High School. Natu’s wife, Judy Tuatagaloa, a fourth generation San Rafael native, is a HeadsUp Foundation Board Member and a teacher at Brookside Elementary School in San Anselmo. They reside in Central San Rafael.