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School Board Trustees

Board of Education

President: Maika Llorens Gulati
Current Term: 2015 - 2020

MaikaMaika 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 currently serves as President.

Maika’s work experience includes over 19 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 currently serves as the executive director for Slide Ranch. 

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 17 years. They have two children: Kiara, a San Rafael High School graduate, and Marcos, a current student at San Rafael High School.  
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Vice President: Linda M. Jackson
Current Term: 2015 - 2020


Linda M. Jackson, Vice-President of the Board of Education, 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 Parents Council, the LCAP Parent Advisory Committee and the City/Schools Liaison Committee. Her key board initiatives are the Community Schools Initiative, Student Voice and student, family, teacher and staff safety during covid-19. Linda is co-chair of the Marin County Office of Education’s Efficiency and Effectiveness Committee and regularly attends meetings of MCOE's Joint Legislative Action Committee. Previously she was on the Executive Committee of the Marin County School Boards Association, and served as president for two terms. Linda was Marin's elected delegate to the Assembly of the California School Boards Association 2009 - 2015. Linda served as Board President in 2010 and 2011.

Linda serves on the boards of Sustainable San Rafael, the League of Women Voters and the Marin Environmental Housing Collaborative, and previously on the boards of 10,000 Degrees (volunteering 15 years as a mentor for first gen college applicants) and Canal Alliance. She is a planning consultant and currently Program Director of the Marin Aging Action Initiative. She and her husband have three children and one goddaughter who attended San Pedro and Coleman elementary schools, Davidson Middle School and San Rafael High School. 

She has an M.A./Latin American studies, and an M.S./Community and Regional Planning from the University of Texas and a B.A. from Wellesley College. After college, Linda served two years in the Peace Corps in Ecuador.
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Board Member: Rachel Kertz
Current Term: 2018 - 2022

Rachel Kertz

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.  

Rachel and her husband Loren have two children: Ryan, a student at Terra Linda High School, and Nathan, a TLHS grad. 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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Board Member: Greg Knell
Current Term: 2015 - 2020

Greg Knell

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 an additional terms in 2011 and 2015. Greg currently serves as 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: Natu Tuatagaloa
Current Term: 2018 - 2022


Natu Tuatagaloa was elected to the Board in November 2001. Natu has served as Board President and Vice President (multiple times) during his tenure on the Board. Natu was awarded Marin County Trustee of the Year at the 2019 Golden Bell Award Ceremony.

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 in 1984. 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 a consultant, providing strategic management consulting and creating strategic partnerships to provide solutions through L.E.A.D. principles. Sectors include; education, renewable energy, engineering, sustainability, facilities and technology infrastructure. Partnering with design/build/run firms, which specialize in full-service engineering, general construction, electrical, telecommunications, audio visual, security, wireless, commercial solar PV / battery storage / wind power and move management / logistics to support clients locally, nationally and globally.

Natu has three children: Tianna, a 2004 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. Tianna also played volleyball for the Zags & Penguins. Malia, a 2016 graduate of San Rafael High School, is attending CSU Monterey Bay and playing volleyball for the Otters. McKenna, a 2019 graduate of San Rafael High, is attending University of Colorado, Boulder…"Sko Buffs.” Natu’s wife, Judy Tuatagaloa, a fourth generation San Rafael native and San Rafael High School Class on 1986, is a HeadsUp Foundation Board Member and a fifth-grade teacher at Bel Aire Elementary School in Tiburon. They reside in Central San Rafael.

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About The Board

San Rafael City Schools Board of Education consists of five members who are elected at-large by the entire San Rafael community to serve four-year terms. 

This five-member Board is the policy-making body that governs both the San Rafael Elementary School District and the San Rafael High School District. The Board is charged with providing a quality educational program for students in grades kindergarten through 12 in accordance with the California Constitution, the laws of the State, and adopted Board policies. 

Three student board members representing each of the three high schools (Madrone High School, San Rafael High School and Terra Linda High School) serve one-year terms as student representatives.

Board members in San Rafael City Schools are not compensated for their public service.  Unlike other school district jurisdictions, elected trustees do not receive a monthly stipend or compensation for their term in office. The Board of Education views Board service as a voluntary contribution to the community and per city charter receives no compensation. Click here for the SRCS Board Policy on remuneration, reimbursement and other benefits. 

Election Procedures
Per Education Code, any person is eligible to be a member of the Board of Education, without further qualifications, if he/she is 18 years of age or older, a citizen of the state, a resident of the school district, a registered voter, and not legally disqualified from holding civil office. Click here for the SRCS Board Policy on Board of Education elections. 

Please note that specific election deadlines and other election-related procedures are set by the County of Marin's Elections Department. SRCS will share the information related to Board of Education elections from the County's Elections Department on the SRCS website as it becomes available.  

Board Policy Manual

Please visit the Board Policies and Regulations page