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Board of Education

President: Linda M. Jackson
Current Term: 2020 - 2024

LindaLinda M. Jackson, President of the Board of Education, was originally appointed to the Board to fill a vacancy in February 2006. She was then elected to four years in November 2007 and was unopposed in the 2011, 2015 and 2020 elections.



She serves as Board liaison to the HeadsUp Foundation, Superintendent's Parents Council, LCAP Parent Advisory Committee, the City/Schools Liaison Committee, and the Budget Advisory committee. Her key board initiatives are the Community Schools Initiative and Student Voice. Linda is co-chair of the Marin County Office of Education’s Efficiency and Effectiveness 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 also previously served as Board President in 2010 and 2011.

Linda serves on the boards of the League of Women Voters, the Marin Environmental Housing Collaborative, Housing Crisis Action,  and Sustainable San Rafael. She was previously on the boards of 10,000 Degrees (volunteering 15 years as a mentor for first-generation college applicants) and Canal Alliance. She is currently Program Director of the Marin Aging Action Initiative; before this position, Linda was Planning Manager with the Transportation Authority of Marin and Principal Planner with the City of San Rafael. She and her husband have three daughters and one goddaughter who attended San Pedro and Coleman elementary schools, Davidson Middle School and San Rafael High School. 

Linda has an MA (Latin American studies) and an MS (Community and Regional Planning) from the University of Texas at Austin and a BA from Wellesley College. After college, Linda served two years in the Peace Corps in Ecuador.

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Vice President: Natu Tuatagaloa
Current Term: 2018 - 2022

NatuNatu 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 and one grandchild. Tianna, a 2004 graduate of San Rafael High School, 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 and Penguins. Tianna and her husband Richie have a one-year old daughter, Holland. Malia, a 2016 graduate of San Rafael High School, earned a scholarship to play volleyball for the Otters at CSU Monterey Bay and graduated with a B.A. in Kinesiology in December 2020. McKenna, a 2019 graduate of San Rafael High School, attended one year at University of Colorado, Boulder, before transferring to Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo in 2020. Natu’s wife, Judy Tuatagaloa, a fourth-generation San Rafael native and San Rafael High School Class of 1986 alum, is a former HeadsUp Foundation Board Member and a fifth-grade teacher at Bel Aire Elementary School in Tiburon. They reside in Loch Lomond, San Rafael with two dogs (Kona & Henry) and a bearded dragon (Mufasa).

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Board Member: Gina Daly
Current Term: 2020-2024

Gina Daly was elected to the Board in November 2020. Her term is through 2024. She currently serves as a Board liaison on the following committees: High School District Budget Advisory; Mental Health and Wellness; Parcel Tax; Board of Directors of Marin County School Boards Association; Joint Legislative Action Committee; City/County/School Districts Liaison Committee; HeadsUp; and the Marin County Cal Fresh Task Force. 

Gina currently serves as the Director of Federal Relations for UC Berkeley. In this position, she is the chief federal advocate for the campus, including serving as spokesperson for federal policymakers and administrative officials. She develops and promotes policy and funding priorities for campus leadership, faculty and students. Daly works with the regional Congressional delegation and appropriators to increase federal research funding, student financial aid and prevent budget cuts. She has also served in leadership positions for the Association of American Universities (AAU) and the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU), most recently as the elected Chair of the Council on Government Affairs for APLU.

Prior to working for University of California, she was Director of Field Services for United States Senator Dianne Feinstein representing the Senator in 28 Northern California counties, including advising the Senator on local, regional and statewide issues. Gina began her political career in Washington, DC working on Capitol Hill for Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senator Feinstein. She received her Masters in Public Policy from UC Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy and graduated cum laude with Honors in Government from Claremont McKenna College.

Gina was appointed by the former City of San Rafael Mayor Gary Phillips to serve on the Wildfire Prevention Committee and is the President of the Terra Linda Homeowners’ Association. She lives in the Terra Linda neighborhood with her husband Kieran and their young children William and Juliet. Email Gina Daly

Board Member: Lucia Martel-Dow
Current Term: 2021-2022

Lucia Martel-Dow was appointed to the Board in January 2021, filling a vacant seat. In the November 2022 General Election, the seat will be required to be filled by a candidate who resides in Trustee Area 2; Trustee Martel-Dow currently resides in Area 2.

She currently serves as a Board liaison on the following committees: District English Learner Advisory Committee (DELAC); Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council; Graduate Profile Steering Committee; and the Marin Promise Partnership Council.

Lucia was born and raised in Venezuela, where she attended law school. She was a member of the Venezuelan Foreign Service before moving to Madrid, Spain, where she worked on human rights and immigration policy issues in an international organization serving 22 Ibero-American countries. In 2007, she moved to San Francisco to be with her husband. She worked in the non-profit sector and later ventured into the corporate world as a compliance consultant in the financial industry. Lucia joined Canal Alliance in 2015, where she currently oversees the Immigration and Social Services Departments. 

Lucia has a Master of Laws Degree from University of California, Hastings College of the Law and a Master of Laws in International Law and International Relations from the Complutense University of Madrid. She is a member of American Immigration Lawyers Association and the Marin County Bar Association. She is also a Commissioner with Marin First Five. Lucia is bilingual in English and Spanish. She lives with her husband and seven-year old daughter in the Marinwood neighborhood in San Rafael.

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Board Member: Marina Palma
Current Term: 2020-2024

Marina was elected to the Board in November 2020. She currently serves as a Board liaison on the following committees: District English Learner Advisory Committee (DELAC); Together 2023 / Equity Blueprint Plan / LCAP; Marin County Calfresh Task Force; and the county's Golden Bell Committee. 

Marina is the mother of six children and the grandmother of nine. As an immigrant and mother, her passion has always been to advocate for immigrants’ rights and education. She has been a community organizer and advocate for the Latino community for over 20 years. 

Due to the lack of access to extracurricular programs and sports for children in the Canal - especially for girls and boys - Marina, along with other volunteer members of the former Canal Community Council, founded the Canal Mini Soccer League, a women's soccer team and a soccer clinic for boys and girls. Canal Mini Soccer League offers opportunities for children to play sports and parents to build community. After the Canal Community Council ended, Marina became the Canal Mini Soccer League Coordinator, which she continues to this day.

Marina is also a founding member of Voces del Canal, which is a coalition of Canal leaders who came together to organize community-driven advocacy efforts. In partnership with local government and community based organizations, Voces del Canal affirmed its role as a true local expert and empowering the collective experiences of Canal residents to realize their vision of a stronger and safer Canal.

Marina works for the City and County of San Francisco, as a Senior Eligibility Worker. Her vision to see all children graduate ready for a higher education; their well being and safety are what drive her to continue to advocate. 

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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.


Compensation
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