Board of Education Members

Board of Education Members


The SCUSD Board of Education has eight members, seven of whom are elected by trustee area and serve 4-year terms. An eighth member is the student member who has an advisory vote. The student member is selected from the high school Student Advisory Committee and serves for one year. The Superintendent is the ex-officio Secretary to the Board.

Contact the Board Office at (916) 643-9314 or via the BOE webform.

Board Member 12/14 - 12/20

Jessie Ryan
President, Board of Education, Area 7

Raised in Sacramento by a struggling single mother; Jessie’s mom taught her that education was the key to opportunity in life. A proud product of public education, Jessie has spent the past nine years at the Campaign for College Opportunity where she works to increase college access and success for young people across the state. She successfully led efforts to improve college opportunities for thousands of low-income students in California and simplify the transfer process from community colleges to four-year universities.

Board Member 12/10 - 12/18

Darrel Woo
1st Vice President, Board of Education, Area 6

Trustee Darrel Woo is serving in his second four year term.  As the son of a Chinese immigrant, Trustee Woo learned early the importance of education as a means to succeed in America.  From birth, the importance of a college education was not only instilled in him, but his parents served as examples of the quality of life that a college education can bring.  The education that Trustee Woo earned, all the way through the University of California at Berkeley, was public.

Board Member 12/16 - 12/20
Michael Minnick

Michael Minnick
2nd Vice President, Board of Education, Area 4

Michael has worked in the child and youth development field for over 25 years and has been a parent in the Sacramento City Unified School District since 2003. Michael is an Adjunct Professor of Early Childhood Education at Sacramento City College and a runs a youth development consulting firm.

He earned a Baccalaureate Degree in Child Development and a Master’s Degree in Public Policy and Administration from Sacramento State University.

Board Member 12/12 - 12/18
Jay Hansen

Jay Hansen
Board of Education Member, Area 1

Board Member Jay Hansen has more than 20 years experience advocating for public school children, parents, working families and his community.  Jay was appointed to the school board in 2012 to fill a vacated seat. Jay previously had served on the City of Sacramento Parks & Recreation Commission.  Additionally Jay is an appointee of Governor Jerry Brown to the California Health Facilities Financing Authority.

Board Member 12/14 - 12/18

Ellen Cochrane
Board of Education Member, Area 2

Ellen believes school issues are neighborhood issues, and that local schools contribute immeasurably to our quality of neighborhood life. 

Educated in SCUSD, she attended Sacramento High School, Sutter Middle School and David Lubin Elementary, and is a Dragon, Miner and Dinosaur alumnus.

From a family of educators, Ellen retired after 20 years as a public middle school teacher. She worked in a high poverty neighborhood at a 100% free and reduced lunch, Title One school in Sacramento’s South Area.

Board Member 12/16 - 12/20
Mai Vang

Mai Vang
Board of Education Member, Area 5

Mai Vang is the daughter of Hmong refugees parents from Laos. Mai was born and raised in south Sacramento and is the eldest of 16 children. As a child, Mai’s parents believed that public education was the key to a better life for her 15 siblings. A proud product of public education, Mai knows first-hand how investment in our public schools can save lives. Mai’s public high school teacher, Ms. Jean Crowder spent hours of her own time with Mai after school to help her succeed.