Board of Trustees
Board of Trustees
Brigitte Davila has served on the City College Board of Trustees since 2015. Dr. Davila lives in, works in, and loves San Francisco. She is originally from Los Angeles with roots in Colorado and New Mexico. She came north to study at UC Berkeley and earned a B.A. in Rhetoric and J.D at Berkeley Law. Dr. Davila has taught in the Raza Studies Department at San Francisco State University for the last eighteen years. Among her classes are Government & Constitutional Ideals, Community Organizing, Critical Thinking and Community Law. Currently, her area of focus is political education and policy, with an emphasis on community activism.
Dr. Davila serves as a member of the California Faculty Association’s statewide Political Action and Legislation Committee.
Alex Randolph was re-elected to a four-year term to the San Francisco City College Board of Trustees on November 8th, 2016, having previously been appointed by Mayor Edwin M. Lee and subsequently elected in 2015. As a Trustee, Alex represents residents citywide and participates in the governance and policy setting of the Community College District. Established in 1935, City College has grown into one of the nation’s largest public colleges, currently serving over 80,000 students. His priorities are: championing statewide accreditation reform, student enrollment growth, improving fiscal & financial management, and increasing equity and access to student services across the College District.
Most recently, Alex served in the Administration of President Barack Obama as a White House Appointee in the General Services Administration's (GSA) Pacific Rim Regional Administrator's Office. In his capacity as a Special Assistant & Senior Policy Adviser, Alex was tasked with managing the Region’s relationship with Federal, State, and local agencies, as well as private industry. He served as the main point of contact for the Pacific Rim Region's 78 Members of Congress and numerous elected state & local officials in Nevada, Arizona, California, & Hawaii.
Prior to joining GSA, Alex was the Deputy Director of Community and Government Affairs at the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department. In addition to managing the Department’s government relations activities, he developed and implemented strategies for legislative policies and community outreach.
He previously served as a Legislative Aide to former San Francisco Supervisor Bevan Dufty and as former Mayor Gavin Newsom’s Neighborhood Liaison and Special Assistant for LGBT Affairs.
Alex graduated from Grossmont Community College in 2003, the University of California, Berkeley, with a BA in Political Science and Public Policy in 2006, and earned a Masters of Public Administration from San Francisco State University in 2012.
He has also been a Board Member of the SF LGBT Center, the Alice B. Toklas Democratic Club, and currently serves on UC Berkeley's California Alumni Association Board and the San Francisco AIDS Foundation’s STRUT Health Center Community Advisory Board.
He lives in the Castro / Upper Market neighborhood with his husband
and Navy Officer Lt. Trevor Nguyen.
Rafael Mandelman was elected to the Board of Trustees in November
2012. A Deputy City Attorney with the City of Oakland, Trustee
Mandelman practices primarily in the areas of real estate, economic
development, and affordable housing. He is currently serving his
second term as President of the Board of Trustees.
Trustee Mandelman has been active on a variety of public and nonprofit boards, having served as a commissioner on San Francisco’s Building Inspection Commission and Board of Appeals, a member of the Bay Area Jewish Community Relations Council and past president of the Board of Directors of Livable City. He currently serves as Board Co-Chair at the San Francisco LGBT Community Center. A past president of the Noe Valley and Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Clubs, Trustee Mandelman has been an elected member of the San Francisco Democratic County Central Committee since 2006.
Trustee Mandelman grew up in San Francisco, attending Lick-Wilmerding High School prior to earning a B.A. in History from Yale College, a Master of Public Policy from Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and a law degree from UC Berkeley’s Boalt Hall School of Law.
Having assumed office at a challenging time for the College, Trustee Mandelman is confident in the institution’s capacity to survive and thrive in the years to come. He welcomes comments, feedback and suggestions at email@example.com.
John Rizzo was elected Board Vice President in 2010. He was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2006. He chairs the Board’s Facilities, Infrastructure and Technology Committee, and is a member of the Planning and Budgeting Committee.
Trustee Rizzo has been active with City College promoting clean energy and environmental initiatives. He coauthored a resolution passed by the Board that commits City College to creating a sustainability plan and to study green jobs training programs. Until recently, he served as the chair of the Sierra Club San Francisco Bay Chapter, made up of 40,000 members in four counties. His work with the Sierra Club includes fighting global warming, conserving water resources, and working for better public transportation. He has helped to pass ballot measures that fund solar energy and that require Muni to buy cleaner city buses. Before he was elected, Rizzo served on City College’s Bond Oversight Committee, working for fiscal responsibility and accountability in the spending of public bond funds.
Rizzo also serves the city as a Commissioner on the Golden Gate Park Concourse Authority. He has worked for improvements to public safety, the lowering of speed limits in the park, and the creation of crosswalks and bicycle lanes. John Rizzo is an author, writer, and content publisher, writing about computer technology and enterprise systems. He has written a number of books about computers, has taught adult education and has written educational materials. John also appears at industry conferences to speak about technology issues. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from Rutgers University.
Trustee Rizzo welcomes feedback, comments and suggestions by email
Thea Selby was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2014, and elected by her peers as Board Vice President in 2015. Trustee Selby is eager to work with the board to continue City College’s accreditation, to increase enrollment, and to move City College forward in the 75th year of its existence towards a sustainable, equitable, and accessible educational institution.
When Thea and her family moved to the Lower Haight 1999, she became concerned with safety issues with her neighborhood and co-founded the Lower Haight Merchant + Neighbor Association to fight for a safe and inclusive neighborhood. To activate the neighborhood and to help the merchants, she developed quarterly ArtWalks, spearheaded a block-long mural with over 30 muralists, and helped raise $50,000 to create a 10’ bronze Silly Pink Bunny in the 440-unit development 55 Laguna.
To learn more how government and large capital infrastructure projects worked, she applied and was appointed to a position on Citizen’s General Obligation Bond Oversight Committee and served as its Chair. During her tenure, she increased the number of times the committee met to oversee $7B of city bonds and established subcommittees by bond for better oversight.
As a mom with kids and no car, she depends upon Muni to get around. She was one of the first members of the San Francisco Transit Riders Union (www.sftransitriders.org), and is the current interim Chair. She fought for Free Muni for Youth, and recently worked with a coalition of groups to pass a $500M transportation bond, and a measure that requires Muni funding to grow with population. Building on her experience with large capital projects and transportation, she applied and was appointed in 2014 to the state-wide California High Speed Rail Authority, the governing body for the $68B infrastructure project that will bring High Speed Rail from San Francisco to Los Angeles.
In the midst of this she continues to fight for women. She is a former board member of the SF Women’s Political Committee (SFWPC) and co-wrote legislation with then Supervisor David Chiu that would make the Mayoral appointment process more open and transparent to encourage a more diverse range of applicants for appointments to commissions and committees. She is co-founder of Exceptional Women in Publishing (www.ewip.org), and started the annual EWIP Women’s Leadership Conference for women in media 7 years ago in San Francisco. She is a proud 2010 graduate of Emerge, a program that teaches Democratic women to run for political office.
Trustee Selby is Principal of Next Steps Marketing, a call-to-action
digital marketing company that builds and engages audiences. She is a
graduate of UC Berkeley with a degree in Soviet Studies, and received
her MBA from the University of Oregon in International Business and
Marketing. She is married and has two children soon to go to
Tom Temprano was elected to the Board of Trustees in November 2016. As Trustee his top priorities are to create a common sense budget that prioritizes getting resources into our classrooms, to get San Francisco students into City College by rebuilding the relationship with the San Francisco Unified School District and to ensure that City College has the classes and programs that students want and need to be successful.
He is proud small business owner and long-time community activist. Born in Ventura, California, he is the son of a public school teacher and public health nurse. He attended public schools in California from grade school through college, moving to San Francisco in 2004 to attend San Francisco State University.
Tom served as President of the Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club in 2013 and 2014. As President, he ensured that the club was the first LGBT organizations to join the Save City College Coalition and met with numerous elected officials to demand that they act swiftly to preserve City College’s accreditation. Among the club’s victories under his leadership was the successful outcome of the 2013 BART strike, in which the club played a strong community role, the preservation of many of LGBTQ nightlife venues and electoral successes for progressive candidates and causes including the passage of the 2014 City College Parcel Tax.
He and a business partner opened Virgil's Sea Room, a neighborhood bar in San Francisco's Mission District in June of 2013, and it has quickly become an anchor small business for a growing and diverse neighborhood. Tom is an outspoken advocate for San Francisco’s small businesses as the small business community representative and past co-chair of the SOMA Community Stabilization Fund Community Advisory Committee. He is a founding board member of San Francisco’s Mission-Bernal Merchants Association.
Tom is excited about the opportunity to serve the students, faculty
and staff of City College and welcomes comments and feedback at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shanell Williams is Community Engagement Specialist for the
California Preterm Birth Initiative and a member of the Board of
Trustees at City College of San Francisco. Over the past 16 years,
Shanell has served thousands of San Franciscans as an informed,
passionate and dedicated public advocate, nonprofit leader and
community organizer. From mentoring youth trapped in cycles of
incarceration—to saving city college from a near loss of accreditation
and closure for the past four years— Shanell has worked tirelessly to
improve all San Franciscan’s quality of life. She has worked for
numerous nonprofit agencies and labor organizations dedicated to
improving the quality of life of marginalized, low-income communities
such as: the Center for Young Women’s Development, Youth Leadership
Institute, UNITE HERE Local 2, Jobs with Justice SF, and Urban
Services YMCA to name a few.
Shanell is a 2005 Jefferson Award recipient and was honored for her work in co-founding Youth Treatment and Education Court Leadership Fellows, as she helped develop a curriculum to train court administrators, judges, probation officers and thousands of service providers nationwide in culturally competent drug treatment for youth. She also received the 2013 San Francisco Bay Guardian Local Hero Award for her CCSF advocacy, as well as the Harvey Milk Democratic Club’s “City College Champion” Award in 2014. Shanell is a graduate of Women’s Policy Institute, the Women’s Initiative for Self-Employment, an Emerge California 2016 alumna, and has served on the San Francisco Youth Commission, the Juvenile Justice Commission and other community boards.