School Board

BUSD Board of Education 2017-18

The Berkeley Unified School District Board of Education, also called the School Board, is comprised of five elected directors (also called “members”) and two student directors, one chosen from Berkeley High, and one from Berkeley Technology Academy.  The School Board represents the public’s voice in public education, providing citizen governance over the school district.  The School Board is responsible for employing and evaluating the Superintendent; adopting policies, curriculum, and the District’s budget; overseeing the maintenance and development of facilities in the District; and negotiating and adopting collective bargaining agreements with the District’s four unions.

Members are elected in staggered four-year terms, with two seats on the Board up for election in November of Presidential election years, and three seats in the following even-numbered November election.

Each BUSD school has one or more Board members assigned as a Board liaison to that school. The list of schools and Board liaisons can be accessed here.

Contacting School Board Members:  All school board members have individual email addresses, which are listed below. You can also send one email that goes to all Board members by emailing Elected Board members also have office hours, generally once a month. The office hours for each Board member are listed below. You can also leave a voicemail message for the Board at 510-644-6550.


Josh Daniels


Josh Daniels, President (2018)
Office hours: Please email
Judy Appel Judy Appel, Vice President (2020)
judyappel@berkeley.netOffice hours:
Third Saturday of the month, 10am
Cafe Mo’Joe
2517 Sacramento St.
Berkeley, CA 94702
Judy Appel Ty Alper, Director (2018)
Last office hours until September will be on June 24
Last Sunday of every month, 3-4:30pm
Cafe Leila
1724 San Pablo Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94702
Beatriz Leyva-Cutler Beatriz Leyva-Cutler (2020)
First Monday of the month
Casa Latina
1805 San Pablo Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94702

If there is no community by 5:30 at Casa Latina — I will leave. If holiday falls on the first Monday of the month, office hours will be held the following Monday.  If you are unable to meet during office hours community is welcome to contact me via email regarding setting a time to meet if office hours are not agreeable.
Si no hay comunidad antes de las 5:30 en Casa Latina, me iré. Si hay dia festivo el primer lunes del mes, el horario de oficina se realizará el lunes siguiente. Si no puede reunirse durante el horario de oficina, la comunidad puede contactarse con migo por correo electrónico con respecto a establecer un horario para reunirse si las horas de oficina no son agradables.
Karen Hemphill Karen Hemphill (2018)
Second Saturday of the month
Cafe Leila
1724 San Pablo Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94702
Uma Nagarajan-Swenson Uma Nagarajan-Swenson, Student Director – BHS (2017-18)


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