Nadia Lockyer gets community colleges board seat

Nadia LockyerGov. Arnold Schwarzenegger yesterday named Nadia Lockyer – a candidate for the Alameda County Board of Supervisors’ District 2 seat in this June’s election, and the wife of state Treasurer Bill Lockyer – to the California Community Colleges Board of Governors.

She issued a statement today saying she’s honored. “At a time when budget cuts are threatening higher education, I will work especially hard to strengthen California’s Community Colleges. As unemployment projections look bleak, California’s Community Colleges are the key to economic recovery, giving us hope for a bright future.”

Lockyer, 38, of Hayward, is executive director of the Alameda County Family Justice Center and is a Democrat; her appointment is subject to the state Senate’s confirmation.

The Board of Governors sets policy and provides guidance for the 72 districts and 110 colleges of California’s system of Community Colleges, which has more than 2.9 million students. The 17-member board is appointed by the governor, comprised of two tenured community-college faculty members, one voting classified employee, two community college students and 12 California citizens.

It would be hard to believe this appointment, less than five months before Lockyer faces former state Sen. Liz Figueroa, D-Sunol, and other local officials in the election to succeed Gail Steele on the Board of Supervisors, is purely coincidental. If she’s confirmed – and I see no reason to believe she won’t be – it’s a feather in Lockyer’s campaign cap and a (modest) bully pulpit for someone whose last public office was one term on the Santa Ana Unified School District Board of Trustees about a decade ago.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

  • Elwood

    Aw, isn’t that sweet!