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Brown names East Bay people to education posts

Gov. Jerry Brown today appointed two East Bay people to influential education posts.

Lupe Garcia, 43, of Alameda, was appointed to the California State University Board of Trustees. Garcia has served in multiple positions at Gap Inc. since 1999, including associate general counsel, senior corporate counsel and corporate counsel; earlier, she served as an associate at Lafayette and Kumagai LLP from 1995 to 1999. Garcia is a member of the Ethics and Compliance Officer Association and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area. She earned a degree from the University of San Francisco School of Law. She is registered to vote without a party preference.

The trustees oversee the CSU system, adopting rules, regulations, and policies and exercising authority over curricular development, use of property, development of facilities, and fiscal and human resources management. The 25-member board meets six times per year.

And Brown named Bruce Holaday, 59, of Oakland, to the State Board of Education. Holaday has been director of educational advancement at Wildlife Associates since 2010. He was director of Newpoint Tampa High School from 2009 to 2010 and director of the Oakland Military Institute – a charter school Brown founded – from 2004 to 2009. Earlier, Holaday served in multiple positions at the Culver Academies from 1976 to 2004, including development director, director of summer programs and English teacher. Holaday is a Democrat.

The State Board of Education is the governing and policy-making body of the California Department of Education, setting K-12 education policy in the areas of standards, instructional materials, assessment, and accountability. It adopts textbooks for grades K-8, adopts regulations to implement laws, and can grant waivers of the Education Code. Its 11 members are appointed by the governor.

Both appointments require state Senate confirmation and carry a compensation of $100 per diem.

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.