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You are invited to attend Board of Education meetings and take an active role in the education provided by the school district. We appreciate your interest and participation. Your viewpoint is important in keeping our public schools responsive to the needs of the community. We also encourage you to visit any one of the Newark Unified School District schools.

Board Members

Phuong Nguyen

Phuong Nguyen

President, Term Ends Dec. 2024

Ms. Phuong Nguyen was appointed to the Board of Education in September 2019 and elected in 2020.  Her family has been residing in Newark for the past 30 years.  Ms. Nguyen, and her siblings, are products of Newark schools and is proud to have her two children enrolled in the district.  Ms. Nguyen strongly believes that public education builds strong, resilient, compassionate, talented professionals, innovators, and the leaders of tomorrow.  Ms. Nguyen understands that it takes team-effort, collaborative work from district staff at all levels, and a strong partnership with parents, students, extended families, and the community at large to help develop and prepare students for their future endeavors in higher education or career trade.  Ms. Nguyen has a degree in Sociology and a minor in Psychology from the University of Arizona.  Ms. Nguyen has 22 years of work experience in local government, strategic planning, and IT systems implementation.

 
Aidan Hill

Aiden Hill

Board Member, Term Ends Dec. 2024

Mr. Aiden Hill is a California native and a homeowner in Newark since 2001. For the bulk of his career, he has served as a management consultant helping top executives lead mission-critical efforts across a variety of industries. In recent years, Mr. Hill decided he wanted to give back to the next generation of Californians and has transitioned into a new role as a business teacher at Cupertino High School. Mr. Hill earned his undergraduate degree in History from Pomona College, a Master's in Business Administration from Michigan State University, and a Preliminary Teaching Credential from San Jose State University. He is looking forward to working with board members, staff, teachers, and the community at large to make NUSD one of the highest performing districts in the nation.

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Terrence Grindall

Terrence Grindall

Vice President & Clerk, Term Ends Dec. 2022

Mr. Terrence Grindall is a long-time Newark resident with a strong interest in seeing Newark schools be world-class institutions. A product of public education, Terrence attended San Francisco and San Jose State Universities, studying Sociology and Urban Planning. He has 30 years of experience in community development and is deeply committed to improving the Newark community.  He believes that schools should provide a challenging and welcoming learning environment to all students, no matter their background or resources. He is committed to a culture of transparency, robust community input, and the highest ethical standards.

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Bowen Zhang

Bowen Zhang

Board Member, Term Ends Dec. 2024

Mr. Bowen Zhang moved to Newark in 2012. Professionally, Mr. Zhang is a software engineer in Silicon Valley and has worked at several successful startups. Currently, Mr. Zhang works at Snowflake Inc., a cloud data platform company. On the School Board, Mr. Zhang is passionate about making sure our students acquire the right skills to thrive in the knowledge-based economy in the 21st century. Mr. Zhang immigrated to America with his family at the age of 17. He has a Master's degree in Software Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and a Bachelor's degree in both Applied Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley.

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Alicia Marquez

ALICIA MARQUEZ

Board Member, Term Ends Dec. 2022

Ms. Marquez was appointed to the Board of Education in September 2021. Her family has resided in Newark for over 50 years. Ms. Marquez moved to Newark to join her family 32 years ago from San Luis Obispo. Ms. Marquez has two children who attended Newark Unified schools since Kindergarten, both graduating from Newark Memorial High School. Her family is well-rooted within the Newark Unified School District, having graduated more than 35 family members from Newark Memorial. Ms. Marquez believes strongly in public education and in providing equitable avenues for students to take in order to achieve the same outcome; graduation. Ms. Marquez firmly believes no student is more important than another and any planning, decision making, or actions taken should reflect the best interests of every student that we serve in our school communities. She believes it is imperative that we appreciate each of our school’s diversity, unique, and shifting needs, while focusing on the students served, their needs and retention.  Ms. Marquez is certified in Human Resources through UC Santa Cruz. She holds an AA In Liberal Arts from Ohlone College, a BA in Liberal Arts from Cal State East Bay, and completed her Graduate Program at Cal State East Bay, earning her Multiple Subject Credential. Ms. Marquez's educational career, of more than 17 years, has been in Alternative Education. She has served on ELAC, DELAC, Professional Development, and Site Council committees for more than ten years and is a certified state TOT for the CELDT/ELPAC assessment. Ms. Marquez has served more than 25 years in community volunteerism within the Tri-cities.

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