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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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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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KATHERINE JONES

Board Member, Term Ends Dec. 2026

Ms. Katherine Jones has been involved in education for over 40 years.  She graduated from Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo with a BS in Home Economics focusing on Interior Design and Textiles. From there she went into business for 4 years, before attending Santa Clara University, where she received her teaching credential. She began teaching for NUSD in 1988 and retired in June of 2022. Throughout her career, she worked with four publishers in various capacities including curriculum development, sales, and staff development facilitation. In addition, she was involved with curriculum development and staff development training for the district. Ms. Jones was a key member in the creation of the district’s sophisticated Educator Effectiveness and Evaluation (E3) system, a process which includes both an evaluation process by an administrator and a self-reflection tool ensuring educator growth and improvement. She also completed CSUEB’s Educational Leadership Academy in 2000. As a lifelong educator, she was not ready to leave education and ran for school board. She understands the needs of teachers, classified staff, and students. She has worked with many parents listening to their concerns and promoting open communication with all stakeholders.  Ms. Jones has been a resident of Newark since 2000 where her two children attended NUSD beginning in elementary school. Ms. Jones looks forward to helping the district reach its goal of creating a world-class education for all our students and a respected environment for the staff to work within.

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