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The board of trustees of the South San Francisco Unified School District works to: (1) Ensure all students thrive and capitalize on life’s opportunities. (2) Enhance relationships with families, partner agencies, and other constituents for the benefit of all students. (3) Ensure equity throughout the district by:
  • Raising academic achievement for all students.
  • Assuring fiscal responsibility and accountability.
  • Providing the facilities to ensure an environment for successful teaching and learning.
John BakerBoard President
John C. Baker
Mr. Baker was appointed to the board in January 2016, elected in November 2016, and re-elected in 2018. He has served as vice president, was selected to be president in December 2018, and became board clerk beginning December 12, 2019. He currently serves as the Board President. He is the father of two children, one enrolled in a SSFUSD middle school, and one a high school graduate of 2022. He works as a grant administrator and graduated from public schools, earning a Master of Public Administration degree from San Francisco State University (SFSU). Prior to his appointment as a trustee, Mr. Baker served as a member of the SSF Library Board, the SSF Housing Authority, and the SamTrans Citizens Advisory Committee. He is a graduate of the California School Board Association's Masters in Governance program. Term expires 2022. [email protected]
Mina RichardsonBoard Vice President
Mina A. Richardson
Mrs. Richardson was elected to the board in November 2018. She currently serves as Board Vice President. She is a long-time resident and the mother of three sons who attended SSFUSD schools.  She had a career as an Allied Health imaging professional (AS degree) and was a music major at Sacramento State University. She was most recently a brand ambassador for Fortune 500 companies. In prior years, Mrs. Richardson was a member of Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder (CHAADD), worked as a fundraiser and group donor to the Child Care Center in Westborough Park, and volunteered at the San Francisco Opera. She is currently a community activist providing opposing arguments on SSF ballot Measure W and generally campaigns against government-imposed taxes that impact working families. Mrs. Richardson is bilingual in Spanish. Her goal is to promote SSFUSD's excellent schools and programs which have much to offer our youth. She is a graduate of the California School Board Association's Masters in Governance program. Term expires 2022. [email protected]
Daina Lujan
Board Clerk
Daina Lujan
Ms. Lujan was appointed as a trustee in February 2016 and elected in November 2016. She has served as vice president and president and was selected to be board clerk in December 2021. Ms. Lujan has lived in South San Francisco since 2009 and is the mother of one child. She is a former planning commissioner for the City of South San Francisco and also currently serves on the Transportation Authority’s citizens advisory committee and the City/County Association of Government’s bicycle/pedestrian advisory committee. Ms. Lujan is a graduate of the California School Board Association's Masters in Governance program. Term expires 2024. [email protected] 
Patricia Murray
Board Member
Patricia Murray
Mrs. Murray was elected to the board in November 2016. She was selected to be vice-president in December 2018. In December 2019, she began serving as Board president for the 2019-2020 school year. She has served on various SSFUSD committees and has been a PTA parent volunteer for the past 20 years. Mrs. Murray said she is working to make SSFUSD the best it can be. She is a graduate of the California School Board Association's Masters in Governance program. Term expires 2024. [email protected]
Chialin HsiehBoard Member
Chialin Hsieh
Dr. Hsieh was appointed to the board on March 25, 2021. She has worked in the education field for the last 20 years and is currently a Interim  Vice President of Instruction at Cañada College. She and her family have lived in South San Francisco for the last 11 years. Her son attended SSFUSD schools and graduated from El Camino High School  in 2020. Dr. Hsieh has been involved in school site councils at both Alta Loma Middle School and ECHS. She wants to use her enthusiasm for education and collaborative spirit to keep the SSFUSD moving forward to benefit the students. Term expires 2022. [email protected]


Educational Equity at SSFUSD
Set direction for the community's schools:
  • Focus on student learning and assessment needs, using data.
  • Generate, review, or revise direction-setting documents (e.g., beliefs, vision, priorities, strategic goals, success indicators).
  • Ensure these documents are the driving force for district efforts.
  • Ensure use of appropriate, inclusive processes.


Establish effective, efficient structure for the school district:

  • Employ the superintendent and set policy for hiring of personnel.
  • Oversee  development  and adoption of district policies.
  • Adopt and set a direction for curriculum.
  • Establish budget priorities, adopt  budgets, and oversee facility issues.
  • Provide direction for and vote to accept collective bargaining agreements.


Demonstrate support through behavior and actions:

  • Act with professional demeanor that models the district's beliefs and vision.
  • Make decisions and provide resources that support mutually agreed upon priorities and goals.
  • Uphold board- approved district policies.
  • Ensure a positive  climate for employees.
  • Be knowledgeable enough about district efforts to explain them to the public.


Ensuring public accountability:

  • Evaluate the superintendent.
  • Monitor, review, and revise policies.
  • Serve as a judicial and appeals body.
  • Monitor student achievement and program effectiveness and adjust programs as indicated.
  • Monitor and adjust district finances.
  • Monitor the collective bargaining process.


Demonstrate community leadership:

  • Speak with a common voice about district priorities, goals, and issues.
  • Engage and involve the community in district and school activities.
  • Communicate clear information about district policies, programs, and finances.
  • Educate the community and the public about issues facing the district and public education.
  • Advocate for children, district programs, and public education to the general public, community leaders, and local, state, and national leaders.