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Governing Board Members

The Governing Board is the official elected body of the College District. Its primary role is to set the overall operating policies of the College District. The Chancellor, who is appointed by the Governing Board, carries out these policies. The five Board members are elected for four year terms by registered voters in geographical divisions. There is also one student member selected by the student body, who serves for one year. The student member has an advisory vote.

Governing Board Meetings and Agendas

The Governing Board typically meets on the fourth Wednesday of the month in the District Office Board Room at the George R. Gordon Education Center, located at 500 Court Street, Martinez. Most meetings begin with a closed session at 5:00 p.m., followed by open session at 6:00 p.m. Three study sessions are held each year in April, July and November. These meetings typically begin with closed session at 3:00 p.m., followed by open session at 4:00 p.m. Click here for a full schedule of Governing Board meetings.

The Governing Board agenda is prepared by the Chancellor's office in consultation with the Governing Board. The agenda is available for public viewing three business days before the meeting. You may find a copy of the agenda posted outside the District Office at 500 Court Street, Martinez. You may also view the Governing Board Agenda online. Requests to appear on the agenda shall be in accordance with Board Policy 1002.

Board meetings begin with a call to order by the Board President. A period for public comments on items not on the agenda will be called by the Board President. You can participate by contacting the Board Secretary when you enter the Board Room and by filling out a yellow speaker's card. Once recognized by the Board President, approach the podium and state your name and address. If you wish to speak on an agendized item, wait until that item is presented and the Board President calls for public comments. Public comment is followed by consent, nonconsent action items and general agenda items.

Board meetings are recorded for minute purposes. Please use the microphone for all questions and comments. Citizens wishing to contact a Governing Board member are invited to call the Board Secretary at (925) 229-6821.

Governing Board Members

Name
Ward
Term Expires
II
December 4, 2020
III
December 7, 2018
I
December 7, 2018
V
December 4, 2020
IV
December 7, 2018
 
May 31, 2017
Vicki Gordon

Vicki Gordon, President

Representing Ward II

Vicki Gordon was born and raised in the East Bay and is a Diablo Valley College alumnus. She graduated from California State University East Bay (CSUEB) with a bachelor of science degree. in Business Administration, and later returned to CSUEB for her teaching credential and has taught in both the Pittsburg Unified School District and Martinez Unified School District (MUSD). She was elected to the MUSD Governing Board in 1997 and served for over 15 years.

Ms. Gordon has worked as a community volunteer, raising money for libraries, music, sports and classroom technology. She has also partnered with Martinez community leaders to help keep classroom sizes small, and bring green technology and innovative programs to school sites. She looks forward to working in higher education, forging closer ties between K-12 districts and community colleges, and making efficient use of the taxpayers' money.

Ms. Gordon’s family has a long tradition of supporting education in the county. Her father-in-law, the late George R. Gordon, was one of the founding fathers of the Contra Costa Community College District. Ms. Gordon’s mother, Brenda Byers, was a MUSD teacher and administrator for 30 years. Ms. Gordon and her husband have two children.

Timothy J. Farley

Timothy J. Farley, Vice President

Representing Ward III

As a third‐generation Contra Costan, Timothy J. Farley has spent a lifetime in community service. In 1978, the Martinez Chamber of Commerce honored Mr. Farley as Young Man of the Year for "Outstanding Contribution to the Community." Mr. Farley earned his associate degree from Diablo Valley College and received his bachelor’s degree in political science/public service from UC Davis. After graduation, he worked for State Assembly member Robert Campbell and was later elected to the Martinez City Council in 1990 and 1994. During his tenure, Mr. Farley balanced eight public budgets and led the charge on the smoking ban in public places. This effort later became the model for the statewide smoking ban.

In 1996, Mr. Farley was appointed to the United States Electoral College. In subsequent years, he worked as a financial advisor, specializing in socially responsible investing. He has also written a public affairs column for the Martinez-Pleasant Hill Record. A founding member of the Luncheon Society, a public affairs roundtable, Mr. Farley has been a longtime advocate for veterans and nontraditional students.

Currently the director of community and government relations for Saint Mary's College of California, Mr. Farley is married and has two adult sons.

John E. Márquez

John E. Márquez, Secretary

Representing Ward I

Mr. Márquez attended Contra Costa College (CCC) and San Francisco State University where he obtained his associate of arts degree and his bachelor of arts degree, respectively. He attended University of Hastings College of Law for two years and attended graduate courses at California State University, Hayward (now known as California State University East Bay) and San Jose State University, earning a California Community College Teaching credential qualifying him to teach Spanish, Psychology, and Ethnic Studies. As a CCC student in 1970, he co-founded the La Raza Studies Department. Mr. Márquez has worked as a Human Relations Specialist for the City of Richmond and as Deputy Labor Commissioner and Labor Standards Investigator with the Office of State Labor Commissioner, Department of Industrial Relations. He is also a Certified Spanish/English Interpreter and has his own business: Márquez & Associates.

Mr. Márquez was first appointed to the Richmond City Council in 1985, and has served numerous terms on the Council. He has been a member of the Contra Costa Democratic Central Committee and was a State Delegate to the California Democratic Central Committee. Mr. Márquez and his wife have two sons, three daughters, and 12 grandchildren.

Greg Enholm

Greg Enholm, Member

Representing Ward V

Greg Enholm has been a homeowner in East Contra Costa County since 1996, and was elected in November 2012 to represent Ward V. Mr. Enholm's community involvement has included being District 5 County Library Commissioner, representing non-Concord residents on the Concord Naval Weapons Station reuse planning committee, and serving on the Ambrose Recreation and Park District Board.

From 1981-92, Mr. Enholm was a financial economist for the Wisconsin Utility Regulatory Commission, a securities analyst at Merrill Lynch Mortgage Capital, Inc., and a vice president at Salomon Brothers in the stock research department where he advised institutional investors worldwide on 100 electric utility stocks issuing 40+ reports annually.

From 1992-98, Mr. Enholm had his own financial advisory firm in Oakland and published two books on utility financial and regulatory issues. Mr. Enholm was a math teacher in both public and private high schools, receiving a California Clear Single Subject (Mathematics) Credential from California State University, East Bay. He also taught mathematics at Heald College and has taught economics, finance, mathematics, and statistics as a DeVry University visiting professor since 2012.

Mr. Enholm earned a bachelor's degree in business administration and a master's degree in economics from the University of Florida in 1974 and 1975, respectively.

Gary Walker-Roberts

Gary Walker-Roberts, Member

Representing Ward IV

Gary Walker-Roberts is a resident of Antioch and has a passion for education and leadership, especially on social change matters and is a voice for underrepresented minority individuals. He is the first openly lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual (LGBTQIA) person to serve on the Governing Board and will use his collaboration skills to advocate for equitable education for all students and more educational pathways to success.

Gary served as the District's Student Trustee for the 2015-16 academic year, and as the Los Medanos College Associated Student (LMCAS) President for the 2014-15 academic year. He is credited for spearheading the Los Medanos College (LMC) Veterans Advocacy Task Force that helped establish the District’s first Veterans Resource Center at LMC.

Gary graduated summa cum laude from LMC and received two associate of art degrees in Behavioral and Social Sciences and Arts and Humanities. Additionally, he graduated cum laude with a bachelor of arts degree in Ethnic Studies, Gender and Sexuality in the Community of Color from California State University, East Bay, and recently graduated cum laude from Arizona State University with a master’s degree in English.

With 15 years of experience in various leadership roles in the cosmetics industry, Gary is a fragrance expert/trainer and works for Louis Vuitton in San Francisco.

Gary enjoys traveling with his husband, Jason, a retired United States Marine Corps Major. Gary is also the proud parent of their two boxer dogs, Rocky and Rain.

Kwame Baah-Arhin

Kwame Baah-Arhin, Student Trustee

Kwame Baah-Arhin attends Middle College High School (MCHS), where he is concurrently enrolled at Contra Costa College (CCC). He plans to graduate with an Associate of Arts degree and a high school diploma in 2017.

Kwame is a strong advocate for students, particularly underrepresented students, and became the class president at MCHS in his freshman year. Subsequently, he joined the West Contra Costa Unified School District’s (WCCUSD) Youth Commission, and he has served on that Commission for the past three years. Kwame was also appointed to the position of student trustee for the WCCUSD and was one of two students who were the first students to be directly involved in selecting WCCUSD’s new superintendent.

Kwame has a deep appreciation for music and won Grand Prize at the Club Mendelsohn Music Scholarship Program in 2014. He believes every song has a story that can be interpreted in billions of different ways and he takes the time each day to interpret as many songs as possible.

Kwame plans to pursue his Ph.D. after graduating from MCHS and also hopes to serve the community that has inspired him throughout his educational career.


Need More Help?

Do you have other questions about the Governing Board? You can write to: Governing Board, Contra Costa Community College District, 500 Court Street, Martinez, CA 94553. The phone number of the Governing Board office is (925) 229-6821.