County Board of Education

The Contra Costa County Board of Education works with the County Superintendent of Schools to provide leadership, service, and support to the districts and all students of Contra Costa County through teamwork, communication, integrity, creativity, expertise, and advocacy for all learners. 

Communications to members of the Board are public records and may be subject to disclosure under the California Public Records Act – California Government Code, Section 6250 et seq.  This means that information submitted to the Board may be posted on the Board’s website or otherwise made available to members of the public for inspection and/or copying.  Please note that members of the public are not obligated to provide personal identifying information in communications to the Board.


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Consuelo Lara 


Area 1: El Cerrito, El Sobrante, Kensington, San Pablo, and parts of Pinole and Richmond

Term Expires:  12/13/2024


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Sarah G. Butler,
Vice President


Area 2: Crockett, Hercules, Lafayette, Moraga, Orinda, Port Costa, Rodeo, and parts of Alamo, Concord, Martinez, Pinole, Pleasant Hill, Richmond, and Walnut Creek

Term Expires 12/09/2022

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Anamarie Avila Farias

Area 3: Pacheco and parts of Clayton, Concord, Martinez, Pittsburg, Pleasant Hill, and Walnut Creek

Term Expires:  12/13/2024


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Mike Maxwell


Area 4: Blackhawk, Byron, Danville, Diablo, Discovery Bay, San Ramon, and parts
of Alamo, Antioch, Brentwood, Clayton, and Concord

Term Expires: 12/09/2022

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Annette Lewis,  President


Area 5: Bethel Island, Clyde, Knightsen, Oakley, and parts of Antioch, Bay Point, Brentwood, and Pittsburg

Term Expires:  12/09/2022


Communications to the Board constitute public records and may be disclosed to members of the public pursuant to
the California Public Records Act.


The Contra Costa County Board of Education is the elected Board of Education for the County of Contra Costa. The Board of Education consists of five members elected by trustee districts to staggered four-year terms. Each Board member represents a different area of the county and must be a registered voter in that area. In accordance with the California Education Code and certain other rules and laws, the Contra Costa County Board of Education the County Office of Education.

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Map is intended for general reference only and should not be used for legal or navigational purposes.


The Board establishes educational policies for the programs administered by the County Office of Education. These programs include Special Education, Educational Opportunities, and Career Development. The Board also:

  • Approves selected curriculum for education programs operated by the County Office of Education.

  • Reviews and approves the County Office of Education budget.

  • Hears appeals on interdistrict transfer disputes and expulsion cases.

  • Adopts the standard list of school supplies, educational films, and supplemental materials for use by districts in the County.

  • Provides resources and information to school district governing boards.

  • Advocates on behalf of education on the local, state and national levels.

  • Acts as the County Committee on School District Organization, which reviews changes in school district boundaries.

2019-20 County Board of Education Goals (PDF)


To speak at a Board meeting, complete a Speaker's Card available on the table at the front of the meeting room and submit the card to the Clerk to the Board prior to the meeting.

To include printed materials in Board packets, submit the materials to the County Office of Education by 5:00 p.m. on the Wednesday of the week preceding the meeting.


Title Name (click to email) Phone Fax
Clerk to the Board of Education Michelle Kiernan (925) 942-3380 (925) 472-0875
Clerk to the Board of Education
Alex Birdsell (925) 942-3433
(925) 472-0875
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