Consuelo Lara Selected President

Contra Costa County Board of Education Selects Consuelo Lara as President
Posted on 12/16/2022
Consuelo Lara Selected as Board President

PLEASANT HILL, Calif.— Consuelo Lara, a longtime educator and community advocate, was selected as the Contra Costa County Board of Education President on Wednesday evening.
Lara, 73, succeeds Sarah Butler as Board President. She represents Area 1, which includes the cities of El Cerrito, El Sobrante, San Pablo, Pinole, and parts of Kensington and Richmond.
“I want to thank my colleagues on the County Board for trusting me to lead us in our work over the next year,” Lara said. “The last few years have shown us that the students we serve have tremendous needs and I look forward to working closely with Superintendent Mackey and my colleagues to ensure they have the resources necessary to be successful.”
As president, Lara will preside over County Board meetings, work with the Superintendent of Schools to prepare meeting agendas, appoint, form and dissolve committees subject to County Board approval, and represent the County Board as a spokesperson.
Lara was an educator in Contra Costa County for 38 years. She taught at the elementary, high school and adult school levels in Pittsburg, Martinez, San Pablo and Richmond. Before retiring, she taught for 16 years in the West Contra Costa Unified School District at Helms Middle School and Richmond High School. Since leaving the classroom, Lara has served as a Senior Peer Counselor for the elderly population in West County, founded a Future Teachers Club and mentored students at Richmond High School.
She was elected to the County Board in 2020 and previously served as a member of the West Contra Costa Unified School District Board of Education.
Mike Maxwell, who represents Area 4 (Blackhawk, Clayton, Danville, San Ramon, and parts of Alamo and Concord) was selected as Vice President.
About Contra Costa County Office of Education
One of 58 counties in the state of California, Contra Costa County has the 9th largest public-school student population in the state (approximately 158,401 students). Officially established in 1932, the CCCOE has a long history of providing direct services to some of our county's most vulnerable students, including young people who are incarcerated, homeless, or in foster care, as well as students who have severe physical or emotional challenges.
CCCOE also provides support services to schools and school districts in Contra Costa County; services that can be handled most effectively and economically on a regional basis rather than by each of the county's 285 schools or 18 school districts. These services range from budget approval and fiscal support to technology infrastructure, communication support, and high-level professional development opportunities for educators. CCCOE maintains a website at

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