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Diana Perez
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President - Board term expires Dec 2022
Phone: 805-922-4573

Diana Perez was raised in Salinas, California and graduated from Salinas High School in 1984.  As the eldest daughter of five, Diana aspired to help her mother (who worked in the fields) and her younger siblings strive for a better life.  She enrolled and graduated from Hartnell College then transferred to UC Santa Barbara and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science.  Diana worked two jobs to earn enough money to attend Fresno State and earned a Master’s Degree in Education, Counseling and Student Services in 1994.  Immediately after, she was hired by Santa Barbara City College as an ESL Counselor, then UC Santa Barbara as an EAOP Admission Counselor and currently is the Director of the Central Coast Cal-SOAP Consortium at Allan Hancock College.  Diana Perez has three children including a recent graduate from Righetti High School. 

Diana Perez was appointed to the Santa Maria Joint Union High School District in February of 2014, then elected to the board in November of 2014.  As a parent and educator with over twenty years of experience in higher education, and a former commissioner for the Off-Highway Motor Vehicles Recreation (OHMVR), Diana is fully committed to contributing toward enhancing educational opportunities for all district students.  



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