Dr. Margaret R. Quiñones-Perez was elected to the Santa Monica Community College District Board of Trustees in November 2000 and was re-elected in 2004 and 2008. She has previously served as as vice chair and as chair in 2004.
Prior to 2000, she served eight years as a trustee on the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Board, including one year as board president.
A Lead Counselor at El Camino College, Dr. Quiñones-Perez has had broad experience at community colleges and social service agencies. She has also been active in several professional and community organizations, primarily in education and Latino organizations.
A graduate of Santa Monica College, she received her bachelor's degree in mental health research methods from California State University at Dominguez Hills, a master's in counseling psychology from the University of Southern California, and a doctorate in educational leadership from UCLA. She was also a fellow of the JFK Harvard School of Government.
Dr. Quiñones-Perez was the first Latina elected to the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Board and the first Latina elected to the Santa Monica College Board of Trustees.
Dr. Quiñones-Perez is a former member of the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges. The Board of Governors sets policy and provides guidance for the 72 districts and 109 colleges that constitute the system. As a member of the Board of Governors, appointed by the state’s Governor, she interacted with state and federal officials and other state organizations. She participated in selecting a Chancellor for the system. The Chancellor, through a formal process of consultation, brings recommendations to the Board, which has the legislatively granted authority to develop and implement policy for the colleges.
She serves on the Board of National Hispana Leadership Institute and is an associate member of the state Association of Community College Trustees' Finance and Audit Committee.
She says her professional and policy experience is deeply grounded in all student success, student equality and a committed position in Latino and African-American student access and success.