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The student trustee is the student voice on the board of trustees.

The student trustee represents the interests of the entire community and provides perspective to ensure that future students will be well-served. In addition to serving on the board of trustees, the student trustee chairs the Student Advisory Committee, which provides a forum for communication and exchange of ideas, information, and concerns among students.

Eligibility, Elections, and Term of Office

To be eligible to run for student trustee, a student must be enrolled in at least five units at any Los Rios college. Student trustee elections are held during the spring semester every year. The term of office is one year and runs June through May.

Student Trustee Application

Current Student Trustee

Toni Schiffmaier

Jenn Galinato

June 2021 to May 2022

Jenn Galinato is a triple major in business administration and management, communications and marketing, and pre-law at Sacramento City College. She is a passionate advocate for all of the students in the Los Rios Community College District.

Prior to her new role, Jenn previously served in multiple positions within Sacramento City College's Student Senate in addition to serving students on the statewide level through Region II in the Student Senate for California Community Colleges (SSCCC). In her work throughout these roles, she advocated for increasing ethnic studies resources and continuing diversity, equity, and inclusion work.

During her time as this year's student trustee, she hopes to emphasize the importance of student advocacy, especially with the slow return to normalcy following the pandemic. She is a strong advocate on a number of important student issues: basic needs and financial aid, mental health resources, and sustainability amongst all four campuses for students. With students truly being at the forefront of change, she hopes that she can continue empowering and encouraging students to take the lead to inspire the next generation of student leaders.

Following her time with Los Rios upon graduating, Jenn plans on transferring to a four-year university to continue her studies. She then hopes to attend Stanford University for law school where she wishes to continue serving the people of her community and beyond, either in the courtroom or in public service.

Recent Past Student Trustees

  • Toni Schiffmaier, 2020 to 2021
  • Isabella-Marie Engel, 2019 to 2020
  • Danny Thirakul, 2018 to 2019
  • Evan Nguyen, 2017 to 2018
  • Marianna Sousa, 2016 to 2017
  • Cameron Weaver, 2015 to 2016
  • Omba Kipuke, 2014 to 2015
  • Ricardo Lemus, 2013 to 2014

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Legal Requirements

State law requires that governing boards of community college districts have at least one non-voting member who is chosen by the students. Read Education Code 72023.5 for more information.