Claudia Rossi elected to lead county schools

Former Morgan HIll schools trustee chosen by board

Claudi Rossi

Claudia Rossi of Morgan Hill is the new president of the Santa Clara County Board of Education.

The county school board on Dec. 11 elected its officers for 2020. Rossi, who was elected to the board in 2014, was named president, and Kathleen King, appointed to the board in 2018, was named vice president.

Rossi previously served on the board of Morgan Hill Unified School District. She is a staunch supporter of special education and of students and families who face socioeconomic and language adversity. She started a non-profit organization to help students from disadvantaged backgrounds who aspire to attend college, as well as a sports mentoring program to serve at-risk youth. Rossi takes over the gavel from Trustee Rosemary Kamei.

King is the chief executive officer of the Healthier Kids Foundation and former CEO of the Santa Clara Family Health Foundation; she has held elective office as a Saratoga city council member and mayor. She was the founder and chairman of Silicon Valley Children’s Hospital Foundation, and of the Saratoga-Monte Sereno Community Foundation. 

As the elected governing body of the Santa Clara County Office of Education (SCCOE), the board’s seven members approve the budget and set policies that guide the SCCOE in providing administrative, instructional and student services to the county’s 32 public school districts and its authorized charters. In addition to Rossi, King, and Kamei, members are Joseph Di Salvo, Grace Mah, Peter Ortiz and Anna Song.

The board holds regular meetings on the first and third Wednesday of the month at 5 p.m. in the San Jose Room of the county office.

More information on all of the board members can be found at

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