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Meet Kelly

Educator - Advocate - Activist


Dear Friends,


I am running for a seat on the Los Rios Community College District Board of Trustees on Nov. 3 to represent Service Area 4. I am running because of my long-term commitment to public education. And I am running because this position is critical now as we struggle to recover from widespread economic and educational disruption in the months and years to come.
I have been an active community leader in our region for 29 years. That includes many years as a PTA president, Site Council Chair, Destination Imagination organizer, church youth group leader and Girl Scout leader. More recently, in March 2017, I co-founded and still lead Sister District CA-3. 

I also know firsthand that our community colleges change lives. I spent a decade working with community college faculty, traveling across California to learn about programs that led students to success. As a high school teacher, I’ve steered hundreds of high school students to Los Rios campuses. My husband is a community college graduate and four of my children have taken classes at Sacramento City College. This race is personal to me.  
As a trustee, I will apply my experience, passion and commitment to advocate for our students and communities. As I have for the past 29 years, I will show up and stand up for our shared values!

In service to you,

Kelly Wilkerson

Kelly has worked as both an English teacher and a career education teacher in Davis public schools for 17 years, supporting students of all abilities and building programs of excellence. She was named California’s media adviser of the year in 2017 and two of her students have been named national high school journalists of the year. She led teacher training programs on English language learners for the Yolo County Office of Education.
For a decade, Kelly worked for three community college organizations—the Community College Council for California Federation of Teachers, the Faculty Association for California Community Colleges, and the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges—to develop communications and advocacy programs. She has worked as a volunteer to pass school bond measures and parcel taxes.
Kelly co-founded and led a regional group that has worked to elect pro-education candidates all over the country. She has mobilized and inspired hundreds of volunteers. Her work was recognized by the City of Davis in 2019, when she received the Thong Hy Huynh Civil Rights Advocacy award for her community work.

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