The five Board of Education members are elected by trustee area by voters of the district to serve four-year terms. In addition, a selection process involving high school students determines a non-voting student representative who sits on the Board.
Among its many duties, the Board adopts the annual budget and approves all expenditures, establishes district policy, authorizes employment of personnel, approves curriculum textbooks and courses of study, and makes decisions on all contracts.
The Superintendent is the chief executive officer of the district and serves as Secretary to the Board of Education.
Regular meetings of the Board of Education are held on the first and third Tuesdays of each month in the boardroom of the district's Education Center, 10331 Stanford Avenue, beginning at 7 p.m. Special meetings may be called when necessary; the agenda, location and time will be announced in advance.
Persons with a disability who require a disability-related accommodation or modification, including auxiliary aids and services in order to participate in a Board meeting, shall contact the Superintendent’s Office by noon on the Friday before the scheduled regular meeting. Requests shall be made by calling (714) 663-6111 or by fax to (714) 663-6100.
Lan Nguyen was named President on the Garden Grove Unified School District Board of Education in December 2016. He is also a practicing attorney. He earned a Bachelor Degree from University of California, Riverside and a law degree from UC Hastings College of Law. Lan is also a former Garden Grove Planning Commissioner and graduate of Bolsa Grande High School. Lan was elected in 2002 and his present term expires November 2018.
Bob Harden is a trustee on the Garden Grove Unified School District Board of Education and represents the district on the California School Boards Association Delegate Assembly. He is also a computer consultant; graduate of California State University, Long Beach; and former member of the City of Garden Grove General Plan Advisory Committee. Bob was elected in 1994 and his present term expires November 2018.
Walter Muneton is a proud graduate of Santiago High School. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Services from California State University, Dominguez Hills. He has worked for more than five years for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Garden Grove; first as a caseworker, and then as Director for the GGUSD Truancy Reduction Center located at Hare High School. He has also served one term as a Neighborhood Improvement Commissioner for the City of Garden Grove. Mr. Muneton is currently a Social Work graduate level student at California State University, Long Beach. Elected in 2016, Walter's present term expires November 2020.
Dina Nguyen is an attorney and serves on the board of directors for the Orange County Water District. Elected in 2016, her present term expires November 2020.
Teri has dedicated her career to GGUSD, serving 14 years as an instructional aide and school community liaison and 19 years as a first grade bilingual teacher at Russell Elementary School. While at Russell, she also served as a district bilingual mentor teacher and a parent educator. She retired from GGUSD after 9 years at the District Office as the Supervisor of Parent and Community Outreach. A long-term resident of Garden Grove and a GGUSD graduate of Pacifica High School, Teri received her Master of Science and Administrative Credential at Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology and her B.A. at California State University Long Beach. Elected in 2016, her present term expires November 2020.
Los Amigos High School student Orbelin Portillo has demonstrated a strong commitment to academic and personal success. He has made the Principal's Honor Roll since 2013 and is a member of the National Society of High School Scholars. An AVID student, Orbelin plans to attend college and major in philosophy to pursue a career as a philosophy teacher or lawyer. Outside of the classroom, Orbelin is captain of the Los Amigos track and field and cross country teams, defensive back on the football team, and co-president of Boys League. He has received several awards for being an outstanding athlete, team captain, and serving as an inspiration to his fellow athletes. Outside of school, he volunteers as a youth group leader in Santa Ana, and enjoys speaking French, biking, hiking, and serving the community.
Dr. Gabriela Mafi is in her fourth year as Superintendent of Garden Grove Unified School District, a high-performing, diverse, urban California district serving nearly 45,000 students. Prior to being appointed Superintendent, Dr. Mafi served the district as Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Education, Director of 7-12 Instruction and Principal. She also serves as Adjunct Faculty at University of Southern California, where she earned her doctorate and previously served as Executive Director of the Ed.D. Program. Prior to joining GGUSD, Dr. Mafi held administrative positions as an assistant principal, district coordinator, and curriculum writer as well as a teacher at various levels.
The fifth of six children, Gabriela grew up in challenging circumstances in South Los Angeles. As a first-generation college student, Dr. Mafi is passionate about addressing issues of equity and access and has worked tirelessly on issues such as increasing the district's a-g rate, which has doubled under her leadership, and widening access to AP coursework. She personally mentors high-poverty students and has been instrumental in establishing wide-spread district college mentoring programs. She and her husband, Eugene, a high school teacher, are parents of three children: two adults and a medically fragile infant.