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Board of Trustees

Our Current Windsor Unified School District Board of Trustees

  • Photos of Meadow and KaiCurrent term: 2023-24 School Year

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  • A photo of STEPHANIE AHMAD.Stephanie was elected to the Windsor School Board in November 2018 and is thrilled to serve as the Windsor community as a Board Trustee. Her philosophy is open and straightforward communication, anticipating problems and addressing them at early stages, and being accessible and building relationships.

    Stephanie grew up in Windsor and attended Windsor Schools from K-12th grade, back when she was Stephanie Diaz. She graduated from Windsor High School as co-valedictorian in 2002 and went on to earn her Bachelors degree from UC Berkeley and in 2006 and her law degree from Stanford Law School in 2011. In law school she was a student attorney with Stanford's Youth and Education Law Project, where she represented students in school disability and disciplinary proceedings and also worked on a lawsuit challenging the state of California to provide adequate funding for its public schools.

    A licensed attorney, Stephanie works in private practice for Greenberg Traurig LLP on employee benefits matters. In addition to her legal work, she has pursued her passion for education and the Windsor community by serving as President of the Windsor Educational Foundation and as a member of the Measure F Bond Oversight Committee. Her husband teaches high school Physics and Chemistry at Windsor High School and together they have two children who currently attend Cali.

    Original Election Date: November 2019
    Current Term: November 2022-26
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    Telephone: 707-888-1058

  • A photo of RICH CARNATION.Rich Carnation was elected to the Windsor School Board in November 2018. Rich wants to build on a community shared vision of Windsor’s schools being the best place for students to learn, teachers to teach and performers to perform. Rich is motivated to make sure our current and future students have it even better than the students that came before them.

    Rich brings many years of business experience to the Board. Rich is an entrepreneur by nature and is motivated to create and improve things. Rich is the founder of many successful business enterprises, he is the CEO of Windsors Waterworks Industries Inc., an Aquatic construction and management company as well as other business enterprises. Rich is very curious and inventive and has filed for various Patents and Trademarks in the Financial Services Sector, Solar Industry, Food Services Industry, Aquatics and Construction Industry, receiving two patents for his inventions in the Financial Services Industry.

    Rich has been involved with Windsor High School as the founding Head Wrestling Coach for all but two of the last twenty five years helping lead Windsor Wrestling to seven, North Coast Section Championships and a very long list of wrestling champions, many of whom have gone on to be very successful at the collegiate level. Rich was an early Board Member for the Windsor Boys and Girls Club, Windsor High Boosters, founded Windsor Wrestling Club and helped to build the first WHS football field. Rich and wife Becky have five children who have all gone through the various Windsor school campuses, with his youngest daughter a junior at the High School and his oldest grandson is a first grader at Mattie Washburn. Rich has been serving others his whole life and feels very grateful that he has been blessed to have a life full of mentors and hopes to now continue to serve others as a School Board Trustee.

    Original Election Date: November 2019
    Current Term: Nov. 2022 to 2026
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    Telephone: 707-495-6000

  • A photo of Paul CogornoPaul was elected to the Windsor School Board in November 2022 and is honored to serve the Windsor community as a Board Trustee. He is dedicated to putting students’ needs first and building the strongest possible environment to promote excellence, innovation, and harmony to make Windsor schools a model school district.

    Paul and his wife moved to Windsor in 1989. He raised his three sons in Windsor who all attended Windsor Unified Schools and graduated from Windsor High School. His wife was a teacher in the Windsor schools for over 20 years. Paul attended UC Berkeley and graduated with a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology. Later, he received his multi-subject teaching credential from Dominican College.

    Paul’s experience as an educator will strengthen the board. He taught in several grade levels, K-6, in Cloverdale. He was a pioneer in bringing technology to the district. He was on various committees, including LCAP, technology, curriculum, leadership, and grade level lead teacher. Paul will bring the viewpoint of someone who has first hand experience in the classroom and knows what it takes to help students achieve their maximum potential.

    Original Election Date: Nov. 2022
    Current Term: November 2022-2026
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  • Malinalli LopezMalinalli López started her position as a Trustee on the Windsor School Board in December of 2020. She is passionate about building equity and is excited about creating opportunities for youth in K-12, especially bilingual students. Born in Guanajuato Mexico, she immigrated with her parents to Sonoma County when she was two years old. As a student who began her educational career as a monolingual Spanish speaker, Malinalli understands the deep trauma that can come with not speaking the dominant language and assimilating to a new cultural environment. She believes in bringing a deep sense of creativity, compassion, and leadership in creating lasting community partnerships and in amplifying the most marginalized voices.

    Malinalli grew up in Windsor and has a daughter who attends Cali Calmécac and who will become a Windsor High School student this year in 2021. Malinalli received her BA degree from UC Berkeley in Chicano Studies and an MFA from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. As the CEO of her company XQL MEDIA, she produces dramatic films, documentaries, and commercial video. Through her work, her vision is to produce films that shine a light on issues of social justice and also to train the next generation of filmmakers. When she is not producing films, she teaches in the American Multicultural Studies and Chicano Latino Studies Departments at Sonoma State University and also teaches small business workshops for the Napa-Sonoma Small Business Development Center. Because she is passionate about igniting creativity in our community she serves as the Chair of the Town of Windsor’s Public Art Advisory Commission. In 2018 she received the Jackie Hoffner Award from the Alexander Valley Film Society for her work combining film and social justice.


    Original Election Date: November 2020
    Current Term: 2020-2024
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    Telephone: 707-486-9019

  • A photo of BILL ADAMS.Bill Adams was appointed to the Board of Trustees in August 2015 and elected in November 2016. An advocate for improved academic and extracurricular programs for all students, he believes it is important for Trustees to demonstrate leadership, exercise prudent stewardship, partner with the Superintendent and collaborate with community stakeholders to develop long term strategies that optimize our unique grade-clustered school system. Critical to success are shared vision, communication, engagement and accountability amongst students, teachers, District staff, and parents. Bill has participated in a wide variety of District issues including PTA, Education Foundation, Site Councils, Superintendent’s Advisory Committee, Boosters and Windsor Advocates for Music. In May 2016, he completed the yearlong California School Boards Association “Masters in Governance” leadership institute.

    A native of Chicago, Bill has more than 30 years of experience in innovative solution-oriented planning, policy implementation and leadership team development in both the public and private sectors. He attended Northwestern University and law school at University of Oregon. Since moving to Windsor in 1993, Bill has been actively involved in youth sports, veteran’s affairs, and wide range of regional community programs addressing literacy, hunger, infrastructure collaboration, and economic development. In early 2015, he retired as Deputy County Counsel for Sonoma County and is now principal counsel at William L. Adams, PC. His wife is an elementary school teacher in another district and his three children have all gone through WUSD.

    Original Election Date: August 28, 2015
    Current Term: November 2020-2024
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    Telephone: 707-236-2176



2024 Board Meeting Schedule

(Updated 1/8/24)

Please note starting in 2022, our Board Meetings will be moving to Thursdays.

Closed session begins at 5, Open meeting begins at 6. Meetings are in the Windsor Town Council Chambers unless otherwise noted. 

Click here to view our Board Policies. 

Please note, when the page for Gamut opens, you will need to click on policies in the upper right-hand side. 

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WUSD Board Packets Are Now Posted to the Boarddocs System

For the current board packet visit the WUSD BoardDocs website (link below) and make a selection from the meetings section on the right hand of the screen.


WUSD Board Packets



Archived Board Meetings

Information that follows is from Board Meetings records prior to BoardDocs (February 2020)

For older board agendas and minutes  Click Here


Other committees


From time to time, the WUSD Board of Trustees will create subcommittees to assist in management and discussion of particular projects. Currently, the board has authorized two subcommittees: the policy subcommittee and the facilities subcommittee. These committees meet infrequently, but will be announced and agendized when they occur.


In addition, WUSD has a Citizen's Bond Oversight committee, whose work can be found here: Citizen's Bond Oversight Committee



Land Acknowledgement

We acknowledge that we gather as the Windsor Unified School District in the Town of Windsor on the ancestral homelands of the Miwok, Pomo, and Wappo tribes that historically has spanned an area from the Pacific Coast to the northern San Francisco Bay Area and to the Lake District in Northern California and honor with gratitude the land itself and the people who have stewarded it throughout the generations.  We acknowledge that members of the Windsor Unified School District community have benefitted, and continue to benefit, from the use and occupation of the land.  With this acknowledgment, we welcome a spirit of collaboration and of being guided by the original stewards of this land as we embrace our responsibility to value education, community, and learning opportunities across our diverse cultures.