First Latina appointed to board since 1996

Tamara Afzoud

The Santa Barbara School Board of Trustees appointed City College instructor Annette Cordero April 20, making her the first Latino member on the all-Caucasian board since 1996.
The five-member board oversees the junior high and high schools in Santa Barbara and Goleta, as well as the elementary schools in Santa Barbara. While the districts have a majority of Latino students, the board did not have any Latino representation.
A 4-0 vote appointed Cordero, 47, an associate professor and volunteer-worker for a group that helps Latino students to approve their academic achievements. She was selected from 14 candidates.
Cordero will take the seat of Ruth Green, who has been appointed to the state Board of Education. Cordero will serve until Green’s four-year term expires in December.