The Napa Valley College board of trustees has elected Jennifer Baker of the City of Napa as board president for 2021.
Baker, who represents Area 1, was first elected to the NVC board of trustees in 2016 and reelected for her second term four-year in November 2020 and sworn in at Thursday’s board meeting.
Baker holds master’s degrees in library science and public administration. She works full-time for the Napa Valley Unified School District as a communications media specialist. She and her husband Anthony Halstead, library director for Napa County, moved to California from Texas in 2000 and have lived in Napa since 2007. They have two children: Ryan, a fifth grader at Stone Bridge School, and Nicolas, a freshman at Napa High. They also have three cats and recently acquired three chickens.
“I am so honored to have this opportunity. NVC has a lot of important work to do in the coming years and in 2021 especially,” said Baker. “The students, faculty, staff, and administration at NVC have demonstrated remarkable teamwork, resiliency and creativity over the last several months as we have had to pivot, recreate, and reinvent, sometimes on a daily basis. Those same traits will be invaluable as our community transitions into recovery and rebuilding.
“I have always been a believer in the power of education. We will need that power as we continue to respond to the pandemic, wildfires, the economic hardship that accompanied both, and demands for social justice across our country that have brought into sharp focus the many disparities that persist throughout our organizations and communities,” she added. “ I’m excited to work with my fellow trustees, Dr. Kraft, the superintendent/president, and the whole of Napa Valley College as we continue to navigate the unexpected and forge new pathways to success.“
Jeff Dodd, a lawyer and resident of Napa, who is serving his first term after being elected to the NVC board of trustees in 2018, was elected vice president for 2021.
By state law, the Napa Valley Community College District is under the control of a Board of Trustees composed of seven community members. Elected from within established areas of the district, trustees serve four-year terms.