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MDUSD Trustee Earns CSBA Masters in Governance Certificate
Posted 10/19/20

October 19, 2020 — Concord, CA — Cherise Khaund, a trustee of the Mt. Diablo Unified School District, has demonstrated exceptional commitment to professional development in the service of students through her recent completion of the California School Boards Association (CSBA) Masters in Governance program. This accomplishment signifies mastery of the roles and responsibilities of school boards, and a strong understanding of the knowledge and skills needed to build and support an effective governance structure that helps produce better outcomes for students.

This certificate program enabled Trustee Khaund to build additional governance skills onto her professional background experience as an electrical engineer, community organizer, nonprofit manager and education policy analyst.  She has spent the last 20 years of her career working to ensure quality public education is accessible to every student, regardless of zip code. 

In her first two years on the Mt. Diablo School Board she has worked as a team with fellow board members to improve equity and inclusion.  Specific actions towards these ideals include: passing a Board Equity Policy and Anti-racism Resolution, raising the rainbow flag to recognize board anti-discrimination policies for LGBTQIA+ youth, increasing translation and outreach to multi-lingual families, and creating a new Student Trustee position.  Trustee Khaund was also elected the President of the Contra Costa County School Boards Association for 2020-21.

“I especially enjoyed learning from the perspectives and experiences of my fellow school board member MIG classmates from around the region, as we together tackled deep challenges that public school districts face in providing quality education for all students,” noted Trustee Khaund.

“Those who earn the Masters in Governance certificate come away better equipped to serve and strengthen their public schools and their community because of the skills and knowledge gained that are integral to education governance and leadership in the 21st century,” said CSBA President Xilonin Cruz-Gonzalez, a 2015 program graduate. “I applaud the 2020 graduates not only for completing this important program, but also for demonstrating each day their commitment to personal growth and ensuring equitable opportunities and outcomes for all students.”

Since its inception in 1998, more than 3,000 board members and superintendents have participated in the highly acclaimed certification program. To receive the Masters in Governance certificate, candidates must complete 35 hours of intensive training on the role of the governance team in setting the direction of the district, student learning and achievement, school finance, human resources, policy and judicial review, collective bargaining, and community relations and advocacy.

For more information about CSBA’s Masters in Governance program, please contact Senior Director of Communications Troy Flint at (916) 371-4691 or

CSBA is a nonprofit education association representing nearly 1,000 K-12 school districts and county offices of education throughout California.