Two new members of the Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District (LVJUSD) Board of Education took the oath of office at this year's final board meeting on Dec. 15.
Yanira Guzmán and Kristie Wang, both parents of LVJUSD students, were sworn in during the virtual meeting, joining the five-member board. Along with the induction ceremony, the trustees also re-elected Craig Bueno as board president and selected Emily Prusso to serve as clerk for the year.
A Livermore resident of 14 years who finished first in the Nov. 3 LVJUSD election, Wang has more than three decades of policy experience and "advocating on behalf of children, schools, and families."
More recently, Wang co-founded local grassroots group Flavors Addict Kids Livermore, which combats youth vaping and tobacco use, and spent a decade volunteering as an advocate for Tri-Valley Haven.
Wang graduated from the University of Chicago with a bachelor's in education policy before attending Harvard University, where she earned her master's in public policy. Wang's son is a 2020 Livermore High School graduate and her daughter currently attends Granada High.
An experienced Spanish bilingual teacher and literacy coach, Guzmán has spent more than eight years in California public schools, and also worked for a Forbes Top 50 tech company in software implementation and customer training.
In addition to holding a master's degree in education from San Francisco State University and sociology degree from UC Berkeley, Guzmán -- who finished second in the five-candidate election to win the second board seat -- is founder of a career coaching business and co-leader of Latinas of the Bay Area, a professional and social network for Latina women. Guzmán's two children currently attend Junction Avenue K-8.