"I am very excited for the opportunity to serve on the board of such a great community college district that is such an asset to our region providing so many opportunities for students of all ages, interests and needs," Sbranti told the Weekly.
Sbranti said his top priorities on the board include ensuring equity and access for all who want to attend Las Positas or Chabot colleges, increasing the focus on hands-on career pathways and vocational education, and seeing that the district continues its capital improvement program to modernize its facilities.
A local educator with almost two decades of experience in various capacities with the Dublin Unified School District, including time as a teacher and sports coach, Sbranti is no stranger to public service as well.
Sbranti served nearly 11 years on the Dublin City Council, including six years as its directly elected mayor before being termed out in 2014. That year, he ran as a Democrat for the open State Assembly District 16 seat but lost in a tight general election that November to Republican Catharine Baker (51.6% to 48.4%) .
He would later return to public light as deputy chief of staff and district director for U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell -- who was once seen as Sbranti's protege in Dublin city politics before making the jump from City Council to Congress at 32 years old in 2013.
Sbranti pointed to his nearly three years working in Swalwell's district, which spans most of the Tri-Valley and west toward Hayward, where Chabot College is located, as expanding his "connection and insight" to the Chabot-Las Positas district as a whole.
In his application letter to the college district, Sbranti also cited his experience with the Las Positas College Foundation, the California Collaborative for Educational Excellence, the Tri-Valley Regional Occupation Program (ROP) and the Sacramento State Alumni Association among his other beneficial experience.
He is currently employed as athletic director at his alma mater, Dublin High, after stepping down from Swalwell's office last summer in favor of the position with less travel and closer to home while helping raise his young daughter. He also does some consulting work for the Innovation Tri-Valley Leadership Group.
Sbranti was a unanimous choice for the open board seat by the six other Chabot-Las Positas trustees after candidate interviews in the district's Dublin boardroom on April 2, according to Guisselle Nu
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