Board of Trustee Update

​​​​​​Long-time Santa Ana City Councilmember Elected
as RSCCD Board of Trustees President for 2024

Trustee Tong elected as Board Vice President and Trustee Yarbrough elected as Board Clerk   

At its regular monthly meeting and annual organization of the Board on December 12, the Rancho Santiago Community College District (RSCCD) Board of Trustees unanimously elected Trustee Sal Tinajero as Board of Trustees President for 2024. Trustee Daisy Tong was unanimously elected as the Board of Trustees Vice President. Trustee Phillip E. Yarbrough was unanimously elected as the Board of Trustees Clerk.  

In his new role, Tin​ajero, Trustee for Area 3, will preside over meetings and serve as the chief spokesperson. “Serving as vice president last year has been a privilege, and I am excited about the opportunity to continue making a lasting impact this year,” Tinajero remarked.  

With over 25 years of diverse experience, Tinajero has held roles from instructor at Fullerton Union High School to Santa Ana Unified School District Board Member and Mayor Pro Tem of Santa Ana’s City Council.   

I hope to represent this board to the highest degree,” said Tinajero. His goal is to ensure affordable tuition, foster paths to employment through collaboration with businesses and strengthen educational opportunities.  

"Education is the cornerstone of a thriving community, and I am dedicated to leveraging my experience to ensure that every student in our district has access to quality education. My passion for education and the well-being of our community will be the driving force behind my decisions as Board of Trustees President. 
Tinajero is also a proud husband, father, Latino, and product of Southern California. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication from Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois, and a Master of Arts in Cross Cultural Education from National University in San Diego, California. He currently serves as a Communication Program Specialist for Santa Ana Unified School District, and started the nationally awarded SAUSD Speech and Debate program in 2016.   

As he takes on the responsibilities of Board of Trustees President for 2024, Tinajero's passion for education, combined with his proven track record of community service, positions him to make a lasting impact on the Rancho Santiago Community College District, steering it toward continued excellence and success. 

Contact: Alexis Rios

Phone: 714-480-7406