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Tom Hunt will soon begin his 11th year on the Riverside Unified School District (RUSD) Board of Education. Tom feels strongly the District is proceeding in the “right direction” in many areas. Some of his priorities include student choice, parent and community involvement, and building strong collaborations with our local government and higher education partners.

Tom believes the health of school programs will continue to grow as the Board and District develop more partnership opportunities with local business and community leaders. Through strategic partnerships the District will continue to prioritize enhancement of student learning experiences (E.g. internships, job shadowing, AVID, etc.) so every graduate will be prepared for their next steps.

Tom has served two terms as Board President. During his most recent term (2016), the District secured 70% voter support on the $392 million General Obligation Bond, Measure O. Many schools are in great need of facility upgrades to accommodate Riverside’s growing population. Tom is excited to be on the governance team that will help guide the District through many upcoming projects that will help improve every school environment and better prepare Riverside students for a 21st century workforce.

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During most of Tom’s tenure on the Board, he has served as a delegate representative to the California School Boards Association (CSBA). In addition, he was elected to serve on CSBA’s Nominating, Legislative Affairs, and Allocations/Adequacy Committees. Recently, he was elected to serve on the Riverside County Commission on School District Organization.

Tom founded and directs the consulting firm, Hunt Public Relations, which serves the government relations, public affairs, and strategic planning needs of Inland Southern California-focused land development interests. Tom attended elementary, middle, and high school in Riverside. He earned his associate’s degree from Riverside City College before transferring to University of California, Los Angeles, and graduated in 1978 with a Bachelor of Arts in political science. Tom married his high school sweetheart; He and Geri have two daughters, Whitney and Taylore. Both are RUSD graduates.

Tom can be reached by email at or by phone at 951-788-7135, ext. 80417.

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  For any board of education questions, please contact:

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Executive Assistant II to the Board of Education | Ext: 80417