RUSD Board of Education

Mr. Brent Lee, President

Brent Lee

Brent Lee, a lifelong resident of Riverside and proud graduate of the Riverside Unified School District, was elected to the Board of Education in 2013. A student at Washington, Gage and graduate of Poly High School (1999), Brent earned a bachelor’s degree in Economics and International Relations (BA) with a minor in Spanish from the University of San Diego and a master’s degree in management (MBA) from the Anderson School of Management at the University of California, Riverside.

As real estate broker and the co-owner of Windermere Tower Properties, Brent knows that the education provided by our local schools is the foundation for good quality of life for all residents.Brent’s firm helped usher a partnership between RUSD and Realtors with the At Home in Riverside program which informed fellow Realtors of our amazing schools, the programs offered, and the teachers inspiring our students. Brent believes that a strong educational foundation can be the nexus for stronger neighborhoods, economic development and greater prosperity for our region.

Brent is a seasoned community leader with a commitment to service. Brent is the co-founder and past president of the Pick Group, the leading young professionals organization in Inland Southern California. He is a graduate of the Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce Leadership Riverside program and has served on the City of Riverside’s Charter Review Committee, the Parking,Traffic and Streets Commission, International Relations Council, YWCA Board of Directors, and the Riverside International Film Festival Committee.

Brent currently serves on the Riverside Medical Clinic’s Charitable Foundation Board, Pick Group Executive Board, CBU Dean’s Executive Council, College of Allied Health and Board of Visitors, and the Historic Evergreen Memorial Cemetery Board of Directors. Brent married his wife Ana in 2008 and they have three children.

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

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Mrs. Patricia Lock-Dawson, Vice-President

Patricia Lock DawsonPatricia Lock-Dawson, a Riverside native, was elected to the Board of Education in 2011. She has a long history of involvement in Riverside's schools as an active parent of three daughters who are enrolled in the high school, middle school, and elementary school levels. Education has always been a priority to Patricia, who holds a bachelor's degree in biology from the University of California, Riverside, and a Master of Science degree in wildlife from the University of Washington in Seattle.

Patricia owns her own environmental consulting firm, PLD consulting, and created the Santa Ana River Trail and Parkway Partnership, bringing together decision makers from Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino counties focused on completing a 100-mile recreational trail stretching from the mountains to the Pacific.

Patricia also is highly involved in community and government organizations. She has served as Chair of the Riverside City Planning Commission and is a gubernatorial appointee to the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. She also has served as President of Inland Empire Chapter of California Women Lead, and has served on the Board of Directors of the California Water Education Foundation, the Riverside Land Conservancy, California Riverside Ballet and National Charity League.

She also was an appointee to the RUSD Budget Advisory Committee and a member of the Citizens Oversight Committee for Measure B and is active with the Raincross Group and several other community organizations. Patricia and her husband, Scott, enjoy spending time with their daughters Clara, Olivia, and Martha Rose.

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

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Dr. Angelov Farooq, Clerk

Dr. Angelov Farooq ClerkDr. I. Angelov Farooq is proudly born and raised in Inland Southern California. He grew up attending local pubic schools in Riverside County within the Jurupa Valley community. Angelov, and his two younger sisters, were raised by a single mother that instilled the value of education to transcend their challenging economic circumstances. These experiences have shaped him to prioritize the advancement of equity and access to opportunities for diverse students.

Angelov earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California Berkeley and both a Master's Degree and Doctorate of Policy, Planning and Development degree from the University of Southern California. His local roots ensured that he would return back to our community upon completion of his education. Angelov's lifelong commitment to education continued as he became the Founding Director of the UC Riverside Center for Economic Development & Innovation and teaches Introduction to Entrepreneurial Management for MBA students at the UC Riverside A. Gary Anderson Graduate School of Management. 

Angelov is passionate about promoting an innovation ecosystem for quality jobs in our region. He is a Founding Board of Director for a technology incubator/accelerator in downtown Riverside called ExCITE. Angelov has been an entrepreneur himself, in the real estate industry, since 2009 and is a Partner at The Omnius Group. Angelov is active in the community serving as an appointee for the Mayor of Riverside on his Innovation District Working Group, serves on the Board of Directors for the Latino Network and is a member of the Riverside East Rotary Club. He is a graduate of the 2015 Leadership Riverside class and serves on the Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce Economic Development Council. Angelov has been an appointee of the Riverside County Board of Supervisors on the Workforce Development Board since 2007.

In 2013, Angelov was appointed by Governor Jerry Brown on the California Workforce Investment Board. In 2015, California's Chief Financial Officer, Controller Betty Yee, appointed him on her 10 member Council of Economic Advisors. Angelov is married to Vessy and their favorite hobby is international travel. Angelov has visited over 30 countries that span 6 continents.

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

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Mrs. Kathy Y. Allavie, Member

Mrs. Kathy Y. Allavie

Kathy Allavie has a long history with RUSD schools. Her grandmother attended Riverside’s All-Girls High School. Her father was class president at Old Poly. She herself attended Emerson, Alcott, Victoria and Benjamin Harrison Elementary Schools, Chemawa Middle School and Poly High School. Her three daughters (Erin, Kellyn and Jaclyn) have attended Poly High School, King High School and John W. North High School! After graduation, she attended USC, graduating with a degree in Journalism/Public Relations in 1976. She married her husband, John Allavie, a local ophthalmologist, in 1978.

As a longtime volunteer, Mrs. Allavie has chaired the City of Riverside's Youth Action Plan and sat on the RUSD Measure B Citizens Oversight Committee. She has served on over 25 community non-profit boards, and been president of the Junior League, the National Charity League and the Riverside Arts Foundation, as well as PTA President at three schools. She has been awarded the 2004 YWCA Woman of Achievement award, the 2005 Family Services Family of the Year for volunteerism and the Junior League Silver Raincross. She has been Volunteer of the Year at Earhart Middle School (twice) and John W. North High School. She was honored by the City of Riverside with the ‘Spirit Award’ for outstanding volunteerism in September, 2011 and an Outstanding Leader of Riverside by the Raincross Group. 

Mrs. Allavie is a big believer in the fine arts, and supports music, art and theater in the community and in the schools, and has created such arts fundraisers as GHOSTWALK Riverside and the Giant Orange Project, to name just a few. She loves Riverside history, and supports the Mission Inn Foundation, the Fox Theater Foundation and the Evergreen Memorial Historic Cemetery. She believes that good Riverside schools are the foundation for our success as a city. 

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

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Mr. Tom Hunt, Member

Mr. Tom HuntWith his father’s 1963 transfer to March Air Force base, Tom, a self-affirmed `Air Force brat’, landed in Riverside on his 7th birthday and began his life-long commitment to our community.

Attending elementary, middle, and high school in Riverside, Tom attained his AA degree from then Riverside City College before transferring to UCLA, and graduating in 1978 with a B.A. in Political Science. As the grandson of a Louisiana sharecropper, Tom was the first member of his family to obtain a college degree. (He notes, however, that older sister, Lindajoy, returned and now has two Master's degrees focused on education). While college was the course for him, his wife and their daughters, Tom believes that our RUSD K-12 program must now tailor itself to meet the varied college & career preparatory opportunities that our RUSD students have to select from in a varied and modern global economy. He believes that “one size does not fit all.“ 

Following the focus of his college studies, Tom relocated to Louisiana where he joined a campaign team that saw the election of the state’s first Republican governor since Reconstruction; David Treen. Tom served on the Governor’s executive staff before his appointment, at age 27, as Deputy Secretary of the Department of Urban and Community Affairs. Later, Tom entered private business in Baton Rouge, yet his roots in Riverside soon led him to reunite with, and soon after marry, his La Sierra High School sweetheart, the former Geri Pepiot. In 1987, the couple returned to Southern California when Tom was recruited to head up a state-wide energy producers association. In 1994, Tom founded his own consulting firm, Hunt Public Relations (HPR), which serves the government relations/public affairs, and strategic planning needs of Inland Empire-focused land development interests.


Entering his 7th year as an RUSD Trustee,Tom has advocated for District compliance with the California Voter’s Rights Act, increased accountability by the Board by live streaming (and eventually televising) of Board of Trustee meetings, improved athletic facilities at all of our high school campuses, and the establishment of District of Choice programs such as the Riverside STEM Academy and Dual-Language Immersion. With the State offering “Local Control”, Tom contends that since the 1960’s era of desegregation there is no more exciting time to be involved with the reshaping of our local schools system than there is presently.

Tom and Geri have two daughters, Whitney and Taylore. Both are Riverside Poly High graduates (’06 & ’09 ). Whitney is a graduate of San Francisco State University and now works for Calvin Klein. Taylore earned her BA at the University of Arizona (’13) and is currently undertaking her Master's at the University of Westminster, London, as recipient of the International Rotary Scholarship .

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

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Nicole Jacobson, Student Member, Dec. 1 - Feb. 28, 2017

Nicole Jacobson


Nicole Jacobson is a Senior at Abraham Lincoln High School, who will be the second student to serve a three-month term as a Student Board Member on the RUSD Board of Education. 

Nicole would like to attend Riverside City College and get a nursing degree when she graduates. She served as the ASB Secretary in the 8th grade at Columbia Magnet School and has volunteered at the local animal shelter, as well as toy and food drives at Lincoln. Nicole likes to play soccer and volleyball in her spare time.

“I feel incredibly honored to have this position,” writes Nicole. “I can learn many things with this experience, and I plan to grow with this community and further my education.”


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Zherui (Jerry) Xuan, Student Member, Mar. 1 – May 31, 2017

herui Jerry XuanJerry Xuan is a Senior at John W. North High School, who will be the third student to serve a three-month term as a Student Board Member on the RUSD Board of Education.

Jerry plans to pursue a medical degree and major in Dermatology following graduation. He is the current Treasurer for the Class of 2017, a Gold Medalist at the county science fair, a two time Silver Medalist in California History Day, and a Gold Medalist at the Riverside County Academic Decathlon. His wide varieties of interests include skateboarding, raising egg-laying hens, as well as playing the violin and saxophone.

He writes that he understands the gravity of this undertaking and is “prepared to invest (himself) in making RUSD an even greater force, positively impacting the lives of over 40,000 students in the District!”


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Alex Herrera, Student Member, Sept. 1 - Nov. 30

Alex Herrera

Alex Herrera is a Senior of Riverside Stem Academy who will be the first ever student to serve a three-month term as a Student Board Member on the RUSD Board of Education. 

Alex wishes to major in Aerospace Engineering or Computer Science when he graduates. His interest in science extends into his extracurricular activities, as he was a Gold Medalist at both the RUSD Science Fair and the RIMS Science Far, as well as a Science Olympiad Team Captain. His interest in government is evident in the three years he has served on his school's Associated Student Body, including as Treasurer and Secretary.

Herrera explained in his application for the Board position that, “By working closely with other schools, finding our common problems and successes, and reporting them to the board, we can help unify and improve our district as a whole.”

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