Fremont, Calif., January 12, 2021—The Ohlone Community College District Board of Trustees welcomes two new members, Dr. Rakesh Sharma and Mr. Lance Kwan while Mr. Greg Bonaccorsi has been re-elected to serve a fourth term.
The new board members were sworn in at the District’s board meeting held on December 16, 2020. All three trustees represent Area 2 which includes areas of the district east of Interstate 880 most of which is Fremont with a small portion of Union City. Dr. Sharma and Mr. Kwan replace former board members Teresa Cox and Tawney Warren.
Dr. Rakesh Sharma has been a Fremont resident for over 32 years and has served and actively supported the Ohlone College Foundation for over 15 years. Dr. Sharma is the founder of Indo-Americans for Better Community, a Fremont based 501(c3) tax-exempt organization that has raised over $750,000 for local organizations including the Ohlone College Foundation and the Ohlone Promise Scholarship endowment. Additionally, Dr. Sharma has been active in the local community, including serving on the City of Fremont’s Planning Commission, as President of the Niles Rotary Club, and on boards for Life ElderCare, Salvation Army and the Indo-American Chamber of Commerce. He also served as a trustee of the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin. Dr. Sharma is the proud father of two daughters who followed his passion and are physicians and is also married to a doctor who works for the Washington Township Medical Foundation in Fremont. Dr. Sharma is passionate about education, helping students to succeed and create a better community.
Mr. Lance Kwan is a lifelong Fremont resident and has always been actively involved in community engagement. Kwan currently works in the non-profit sector assisting low-income families across Alameda County with their energy efficiency needs. Mr. Kwan recently served on the City of Fremont’s Human Relations Commission for six years. He is a member of the LGBTQ+ community, actively behind the Fremont contingent in the San Francisco Pride Parade, and a primary editor of the current iterations of the City of Fremont’s Pride Month and Transgender Week of Remembrance proclamations. Kwan is also politically active in the local district and is an Alameda County Democratic Central Committee representative for State Assembly District 20. He currently serves as the President of the South Alameda County Young Democrats.
The Ohlone Community College District serves the cities of Fremont, Newark, and a portion of Union City, and includes all facilities and functions for Ohlone College. The District is governed by a seven-member Board of Trustees who are selected by voters in local elections. The Board appoints the District Superintendent/President and establishes policies to assure the quality, integrity, and effectiveness of the programs and services and the financial stability of the District. For more information, visit: ohlone.edu/board.