May 24, 2011 > Annette Hoffman-Walker
By Simon Wong
Dr. Annette Hoffman-Walker was sworn in as a Hayward Unified School District (HUSD) Personnel Commissioner on May 18, 2011, following her April 22 appointment by Tom Torlakson, State Superintendent of Public Instruction. After Chabot College Trustee Dr. Hal Gin administered the oath of office, Dr. Hoffman-Walker took her seat alongside Personnel Commission Chair Lisa Glover-Gardin and Vice Chair Dr. Jose A. Lopez.
The former candidate for HUSD School Board in the November 2010 election will serve the remaining six months of her predecessor's term before considering possible re-appointment for three years or another election campaign.
She is Special Assistant to the Associate Vice President and Graduate Faculty Liaison for Planning, Enrollment Management, and Student Affairs at Cal State University, East Bay (CSUEB) where she is also a lecturer for Leadership for Equity (Doctoral Program).
Prior to her current appointment, she held senior positions at CSUEB and Holy Names University and was Project Coordinator for the Martin Luther King Jr. Papers Project at Stanford University.
"I've utilized both my Doctorate and Masters degrees in Education to give back to the community, lending my knowledge and skills to 18 years of progressive service in public education. I've spent 13 of those years in Hayward providing direct services to both students and families - eight years at Chabot College and the past five years at CSUEB. My commitment to public education and creating equitable learning environments in urban settings demonstrates my willingness to take on leadership roles and responsibility with local, state, and national projects," stated Hoffman-Walker.
"My appointment to the Personnel Commission is a continuation of my life's work and passion for learning. This is all about the classified staff, rolling up our sleeves and getting the work done. I look forward to working with my fellow commissioners over the next few months and hope we can make a real difference to the lives of those within the District, understand and meet their needs and foster relationships with the other boards that make up this District."