about the board

  • The trustees on the board of the San Mateo Union High School District are elected officials from all walks of life who come together to make important decisions concerning the school district. Their individual and unique perspectives contribute to the educated opinions that influence the board’s resolutions to district wide problems. 

    Secretary to the Board:
    Dr. Kevin Skelly, Superintendent
    kskelly@smuhsd.org

    Student Board Members (2020/2021):

    Anali Ghaseminia, Aragon
    Jessica Sharma, Capuchino
    Anoush Torounian, Aragon
    Kristen Yu, Aragon
    Elisenne Yun, Burlingame

    To Contact the Entire Board as a Group:
    board@smuhsd.org

    For more information, contact:
    Charlene Aquino
    caquino@smuhsd.org650-558-2201

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Robert H. Griffin

President (Term 2018-2022)

Robert H. Griffin is currently a member of the San Mateo Union High School District Board of Trustees. He has been on the board since January 1996.  Mr. Griffin believes that education is the key to equality and has focused his attention on meeting the needs of all students. Prior to joining the school board he volunteered in the classroom through Junior Achievement and has been active in local volunteer organizations all his life.

Mr. Griffin is managing partner of Williams, Adley & Company, LLP. He has practiced public accounting for over 30 years. He graduated from the University of San Francisco with a BS in Accounting and obtained his CPA license in 1981. He completed the CSBA Master of Boardsmanship Program in 1997.

Mr. Griffin is a proud graduate of San Mateo High School and was born, raised and educated in San Mateo. He and his family reside in San Mateo. 

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Peter Hanley

Vice President (Term 2018-2022)

Mr. Hanley has been on the San Mateo Union High School District Board since December 2001. He has utilized his extensive entrepreneurial leadership experience to promote, create, support, and replicate high quality schools and increase families’ access to them. In 2007 he founded the California Charter Schools Association’s Oakland Charter School Collaborative and later led the American Center for School Choice for six years. He received his M.A. in International Affairs from The George Washington University and his B.A. in political science from the University of Oregon. He also earned a Master in Governance from the California School Boards Association. He is a resident of San Mateo.

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Linda Lees Dwyer

Clerk (Term 2018-2022)

Linda Lees Dwyer was first elected to the San Mateo Union High School District Board in November of 2005. She served on the Burlingame Elementary School Board from 2000-2005.  She and her husband are the parents of 5 SMUHSD graduates, hosted 3 foreign exchange high school students who attended our schools and are currently foster parents to a high school student at one of our schools.

Ms. Dwyer is an attorney with a firm in San Francisco.  She graduated from Indiana University School of Law, where she served as a graduate assistant in school law.  She is an avid supporter of district sports and the fine and performing arts.

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Greg Land

Trustee (Term 2020-2024)

Mr. Land has been on the San Mateo Union High School District Board since December 2015 and before his service on the SMUHSD Board he served on the Burlingame Elementary School Board. He has been an educator for all of his professional life, as a Teacher, Assistant Principal and currently the Principal, Santa Rita School, Los Altos. Mr. Land grew up in Southern California and graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles. He and his family reside in Burlingame.

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Ms. Ligia Andrade Zúñiga

Trustee (Term 2020-2024)

Ligia Andrade Zúñiga, M.P.A. believes that education opens the path to opportunity. She has dedicated her focus on educating, advocating for, and empowering individuals with disabilities and young people of color around higher education, reproductive health rights, civil rights, and disability justice. For over 20 years she has served on many commissions, boards, and committees such as the San Mateo County Commission on the Status of Women, Teen Pregnancy Prevention Coalition of San Mateo County, San Mateo County Health Commission, California State Independent Living Council, and the San Mateo County Commission on Disabilities. Ligia holds a Bachelor's Degree in Human Services with an emphasis in Administration and Counseling, and a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont, California. Ligia is a parent of two graduates of the SMUHSD and resides in San Mateo.

Board Assignments

  • The Board of Trustees meets to discuss the issues that impact the District as a whole through the following committees:

    High Schools
    Ligia Andrade Zúñiga - Burlingame and Peninsula

    Robert Griffin - Aragon and Hillsdale

    Peter Hanley - Mills and Design Tech

    Greg Land - Adult School and San Mateo

    Linda Lees Dwyer - Capuchino and Middle College

    Cities
    Ligia Andrade Zúñiga - Burlingame

    Robert Griffin - Foster City

    Peter Hanley - Millbrae

    Greg Land - Hillsborough & San Mateo

    Linda Lees Dwyer - San Bruno 

    Committees
    Robert Griffin and Ligia Andrade Zúñiga - Citizen Oversight Committee

    Peter Hanley and Greg Land - Budget Advisory Committee

    Linda Lees Dwyer - Property Committee