Student Board Members

Student Board Members 2023-2024

The RUSD Board of Education is honored to introduce the 2023-2024 Student Board Members to our greater RUSD community. Our student board members have the distinct honor and responsibility of representing the voice for all students across the district in a historic moment. Their invaluable input from the student perspective will help in decisions that guide the district to serve nearly 40,000 students.


Odera Arene - Martin Luther King High School

Serving Term 1: August 2023 - October 2023

Odera is a Nigerian-American student and has been attending RUSD since 2020. He is very involved at Martin Luther King High School where he is the ASB Commissioner of Recognition, and the President of Model of United Nations and COSMOS, a UCR-internship science fair competition club. He is a musician who has played for eight years, and participates in his school’s vocal jazz group and jazz combo. As an active member of the community, he is proud to represent his peers all across the district campuses while serving on the Board. After high school, Odera plans on attending a 4-year university to major in physics, and then entering medical school with the hopes of becoming a medical doctor.


Bibinaz Nami - John W. North High School

Serving Term 2: December 2023 - February 2024

Bibinaz Nami is a student leader at John W. North high school, where she has been deeply involved in student government, theater, and is also a Diploma Candidate within the International Baccalaureate program. Outside of school, she is involved in her community as a member of the Assistance League of Riverside, and as a teen-advocate for poetry and prose through The Imperfect Poets. She believes that her ability in taking on such roles has only been derivative of the support of those around her, and especially the environment provided to her by the community. She hopes that through her time on the Board, she will be able to improve support for her peers, and effectively communicate their concerns in order to create an equitable climate for success. In the future, Bibinaz hopes to continue improving the wellbeing of those around her through her advocacy.


Grace Williams - Arlington High School

Serving Term 3: March 2024 - May 2024

Grace is a driven Italian-Filipina Mestiza, who has lived in Riverside her whole life. She is dedicated to serving her community and has a passion for helping others. Grace is a scholar athlete on her campus, and has been a 4-year varsity starter in her school’s girls basketball program. She was also elected to be the 2023-2024 President of the Biomedical Science Program & HOSA at Arlington High School, and has competed at the international level in HOSA for Biomedical Debate. She has also become the 2023-2024 Vice President of Link Crew. Grace plans to go to a 4-year college/university, majoring in biology - which will keep her on track to pursue the career of becoming a doctor. Outside of school, Grace takes an active role in her Seventh-day Adventist Church through sports leagues, singing, and community service. She is excited to lead as a Student Board Member for RUSD.

For any board of education questions, please contact:

beth martin
Beth Martin
Executive Assistant II - Board of Education
(951) 788-7135 x80417
[email protected]