by Paul Helliker
At the September 2 board meeting directors selected Armando Quintero to fill the board vacancy left by the loss of Director Alex Forman in July. Mr. Quintero, who was one of seven applicants for the seat, was sworn in on September 16 and will represent the District’s Division 2.
A 14-year resident of San Rafael, Mr. Quintero is the Director of Development at UC Merced’s Sierra Nevada Research Institute, which conducts integrated research in the natural, social and engineering sciences with the goals of sustaining natural resources and promoting social well being. His role is to create partnerships and to secure organizational and financial support for the institute’s projects and programs.
Mr. Quintero is currently the Chairman of the Board of the Sequoia Parks Foundation and is a member of the City of San Rafael Parks Commission. His professional background includes experience in the National Park Service as both a manager and a park ranger. He also has been very involved with San Rafael schools and community groups and several non-profit organizations. He earned his bachelor’s degree in environmental studies from Cal State Hayward.