Members

Austin ISD Board of Trustees

Geronimo RodriguezGeronimo M. Rodriguez Jr., District 6, President

Term Expires: November 2022
4000 S. I-H 35 Frontage Rd.
Austin, TX 78704
geronimo.rodriguez@austinisd.org

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Geronimo Rodriguez was appointed to the AISD Board of Trustees on June 12, 2017, to represent District 6 and was elected vice president by his fellow trustees on June 26, 2017. He was elected president by his fellow trustees on May 21, 2018. He worked as a farm worker with his parents and attended high school in the evenings. Mr. Rodriguez understands and promotes the philosophy of expecting every child to graduate from high school ready for college, career, and life.

He earned a bachelor’s degree, cum laude, from St. Edward’s University and a doctor of jurisprudence from the University of Texas School of Law. Mr. Rodriguez serves as Chief Advocacy Officer at Seton Healthcare Family. He has served on several local and national boards, including the National Parent Teacher Association, AISD Bond Advisory Committees, Leadership Austin and the Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. 

Yasmin WagnerYasmin Wagner, District 7, Vice President

Term Expires: November 2022
4000 S. I-H 35 Frontage Rd.
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 923-2138
yasmin.wagner@austinisd.org

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Yasmin Wagner was appointed Sept. 28, 2015, by the Austin ISD Board of Trustees to fill the District 7 vacancy. In November 2016, Ms. Wagner was elected to fill the District 7 unexpired term. She was elected Vice President by her fellow trustees on May 21, 2018.

Ms. Wagner and her husband have two children enrolled in the district. As an Austin resident for more than 20 years, Ms. Wagner has been active in her community by advocating for women and families through extensive involvement with nonprofit organizations. Her volunteer efforts with AISD are a natural extension of that community commitment.

Ms. Wagner’s involvement with AISD through serving on the Boundary Advisory Committee and participating in the UpClose program have helped her understand the evolving demographics of our city and the challenging issues of over- and underuse of facilities. Ms. Wagner has served on the Kiker Elementary School and Gorzycki Middle School PTA boards and has represented the schools as a delegate to the Bowie Vertical Team and Austin Council of PTAs.

Ms. Wagner serves on these Board committees: Audit, Board Oversight Committee on Excellence through Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, Community Action Network, and Facility and Bond Planning Advisory Committee

Arati SinghArati Singh, At-Large Position 9, Secretary

Term Expires: November 2022
4000 S. I-H 35 Frontage Rd.
Austin, TX 78704
512-387-1782
arati.singh@austinisd.org
aratisingh2@gmail.com

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Arati Singh (pronounced “Art-thee Sing”) was elected to the board in December 2018 and is the first Indian-American to serve on the Austin ISD school board. Arati started her career as a bilingual fourth-grade teacher in the Rio Grande Valley, and for 20 years has secured funding for, designed and evaluated college access and STEM programs at universities and school districts throughout the country. 

In 2018, Arati received the PTA Honorary Life Award for her legislative advocacy work for school finance reform. As a member of the Texas PTA advocacy committee, she has testified several times at the state Capitol for more school funding, and mobilized hundreds of AISD parents for school finance reform as the Austin Council of PTAs advocacy chair. In 2015, under her presidency, Oak Hill Elementary School’s PTA won a National PTA School of Excellence award, one of only 11 in the state, for its grassroots outreach to Spanish-speaking families. 

Arati has five technology-related patents to her name. As a mother with two children in AISD (including one who has started a social movement fighting online sexual harassment), Arati understands that kids should love learning and feel safe in schools.

Arati has a bachelor’s degree in psychology and minor in Spanish from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction with an instructional technology focus from The University of Texas at Austin. 

Arati, her husband, and daughters live in southwest Austin. She is honored to serve as a school board member and fight for educational excellence and equity for every child in Austin ISD.

LaTisha AndersonLaTisha Anderson, District 1

Term Expires: November 2022
4000 S. I-H 35 Frontage Rd.
Austin, TX 78704
latisha.anderson@austinisd.org


 

LaTisha Anderson, a native Austinite, attended Austin ISD schools, including Austin, Lanier and Austin high schools. She currently works as a caregiver for the elderly and is the parent of one child. Her child is currently enrolled in an AISD school.

Ms. Anderson has actively worked on AISD committees including the Boundary Advisory Committee, African-American Advisory Committee for Educational Excellence, Single Gender Schools Planning Team, Instructional Materials Committee and Citizen's Bond Oversight Committee.

She also worked with the district to host the African-American Parent Involvement Conference, which encourages family participation in their child’s schools.

Ms. Anderson has also served on several of her child’s PTAs and volunteered as a commissioner for the African-American Resource Advisory Commission for the City of Austin.

Ofelia ZapataOfelia Zapata, District 2

Term Expires: November 2024
4000 S. I-H 35 Frontage Rd.
Austin, TX 78704
ofelia.maldonadozapata@austinisd.org

Ofelia Maldonado Zapata has been a community leader for more than 30 years, including as one of the veteran leaders of Austin Interfaith, a multi-faith and diverse group of organizations in race and economic backgrounds from throughout Austin. Austin Interfaith works on issues that teach and train ordinary people to participate in civic life, to make systemic changes to improve the quality of life for all families.

She served three years as president of the Eastside Memorial Early College High School PTSA. Recently she helped create an Advocates for Social Justice Reform that focuses on criminal justice reform. She was appointed by Travis County Commissioners as a community representative in the new Public Defenders Office. She is also the community organizer of the newly formed Texas Anti Poverty Project in partnership with Maya Consulting, an education consulting firm.

Mrs. Zapata continues to also serve on legal aid, health care, housing and economic boards of directors that brings a her vision of holistic approach to educating all AISD students.

Kevin FosterKevin Foster, District 3

Term Expires: November 2024
4000 S. I-H 35 Frontage Rd.
Austin, TX 78704
kevin.foster@austinisd.org


 

Kevin Foster is an associate professor at The University of Texas at Austin. He is an educational anthropologist who has developed and run several programs that promote student academic engagement and leadership. In addition to working for years with middle and high school students in Austin ISD and Houston ISD, he also has decades of experience supporting teachers and teacher leaders, including consulting Texas principals and superintendents in several cities throughout Texas.

Foster is also the executive producer and founder of the Longhorn Emmy-nominated PBS TV show, Blackademics Television, which is set to begin its ninth season. He has authored dozens of research articles, op-eds, and other publications and lives at the intersection of research, practice and policy.

In 2009, Dr. Foster received the Akins award from AISD, which recognizes "an individual who has exemplified strong character, excellent leadership and outstanding service while exhibiting respect for all people." In 2009 and 2010, he served as an Executive Branch Policy Fellow in the Obama Administration, working at the National Science Foundation.

Dr. Foster received his doctorate and master's degree from the University of Texas at Austin, and his bachelor of arts degree from the College of William and Mary. He has two children—Malcolm, who graduated from Garza Independence High School, and Marlee, who is a senior at McCallum High School.

Kristin AshyKristin Ashy, District 4

Term Expires: November 2022
4000 S. I-H 35 Frontage Rd.
Austin, TX 78704
kristin.ashy@austinisd.org

Kristin Ashy is a career educator and parent of two AISD students. She attended the University of Texas at Austin, earning a bachelor's degree in child development and family relationships, and a teaching certificate in special education.

Ashy taught Pre-K for more than 20 years and has been an active AISD volunteer. She has volunteered in her children's PTAs, served on CACs and served on the Facilities and Bond Planning Advisory Committee. On the FABPAC, she was the Community Engagement Subcommittee Chairwoman. 

Lynn BoswellLynn Boswell, District 5

Term Expires: November 2024
4000 S. I-H 35 Frontage Rd.
Austin, TX 78704
lynn.boswell@austinisd.org
lynnforaisd5@gmail.com

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Lynn Boswell is a longtime advocate for policies that improve the lives of students and families. She served as president of the Austin Council of PTAs for two years, supporting efforts that earned national recognition for advocacy and equity work in AISD. As a leader of Just Fund It TX, Lynn engages advocates across the state to seek more funding for Texas public schools. She has also served on the District Advisory Council, the City of Austin’s Juvenile Justice Workgroup, and the Travis County Census Complete Count Committee.

After attending public schools in San Antonio, Lynn earned degrees in journalism and Latin American Studies from SMU and a J.D. from The University of Texas School of Law. She is an award-winning broadcast journalist, with experience as a New York-based producer for NBC News and a series producer for KLRU-TV, Austin’s PBS station. Lynn now makes independent documentaries. She is also a longtime mentor with PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs. Her work gives her a strong belief in the power of stories and the value of listening to diverse perspectives.

Lynn’s family includes her husband, two kids, and three dogs. Her daughter is an AISD senior. Her son, a 2017 AISD graduate, studies behavioral biology—a field he discovered in a seventh-grade AISD science class.

Noelita Lugo, At-Large Position 8

Term Expires: November 2024
4000 S. I-H 35 Frontage Rd.
Austin, TX 78704
512-920-2919
noelita.lugo@austinisd.org
NoelitaForAISD@gmail.com

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Noelita L. Lugo grew up in a working class, immigrant family and is a survivor of childhood family violence. She is a mother of three children—two in Austin ISD schools and one future AISD student. She holds two Bachelor of Arts degree (English and Psychology) and a Master of Science degree in Social Work from the University of Texas at Austin.

Ms. Lugo served the state of Texas for 20 years, working on family-centered programs aimed at strengthening the parent-child bond, increasing economic stability and self-sufficiency and improving co-parenting relationships. She currently works as a public policy and management consultant primarily working with child support and foster care/child welfare agencies.

Ms. Lugo holds a deep commitment to public service and to practicing the tenets of servant leadership. She remains active in public education and youth-serving advocacy coalitions.


AISD office address for all board members
4000 S. I-H 35 Frontage Rd.
Austin, TX 78704
trustees@austinisd.org
Tel: (512) 414-2413
Fax: (512) 414-1486