Biographical Information Section


Paymaneh Maghsoudi – President

Representing Public Libraries

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Paymaneh Maghsoudi lives in Chino Hills, California. She was appointed on January 14, 2003, and her term expires on January 1, 2004.

Ms. Maghsoudi is currently the library director of Whittier Public Library, a position she has held since 2001. She has also served as the library director of the Azusa City Library. Ms. Maghsoudi is a member of the American Library Association, and is also a member of the Legislative Committee of the California Library Association. She is a board member of the California Association of Library Trustees and Commissions (CALTAC), the Hodge Foundation, and the Whittier Public Library Foundation. She is the recipient of the YMCA of San Gabriel Valley Woman of Achievement Award. Ms. Maghsoudi received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Pars College in Tehran, Iran, and a masters degree from the University of Oklahoma.


Elizabeth Murguia – Vice President

Representing the Public-at-Large

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Elizabeth Murguia resides in Eureka, California. She was appointed April 14, 2008, and reappointed in January 2012. Her term expires on January 1, 2016.

Ms. Murguia is President and Co-Founder of the Humboldt Library Foundation since 1996; she was recipient of the distinguished Helen Everett Award in 2006 in recognition of twenty-five years of work on behalf of the public library. She was a member and key fundraiser for the Humboldt County Library Construction Advisory Committee (1979–1995), a local organization formed to raise funds to construct a new Main Library for the Humboldt County Public Library system. Ms. Murguia sits on many boards, including the Humboldt County Democratic Central Committee, Ex-Officio Member since 1980; Member of the Open Door Community Health Clinics since 1992; Advocacy Committee Member of the St. Joseph’s Hospital since 1998; and Board Member for Keep Eureka Beautiful since 2000.

In 1991 Ms. Murguia was a California Delegate to the White House Conference on Libraries in Washington, DC. She graduated from Sonoma State University, with a major in English Literature (1972).

Ms. Murguia retired in April 2011 as a District Representative for Congressman Mike Thompson, a position she held since 1993. Prior to this she was District Representative for State Senator Barry Keene to author California’s 1988 Library Construction and Renovation Bond Act.


Anne R. Bernardo

Representing Special Libraries

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Anne R. Bernardo resides in Visalia, California. She was appointed November 4, 2003, and her term expires on January 1, 2006.

Ms. Bernardo is the law library director of the Tulare County Public Law Library, a position she has held since 1994. She is a member of the American Association of Law Libraries and Northern California Association of Law Libraries. Currently the president of the Council of California County Law Librarians and vice president of the Conference of California County Law Library Trustees and Librarians, she is also a past council chair and past board president of the Heartland Regional Library Network.

Ms. Bernardo served as general manager for the Tulare County Symphony Association (1986–1994). Under her management, the symphony was recognized by the California Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, completed an international tour, and commissioned and premiered works by American composers. She serves on the College of the Sequoias Paralegal Program Advisory Board, is a past board member of the Visalian Friends of the Fox Theatre, and supports the Ruth and Sherman Lee Institute for Japanese Art in Hanford. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Creative Arts and Human Behavior from the University of California, Davis in 1978 and her Paralegal degree in 1987.

Gregory F. McGinity

Representing Public-at-Large

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Gregory McGinity resides in Redondo Beach, California. He was appointed on December 30, 2010, and his term expires on January 1, 2014.

Mr. McGinity is the senior director of policy for the Broad Foundation, a position he has held since 2003. Prior to this he was acting chief of staff for the California Office of the Secretary of Education (2003), vice president of marketing for Pure Pharmaceuticals (2002–2003), marketing intern for Amgen in 2001, senior policy consultant for the California State Board of Education (1997–1999), legislative director for the Office of U.S. Representative Lindsey Graham (1996–1997), and legislative assistant for the Office of U.S. Senator Thad Cochran (1993–1996).


Aleita Huguenin

Representing the Public-at-Large

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Aleita Huguenin resides in Rancho Murieta, California. She was appointed February 19, 2014, and her term expires January 1, 2018.

Ms. Huguenin is currently the chair of the Democratic National Committee – Western States Region, a position she has held since 2005. In 2007, Ms. Huguenin became president of Aleita & Partners, a firm that works on Democratic races in the 13 Western States.

Ms. Huguenin taught Elementary and Junior High School in the Mt. Diablo Unified District from 1969 to 1987. She was the Bay Area Political Manager for the California Teachers Association from 1987 to 1996 and Statewide GR Manager for the California Teachers Association from 1995 to 2007.

Penny Kastanis

Representing the Public-at-Large

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Penny Kastanis resides in Sacramento, California. She was appointed February 19, 2014, and her term expires January 1, 2018.

Ms. Kastanis has worked in the field of education for over 30 years. She has been active with the Alumni Association at Sacramento State University and is current chair of their scholarship committee. Ms. Kastanis also holds the office of Treasurer with the Sacramento Area Reading Association. She was faculty coordinator for the Library Media Teacher Services Credential Program at California State University, Sacramento. Ms. Kastanis served on the Library of California Board from 2003 to 2011, and as its president from 2008 to 2010. She was director of Educational Technology and Learning Resources Center for the Sacramento County Office of Education from 1986 to 1999. She was State President of the California Media and Library Educators Association from 1990 to 1991, and a trustee for the Los Rios Community College District for Sacramento and Yolo counties from 1987 to 1996; and participated on various state, regional, local boards, commissions, and committees as a trustee. Ms. Kastanis is a member of the California School Library Association and has served as its executive director. She earned her Bachelor and Master of Arts degrees from California State University, Sacramento.


H. Eric Schockman, PhD

Representing the Public-at-Large

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H. Eric Schockman, PhD resides in Sherman Oaks, California. He was appointed November 12, 2013, and his term expires on January 1, 2018.

Dr. Schockman is Chair and Associate Professor at the Center for Leadership at Woodbury University and adjunct Associate Professor at the Sol Price School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California. He is President and founder of the Global Hunger Foundation, dedicated to helping women in the developing world break the chains of poverty by funding projects designed to provide sustainable development and organic farming. Dr. Schockman currently served as chairman of the National Anti-Hunger Organization and was a member of both the National Interfaith Hunger director's committee and the Alliance to End Hunger. He was on the founding board of directors of the Global Food Banking Network. Dr. Schockman served as President and CEO of an international anti-hunger agency for over a decade, pumping both needed public policy focus and funding into the field.

Dr. Schockman was appointed to the California Postsecondary Education Commission by Governor Schwarzenegger in 2007 and has served as its last chair. He has also served on the Little Hoover Commission, a bipartisan, independent body whose function is to promote efficiency, effectiveness and economy in state programs. He served in the Peace Corps in Sierra Leone, West Africa, and taught agricultural and sustainable development.

Dr. Schockman holds a Ph.D. in Political Science and International Relations from the University of California, Riverside. He has written several books and edited many articles on politics in California, the nation and international affairs, and presented on panels on these same topics. Dr. Schockman speaks before elected officials, professional and community organizations across the country and is frequently quoted in The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Dallas Morning News, CNN, NPR and other national publications and electronic media.