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Get to Know Board President Cindy Watter


On December 14, 2023, NVUSD’s Board of Education approved Trustee Cindy Watter’s nomination to Board President for the 2024 calendar year. Trustee Watter replaces Trustee David T. Gracia, who now assumes the role of Past President. Trustee Eve Ryser was also approved as Board Vice President and Trustee Dr. Lisa Chu as Board Clerk. 

Over the last 33 years, Board President and Area 3 Trustee Cindy Watter has given back to the NVUSD community in myriad ways. A northern California native, Trustee Watter taught English at Napa High and English and Social Studies at American Canyon Middle School, retiring from the District in 2015. As a third-generation teacher, Trustee Watter feels her “kindergarten-graduate school public education opened the world to her and her family and is proud to support education by serving as a public school board member.” She is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley with a bachelor's degree in Comparative Literature and earned her teaching credential from San Francisco State University. In addition to serving on the NVUSD Board of Education, she is active with the UC Master Gardeners of Napa County (president emerita) and the Lewis Carroll Society of North America. She is also the proud parent to two Napa High School graduates and enjoys reading, gardening, cooking, sewing, and traveling.

The NVUSD community remains thankful for its hardworking and committed Board of Education. The Board’s commitment to strong governance and steadfast engagement is apparent through all they accomplished last year, led by Past President Gracia, and the many accomplishments of the past five years. Click here to understand how NVUSD’s Board of Education approaches its governance responsibilities, or here to learn a little more about our Trustees, or here to see our Trustees in action in and around our community.