Regina Q. Banks is a resident of South Sacramento and of the district she seeks to represent since 1987. She is a proud product of David Reese Elementary, James Rutter Middle School and a 1997 graduate of Florin High. She used her EGUSD Area 1 education as a springboard into dual Bachelor of Science Degrees in Mass Communications and Political Science from Lincoln University, a Historically Black University in Jefferson City, MO. Regina also earned a Juris Doctorate from Valparaiso University School of Law (Valparaiso, IN) in 2006.
She has worked in policy and budget analysis as both the Legislative Director for a Southern California Assembly member and Legislative Director for consumer interests for several years. She has first-hand experience of the systemic and systematic use of power systems to reinforce discriminatory and damaging status quos and she has spent her professional career fighting against them.
Regina currently serves as the Director of the Lutheran Office of Public Policy- California where she facilitates, coordinates and directs members of the Lutheran Church in their state and local advocacy centered upon: 1) ending childhood poverty in California, 2) adequate, safe and affordable housing for all, 3) water justice, and 4) care for our immigrant and migrant siblings.
Where there are gaps in the systems, our schools are expected to pick up the slack.
In her home life, Regina enjoys being of service to her community. She has volunteered as a library aid at Creekside Elementary in Lodi USD and was a communication volunteer at John Reith Elementary School. She continues to volunteer with the California High School Speech Association because Speech and Debate is how she found her voice at Florin High. Regina also serves on the Steering Committee of Indivisible Sacramento, is a member of Zica Creative Arts and Literary Guild as a creative writer, and is a former executive committee member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. (a community service organization). She is a caretaker for ailing parents and an adorable but ill-tempered chihuahua named Ender Jay.
Regina’s work has been deeply fulfilling, but also exhausting. These societal ills are all important and compete with one another for time, energy and funding. Regina is running for Area 1 Trustee for Elk Grove Unified School District because she’s concerned about equity issues in her district – especially amidst the pandemic, ending the school to prison pipeline and closing the achievement gap. Where there are gaps in the systems, our schools are expected to pick up the slack. While EGUSD has weathered many of these issues better than others, it has not been immune. Regina intends to be a voice for all students and families as well as teachers and school staff in Area 1.
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