Jane A. Bartke brings to the Trust her deep experience in two vital fields, community leadership, and education. Jane as served on the El Cerrito City Council and as Mayor for two terms.
In the community, Jane served two terms on the El Cerrito City Council, including two terms as Mayor. She has also served as Chair of the Contra Costa Mayors Conference and represented Contra Costa cities on the Executive Board of the Association of Bay Area Governments, chairing its Legislative & Government Committee for eight years. She also chaired the Administrative Services committee of the state-wide League of California Cities. Jane’s community endeavors, include having been President of the Junior Women’s Club, chair of the city Parks & Recreation Commission, President of Soroptomists, President of the honorary teachers’ sorority, and founder and current President of the El Cerrito Community Foundation. She has served on the board of the YWCA, and as President of the county-wide National Women’s Political Caucus. She has been honored as El Cerrito’s Woman of the Year. She was recently honored by being placed on the El Cerrito Wall of Fame, one of only a few citizens so honored.
Jane’s education credentials include a life-time credential to teach kindergarten through 12th grade and more than 30 years of classroom teaching in local public schools. Her innovative classroom ideas won her the “Teaching Excellence Award” from the West Contra Costa Education Fund.
Jane also brings memories of her mother as a warden during WWII, and remembers the rationing and coupons used to buy basic essentials.