Clay Hale

San Jose-Evergreen Community College Board

Clay will maintain LGBTQ+ representation on the San Jose-Evergreen Community College Board!


Clay Hale is a gay teacher and first-generation college student. Clay is a candidate for San JoséEvergreen Community College District. As a current social science high school teacher, college advisor, and former community college student, he is deeply committed to the District’s well-being and growth. Clay’s candidacy is backed by his extensive experience, including roles as his school’s social science department chair, President of the School Site Council, professional development facilitator, and union representative. As a teacher, Clay is deeply invested in supporting all students by advocating for equity in education. Clay has developed programs and partnerships with community members that advance civic education and civic literacy within his high school and community. Clay is passionate about promoting youth civic engagement and providing opportunities for students to see themselves as change-makers within their San José community. With his experience as a classroom educator, he has witnessed the impact that quality education can have on the lives of young people. Clay is a product of the community college system and can attest to its transformative power. Clay attended Sierra Community College and transferred to UC Berkeley as a history major. Clay knows from his own experience that community college can provide a pathway to a better future, regardless of one’s background or circumstances. He has seen the same opportunities being offered to his current students as they take classes in the San José-Evergreen Community College District. He watched many of his students go on to attend either San José City College or Evergreen Valley College after graduation and is proud to have played a part in their journey. This experience has reinforced his belief in the importance of California community colleges and their ability to provide students with the tools they need to succeed. As a trustee, Clay will ensure that all students are provided with quality education in their community college and are especially supported with navigating the transfer process in California. Clay is deeply grateful for your support in furthering his mission to assist all community college students and for standing behind him in the upcoming November 7, 2023, election.