Governing Board Members

Jesus R
Jesus Rubalcava
Governing Board President 


Jesus Rubalcava is an Arizona native born in Ajo and raised in Gila Bend. He is a graduate of Gila Bend High School Class of 1998. Jesus served for five years on the Gila Bend USD Governing Board and was President in 2010. Prior to that, he served on the Paloma ESD Governing Board at the age of 18 for two years. Jesus is a member of the Gila Bend Rotary International Club and an active member of the Gila Bend PTO.


Jesus has demonstrated the quality leadership skills through his involvement in many local, state, national and international organizations. Rubalcava currently serves on the Arizona School Boards Association (ASBA) as President. Prior to that, he served as the President-elect, Treasurer, Secretary and as Maricopa County Co-Director for the association. He is currently the National School Board Association (NSBA) Pacific Region Director Nominee.


Jesus is also serving as the Hispanic Vice-Chair of the Hispanic Native American Indian Caucus of ASBA where he voices the concerns and needs of Hispanic and Native American students. He is currently serving as the Chair-Elect of the National Hispanic Caucus of the NSBA. Rubalcava has proven to be knowledgeable in the many roles and responsibilities of an elected official.


Jesus is well aware of issues and happenings in public education and brings this very exclusive point of view. He possesses a very unique perspective of public education as he is currently a Special Education Educator at Palo Verde Elementary. Jesus is enrolled in a Doctoral program with an emphasis on Educational Leadership at North central University. Most importantly, Jesus has a strong awareness and vested interest in Arizona’s public education, as he and his wife Cristina are the proud parents of 3 children whose futures and opportunities will depend on their receiving quality education in our great community and school district. 

liz smith
Elizabeth Smith
Governing Board Clerk 

Pat Riggs

Patricia Riggs 
Governing Board Member

Patricia Riggs was appointed to the board in 2011.She is passionate about ensuring Gila Bend students receive an excellent education that will prepare them well for college,a career or whatever path they pursue after high school. She is also a strong believer of community engagement and giving educators the support they need to be successful with every student. She married Christopher Riggs and together they have two children, Shawn Riggs and Levi Riggs. As a native of Gila Bend Patricia attended Gila Bend Schools since Kindergarten and graduated in 1994. She has had both of her sons attend Gila Bend Schools as well. Shawn graduated in 2015 and is attending Glendale Community College and will be transferring to NAU. Levi is a high school sophomore and will be a graduate in 2018.

Erika Amezcua
Governing Board Member

Herman "sonny" Hoffman
Governing Board Member