Katherine Albiani is a graduate of Elk Grove High School who has resided in the area since 1950. She served on the Board of Education for the Elk Grove Unified School District from 1976 to 1994, an 18-year period. She presently serves on the Board of the Los Rios Community College District, a position she has held since 1998.
Mrs. Albiani has served as President, Vice President, and Board Representative to the Association of Community College Trustees.
When Mrs. Albiani was on the Elk Grove Board, she was selected to serve as president three times, in 1979, 1986, and 1993. She was a key player in the passage of two bond measures for Elk Grove schools. During this time period, she also served as president of the California School Boards Association (1985) and continued to serve on the Board of Directors for an additional five years. Her other associations with education groups include the following: Board Member of the California College Trustee Association, member of the National Vocational Education Task Force, and member of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) Accreditation Commission. During her four years of service with WASC, Mrs. Albiani assisted with the evaluation of public schools in the ten western states and was able to bring back ideas, programs, and practices for use in Elk Grove.
In 1954, Mrs. Albiani was a co-founder of the Elk Grove Cooperative Preschool that still exists as the Adult Education Partnership Preschool. From that involvement with small children, Mrs. Albiani has continued her community involvement with those of all ages and served as the president of the Elk Grove Senior Center. She also has been president of the Sacramento YMCA and worked to support the Sacramento Public Library.
Over the years, Mrs. Albiani has received many awards and recognition including education leadership awards from the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors and the California State Senate, a Human Rights award for Education from the City and County of Sacramento, and distinguished service award from the Association of California School Administrators. She was named Woman of the Year by the Elk Grove Citizen in 2006 and, with her family, named Elk Grove Citizen’s Family of the Year in 2005.
Mrs. Albiani has lived in the Elk Grove area for over 50 years. She and her husband Gil have five children who are all graduates of Elk Grove High School. Their grandchildren presently attend Elk Grove schools. In 1984, the Albiani Family was chosen as Elk Grove Family-of-the-Year.
Governor Arnold Schwartzegger appointed Mrs. Albiani to the State Community Colleges Board of Governors in 2004. She served as Vice President in 2005-2006, and was President of the Board in 2007.
The Albiani family lives in the Pleasant Grove area.