Why I am running for the Maricopa Community College Governing Board

My entire career has been dedicated to helping students access and succeed in education. For more than 20 years I have worked and attended some of the best colleges in North America. I’ve designed, implemented and coordinated highly successful programs which ensured student access and success in college. I know what it takes for students to be successful in college.

For the past 8 years I have worked as a school counselor in Phoenix Union High School District. Each day I am fortunate to work with students; to get to know their dreams, their abilities and the obstacles they face . I know what they are capable of and what an asset they are to our community. I know that the Community College is the best and, for many students, the only hope to access higher education.

As a graduate of the Phoenix Union High School district and an alumnus of MCCCD, I am these students, and I am running for the Governing Board to ensure that MCCCD remains a strong and vital gateway to economic security for the individual and the source of a well-educated work force necessary for our community to compete in the 21st century.

TOM'S Education

Doctorate of Educational Leadership - Simon Fraser University

Masters in Counseling - Northern Arizona Univeristy

Bachelors in Psychology - Northern Arizona Univeristy

Associates Degree - Mesa Community College


*Dr. Nerini's Mexican-Italian American family has deep roots in the West Valley which spans more than a century.

*Tom Nerini grew up in the Murphy/Carl Hayden community.

*Proud graduate of the Maricopa Community Colleges.


*Phoenix Union HS District Counselor of the year

*Franklin Police and Fire High School Classified Employee of the year

*Red Cross – Real Heroes Award

*LEAP – Latino Educational Achievement Project – Distinguished Service Award

*Western Washington University – Diversity Achievement Award

*Western Washington University Trustee Recognition Award

*Western Washington University Student Affairs Special Recognition Award