Although he has completed his first term as an elected official, Li has been a leading figure in many nonprofit organizations in the San Ramon Valley. He became a board member of the Discovery Counseling Center in Danville this year and has served on the board of Leadership San Ramon Valley since 2016.
“Leading by serving is my motto,” Li continued on his campaign page. “Because of my years of community service and leadership, I was awarded the API of the Year Award by Assemblyman Rebecca Bauer-Kahan in 2020. I am proud of my history of community service in several local non-profit organizations, as well as committees, for various government entities.”
Li served as chairman of the board during a tumultuous year in which then-Chancellor Bryan Reece was placed on administrative leave and then allowed to return two weeks later, Li and current board chair, Judy Walters, dissenting on this final vote.
Trustees John Marquez, Fernando Sandoval and Rebecca Barrett voted in favor of Reece’s return, following widespread public comments supporting the former chancellor on September 30.
Several months later, Marquez attempted to censure Li at the December 8 board meeting for alleged Brown Law violations, but the motion did not advance, with the board voting 3-0. for not pursuing formal censure against Li following a discussion that evening. .
Reece eventually resigned from the district in February, after being placed on administrative leave a second time. The move came amid litigation against the district which alleged the former chancellor engaged in potential ethical and legal violations in his efforts to argue for a $10 million contract for services. of marketing that was later canceled by the district, and that he had sought to undermine investigations into the matter.
Li has served on the board since his election in 2018, when he defeated former San Ramon Mayor H. Abram Wilson in that year’s election for the seat – which was up for grabs. , Gary Walker-Roberts, then incumbent, refusing to appear.
In addition to Li, Ward 3 Trustee Barrett has announced a re-election bid to his seat. Ward 1 Trustee Marquez has yet to publicly announce whether he will run for another term.