MVUSD Board of Education
Darrell Peeden was elected in May 2019 to the Moreno Valley Board of Education in a special election. Mr. Peeden is a husband, father, academic scholar, social entrepreneur, and community activist. He was born and raised in the Inland Empire and has been a proud resident of Moreno Valley for over a decade. His daughters attend Sugar Hill Elementary because he believes in Moreno Valley schools.
Darrell Peeden is a product of public education and understands the struggles both students and educators face. After growing up in poverty in a single parent household, he dedicated his life to helping young people find their voice and succeed by breaking down the barriers of social and economic injustice.
In his career, Mr. Peeden has contributed to building a non-profit whose mission is to break the cycle of poverty and violence through mentoring, education, and community organizing. His work has led to the advancement of justice for young people and a mentor for thousands of young men and women in the Inland Empire. His ability to navigate through adversity, and his dedication to serve others contributes to his understanding of the struggle’s families and students of Moreno Valley face.
Darrell Peeden holds a master’s degree in public policy from the School of Public Policy at the University of California, Riverside, where he was an Abraham Rice Scholar. He also graduated from the University of California, Riverside with a bachelor’s degree in public policy.
Cleveland "CJ" Johnson was elected to his first term in 2010.
Mr. Johnson has lived in Moreno Valley for more than 35 years. He and his late wife, Barbara, have three adult children (two sons and a daughter), all three of whom graduated from Moreno Valley High and completed their college degrees at local universities. Their four grandchildren also attend local schools.
Mr. Johnson began his public service by enlisting in the United States Air Force. He served for some 20 years at locations around the world, including Vietnam, Europe, western Asia, and many places in the United States. After leaving the service, he began a 26-year career as a Logistician for PepsiCo. He became an expert in all facets of distribution, Supply Chain and Sales while empowering people at all levels in an organization to improve productivity, their creativity, and team-building skills.
In addition to his duties as a School Board member, Mr. Johnson also serves as a Board member and Secretary (emeritus), at Vine Life Christian Fellowship Church in Riverside; Past President of Moreno Valley Senior Citizen Commission; and member of the Moreno Valley Task Force.
He has previously served as President, Vice President and Clerk.
Dr. Marsha Locke has lived in Moreno Valley for over 26 years and is committed to the community and the parents, students, and employees of the Moreno Valley Unified School District.
Susan Smith, serving her first term, is a native of California who was born in Los Angeles and grew up there and in South Pasadena. She graduated from California State University, Los Angeles, earning a BA in Liberal Studies and a teaching credential. She earned a Master’s Degree in Education from National University and served as a teacher for Nuview Union School District for 28 years.
Since retiring from full-time teaching, she has taught part-time for Riverside Community College District, at both Riverside City College and Moreno Valley College. She and her husband, Charles, have lived in Moreno Valley since 1983; five of their children attended MVUSD schools, and today, three grandchildren are enrolled.
Administrative Assistant to the Board of Education