In her new post, the first ever occupied by a woman, Kounalakis will serve on the University of California Board of Regents and the California State University Board of Trustees. There is no issue more important than education, she told the crowd. Read news coverage here. 'Such a historic moment for California!” said Pete Rauch, CSUEU Vice President for Organizing, who attended the swearing-in. “Eleni's campaign prioritized higher education and we look forward to having her as a strong advocate on the Board of Trustees demanding accountability and transparency from the CSU leadership.” Also present for the inauguration at the State Capitol were CSUEU President Neil Jacklin, Vice President for Finance Cathy Hutchinson, Legislative Committee Chair Vicky McLeod, and Legislative Director David Balla-Hawkins. In her speech, Kounalakis spoke about supporting California's working class. She gave an example of her own father who worked in the fields to put himself through college: One job, no loans, $62 dollars a semester. “She is focused on expanding access to higher education because there is no better investment in California,' said Pete. Soon after announcing her bid for the office in 2017, Kounalikis visited Sacramento State and spent a day walking the campus and meeting CSUEU employees. CSUEU was the first union to endorse her.