Clark, Perkins Appointed to National Purchasing Cooperative Board
Austin— Chris Clark of the Folsom Cordova USD in Rancho Cordova, Calif., and Bob Perkins of Ada County in Idaho, have been appointed to the National Purchasing Cooperative (BuyBoard®) Board of Directors.
The BuyBoard National Purchasing Cooperative is governed by a nine-member board of directors composed of officials and employees of Cooperative members and employees and appointees of sponsoring and administering school boards associations. Clark and Perkins will attend their first board meeting in January 2024.
Clark served for four years in the U.S. Air Force. After completing his service, he began working for the city of Stockton as a recreational program coordinator, where he worked with underserved youth from Stockton’s Conway area.
His tenure on the Folsom Cordova USD school board began in 2016 and during that time he has served as president, vice-president, and clerk. He also serves as a director-at-large for the California School Board Association, a sponsoring association of the BuyBoard. He is currently the manager of the Greater Sacramento Urban League’s Youth Social Justice Program. He is a former resource development manager with the Folsom Cordova Community Partnership.
Over the years, Clark has been appointed to several city and county board positions. Since 1993, he has been a member of the Laguna Sunrise Rotary Club in Elk Grove, California. He is a graduate of Leadership Rancho Cordova (Class VII) and is active in the Rancho Cordova Business Community. He previously served on the board of directors for the Rancho Cordova Chamber of Commerce and served as the President of the Cordova High School PTSA. In 2018, he completed the California School Board Association’s Masters in Governance program.
Perkins, a Certified Public Procurement Officer (CPPO), Certified Professional Public Buyer (CPPB), and NIGP Certified Procurement Professional (NIGP-CPP), is Director of Procurement in Ada County with more than 25 years of experience in government procurement. He earned his bachelor’s degree at Boise State University.
He has served as a charter member and Past President of the Idaho Public Purchasing Association. He co-authored procurement legislation in 2019 (Idaho Code 67-2807) allowing for the use of cooperative procurements.
During Perkins’ tenure as Director at Ada County, the organization was honored by the National Procurement Institute with the NPI Achievement of Excellence in Procurement Award in 2021, 2022, and 2023. The National Cooperative Procurement Partners also recognized him with the Champion of Change Award for efforts in getting legislation passed, which allowed for Idaho political subdivisions to utilize cooperative procurement programs.
About BuyBoard National Purchasing Cooperative
The National Purchasing Cooperative is a cooperative formed by governmental entities to streamline the buying process for public schools, municipalities, and other governmental entities.
Developed to assist members in complying with their purchasing legal requirements, BuyBoard vendors have been awarded contracts for products and services through a competitive procurement process, thereby giving members the opportunity for bulk discounts, combined with the ease of online, web-based shopping.
TASB is a nonprofit organization established in 1949 to serve local Texas school boards. School board members are the largest group of publicly elected officials in the state. The districts they represent serve more than 5.4 million public school students.