Thank you! Re-elected with 62.6% of the Vote!

Putting Our Students First

As the President of the Sonoma County Board of Education, I’m passionate that every public school student deserves a quality education to graduate college and career ready. That's why I’m running for my second term as the Sonoma County Board of Education Area One Trustee.

For 30 years I've worked passionately and tirelessly on dozens of key issues in Sonoma Valley and county-wide, always with the motivation of making our communities better for children and families. During my first term on the Sonoma County Board of Education, I've participated in successfully implementing some of the biggest changes in education policy in California’s history.

I also took on the additional board member volunteer task of serving two years on the statewide California Counties Board of Education legislative committee identifying, reviewing, and supporting legislation to improve public schools. I plan to rejoin the committee next year.

I also Chair the Sonoma County Maternal, Child & Adolescent Health Advisory Board, which I've served on since 2010. My twin daughters went through Sonoma Valley public schools graduating from Sonoma Valley High in 2011.

About the Sonoma County Board of Education

We are the five-member governing board of the Sonoma County Office of Education (SCOE). We work in conjunction with the County Superintendent, who's also an elected official, to provide services and support to the county's 40 school districts. However, we don't direct district behavior or provide them funding. We also operate alternative schools for students who are seriously at risk of school or societal failure.

As Area One Trustee I represent Sonoma Valley and east Santa Rosa, and am the county board liaison to the Kenwood, Bennett Valley Union, Rincon Valley Union and Sonoma Valley Unified school districts.

Goals for My Second Term

Continue to Improve Student Attendance:

Because students can't learn if they’re not in class, when I took office I immediately took interest in improving attendance at SCOE's alternative schools. I went beyond the usual responsibilities of a board member and attended school attendance award assemblies to encourage and congratulate students. Our attendance rate went up 6% this past school year. I will continue to work on innovative methods to motivate and award our students for good attendance.

Implement SCOE's Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP):

Now in the 3rd year of a new state education funding formula, the LCAP contains the performance data, needs, actions, and anticipated outcomes that guide our use of state funding in order to improve academic achievement at our alternative schools. I recently initiated and lead a board discussion to determine how we’ll monitor and measure our progress to achieve our LCAP’s goals.

Continue to Provide Balanced Budgets while Reducing Pension Liability:

The Board approves the County Office of Education's annual budget and monthly budget revisions. In collaboration with the county superintendent, I will continue to ensure SCOE’s budgets are financially sound and taxpayers’ money is well spent. In addition, SCOE’s pension liability has declined and I will continue to monitor the situation so we stay on that path.

Be of Service to School District Boards:

One of my first goals when I took office was to respond to constituent complaints from school district leaders in Area One that they never saw or heard from their county board representative. Since taking office I have attended board meetings of the four districts in Area One multiple times each, met with superintendents, and attended school district fundraisers throughout Area One paying for my own tickets. I've also participated with my colleagues hosting symposiums and workshops for school district board members.