Why I'm Doing This
Both of my parents were educators. My mom taught Art and later became an administrator in Cleveland's Jewish school system and my dad chaired the Business Admin department at Kent State. I grew up thinking that everyone had well-funded public schools like me and the kids on TV.
Despite San Francisco's collective wealth, there’s a huge disconnect between this affluence and the quality of student wellbeing, behavioral health, and the support and development of our educational workforce. Additionally, the frustration parents and site staff express around the challenges of planning around COVID-19 and distance learning are ones I am eager to help unwind. The current board is doing a remarkable job in addressing these and numerous other challenges. I'm asking for your vote so that I can join the fight for educational justice, bringing equity to our students, teachers, staff, and families.
While my public schools were well supported by the community, I struggled quite a bit. The school climate model we take for granted today was undeveloped in the ‘70s and ‘80s. With intelligence but limited focus, I fell short of expectations as a student, employee, and citizen. I internalized this “deficiency” as an identity and remember feeling alone, facing the same obstacles our students encounter today; most especially adoptees, LGBTQ, and multiethnic students. After dropping out of high school, I spent my early adulthood in transient mode. I battled PTSD and anxiety coupled with substance use disorder. I was in a slow downward spiral and disconnected from friends, community, and family.
Returning to SF in the late ’90s helped me develop a social support network. Now, at over a decade in recovery, I’ve had the opportunity to course-correct and to rebuild those connections. I’ve served as Administrative Assistant to the former Alameda County Superintendent of Schools and now manage Real Estate, Facilities, and People Operations in the tech startup sector.
Based on my history, Behavioral Health and Social Justice have been the primary focuses of my public service. I've served on the boards of community-based and non-profit organizations and recently termed-out as Chair of the San Francisco Behavioral Health Commission. As a Board of Education candidate, I bring my administrative prowess, a bridge to Tech Industry resources, and my experience in Addiction and Mental Health advocacy and services. Your vote can help move the needle forward for all of those we serve.