Hey, it's Njon (like "John")
I’ve always pursued opportunities to speak out in support of equity and inclusivity. My hope is to be an agent of change and improvement for those who attend and work in our schools, as well as their families.
I was Executive Assistant to Alameda County Superintendent, Sheila Jordan, and have also supported Board Commissioners, District Superintendents, and a number of other elected officials. I have also had the opportunity to work directly with staff, educators, students, and parents.
I recently termed-out as chair of the San Francisco Behavioral Health Commission, and am ready to use what I’ve learned there, in other non-profit organizations and activism projects, and in my professional career, to take my contribution to the next level.
This, paired with my personal connection to SFUSD families, faculty, and staff, is what sparked my interest in pursuing a seat on the School Board.
I believe there are opportunities to discover and harness the untapped financial resources that our schools need. As an administrator, I have extensive experience analyzing and optimizing systems and making processes more approachable and efficient for users. My experiences in Human Resources and Behavioral Health have taught me to listen intently and prioritize the needs of whomever I'm supporting. My career working in startups has trained me to bring these together, ask questions when things don't make sense, and innovate. My specialty is developing simple solutions to the challenges we face through collaboration, dedication, strategic precision, and humility.
Great question! I'm confident that I'll excel as a commissioner based on my commitment and passion for learning and for personal growth. I also bring these external resources to the table:
The support of numerous associates, community members, activists, elected officials, and organizations with whom I share a dedication to progressive change
My ability to search beyond the status quo and ask the difficult questions
Access to the tech community and a huge range of tools and resources with the potential to benefit our schools
My personal experiences in recovery, and subsequent work in Community, Substance Use, and Mental Health organizations, have strengthened my perspective as an active contributor within my community. A transformative part of my recovery has been honing my ability to make contributions with confidence and compassion. Recovery has also deepened my understanding of what prioritization looks like and helped me to remain flexible while driving toward well-defined solutions -- balancing all of this in often polarized environments.