I am a public policy advocate and mother of two Livermore students. I am ready to help lead our schools in these challenging times. As we work to educate our children effectively and safely, deal with COVID-19 economic fallout, and engage with our youth in the national conversation on civil rights, the School Board must guide with knowledge, policy expertise, and compassion. I have the experience and the skills needed now.
The work of the School Board is to set direction and make policy, and I am the candidate with more than 30 years of experience as a policy student and advocate.
My background includes:
- 13 years working with our schools, District, and School Board, starting when my first child entered Kindergarten in Livermore in 2007 — PTA Rep to the School Board, LVJUSD Technology Committee, Citizens’ Oversight Committee for our school bond Measures M & G, coached 4th/5th grade math team
- 2 years fighting Big Tobacco to pass policies in Livermore, throughout the Bay Area, and in Sacramento to combat the epidemic of youth vaping. Doing community education & outreach at all of our middle & high schools & to many community organizations
- 22 years living in the Tri-Valley, 14 in Livermore — Volunteer for many years in my children’s classrooms
- Volunteer domestic violence advocate at Tri-Valley Haven for 9 years
- 7 years in the Bay Area working for national organizations on children’s policy & domestic violence at Futures Without Violence & Children Now
- 4 years working on Capitol Hill & at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.
- Founding Board Member of Global Taiwan Institute, a think tank in Washington, D.C.
- Bachelor’s degree in education policy from the University of Chicago, with one year embedded in Chicago Public School classrooms to study teaching methods
- Master’s degree in public policy from Harvard University
My work to fight youth vaping helped me gain valuable experience and contacts in local government. It allowed me to work with local public officials, as well as demonstrate to them what I can do and my commitment to youth. It’s the reason our School Board President, every member of our City Council, and School Board and City Council Members in nearby cities have all endorsed my candidacy.
My family immigrated to this country from Taiwan when I was seven, none of us speaking English. We worked side by side in our small family business, my brothers and I eventually learning English well enough to translate for our parents. Having spent the first several years of my education in Asia, I became interested in the very different approaches the U.S. and Taiwan took toward education and learning. My public schools in Fremont made it possible for me to work to my potential, go on to attend the best universities, and ultimately pursue a career in public service. I want to support our schools and our teachers to make Livermore’s schools work for our children the way mine did for me.
I want to use my skills and experience to help guide our schools during this critical time. This is a serious time that requires a candidate with relevant experience. Running for School Board is a natural progression of the work I’ve done for more than 30 years. I am unique among my fellow new candidates in that I am ready to work from day one.
I respectfully ask for your vote.
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