I'm mom to two teenage sons, married to my husband Tony for 20 years, volunteer advocate for children's health initiatives, and former technology start-up marketing professional. I have done a lot of volunteer work with local non-profits, including LVJUSD school-related needs (PTA Board Member of 5 years, School Site Council, K-12 class, and sports parent-volunteer). Kristie Wang is my candidate because she cares deeply for the health, welfare, education, and success of our children. She will work hard to see that our community schools maintain the highest level of education and support for our children.
I am a Class of 2020 high school graduate starting college at UCLA. I have interned for the Alameda County IT Department and District Attorney Justice Academy, and an alum from the Alameda County Youth Leadership Academy. With the nonprofit Bay Area Community Resources, I worked on campaigns to bring about smoke-free policies at California community colleges as well the Tri-Valley cities. That was also how I came to meet and work with Kristie. Knowing Kristie's intrinsic commitment to service and genuine passion for youth impact, I believe that she would be an invaluable contributor to Livermore families' growth and prosperity as a member of the school board committee.
Originally from Los Angeles, my family moved to Livermore in 2012 for our oldest child to attend the School for the Deaf in Fremont. Aside from being a wife, mother and Zumba Fitness Instructor, I have spent the past seventeen years dedicated to working as a Parent Mentor and leader in family support. I served as President of California Hands & Voices, a statewide non-profit supporting families with deaf and hard of hearing children for two consecutive terms, and have now turned my attention to LGBTQ youth and their families. With students at Mendenhall, Granada High, and one off to RIT in New York, my family is proud to call Livermore our home, and we are dedicated to working towards a more inclusive and diverse community.
I am an 8th grader at Harvest Park Middle School in Pleasanton.
I hope to see myself and my peers mentally and physically healthy, especially during this pandemic. I am heavily involved in the anti-vaping initiatives in Pleasanton since tobacco policy is about youth. I spoke at the Planning Commission meetings and City Council hearings and worked with different organizations with a common goal of a better tobacco policy locally. I met Ms. Kristie Wang at these hearings, and she became my mentor.
My work led me to get selected as the National Ambassador for the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids (CTFK). This job extended my advocacy at the State level, where I lobbied at the California Assembly and reached out to the lawmakers. Ms. Wang and I exchanged notes when SB 793, the bill that bans flavored tobacco products, passed in California.
At school, I serve as the Communications Organizer for Pleasanton Student Inter-schools Action Council (SIAC), the student council for the school district. I sat as the Student Representative for the School ReOpening Committee and currently producing the Remote Resilience video series for the students to ensure that students are coping during remote learning.
Ms. Wang supports the importance of the student's voice in the decision-making process, and in my own little way, I am endorsing and helping manage her campaign.
I teach at a Title 1 school in Livermore. I started my career in Antioch, then stayed home with my three daughters for ten years before returning to the classroom in Livermore in 2014. I am passionate about teaching kids how to become leaders in their community and how to stand up when they see something that is not right. I want all children to have access to the same supplies and resources, and I am committed to being the voice for people who feel like they may not have one.