“We need leaders of experience and integrity to fight for our students and their schools which is why Dr. Waddell is my choice for San Mateo County Superintendent of Schools.  Now more than ever, California's classrooms and students need champions for equity and innovation.”  

Tom Torlakson, CA State Superintendent of Public Instruction

“Gary is the right leader for San Mateo County’s schools. He is an experienced leader, a collaborator, and will fight for all of the young people in our county. I am proud to enthusiastically support him for San Mateo County Superintendent of Schools."

​Carole Groom, District 2, San Mateo County Board of Supervisors,

"Gary Waddell is a champion for equitable schools that serve all students needs. He has spent his career fighting and demonstrates a strong commitment to ensuring all kids have a quality education.  Gary is the clear choice to lead San Mateo County’s schools into a thriving future in learning and has my enthusiastic support."

Councilwoman Davina Hurt, City of Belmont

"I support Gary and his bold vision for education in San Mateo County. He understands the need to educate all students to prepare them as 21st Century citizens. Dr. Waddell has the background and track record of accomplishments to get it done on behalf of our students."

Kevin Mullin, CA Assembly Member, 22nd District

National, State, and Local Elected Officials

Jackie Speier​, US Congresswoman

Anna Eshoo, ​US Congresswoman

Tom Torlakson, California State Superintendent of Public Instruction

Marc Berman, ​Assembly Member, California State Assembly, 24th District

Kevin Mullin, Assembly Member, California State Assembly, 22nd District
Phil Ting, Assembly Member, California State Assembly, 19th District

Scott Wiener, Senator, California State Senate, 11th District

Evan Low, Assembly Member, California State Assembly, 28th District;

     Chair, California Legislative LGBT Caucus

Rich Gordon, Former Assembly Member, California State Assembly, 24th District​

Ted Lempert, Former Assembly Member, 21st District

Mark Leno, Former Senator, California State Senate, 11th District

​Floyd Gonella, San Mateo County Superintendent of Schools (Retired)
Jean Holbrook, San Mateo County Superintendent of Schools (Retired)
Carole Groom, Vice-President, San Mateo County Board of Supervisors, District 2

David J.  Canepa, Supervisor, San Mateo County Board of Supervisors, District 5
Don Horsley, Supervisor, San Mateo County Board of Supervisors, District 3
Warren Slocum, Supervisor, San Mateo County Board of Supervisors, District 4

Rose Jacobs Gibson, Former Supervisor, San Mateo County Board of Supervisors

Ken Yeager, Supervisor, Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors
Ruben Abrica, Mayor, East Palo Alto

Ray Buenaventura, Vice-Mayor, Daly City

Robert Bernardo, San Mateo County Harbor Commission

Janet Borgens, Redwood City Council

Virginia Chang Kiraly, Vice President, San Mateo County Harbor District; Vice President,
     Menlo Park Fire Protection Board of Directors

Larry Franzella, Former Mayor, San Bruno

Rich Garbarino, South San Francisco Council; President, League of California Cities

​Jeff Gee, ​Redwood City Council

Ron Gonzales, Former Mayor, San Jose

John Goodwin, Colma Town Council

Diane Howard, Vice Mayor, Redwood City

Tom Huening, Former San Mateo County Controller;Former Supervisor,

     San Mateo County Board of Supervisors;

Davina Hurt, Belmont City Council; Belmont Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors

Christine Krolik, Former Mayor, Town of Hillsborough

Cliff Lentz, Brisbane City Council

Juslyn Manalo, Mayor, Daly City

Laura Martinez, Former Mayor, East Palo Alto

Shelly Masur, Redwood City Council​; Former Member, Redwood City Board of Education

Larry Moody, Council Member, City of East Palo Alto

Kitty Mullooly, Former Mayor, Town of Hillsborough

Liza Normandy, Mayor, South San Francisco
Diane Papan, Deputy Mayor, San Mateo City Council

Naomi Patridge, Former Mayor, Half Moon Bay; 2018 Women's Hall of Fame Honoree

Eric Rodriguez, San Mateo City Council

Rob Silano, Menlo Park Fire District

Charles Stone, Council Member, Belmont; Former Ed Foundation Board Member

​Glenn Sylvester, Daly City Council

​Lisa Yarbrough-Gauthier, ​Vice Mayor, East Palo Alto

San Mateo County Board of Education Trustees

Susan Alvaro, President, San Mateo County Board of Education; Former Commissioner,

     San Mateo County Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention Commission
Hector Camacho, Jr., Vice-President, San Mateo County Board of Education

Beverly Gerard, Trustee, San Mateo County Board of Education

Ted Lempert, Trustee, San Mateo County Board of Education; Former Assembly Member 

     21st District

Joe Ross, Trustee, San Mateo County Board of Education​

Rhonda Ceccato, Former Trustee, San Mateo County Board of Education

Rich Gordon, Former Trustee, San Mateo County Board of Education; Former Assembly

     Member,24th District

Memo Morantes, Former Trustee, San Mateo County Board of Education; Chair, Latino

     Leadership Council of San Mateo County

Karen Schwarz​, Former Trustee, San Mateo County Board of Education; Trustee, San

     Mateo County Community College District

District Board of Education Trustees

Rosa Acosta, Board President, South San Francisco Unified School District
Tom Adams, Trustee, Davis Joint Unified School District

Jennifer Blanco, President, San Bruno Park Elementary School District

Chelsea Bonini, Former Trustee, San Mateo-Foster City School District
Elizabeth Bredall, President, Pacifica Elementary School District
Marie Brizuela, Trustee, Jefferson Elementary School District

Noelia Corzo, Trustee, San Mateo-Foster City School District
Maria Diaz-Slocum, President, Redwood City Elementary School District
Carrie DuBois, Trustee, Sequoia Union High School District

Don Geddis, Trustee, Hillsborough City School Distict
Maurice Goodman, Trustee, San Mateo Community College District
Andrea Gould, Trustee, Pacifica Elementary School District

​Joy Guiterrez Pilare​, President, Bayshore Elementary School District

​Richard Holober, President, San Mateo Community College District 
Clayton Koo, Trustee, Jefferson Elementary School District

Neil Layton, Trustee, San Carlos Elementary School District
Jesse Levin, Trustee, Pacifica Elementary School District

Melodie Lew, Former Member, San Mateo Council on Aging; Former Trustee, San

     Mateo/Foster City School District; Former Director, California School Boards

     Association; Former Director, California Asian/Pacific Islander School Board​
Manufou Liaiga-Anoa'i, Commissioner, San Mateo County Commission on the Status of

     Women; Trustee, Jefferson Elementary School District
Andy Lie, Trustee, Jefferson Union High School District

Dr. Caroline Lucas, Trustee, Menlo Park City School District; Teacher, Las Lomitas

     Elementary School District

Daina Lujan, Board President, South San Francisco Unified School District
Alisa MacAvoy, Trustee, Redwood City School District
John Marinos, Trustee, San Bruno Park Elementary School District
Kevin Martinez, Trustee, San Bruno Park Elementary School District

Connie Menefee, Former Trustee, Pacifica School District;

     San Francisco Deputy City Attorney (Ret)

Phyllis Moore, Former Trustee, San Mateo Foster City School District

Kitty Mullooly​, Former Trustee, Hillsborough City School District

​Michelle Nayfack, Vice-President, San Carlos School District

Audrey Ng, President, San Mateo-Foster City School District

Thomas Nuris, Former Jefferson Union High School District Board Member
Rahlia Passi, Trustee, Belmont-Redwood Shores Elementary School District
Margi Power, Trustee, Hilsborough City School District
Kalimah Salahuddin, Vice-President, Jefferson Union High School District
Alan Sarver, Trustee, Sequoia Union High School District
Kathy Shiokari, Trustee, Pacifica Elementary School District
Rosie Tejada, Trustee, Jefferson Union High School District
Laverne Villalobos, Trustee, Pacifica Elementary School District

Shara Watkins, Trustee, San Mateo/Foster City Board of Education

Gilbert Wai, Hillsborough City School District
Colleen A.R. You, Former trustee, Belmont-Redwood Shores School District​

Community Leaders

Jeffrey Adair, LGBT Community Leader

Karen Alden, Early Learning Advocate

Mike Aydelott​, San Carlos

Josh Becker, CEO & Philanthropic Leader

Beth Beisecker, Special Events Coordinator, Peninsula Museum of Art

Betty Bernstein, San Mateo

Judy and Jordan Bloom, San Mateo
Cheryl Bower, Realtor, Zephyr Real Estate
Amy Buckmaster, Redwood City

​Isabelle Bushman, Parent Volunteer
Kristy Camacho, Chair, South San Francisco Parks and Recreation Commission

Muhammed Chaudhry, Former CEO; Silicon Valley Education Foundation
Milton Chen, Independent Education Consultant; Former Executive Director, 

     George Lucas Educational Foundation

Mary Chigos, RN NP, Mission Hospice & Home Care Board of Directors

Karen L. Clancy​​, UC Regent Emeritus; Former Trustee, Belmont-Redwood Shores Schl District
Dr. George Cohen, Cardiologist and former Chief of the Medical Staff, Mills-Peninsula Hospital

Rob Cotterman, Business Owner

Patricia Courtney, Foster City

Karen Cowe, CEO, Ten Strands

Jean Dehner, Former School Administrator and San Carlos Citizen of the Year

Mary Pat Dempsey, Half Moon Bay

Pamela DiGiovanni, Chair, Daly City Planning Commission

Dr. Keith L. Duncan, Physician/Pathologist; Former Chief of Medical Staff, Mills Peninsula Hospital
Tim Eicher, Software Developer

Marilyn Ezrin, President, Redwood City Education Foundation 
Dr. George Fouras, 
DFAACAP, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist
Rosanne Foust, President and Chief Executive Officer of the San Mateo County Economic

     Development Association (SAMCEDA)

Shay Franco-Clausen, Vice Chair, Santa Clara Cty Comm. on the Status of Women; Chair, Justice

     & Advocacy Committee; NorCal Representative, Assoc. of California Commissions for Women

Christine Fuller, Former Trustee, Daly City SMCMVCD; Realtor
Ron Galatolo, Higher Education

Jason Galisatus, Member, Board of Directors, Redwood City Education Foundation; Past Chair,

     Peninsula Stonewall Democrats; Past Co-Chair, San Mateo County LGBTQ Comm.

Robert Giljum, Business Owner

Lisa and David Gilmour, Montara

Colleen Granaham, Half Moon Bay

Giselle Hale, ​Redwood City Planning Commissioner
Cecily Harris, Chair, San Mateo County Democratic Central Committee

Cindy Hohle-Duncan, Higher Education Administrator (Retired); School and Community Volunteer

Nori Jabba, Consultant, Jabba Development Strategies

Marilyn Johnson, Half Moon Bay Chamber of Commerce
Sandra Jones, School Secretary (Retired)

Lorna Siepser Klebe, San Mateo

Harini Krishnan​, San Mateo High School Foundation

Luis Landos, Daly City Recreation Commissioner
Sandra Lang, Community Leader

Sterling and Linda Lanier, Hillsborough

Todd N. Lloyd, Past Chair, San Francisco Juvenile Justice Commission

Victoria Magbilang  Parent, Daly City

Drs. Peter and Jeanne Quivey Mandell, Hillsborough
Rowina Meafua, Pacific Islanders Together

Patricia Miljanich, Executive Director, CASA of San Mateo County

Dr. Art Miller​, Professor Emeritus, UCSF

Susan Morasci, Half Moon Bay

Farmer John Muller, ​Half Moon Bay

Dr. Thomas Mulloolly, DDS​, Hillsborough

Jim Murphy, Educational Consultant; Realtor, Berkshire Hathaway

Mark Nagales, Chair, South San Francisco Planning Commission
Beckie Nettles, Registered Nurse/Supervisor (Retired)
Hannibal Odisho, Employment Attorney

Wendy Padua, Half Moon Bay

Laura Parmer-Lohan, Candidate, San Carlos City Council

​Leila Perreras, ​Consultant, South San Francisco

Peter Pershing, Foster City

Chris Quinn, Former co-owner, New Leaf Community Markets

Sheila Reed, Burlingame

Brian Roby, Business Owner, East Palo Alto

​Sarahi Espinoza Salamanca, Founder DREAMers Roadmap, DACA student, Forbes 30under30

Elsa Schafer, Belmont

Lynn Schuette, Co-Chair, SM County LGBTQ Commission; Grants Director, StarVista

Okan Sengun, Esq., Executive Director & Cofounder of the LGBT Asylum Project; Founding

     Attorney at Law Office of Okan Sengun, PC
Caroline Serrato, Former Burlingame Traffic Safety and Parking Commissioner

Andrew See, Actuary

​Don Shoecraft

Margaret Taylor, Community Leader
Cole Thomason-Redus, Curator of Classical Music, Apple Media Products

Denise Tsujisaka, Redwood City

Steven Tsujisaka, Intern, San Francisco Board of Supervisors

Vina Vo, Redwood City
Ruth Waters, Founder and Executive Director, Peninsula Museum of Art

Teresa and Ed Watkins, Half Moon Bay

Dr. Steve and Nancy Weller, San Mateo

Mike Wells​, Redwood City

Mark Wieser, Videographer
Susan Williams-Clarke, Executive Director, Acknowledge Alliance

Michael Wright, Program Manager, Facebook


Educational Leaders

Jennifer Angers, Teacher

Jeannie Bosley, Associate Superintendent, Human Resources, San Mateo County Office of

     Education (Retired)

​Tish Busselle, ​Former Assistant Superintendent, San Mateo-Foster City School District

Kathy Catalano, Teacher
Dr. Kathryn Catania, Strategies of Success
Evelina Chao, Teacher, Patterson Elementary School, Fremont Unified School District

Dr. Elaine Cohen, Faculty and Graduate Dean, NDNU (retired)

Kristopher Chad Disharoon, Educator, Higher Education
Mallory Dwinall, Founder and Executive Director, Oxford Day Academy

Melinda Dart, Educational Advocate; American Federation of Teachers

Naomi Eason, Parent, CAASA Member, Let's Get Moovin!, Board Member
Cheryl Fambrini, Teacher (Retired), Washington School, Burlingame School District
Cindy Fong, Teacher, Patterson Elementary School, Fremont Unified School District

Dr. Robin Hall, Director, Regional System of District and School Support, Bay Region IV
Dr. Gloria Hernandez-Goff, Superintendent, Ravenswood City School District 

Dr. Beth Higbee, Assistant Superintendent, San Bernardino County Office of Education
Janet Holbrook, Teacher, Las Lomitas School, Las Lomitas Elementary School District
Barbara Kelley, Teacher, Pacifica Elementary School District (Retired)

Sue Larramendy​, Former Superintendent, Bayshore Elementary School District; Associate

     Superintendent, San Mateo County Office of Education (Retired)
Jim Lianides, Superintendent, Sequoia Union High School District (Retired)
Marilyn Loushin-Miller, Superintendent, Hillsborough City School District (Retired) 

Rosalyn Luo, Teacher, Patterson Elementary School
Barbara Olds, Superintendent, South San Francisco Unified School District (Retired)
Cheryl Olson, Former Superintendent, San Bruno Park School District

Caitie O'Shea, San Mateo County Office of Education Administrator (Retired)
Theresa Parsons, Associate Superintendent, Fiscal Services, San Mateo County Office of

     Education (Retired)
Maryanne Patterson, State Preschool Manager, San Mateo County Office of Education

Vahn A. Phayprasert, Superintendent, Millbrae School District
Karen Philip, Deputy Superintendent, San Mateo County Office of Education (Retired); Former

     Superintendent, Millbrae School District

Audrey Poppers, Associate Superintendent, San Mateo-Foster City School District (Retired)

Diane Purucker, Teacher
Angelica Ramsey, Superintendent, Pleasant Valley School District; Former Assistant

     Superintendent of Instruction, Santa Clara County Office of Education
Carol Ray, Principal, Director of Secondary Education (Retired)
Theresa Rouse, Superintendent, Joliet (IL) Public School District 86; Former Deputy

     Superintendent, Santa Cruz County Office of Education
Faris Sabbah, Deputy Superintendent, Santa Cruz County Office of Education; Candidate for

     Santa Cruz County Superintendent of Schools
Sandy Sale, Teacher, Las Lomitas Elementary School District

Raynette Sanchez, Director, Curriculum & Instruction Services. LA County Office of Education (Ret)

Nancy Sato, Educational Consultant
Sue Stickel, Deputy Superintendent, California Department of Education (Retired); Former

     Deputy Superintendent, Sacramento County Office of Education
Dwight Taylor, Teacher (Retired)

Amirah Tulloch, Student Senator, Skyline College Associated Students

Sue Wieser, Former Associate Superintendent of Human Resources, San Mateo County Office of

Karen Lloyd Wolff, Hillsborough City School District Administrator (Retired)

California County Superintendents of Schools

Margie Bulkin, Tuolumne County Superintendent of Schools
Mary Jane Burke, Marin County Superintendent of Schools

Floyd Gonella, San Mateo County Superintendent of Schools (Retired)
Lisette Estrella-Henderson, Solano County Superintendent of Schools
Cheryl Hightower, Former Alameda County Superintendent of Schools

Jean Holbrook, San Mateo County Superintendent of Schools (Retired)
Ed Manansala, El Dorado County Superintendent of Schools
L. Karen Monroe, Alameda County Superintendent of Schools

​Barbara Nemko, Napa County Superintendent of Schools
Karen Sakata, Contra Costa County Superintendent of Schools


"Dr. Gary Waddell is my choice for San Mateo County Superintendent of Schools. He is a fierce advocate for all youth. He stands strong for honoring the promises that we made to our DACA students/Dreamers and will be a County Superintendent of Schools that isn't afraid to speak out for communities of color, the underserved, and those who are asking for a fair shot at the American dream."  
-- Sarahi Espinoza Salamanca, Former DACA student/Dreamer, Founder of DREAMers Roadmap, 2014 White House Champion of Change, Forbes 30 Under 30.

“Gary is a collaborative, visionary leader who knows how to get things done. He is the type of leader that we need in San Mateo County.  He has a track record of innovative service to children and youth and will stand up for our children, our community, and our shared values.”

​Rosanne Foust, President and CEO, SAMCEDA

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"Dr. Waddell is a proven leader who has positively impacted curriculum and instruction across California.  As the state Chair of the Visual and Performing Arts Subcommittee for the Curriculum and Instruction Steering Committee, he provides leadership and support for equitable arts learning across California.  He is truly a visionary, innovative administrator who works on behalf of all the diverse students of California."
Sarah Anderberg, Director of CCSESA State Arts Initiative

"Gary has the skills, experience and judgment to be an outstanding County Superintendent.  He has a proven track record of collaborative and fiscally responsible leadership and is widely respected for his ability to get things done. Gary will work tirelessly on behalf of the students of our County."  

Jean Holbrook, San Mateo County Superintendent of Schools (retired)

"Gary's vision and track record of success are just what we need for San Mateo County.  Gary is respected throughout California as a statewide leader in curriculum and instruction. Preparing our children to face tomorrow's very real challenges will require a bold vision, skill to get the job done, and a commitment to engaging our community around solutions."

Shelly Masur, Redwood City Council Member

“Dr. Waddell will address critical issues like bullying, campus safety, teacher shortages, and expanding technology in the classroom.”  

​California Assembly Member Phil Ting,

19th District

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"I’m proud to support Dr. Waddell for San Mateo County Superintendent of Schools.  Gary brings great experience, leadership, vision, and commitment to service to this key role. He is the kind of forward-thinking leader that our schools need to prepare students for the jobs of tomorrow."  

David Canepa, Supervisor, District 5, San Mateo County Board of Supervisors

​ "Gary delivers.  As a school counselor and principal, Gary advocated for top-flight schools.  He supports universal preschool. As deputy superintendent of schools for San Mateo County, he has been instrumental in reducing the achievement gap in the County.  I’m impressed that with all of his responsibilities he found time to be a foster parent.  Students will be well-served by Gary Waddell’s innovative thinking and leadership.  I highly recommend Dr. Gary Waddell for Superintendent of San Mateo County Schools."

                                  Congresswoman Jackie Speier

“Dr. Gary Waddell has the experience and leadership skills to be a champion for students and an excellent Superintendent of Schools for our County. Gary is well prepared in the tradition of knowledgeable and dedicated Peninsula elected officials and I am pleased to endorse him.”         

                                 Congresswoman Anna Eshoo

“The San Mateo County Central Labor Council enthusiastically supports Gary Waddell as the next San Mateo County Superintendent of Schools.  We are backing Gary because he understands and supports the hard-working men and women who are the backbone of our County and he has a track record of ethical and effective leadership.  We are proud to stand with him.”

Julie Lind Rupp,

San Mateo County Central Labor Council

"Gary is passionate about supporting all students and ensuring that every single student in San Mateo County has access to an excellent education. His experience and vision is exactly what our community needs to make education a transformational experience for each and every child. I am proud to support Gary Waddell for County Superintendent of Schools because he is the leader our community needs to ensure our students receive the education they all deserve."

Shara Watkins, Trustee, San Mateo-Foster City School Board

​​​​​​​  CTA OF SAN MATEO COUNTY, in addition to:

     San Mateo County Office of Education Teachers Association
     Belmont-Redwood Shores Faculty Association

​     Brisbane Elementary Teachers Association

     Las Lomitas Education Association

​     Menlo Park Education Association

​     Millbrae Education Association

​     Ravenswood Teachers Association

​     Redwood City Teachers Association
     San Bruno Education Association
     San Carlos Teachers Association

     San Mateo Elementary Teachers Association (San Mateo-Foster City)
     San Mateo Union High School District Teachers Association
     Laguna Salada Education Association (Pacifica)
     Burlingame Education Association
     Sequoia District Teachers Association

"Throughout his career, Gary has been a tireless advocate for all students.  At this critical time, we need smart leaders like Gary who are willing to take a stand for our students and our shared values.  He is the right leader for San Mateo County's schools."  California Senator Scott Wiener, 11th District

"Gary is the kind of leader that we need in San Mateo County – creative, visionary, and an advocate for all children.”  

Rich Gordon, Former California Assemblymember, 24th District