State and Local Elected Officials

Tom Torlakson

     California State Superintendent of Public Instruction

Scott Wiener
    
Senator, California State Senate, 11th District

Kevin Mullin
    
Assembly Member, California State Assembly,
     22nd District

Phil Ting
    
Assembly Member, California State Assembly,
     19th 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

     Candidate, Mayor of San Francisco

​Floyd Gonella
     San Mateo County Superintendent of Schools (Retired)

Jean Holbrook
    
San Mateo County Superintendent of Schools (Retired)
Carole Groom
    
Supervisor, San Mateo County Board of Supervisors
     District 2

Don Horsley
    
President, San Mateo County Board of Supervisors
     District 3

Warren Slocum
    
Supervisor, San Mateo County Board of Supervisors
     District 4

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

 Ken Yeager

     Supervisor, Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors
Ruben Abrica

     Vice Mayor, East Palo Alto

Robert Bernardo

     ​San Mateo County Harbor Commission

Larry Franzella

     ​Former Mayor, San Bruno

Ron Gonzales

     Former Mayor, San Jose

 John Goodwin
    
Colma Town Council

 Tom Huening

    Former San Mateo County Controller;

    Former Supervisor, San Mateo County Board of Supervisors;

    Former Trustee, San Mateo County Community College District

Davina Hurt
    
Belmont City Council; Belmont Chamber of Commerce Board
     of Directors; Former Belmont Planning Commissioner;
     Belmont High Speed Rail Ad Hoc Committee

Virginia Chang Kiraly

     Vice President, San Mateo County Harbor District;

     Menlo Park Fire Protection Board of Directors

Juslyn Manalo

     ​Mayor, Daly City

 Shelly Masur
    
Redwood City Council

​     Former Member, Redwood City Board of Education

 Larry Moody

     Mayor, City of East Palo Alto
Diane Papan

     San Mateo City Council

Eric Rodriguez

     ​San Mateo City Council

Rob Silano

     ​Vice-President, Menlo Park Fire District

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

 ​Glenn Sylvester

     Daly City Council

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

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

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

Noelia Corzo

     Trustee, San Mateo-Foster City School District
 Maria Diaz-Slocum
     Vice President, Redwood City Elementary School District
Carrie DuBois
     Trustee, Sequoia Union High School District
Maurice Goodman
     Trustee, San Mateo Community College District
Andrea Gould
     Trustee, Pacifica Elementary School District

​Joy Guiterrez Pilare

​     President, Bayshore Elementary School District
Clayton Koo
     Board Member, Jefferson Elementary School District
Jesse Levin
     Trustee, Pacifica Elementary School District
Dr. Caroline Lucas
     ​Trustee, Menlo Park City School District
​     Teacher, Las Lomitas 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
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
Rahlia Passi
     Trustee, Belmont-Redwood Shores Elementary School District
 Margi Power
     Trustee, Hilsborough City School District
Kalimah Salahuddin
     Trustee, Jefferson Union High School District
Alan Sarver
     Trustee, Sequoia Union High School District
Kathy Shiokari
     Board President, Pacifica Elementary School District
Rosie Tejada
     Board President, Jefferson Union High School District
Laverne Villalobos
     Trustee, Pacifica Elementary School District

 Shara Watkins
     Trustee, San Mateo/Foster City Board of Education
 Colleen A.R. You
     Former trustee, Belmont-Redwood Shores School District​


Community Leaders

Jeffrey Adair

     LGBT Community Leader

Karen Alden

     Early Learning Advocate

Josh Becker

     ​​CEO & Philanthropic Leader

 Beth Beisecker
    
Special Events Coordinator, Peninsula Museum of Art

Judy Bloom

     San Mateo
Cheryl Bower
    
Realtor, Zephyr Real Estate
Amy Buckmaster
    
Redwood City
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

 Karen L. Clancy

​     UC Regent Emeritus;

     Former Trustee, Belmont-Redwood Shores School District

 Rob Cotterman
    
Business Owner

 Patricia Courtney
    
Foster City

 Karen Cowe

     CEO, Ten Strands

Mary Pat Dempsey

     Half Moon Bay

 Pamela DiGiovanni

     Chair, Daly City Planning Commission

Dr. Keith L. Duncan
   Physician/Pathologist and 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)
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 Commission

 Robert Giljum
    
Business Owner

Lisa and David Gilmour

     Montara
Cecily Harris
    
Chair, San Mateo County Democratic Central Committee

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

Sandra Jones
    
School Secretary (Retired)

Luis Landos
     
Daly City Recreation Commissioner
Sandra Lang

     Community Leader

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

     Pacific Islanders Together

Patricia Miljanich
    
Executive Director, CASA of San Mateo County
Beckie Nettles
    
Registered Nurse/Supervisor (Retired)
Hannibal Odisho
    
Employment Attorney

Wendy Padua

     ​Half Moon Bay

Peter Pershing
    
Foster City

Sheila Reed
    
Burlingame

Brian Roby

     ​Business Owner, East Palo Alto

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

Margaret Taylor

     ​Community Leader
Cole Thomason-Redus
    
Curator of Classical Music, Apple Media Products; Composer and Vocal Artist

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

 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

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
Theresa Parsons
    
Associate Superintendent, Fiscal Services, San Mateo County
     Office of Education (Retired)
Maryanne Patterson

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

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

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 and Instructional Services. Los Angeles
     County Office of Education (Retired)
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

     Education

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; Associate Superintendent of 

     Instruction, San Mateo County Office of Education (Retired)

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
 

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Endorsements

Partial Listing

LOCAL CHAPTER 158, San Mateo County Office of Education


LOCAL CHAPTER 887, San Mateo County Office of Education



Titles/affiliations are for identification purposes only.

"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. I am proud to support Gary Waddell for County Superintendent."  

     - Jean Holbrook, San Mateo County

       Superintendent of Schools (retired)

"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."  

     -- CA Senator Scott Wiener, 11th District

 “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. Gary has a track record of building collaborative solutions that matter for our students and schools and is the kind of leader that we need in California. Now more than ever, California's classrooms and students need champions for equity and innovation.”  

     -- Tom Torlakson, California State

         Superintendent of Public Instruction

"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.  He is the right person to lead San Mateo County education forward into the future I'm proud to support Dr. Waddell for County Superintendent of Schools."

     -- Shelly Masur, Redwood City Council

        Member

"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 as a Principal, a School Counselor, and as Deputy Superintendent of the County Office of 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


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

     -- Rich Gordon, Former CA 

        Assemblymember, 24th District

"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. More importantly, 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


LOCAL CHAPTER 3267, Jefferson Elementary School District

"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