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City of Santa Rosa High School DistrictCandidate for Board Member

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Ed Sheffield

Legislative Aide, Parent
33,412 votes (15.6%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Closing Achievement Gaps: particularly among low-income students, English language learners and students of color
  • Expanding Career Pathways: supporting Career Technical Education (CTE), increasing access to electives and enrichment programs, placing a renewed emphasis on music & arts, and promoting early childhood education programs
  • Responsible Stewardship of Public Dollars: ensuring fiscal responsibility and investing bond money to maximize school needs



Profession:Legislative Aide
District Representative, California State Assembly (2015–current)
District Director, California State Senate (2010–2014)
District Representative, United States Congress (2005–2008)


Sonoma State University Master of Public Administration (MPA), Policy, Political Science (current)
Western Washington University Bachelor of Arts, History (current)



For over a decade, I have represented federal, state, and local officials and dedicated my career to improving the health and well-being of Sonoma County. Prior to my work in government, I served as an AmeriCorps member working to secure funding for afterschool programs that tutored and mentored disadvantaged youth in Sonoma County’s most underserved schools.  In my work capacity, I have served on Sonoma County’s Maternal, Child and Adolescent Advisory Board for seven years. As a member of this body, I work alongside health professionals, agency representatives, and school personnel to coordinate health services for children, mothers and families.

As a volunteer, I have been an appointed member of Santa Rosa’s Measure O Citizen Oversight Committee since 2010, monitoring expenditures of the quarter-cent sales tax revenue for enhancing public safety throughout the City. As an advocate for open spaces, healthy communities, and environmental stewardship, I have worked with Sonoma County Conservation Action as a board member since 2013.  For three years, I served on the board of directors of North Coast Children’s Services, a Humboldt County-based nonprofit serving low-income families with preschool and kindergarten-age education through Head Start and Early Head Start programs.


After receiving a Bachelor’s degree in History from Western Washington University, I specialized in public policy and political science while earning a Masters in Public Administration from Sonoma State University.

My additional community activities include:

  • Policy Advisor for Sonoma County’s Child Care Planning Council
  • City of Santa Rosa Mayor’s Gang Prevention Task Force (Now Santa Rosa Violence Prevention Partnership)
  • City of Santa Rosa Graffiti Abatement Team

I have an extensive history of public service and working to represent our community’s interests. My service includes:

  • Sonoma County Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health Advisory Board (2009-Present)
  • Santa Rosa's Measure O Citizen Oversight Committee (2009-present)
  • Sonoma County Child Care Planning Council, representing state legislative officials (2010-present)
  • City of Santa Rosa Mayor’s Gang Prevention Task Force (Rosa Santa Violence Prevention Partnership) (2006-2012)
  • Sonoma County Conservation Action Board of Directors, Treasurer (2013-present)
  • California Democratic Party, State Executive Board (2007-2009)
  • Sonoma County Young Democrats, Campaign Director (2007-2008)
  • Press Democrat/New York Times Leadership Forum (2007)
  • AmeriCorps Member
  • North Coast Children's Services Head Start/Early Head Start Programs Board of Directors (2001-2003)



Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Congressman Jared Huffman
  • Sonoma County Democratic Party
  • Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

Citizen oversight of the functions of government is the cornerstone of democracy in the United States.  This system of democracy, based on the fundamental principle of “rule by the people” has lasted since our country was established.  Within this particularly effective form governance, experts in their fields staff every governmental agency and department, yet civilians are elected to govern them all.

These elected officials are entrusted with the responsibility of creating and strengthening policies that determine society’s present and future wellbeing.  Because people look to their elected officials for leadership, while also holding them accountable for shortcomings, the role of the elected official is to manage public interests in the most transparent, equitable, responsible and professional way possible.  



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