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Rincon Valley Union School DistrictCandidate for Board Member

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Mike Cook

Business Owner, Father
11,330 votes (43%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Ensuring the school board represents our students and parents.
  • Addressing the teacher shortage with appropriate policies to keep great teachers and attract great teachers
  • Ensuring two way community engagement in the district.



Profession:Father, Business Owner, Landscape Architect
Vice President, Planning & Landscape Architecture, Firma Design Group (2011–current)
Design Review Boardmember, City of Santa Rosa Design Review Board — Appointed position (2010–2012)


Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo Bachelors of Landscape Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Regional and Park Planning (2001)

Community Activities

Member, Sequoia Parent Club (2015–current)
Member, Madrone PTA (2016–current)
Boardmember, Social Advocates for Youth (2013–current)
Boardmember, Foundation for Interdisciplinary Studies (2008–current)
Chair, Boardmember, Tomorrows Leaders Today (2012–2014)



Mike and his wife, Kerri, love living in Rincon Valley and are very involved in the community.  They are raising their two daughters, Leilah (7) and Brenna (5), and both children are in the Rincon Valley Union School District (RVUSD) attending Sequoia and Madrone Elementary Schools.  We have been thoroughly impressed with the school district for our children. 




Mike is running for Governing Boardmember of RVUSD because he wants to continue the excellence, be a collaborative team player and think outside the box.  It is important to me to have a parent, with children in the district, elected to the School Board, because as of now, there is only one (and that Boardmember is resigning).




Mike is an active member of our community, dedicating his time and energy on boards and committees of several youth organizations and non-profits.  Mike chooses to get involved with youth organizations and projects that will advance our next generation of citizens.  He spends the majority of his volunteer time with youth organizations because he knows that this generation will be our leaders of tomorrow.




He has been recognized as a top Forty Under 40 Awards (2011).  He has served on the Board of Directors of the Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce, Habitat for Humanity of Sonoma County, Tomorrows Leaders Today, Social Advocates for Youth and Santa Rosa Young Professionals Network (YPN).  Mike and Kerri are members of the Madrone PTA and Sequoia Parent Club.




Mike graduated from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo with a Bachelors Degree in Landscape Architecture with a concentration in Parks and Recreation.  Mike owns his own business in Santa Rosa.


Questions & Answers

Questions from League of Women Voters of California Education Fund (1)

A recent law made major changes in the way that the state allocates funding to schools.  What will you do to ensure that the public understands your local control formula for school spending and your plan to measure outcomes?
Answer from Mike Cook:

One of my top priorities is to engage the public with the district and school board.  Through this engagement, I will publish the local control formula for school spending and the district's plan to measure outcomes.

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