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November 6, 2018 — Elección General de California

Belmont-Redwood Shores School DistrictCandidato para Miembre de Junta

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Amy Koo

10,146 votos (26.94%)Winning
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Mis 3 prioridades principales

  • Improving communication and engagement of all stakeholders
  • Ensuring fiscal sustainability
  • Encouraging innovative academic programs



Profesión:Biotech Analytics and Innovation Director
Associate Director, Managed Markets Analytics-Data Strategy and Innovation, Gilead Sciences (2018–current)
Region 5 Delegate Assembly Member, California School Board Association — Cargo elegido (2018–current)
School Board Member, Belmont-Redwood Shores School District — Cargo elegido (2013–current)
Sr. Manager, Trade Analytics, Gilead Sciences (2014–2018)
Manager, Trade Operations, Gilead Sciences (2010–2014)
Senior Clinical Supplies Manager, Exelixis (2008–2010)
Manager, Production Control / Manager, Portfolio and Strategic Planning, Nektar Therapeutics (2005–2008)


California School Boards Association Masters in Governance (2016)
Stanford University MBA, MS, Manufacturing Systems Engineering (2002)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology BS, Chemical Engineering (1995)

Actividades comunitarias

Business Value Lead, Women at Gilead Employee Resource Group (2018–current)
Board Member, San Mateo County School Boards Association (2017–current)

¿Quién apoya a este candidato?

Organizaciónes (4)

  • Belmont-Redwood Shores Faculty Association
  • Bay Area Municipal Elections
  • The San Mateo Daily Journal
  • DemFems of Silicon Valley

Funcionarios electos (29)

  • Jerry Hill, State Senator, District 13
  • Kevin Mullin, State Assembly Member, District 22
  • Dave Pine, President, San Mateo County Board of Supervisors, District 1
  • Ted Lempert, San Mateo County Board of Education / former State Assembly Member
  • Janet Borgens, Council Member, Redwood City
  • Allen Weiner, Trustee, Sequoia Union High School District
  • Nancy Magee, San Mateo County Superintendent - Elect
  • Rod Hsiao, San Mateo County Board of Education
  • John Seybert, Council Member, Redwood City
  • Kalimah Salahuddin, Board Vice-President, Jefferson Union High School District
  • Clayton Koo, Board Vice-President, Jefferson Elementary School District
  • Rob Tashjian, Trustee, Belmont-Redwood Shores School District
  • Carrie Du Bois, Trustee, Sequoia Union High School District
  • Georgia Jack, Board Vice-President, Sequoia Union High School District
  • Chris Thomsen, Board President, Sequoia Union High School District
  • Tom Mohr, Trustee, San Mateo Community College District
  • Richard Holober, President, San Mateo County Community College Board
  • Alisa MacAvoy, Trustee, Redwood City School District
  • Marc Friedman, Board Clerk, San Mateo Union High School District
  • Shelly Masur, Council Member, Redwood City
  • Jeff Gee, Council Member, Redwood City
  • Diane Howard, Vice-Mayor, Redwood City
  • Ian Bain, Mayor, Redwood City
  • Davina Hurt, Vice-Mayor, Belmont
  • Doug Kim, Mayor, Belmont
  • Nancy Kohn Hsieh, Former San Mateo-Foster City School Board Trustee
  • Chelsea Bonini, Former San Mateo-Foster City School Board Trustee
  • Daina Lujan, Board President, South San Francisco Unified School District
  • Susan Alvaro, President, San Mateo County Board of Education

Individuos (19)

  • Phong La, Former Chairperson, California Commission on API American Affairs
  • Jason Galisatus, Vice-Chair, Complete Streets Advisory Committee
  • Giselle Hale, Planning Commissioner, Redwood City
  • Rick Hunter, Former Planning Commissioner, Redwood City
  • Lee Tien, Redwood Shores Resident
  • Fiona Kot, Redwood Shores Resident
  • Dennis Manalo, Vice-Chair, Redwood City Library Foundation
  • Dr Jim Howard, Belmont Resdient
  • Sam Leinbach, BRSSD Parcel Tax Oversight Committee Member
  • Andrew Young, Past Measure C Bond Oversight Committee Chair
  • Michelle Green, Education Leader
  • Ardythe Andrews, Belmont Resident
  • Jen Coakley, Belmont Resident
  • Gloria Wu, Belmont Resident
  • Doug Crisman, Redwood Shores Resident
  • Lisa Tow, Redwood Shores Resident
  • Victor Tam, School Principal in San Francisco
  • Don Long, Redwood Shores Resident
  • Chuck Velschow, Former Trustee, Belmont-Redwood Shores School District

Creencias poliza

Documentos sobre determinadas posturas

Candidate Statement


Amy's priorities and plans

I have lived in the Belmont-Redwood Shores School District for 15 years and am the mother of two boys who attend district schools.  I was elected to the School Board in 2013 as a change agent, someone who would improve communication and transparency to all stakeholders, preserve neighborhood schools during increasing enrollment, encourage innovative academic programs, and improve teacher job satisfaction.

There is much change to celebrate in my first term.  We passed a bond measure and two parcel taxes to ensure there was sufficient school capacity and adequate funding for growing enrollment.  We developed a Strategic Plan with input from a broad spectrum of stakeholders to align on our vision of student success.  We overhauled district websites so information is more accessible and initiated a new parent orientation to provide a warm welcome for anxious new parents.  We transitioned to interest-based bargaining with the teachers union to foster a more collaborative culture. 

All is not rosy, however.   The school district’s budget is turning negative in two years despite the recent passage of a parcel tax.  California is ranked 41st out of 50 states in per-pupil school funding, and the funding formula is the same across the state with no accommodations for regional cost of living.  We attract teachers to our district via our investment in teacher intern programs and high-quality professional development, but they often leave when they can’t afford to buy a home.  The district and the teachers are being required to contribute more into the pension fund which further strains finances.  

Change is inevitable because the district has to have a balanced three-year budget.  My goal is to promote an engaged school community whose members will work collaboratively to ensure each student’s success as we overcome financial stressors.  We must match community member interests and skills to school district needs so we can increase donations, broaden the volunteer pool, and implement innovative yet cost-effective programs.

Ultimately school funding is a state level issue.  This year I was elected to the California School Board Association’s Delegate Assembly so I can make an impact at the state level and serve as the policy advocate on our school board.  All of us can make an impact at the state level by writing our state legislators and electing those who support increased school funding.

Please vote for me so we can continue the change that we started.  

Videos (2)

— September 24, 2018 Amy Koo for School Board 2018

Amy's speech during her Campaign Kick Off event

— October 9, 2018 Gloria Wu

Learn more about Amy's top priority: communication and engagement

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