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November 6, 2018 — Elección General de California

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Michael Melillo

Appointed Incumbent
6,413 votos (43.37%)
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Mis 3 prioridades principales

  • Build affordable housing for teachers by taking advantage of under utilized district land and combining it with funding from the County's Measure A bond. Our teachers should be able to afford to live near where they work.
  • Partner with Santa Clara County to improve our children's access to affordable preschool so they don't enter kindergarten behind on reading and math skills. Also, partner with the San Jose Library to increase after school programs.
  • Increase funding for education - California is among the bottom 10 states in terms of funding per student. We need to advocate to the law makers in Sacramento to spend less on our prison system and more on the education of our students.

Experiencia

Experiencia

Profesión:Data scientist, School Board Trustee
Senior Data Scientist, Customer Advocate, Apple (2006–current)
Commissioner, City of San Jose, Library and Early Education Commission — Cargo designado (2016–current)
Board Trustee, Area 4, San Jose Unified School District — Cargo designado (2018–current)

Educación

San Jose State University MBA, Finance (2010)
University of Massachusetts, Amherst Bachelor of Arts, Journalism and Political Science (1999)

Actividades comunitarias

Coach, Branham Hills Little League (2018–current)
Coach, Play Flag Football (2017–current)
Adult Literacy Tutor, Partners in Reading (2017–current)

Biografía

Michael was born in New Haven, CT and grew up with his parents and three sisters in the suburb of Hamden. As a child, he loved to play sports, particularly baseball and hockey, which he participated in through high school. Michael learned the importance of education at an early age from this grandmother, Adeline Melillo, who always made sure that he was getting good marks in school. She also taught him the value of hard work, how to be responsible with your money, and the importance of spending time with your family.

Michael went to college at the University of Massachusetts and met his future wife Stacy when she handed him a job application at an Apple store near Boston. The couple relocated to the bay area in 2007 when Michael accepted a new position with the company. After spending time in several apartments scattered across Santa Clara county, Michael and Stacy decided to purchase a home in the Cambrian neighborhood of San Jose in 2012. Michael and Stacy now have two children, ages 5 and 6, who attend Reed Elementary School and are proud Bobcats. 

Over the past few years, Michael has begun his journey into public service and volunteering. He will complete his first term on the San José Library and Early Education Commission (LEEC) in June of 2018. As a commissioner, Michael has had perfect meeting attendance, and has been a strong supporter of the Library's early education efforts such as "Wee Play San José" and the San José Bridge Libraries. The Bridge Libraries not only service young children, but also low socioeconomic status families that utilize both the library materials as well as the family resource center (FRC) at each location. He also successfully advocated for the removal of late fees on all youth materials from the SJPL by working with City Council.

In addition to the LEEC, Michael also became a volunteer Partners in Reading(PAR) adult literacy tutor. PAR tutors provide one-on-one instruction with adults who read and/or write below a 9th grade level. By spending time each week with an adult learner, Michael saw first hand how impactful community-based volunteer work can be on someone's life. It also re-ignited his passion for education, and started his investigation into ways he could impact more people's lives in a positive way.

¿Quién apoya a este candidato?

Organizaciónes (2)

  • The Mercury News
  • San Jose Teachers Association

Funcionarios electos (5)

  • Mayor Sam Liccardo
  • Councilmember Johnny Khamis
  • Board President Susan Ellenberg
  • Board Trustee Pam Foley
  • Board Trustee Kimberly Meek

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