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November 6, 2018 — Elección General de California

Candidato para Miembre de Junta

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Jim Zito

Board Trustee/Teacher
12,185 votos (19.89%)Winning
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Mis 3 prioridades principales

  • Provide 1st class diverse academic and social elementary education for all students in our district
  • Ensure all neighborhood elementary schools remain open, safe and with small class sizes
  • Ensure a fiscally sustainable budget, including well funded classrooms and a competitive compensation package for all employees



Profesión:Teacher, Middle School Mathamatics
Teacher - 8th Grade Math, Downtown College Prep (2017–current)
School Board Member - Trustee, Evergreen Elementary School District — Cargo elegido (2010–current)
Commissioner - Chairperson, Santa Clara County - Measure A Oversight Committee — Cargo designado (2012–current)
President - member, San Jose District 8 Community Round Table — Cargo elegido (2006–current)
Director of Stewardship and Development, Holy Spirit Elementary School (2015–2016)
Committee Member, San Jose's Envision 2040 General Plan Task Force & Update — Cargo designado (2007–2012)
Senior Manager - Global Technical Services, Applied Biosystems - Life Technologies (1986–2011)
City Planning Commissioner, City of San Jose — Cargo designado (2002–2010)
Technical Marketing Manager, Qualogy Corp (1984–1986)
Senior Software Engineer, Digital Equipment Corporation (1980–1984)


State University NY @ Stony Brook; University of Phoenix; San Jose State University BS Computer Science, SUNY Stony Brook, NY; Masters Business Administration, Univ of Phoenix; PMP, Computer Science, Business Administration, Project Management, Technical Services Management, Education (current)

Actividades comunitarias

Founder - Member, District 8 Community Round Table (2006–current)
Founder - Officer, Evergreen Valley Education Foundation (2007–2013)
Chairman, Evergreen Elementary School District School Consolidation Superintendent's Task Force (2009–2010)
Committee Member, Evergreen Elementary School District Boundary Change Task Force (2007–2008)
Committee Member, Evergreen Visioning Task Force/Evergreen-East Hills Vision Strategy Committee (2003–2007)



Jim Zito was born, and raised with his four siblings in Brooklyn, NY.  His grandparents on both his mother's and father's side were immigrants who were born in Italy and entered the United States through Ellis Island in the early 1900s.  Jim grew up in a lower-middle class family with five children. His father, a World War II veteran, worked for over 40 years with the NYC Transit Authority as a union mechanic, and his mother was a stay-at-home mom.  He and his family were raised to value both their "traditional Italian-Catholic upbringing" and education as cornerstones of who they would become as adults.  He was also taught at a young age that "You don't have the right to complain unless you are willing to work to solve the problems." This value continues to guide him today.

Jim started working at age 13 in a neighborhood bakery, and continued to work and go to school while putting himself through college.  After attending elementary and high school in Brooklyn, he obtained his BS in Computer Engineering from SUNY Stony Brook in 1980. 

After Graduation, Jim accepted his first career job with Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC), in Colorado Spring , CO.  Four years later he took an offer to work at a small startup in San Jose, which lead him into a career in Biotechnology.  Jim was married in 1991 and has three children; two grown daughters and a son attending his sophomore year at Archbishop Mitty High School. 

During his career, Jim obtained an MBA and PMP and several technical certifications.  He went on to manage a multi-million dollar global technical services department.  After over 30 years, Jim finally accepted a severance package, and ended his biotech career in 2011.  He stayed home for a few years while his son completed his time at Carolyn Clark School.  He finally went back to work full time in 2015, and now teaches 8th graders Math at an east-side Title 1 middle school in the Alum Rock area.

In 2002, Jim was appointed to the San Jose City planning commission, and served two four-year terms. The commission oversaw land usage issues, and was challenged with meeting the needs of the community and considering the impacts that certain developments would have on residents. Although encouraged to run for the Evergreen School Board during his 6th year on the planning commission, Jim remained committed to finishing his second term and ensure that pending development projects were completed.

Jim continued his community-minded efforts as he became the leading architect in the creation of the District 8 Community Round Table (D8CRT) and its first president. Along with other community members, he established the group as a 501c3 non-profit organization and outlined its guidelines and policies. The round table serves as an independent body that hosts a variety of community events. He was appointed to both the Evergreen-East Hills visioning Project under then Councilmember Dave Cortese, and Mayor Sam Liccardo’s Envision 2040 General Plan task force.  These volunteer positions lasted over 9 years in total. He was appointed to several other commissions, and continues to serve on the Santa Clara County Measure A Oversight committee, as its chairman.

Between his past experiences in biotech, to his time on the various planning commissions, Jim Zito is no stranger to complicated problems. Committed to making the Evergreen community the best it can be, Jim has worked hard to bring transparency, equity, and new ideas to the school district.

Jim’s early passion and dedication for the community ultimately brought him to the school board.  Although an Evergreen community member since 1984, Jim was elected an Evergreen School District board member in 2010 as an outsider. In fact, he ran and won what had been one of the first contested school board elections in about 10 years. He brought to the board unique perspectives on various issues, influenced by his prior experiences.

Although keeping up with the constantly-changing world of education is no easy task, Jim remains focused on the goal that drives his work. "What is the problem we are trying to solve?", Jim asks. "I always go back to that question when things get complicated or contentious." For the board members, that problem is to provide the best education possible for the students in the district. He acknowledges that with a question like that, there will be a range of solutions offered. Being a board member involves sifting through these ideas in order to find the ones that best meet the needs of the district and community.

While working in the high tech industry, Jim was given opportunities to travel around the world as he managed many global technical centers and projects. During his time abroad, he paid close attention to the way that his clients and affiliates saw the world, approached problems, and ran their businesses and schools. From this experience he discovered the vast amount of wonderful ideas that the world has to offer. He sees high value in all that the United States can learn from other countries. Through his own travels, he created a "database of best practices", and was able to apply some of these best practices to his work on the school board.


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Featured Endorsements

  • Sam Liccardo, Mayor San Jose
  • Mike Wasserman, Supervisor Santa Clara County
  • Numerous Students and Families of the Evergreen Elementary School District

Organizaciónes (1)

  • The Villages Republican Club

Funcionarios electos (6)

  • Johnny Khamis, San Jose Council Member
  • Rose Herrera, Former San Jose Councilmember
  • Vince Songcayawon, Former Evergreen School Board Trustee
  • Bonnie Mace, Evergreen School Board Trustee
  • Balaji Venkatraman, Evergreen School Board Trustee
  • Bob Nunez, Milpitas Council Member, Former Supt ESUHSD

Individuos (16)

  • Captain Carlos Miranda, SJPD, retired
  • Pat Waite, Business Exec, Community Leader
  • Pastor John Goldstein, Grace Church San Jose
  • Elvie Teodoro, Dir, Evergreen School of Music & Arts
  • Nathan Ganeshan, Community Leader
  • Denise Belisle, Former D8 Council Candidate
  • Jimmy Nguyen, Former D8 Council Candidate
  • Daniela Miranda, Middle School Teacher
  • MyLinh Chan, Laurelwood Parent, Community Leader
  • Matt Wahlin, Community Leader
  • Daniel Reyes, Community Leader
  • Robert Reese, Community Leader
  • Rex Randles, Community Leader
  • Sandi Randles, Community Leader
  • Khanh Hoang, Community Leader
  • Wesley Lee, Community Leader

Creencias poliza

Filosofía política


Jim Zito is a fiscally and socially conservative, but has a progressive view on most aspects of education.  He believes that all children are entitled to an equitable education that, through hard work and dedication, will allow them to reach their life goals.  Jim has always had a keen interest in the political goings-on both locally and at the federal level.     Jim is a firm believer of “All global politics start locally” and is a firm believer that if you want to change the world, you have to start locally. 


Jim, a two-term member of the Evergreen Elementary School Board, acknowledges that each board member contributes a unique strength to the group, allowing them to collaborate and accomplish a variety of tasks. His prior experience in the business world as a global technical services manager, has made him well-equipped to work on matters concerning the budget, resources, and investments. He has used his leadership on the board to create a focus on fiscal stability and sustainable use of resources within the district.


One of the challenges facing many public school districts today is the issue of equity among school sites. Jim feels strongly about ensuring that each student in the district has access to equal resources and support. Because many of the factors that contribute to a child's success are outside of the student's control, he feels it is the responsibility of the school district to utilize resources in a way that directly benefits each student. To do so, Jim has supported efforts to provide student services and academic programs equally to all school sites. Like the issue of equity within the district, Jim approaches each challenge with an open-minded perspective shaped by what he has learned through his unique experiences.


Reflecting upon his eight years of service on the board, Jim is proud that he has remained true to his philosophy of looking outside for the best practices, and learning from successes and failures. He is proud of the innovative and progressive nature of schools within the district like the Lobo School of Innovation and Bulldog Tech, and will continue to work to see more investment in project-based learning schools. As a board member he will continue advocating to not only encourage growth within these schools, but also promote innovation and new ideas among teachers and all district employees. He commends the teachers who volunteered to join the founding teams of the new project-based learning schools, and admires their ability to take risks and go the extra mile.


Jim hopes to continue his efforts to bring equity, transparency, and best practices to the school board and district. In addition to his wide array of experience in the public and private sector, he also offers a unique parent perspective. All three of his children attended Evergreen schools, including his youngest son, who is now in high school.  "I look at all the students in our district in the same way that I look at my son. I want to provide these students with encouragement and opportunity," Jim says. He appreciates the value of positive role models in a child's life, and has made it a goal to help students identify these role models in their lives. Throughout his time as a board member, he has supported policies that engage parents and community members in the district, and ensure that their voices are heard when making decisions that affect them.


Despite the challenges and complexities of the issues that the Evergreen school board must handle, Jim Zito remains hopeful and focused on the larger picture. By thinking outside of the box and looking outside the district for new ideas, he hopes to continue to promote innovation and growth within Evergreen schools. Through collaboration with community members, Zito is committed to promoting "fiscal stability, academic excellence, and expanded academic programs at all of Evergreen schools". Jim’s passion and dedication to the community play an important role in his life, and will continue to bring a meaningful contribution to the Board of Trustees.


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Forum between Trustee Jim Zito and Evergreen Teachers Assn President, Brian Wheatly

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