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San Jose Unified School DistrictCandidate for Trustee, Trustee Area 2

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Helen Chapman

Legislative Advisor
6,803 votes (39.93%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Improving academic achievement outcomes for all students
  • Community Engagement and Partnerships
  • Affordable housing solutions to attract and retain teachers, district staff, students and their families



Profession:Legislative and Policy Advisor
Legislative and Policy Advisor, City of San Jose (2017–current)
Secretary, Santa Clara County Democratic Party — Elected position (2017–current)
Research Specialist, San Jose Unified School District (1999–2015)
Diridon Good Neighbor Committee member, City of San Jose — Appointed position (2009–2011)
San José Coyote Valley Task Force member, City of San Jose — Appointed position (2002–2008)
San José Parks & Recreation Commissioner, City of San Jose — Appointed position (2001–2007)


Fashion Institute Design and Merchandising Associate of Arts, Merchandising and Marketing (1980)

Community Activities

Mentor, Lincoln High School Foundation, Future Vision Mentoring Project (2015–current)
Vice President, Shasta/Hanchett Park Neighborhood Association (2017–current)
Vice President, Programs, San Jose Parks Foundation (2009–2016)
Secretary/Board Member, Committee for Green Foothills (2009–2015)
President, Shasta/Hanchett Park Neighborhood Association (2010–2012)


Helen raised her family in San José, and is dedicated to the families and students of the San José Unified School District. Helen and her husband, Dan, raised two sons who attended SJUSD schools. Nick served 8 and a half years in the Marine Corp, and Brandon is working on his Civil Engineering degree. Helen’s commitment to civic engagement and local youth education led her to become a community leader.

Helen has experience working in the classroom with students. She worked directly with students in after-school programs, managed budgets and constituent services,and advocated for the families of Trustee Area #2. Helen also has experience in both the public and private sector.  As a small business owner for more than 15 years, she tackled the challenges of building her own success.

Helen served as a Research Specialist with the San José Unified School District for nearly two decades. In this role, she advocated for our youth every single day. Helen helped struggling students earn their diplomas, maintained and reported student achievement data, and coordinated youth volunteer projects. She would also go on to serve as a volunteer mentor to students. Whether with her own children or in her career with the district, Helen has been an integral part of the SJUSD community and a leader for its families.

Now as a Policy and Legislative Advisor for San José City Councilmember Sergio Jimenez, Helen is working with community and regional leaders every day to fight for the families of San José.

In addition to her career and family, Helen has been a committed volunteer. Helen served as Commissioner with San José Parks & Recreation for six years, serving as Chair for three. Helen has served as the Vice President for the Shasta Hanchett Park Neighborhood Association, a former board member with San José Parks Foundation, Committee for Green Foothills, San José Coyote Valley Task Force, and Blue Star Moms, and in many other roles. 

Helen was recognized as Women of the Year for 2017 from Assemblymember Evan Low in recognition of her community engagement. She also received the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Association’s Lula Briggs Galloway Working Women’s Award in 2010 as well as Mayor Susan Hammer’s Outstanding Women of Silicon Valley Award in 1996.  

Helen understands the needs of our community, and she has a long record of giving back to San José and its youth  In Helen, San José Unified students, teachers, faculty and families will have a trustee with a proven history of outstanding achievement and dedication to enhancing our community. Helen Chapman is the best choice for our students and the San José Unified School District.

Who supports this candidate?

Organizations (5)

  • San Jose Teachers Association
  • Santa Clara County Democratic Party
  • South Bay AFL-CIO Labor Council
  • DAWN

Elected Officials (11)

  • Supervisor Ken Yeager
  • Supervisor Cindy Chavez
  • Supervisor Dave Cortese
  • West Valley College District Trustee, Adrienne Grey
  • Santa Clara Water District Board Member -District 2, Barbara Keegan
  • San Jose City Councilmember Sergio Jimenez
  • San Jose/Evergreen College District Trustee, Mayra Cruz
  • Santa Clara County BOE Trustee, Claudia Rossi
  • Campbell Union School District Trustee, Richard Nguyen
  • El Camino Healthcare District, Julia Miller
  • Alum Rock School Board Trustee, Andres Quintero

Individuals (3)

  • Former Santa Clara County Supervisor, Rod Diridon
  • Silicon Valley Education Foundation Manager, Meri Maben
  • Oreen Gernreich, Former Principal Lincoln High School

Videos (1)

— October 2, 2018 Neighbors for Helen Chapman for San Jose Unified Trustee #2

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