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Kentfield School DistrictCandidate for Board Member

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Sarah C. Killingsworth

3,099 votes (23.53%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • 1. Better Community Dialogue and Transparency
  • 2. Greater Differentiation in Education
  • 3. Fiscal Responsibility



Managing Partner, Simborg-Killingsworth (2004–current)


Stanford Law School J.D., with distinction (1998)
University of Pennsylvania B.A., Anthropology, with Honors; Math minor (1995)

Community Activities

Co-Founder and Co-Chair, Bacich Family Maker Night (KSPTA event) (2014–current)
Annual Giving Co-chair, Board member, Executive Board member, kik (Kentfield Schools Foundation) (2014–2017)
Chair, Parent Education Committee, KSPTA (Kentfield Schools Parent Teacher Association) (2015–2017)
President, Ross Valley Nursery School, Board of Trustees (2013–2014)
President (1 year) and Board Member (11 years), Family and Children's Law Center (2001–2012)


Proven Commitment and Powerful Results for Our Schools

For six years, I have been an active and highly committed participant in our Kentfield School District community. I have taken on a number of leadership roles bringing parents and community members together to address important issues and create new programs to benefit our children’s curriculum, safety and the health and financial future of our schools. The following are the results of my commitment:

§      Led the Successful Campaign for the Recent Parcel Tax Renewal Initiative, which ensured renewal of 25% of the Kentfield School District budget.   As Co-Chairs of the Measure A campaign, my husband John and I organized and led hundreds of committed volunteers to achieve passage of this school parcel funding initiative, which passed with a 68.5% Yes vote in March 2018.  This secure funding ensures the continuing quality of our schools, including small class sizes, librarians and specialists for the next decade. Now, I hope to serve on the School Board to support our schools in using that funding well.


§  Raised $1.2 Million for 2015-2016 Kentfield Schools Foundation (kik) Annual Giving Campaign – As Co-Chairs of the Annual Giving Campaign, my husband John and I led a team of over 40 volunteers to exceed the kik  fundraising goal and raise $1.2 million for the Kentfield School District.  A key to our success was reviewing and upwardly revising the “Cost to Educate” metric – and thus the target average donation – to reflect the true full costs of educating each child in our district.  In the course of that endeavor, I became intimately familiar with KSD finance and the sources of revenue and expenditures. 


§  Improved Student Safety - To increase student safety, I worked with District and County employees to enhance safety features and secure a crossing guard for the 2018-2019 school year at the intersection of Manor Road and Sir Francis Drake Boulevard. 


§  Created the Bacich Family Maker Night –   I co-developed and co-Chaired a new-to-Bacich STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) event for the entire family that hosts nearly 700 community members. Entering its fourth year, this program has served as a model for several neighboring school districts that have since started their own Maker Nights.





In addition, I have served in long-term leadership roles in numerous local organizations that that support our schools and enrich children’s lives, including:


§  Kentfield Schools Foundation (kik) Board Member – I served three years on the kik Board including two years on the Executive Board.

§  Parent Education Chair, KSPTA (Kentfield Schools Parent Teacher Association) – For two years, I served as Chair of this committee, developing a highly-attended parent education program that brought in quality speakers on a slim budget.


§  Math Fair and Math Club Parent Coordinator – I coordinated parent volunteers for the annual Bacich Math Fair and was the Parent Lead Volunteer hosting a weekly Math club for 3rd and 4th graders.


§  Classroom Volunteer – My in-class involvement includes 6 years of being an Art for Bears Coordinator, Math centers volunteer, Class Garden Coordinator, and I chaired the 2016 Second Grade Heritage Day.


§  President, Ross Valley Nursery School Board of Trustees – Serving on this Board for two years, including as President, provided me with experience of how to work effectively as a Trustee on a school board.


§  President and Board Member, Family and Children’s Law Center – For over a decade I served on this Board, which included setting policies, reviewing, analyzing and approving budgets, and hiring Executive Directors.

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Skip Kniesche, Retired Principal, Kent Middle School
  • Brendan Fogarty, Former President, Greenbrae Property Owners Association
  • Susan Morrow, Former Kentfield School District Trustee, current Co-President, Kentfield-Greenbrae Historical Society

Elected Officials (5)

  • Robert Goldman, Board Member, Marin County Board of Education, former Kentfield School District Trustee
  • Wanden Treanor, Trustee, College of Marin
  • Quoc Tran, Trustee, Kentfield School District
  • Annelise Bauer, Trustee, Ross Valley School District
  • Mark Reagan, Trustee, Ross Valley School District

Individuals (22)

  • Kathy Anstey, Director, Ross Valley Nursery School
  • Amy Bornstein, Bacich Site Council
  • Renato Beltran, Kent Site Council
  • Judianne Eynon, Retired teacher, Bacich Elementary School
  • Michael Dufficy, Marin County Superior Court Judge, retired
  • Kari Canon, Member, Bacich Site Council
  • Kristi Burlingame, Member, Kent Site Council
  • Jeff Zlot, former kik President
  • Connie Zlot, former kik President
  • Lindsay Tonderys, Member, Kent Site Council
  • John A. Sutro, Marin County Superior Court Judge, retired
  • Annie Riedel, kik President
  • Bruce Raful, Past President, Marin County School Boards Association
  • Anne Petersen, Chair, Kentfield Planning Advisory Board
  • Annalyn Chargualaf-Peluso, Kentfield School District Emergency Preparedness / Safety Committee
  • Ron Peluso, Marin County, CSA #16 (Greenbrae) Advisory Board
  • Holly Myers, Member, Bacich Site Council
  • Jennifer Mills, former kik President
  • Alden Mills, former kik President
  • Nancy Kniesche, Retired teacher, Bacich Elementary School
  • John Holzwarth, Greenbrae Property Owners Association Board of Trustees
  • Elizabeth ("Bitsa") Freeman, President, Kent Woodlands Property Owners Association, former Kentfield School District Tr

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

From Grass Roots to Rooted in Marin

My commitment to public service was first inspired by seeing the commitment to community service by my grandparents, Bob and Frances Killingsworth. They embodied the notion of leaving the world a better place than you found it – a legacy I embrace and aspire to. In honoring that spirit, I have been volunteering since before I could vote.  In college, I tutored students in West Philadelphia public schools. In law school, I represented survivors of domestic violence and spent a semester as an intern at Legal Aid.   I found that this work enriched my life greatly as I learned more about the communities and people I served and contributed experience that made a difference to others’ lives.


I see my work as the managing partner of my law firm as simply an extension of that service.  In addition to the many clients I serve, I have been a pro bono attorney for domestic violence restraining orders, served on committees of the Marin County Bar Association, and as a settlement conference panelist with the Marin County Superior Court.  I am grateful that my legal skills and experience can help address some of the toughest issues that people face.


With all the experience I have to offer and the tireless willingness to do the hard work, I hope to earn your vote for a seat on our Kentfield School District Board.


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