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Davis Joint Unified School DistrictCandidate for Board Member

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Cindy Pickett

University Professor/Parent
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Increasing teacher compensation and pay to ensure that DJUSD attracts and retains excellent teachers
  • Addressing school safety issues
  • Reducing the achievement and opportunity gap



Profession:University Professor
Associate Professor of Psychology, University of California, Davis (2004–current)
Associate Vice-Provost - Faculty Equity and Inclusion, University of California, Davis (2017–current)
Member, DJUSD Parcel Tax Oversight Committee — Appointed position (2017–current)
Raffle Chair, Birch Lane PTA — Elected position (2017–2018)
President, Montessori Parent Advisory Committee — Elected position (2015–2017)
President, Davis Montessori Education Foundation — Elected position (2015–2017)
Member, DJUSD Superintendent's Parent Advisory Committee — Elected position (2015–2017)
Assistant Professor of Psychology, University of Chicago (2002–2004)
Assistant Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1999–2002)


Ohio State University Ph.D., Social Psychology (1999)
Ohio State University M.A., Social Psychology (1996)
Stanford University A.B., Psychology (1994)

Community Activities

Member, Congregation Bet Haverim (2006–current)
Referee, Davis AYSO (2015–2018)


Cindy Pickett is the daughter of an immigrant mother and a father who attended college on the GI bill. Because of this background, Pickett has a deep appreciation of the value of education. She attended public school in San Diego and then went on to graduate with honors from Stanford University where she majored in psychology. Pickett eventually went on to earn a doctorate in social psychology from Ohio State University. Pickett moved to davis in 2004 to join the psychology department at the University of California, Davis where she is currently a tenured professor. Pickett is the mother of two children who attend school in the Davis Joint Unified School District.

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Mariko Yamada, Former California State Assemblywoman
  • Betsy Marchand, Former Yolo County Supervisor
  • Helen Thomson, Former California State Assemblywoman

Organizations (1)

  • Yolo County Progressives

Elected Officials (5)

  • Shelton Yip, Trustee, Yolo County Office of Education, Area 4
  • Michael Tubbs, Mayor Stockton
  • Brett Lee, Mayor of Davis
  • Dan Carson, Councilmember, City of Davis
  • Gloria Partida, Mayor Pro-Tem of Davis

Individuals (5)

  • Dan Wolk, Former Davis Mayor
  • Marty West, Former Davis School Board Member
  • Ruth Uy Asmundson, Former Davis Mayor and Former Davis School Board Member
  • Gary Sandy, Yolo County Supervisor-Elect, District 3
  • Jim Provenza, Yolo County Supervisor, District 4

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

Cindy Pickett has two core beliefs that shape her approach to education. First, she believes that as a community, we need to invest in education. That means investing in our teachers as well as school facilities. Measure M will be on the November ballot in Davis. If passed, Measure M will bring much needed funds to the school district to allow us to upgrade our aging school facilities. Teachers, students, and facilities are at the heart of our educational system and we need to continue to make investments in all three. Second, we should never lose sight of the fact that students are human beings. A child who is being bullied and comes to school in fear can’t learn. As a school board trustee, Pickett would make sure to keep the focus on the students – both their educational needs and their social and emotional well-being. 

Videos (1)

Podcast 82 - Davis School Board Candidate Dr. Cindy Pickett — September 25, 2018 Indivisible Yolo

This week we chat with Dr. Cindy Pickett about her bid for School Board in Davis! We discuss her motivation for running, the ways in which her background has prepared her to consider things from all angles, and her thoughts on budgets and the future of DJUSD.

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