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Tamalpais Union High School DistrictCandidate for Board Member

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Mandy Downing

Parent / Community Advocate
11,826 votes (11.51%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Ensure the highest quality education for all students operating with their best interests in mind at all times.
  • Secure fiscal stability via tightly and consistently aligning expenditures with District priorities.
  • Support District's antiracist resolution including an overhaul of curriculum, culture, policy and professional training.



Profession:Parent/Community Advocate
Professional Organizer, Self (2017–current)
Instructor, Kids Cooking for Life (2019–current)
District Manager, Siebel Systems (1998–2006)
Senior Account Executive, Executrain (1997–1998)


University of Colorado-Boulder Bachelors of Science in Journalism, Majored in Advertising in the Journalism School, Minor in English (1992)

Community Activities

Member, National Charity League (2016–current)
Volunteer, Adopt A Family Marin (2018–current)
Volunteer, (2020–current)


I have been involved in the schools for eleven years. I have volunteered in numerous capacities including site council, head room parent, event planning, and serving hot lunch. Throughout this time, I worked continuously with students, teachers and administrators alike. As my kids aged up and went to high school, I refocused my interest in TUHSD Board governance and District policies. 

I have been engaged with board meetings and forums for the past few years. I have attended all Marin County of Education Trustee trainings. I've spoken with numerous key stakeholders including current and former administration and trustees, teachers, Foundation and PTSA Presidents, and local groups to understand the needs and landscape of the community at large. I feel doing this work is critical in order to accurately represent all TUHSD stakeholders alike- students, parents, teachers and community members.

I spent my career in Sales and learned that the best salespeople are those who listen to their customers to come up with the best solutions for them. My career also taught me to lead, communicate, organize, collaborate and negotiate. I believe these skills translate and contribute to being a good Board member.  They allow me to bring a fresh perspective to the Board at a time when constructive insight is needed to make hard decisions that might come our way. 


Who supports this candidate?

Organizations (2)

  • CO$T Marin- Bullet Vote Endorsement
  • Marin County Young Democrats- Exclusive endorsement

Elected Officials (4)

  • Catherine Way, Mayor of Larkspur
  • Eli Beckman, Mayor of Corte Madera
  • Jill Sellers, Larkspur Corte Madera School District Board President
  • Sarah Mueller, Larkspur Corte Madera School District Board Trustee

Individuals (4)

  • Maria Kallmeyer, Redwood High School PTSA President
  • John Wright, Former Tam Union High School District Trustee
  • Heather McPhail Sridharan, Kentfield School District Board President
  • Sara Ryba, Executive Director, SPARK Foundation Larkspur Corte Madera School District

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

As I attended TUHSD Board meetings I noticed that there was a lack of Trustees who currently have kids in the District. It is more important now than ever that we have Trustees who understand the daily experiences our students and teachers are going through in distance learning. I will have a child in the District for my entire four year term. I have skin in the game, a current viewpoint on constructive changes,  and a vested interest to serve.

I have a holistic approach to my candidacy as I see four major issues facing the District right now. These four major issues include:

  • Distance learning in COVID 
  • Fiscal Stability of the District and passing Measure M
  • Overhauling our culture and curriculum towards equity and anti-racism
  • Openly and inclusively addressing the potential name change at Drake/High School 1327  

I commit to thoroughly researching all Board issues and welcome input from all constituents- students, parents, teachers and the community at large. I will be responsive to the values and priorities of our community and am invested in two-way communication. I will be open and transparent within the rules to inspire leadership, trust and confidence. I will truly listen to others' input and work collaboratively to make the best decisions for the District. 

I will operate with the best interests of all students in mind at all times. Learning for students will be my primary focus and motivation. I’m a product of K-12 public education and a firm believer in public schools. That is why we put down roots in Marin 17 years ago and my sole interest is in helping TUHSD be as strong as possible. Based on my platform I have gained the endorsements of the following organizations and individuals:

  • CO$T Marin- Bullet Vote Endorsement
  • Marin County Young Democrats- exclusive endorsement
  • Catherine Way, Mayor of Larkspur
  • Eli Beckman, Mayor of Corte Madera
  • Jill Sellers, President Larkspur Corte Madera School Board District 
  • John Wright, Former TUHSD Trustee
  • Maria Kallmeyer, Redwood High School PTSA President
  • Sarah Mueller, LCMSD Trustee 
  • Heather McPhail Sridharan, Kentfield School District Board President
  • Sara Ryba, Executive Director SPARK (LCMSD Foundation)

I look forward to serving our community!

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