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Menlo Park City School DistrictCandidate for Board Member

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Francesca Segre

Communications Professional / Parent
8,943 votes (46.34%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Protect high-quality education for every child, through both in-person and distance learning
  • Ensure that when campuses reopen, they are healthy and safe for the school community and operate with sensitivity to impacts on our wider community
  • Strengthen funding for our schools using sustainable, innovative, transparent solutions



Profession:Communications Professional/Parent
Content Producer, LinkedIn (2018–current)
Education Analyst/ Press Secretary, Office of Assemblyman Rich Gordon (California State Legislature (2015–2017)
Reporter - Freelance, KQED Public Radio (2012–2015)
Reporter - Freelance, The New York Times (2007–2015)
TV reporter, Reuters (2000–2008)


National University of Singapore Master of Arts (M.A.), Public Policy (2011)
Brandeis University Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Sociology, French (1994)


I’m running for Menlo Park City School District Board because I believe every child, regardless of circumstance, regardless of COVID-19, should have the education and opportunities to build the life of their dreams.

How are we going to do this? Let’s listen, learn and act. These principles have guided me.


I was a journalist for more than twenty years, reporting for KQED, the New York Times and Reuters, among others. To get a complete story, I’d pursue multiple perspectives and really listen to how different stakeholders experienced an issue. As a school board member, I will channel my journalist’s curiosity and seek input from children, parents, school staff and community members to inform initiatives and decisions.


While I loved being a reporter, I wanted to do more than listen, I wanted to act. First, I had to learn. I got my master’s degree in public policy and went to work for the California Legislature. I served as Education Policy Specialist for then-State Assemblyman Rich Gordon, who represented Menlo Park, Atherton and East Palo Alto, among other cities.


I served on the Encinal Site Council and now serve on the Hillview Site Council, where I collaborate with parents, staff and students to develop missions and visions for the schools. I’m also an active fundraiser and served as a board member on the Menlo Park Atherton Education Foundation.


Our schools are positioned to weather this COVID-19 storm, for now, because our community has consistently invested in MPCSD. I see it as my job to not only keep up that momentum, but strengthen it.

I will fight to keep the quality education and programs that define this district.

I will ensure that when campuses do reopen, they’ll be safe, clean and staffed to address the social and emotional repercussions of the extended campus closures.

I’m running for Menlo Park City School District Board because I want to ensure that all of our children, despite circumstance and despite COVID-19 are prepared to build the future of their dreams.

Who supports this candidate?

Elected Officials (5)

  • Marc Berman, California State Assemblyman
  • Don Horsley, San Mateo County Supervisor
  • Nancy Magee, San Mateo County Superintendent of Schools
  • Dave Pine, San Mateo County Supervisor
  • Joe Simitian, Santa Clara County Supervisor

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