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San Mateo County Community College DistrictCandidate for Trustee, Trustee Area 1

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Lisa A. Petrides

Educator / Nonprofit CEO
54,659 votes (79.47%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Retain and attract quality teachers
  • Maintain affordable education for local students
  • Build transparency and trust among stakeholders in the community in order to support education and workforce training for women, immigrants, low-income, and students of color



Profession:Educator and Nonprofit CEO
CEO and Founder, Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education (2003–current)


Stanford University Ph.D., Education Policy (1996)
Sonoma State University MBA, Information Science (1991)
University of California, Berkeley B.S., Conservation and Resource Studies (1982)



This is campaign about leadership and vision. I’ve been committed to democratizing access to education for over 30 years, as a college professor, and then education nonprofit founder and CEO. I’ve worked on education research, practice and policy in CA, in the US, and internationally, and I speak often in public, in consultations, and advise governments. I bring a true and informed outsiders perspective, and a fresh set of eyes to move the district forward through a practice of collaboration, organizational change, and continuous improvement.


Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Martha Kanter, Former Chancellor Foothill De Anza Community College District; Former Obama U.S. Undersecretary of Educa
  • Eleni Kounalakis, Lieutenant Governor of California, Former U.S. Ambassador

Organizations (5)

  • Peninsula Young Democrats
  • San Mateo County Democratic Central Committee
  • San Mateo County Central Labor Council
  • California School Employees Association, Local 33
  • San Mateo Community College Federation of Teachers, AFT Local 1493

Elected Officials (6)

  • Congresswoman Jackie Speier
  • Warren Slocum, San Mateo County Board of Supervisors, President
  • Don Horsley, San Mateo County Board of Supervisors
  • Dave Pine, San Mateo County Board of Supervisors
  • Marc Berman, California State Assembly, District 24
  • Jerry Hill, California State Senator

Individuals (2)

  • Mike Kirst, Former President, California State Board of Education
  • Lenny Mendonca, Former Chief Economic and Business Advisor at State of California

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy


I am a proud progressive Democrat, who believes that the glass ceiling is only scratched, not shattered. I believe that government works best when it truly reflects the values, interests, and make-up of the community. I champion electing more women, people of color, young people, and all others who will work to build an inclusive and equitable society where everyone is respected and able to fully participate and vote.


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