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Fremont Union High School DistrictCandidate for Board Member

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Naomi Nakano-Matsumoto

Nonprofit Executive/Mother
28,782 votes (20.34%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Champion equity and quality student learning for all students in the FUHSD.
  • Enhance resources and professional development opportunities in order to to be competitive to recruit and retain quality teachers and staff.
  • Advocate for the social emotional health and well being for all students.



Profession:Nonprofit Executive / Social Worker
Director of Housing, YWCA Silicon Valley (2017–current)
Commissioner, Santa Clara County Commission on the Status of Women — Appointed position (2013–current)
Assistant Director of Social Sector Ethics, Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, Santa Clara University (2016–2017)
Executive Director, CHAC (2015–2016)
Executive Director, West Valley Community Services (2005–2015)
Commissioner, Santa Clara County Housing and Community Development Advisory Commission — Appointed position (2007–2010)
Member, City of Sunnyvale, Cultural Diversity Advisory Committee — Appointed position (2007–2008)
Commissioner, Santa Clara County, Commission on the Status of Women — Appointed position (2002–2007)
Associate Director, Santa Clara County, Asian American Recovery Services (1994–2004)


University of Denver, Graduate School of Social Work Master of Social Work (MSW) (1985)
Weber State College Bachelor of Science - Sociology (B.S.) (1982)

Community Activities

Board Member (and Chair 2017-2018), Silicon Valley Council of Nonprofits (2011–current)
Volunteer - Buddhist Jail Chaplain, CIC Ministries (2016–current)
Girl Scout Leader, Girl Scout Troop # 60736 (2007–2018)
Advisor, Mountain View Buddhist Temple Young Buddhist Association (2012–2018)
Member (and Executive Committee/Parliamentarian 2016-2018), Homestead High School PTSA (2010–2018)


Nonprofit Executive/Social Worker/Community Volunteer/Mother

 Over 25 years of nonprofit executive management experience

·         Governance experience as an appointed Commissioner on 2 Santa Clara County Commissions

·         Governance experience in nonprofit board leadership

·         Expertise in ethical nonprofit governance, leadership, operations & programming (Standards for Excellence Institute)

·         Leadership development through American Leadership Forum (ALF, Class XXIV), Harvard University School of Business – Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management

·         Developing innovative programs with successful outcomes

·         Active school involvement in elementary, middle school and high school

·         Volunteer experience in youth programs, education, social service, faith based and criminal justice organizations

·         Knowledge and experience in working with substance abuse, mental health, social services, juvenile justice and criminal justice, domestic violence/human trafficking/sexual assault, advocacy, homelessness, poverty prevention, early childhood, public policy

·         Expertise in diversity, equity and inclusion work and advocacy



Recognitions and Awards

·         “Woman of the Year”, State Senator Joe Simitian, District 11, 2009

·         “Community Impact Honoree”, Asian Law Alliance, 2013

·         “Legacy Award”, Sister to Sister-Asian American Recovery Services/HealthRIGHT 360  2015

·         “Very Special Person” Award, Homestead High School PTSA, 2018

Who supports this candidate?

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Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

Fremont Union High School District is the B.E.S.T.!  Beacon of Excellend for Students/Staff and Teachers

Doing what's BEST!  Being the BEST!  Staying the BEST!

“Kodomo no tame ni” (For the sake of the children) is a Japanese-American phrase that guided my immigrant grandparents and American-born parents through overcoming hardship to make better lives for their children. As your Trustee, I would bring this value to the Fremont Union High School District Board to keep our District a beacon of excellence.

I will work to: champion quality learning for all students; enhance professional development for all staff; and maintain high fiscal effectiveness and resource development to provide quality business functions and support to schools.

I bring over 25 years of nonprofit executive management experience; ethical nonprofit governance expertise; accomplishments in producing innovative programs with successful outcomes; and leadership skills developed through the American Leadership Forum and Harvard University School of Business – Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management. I have served on two Santa Clara County Commissions and on several nonprofit boards.

I have actively volunteered in my children’’ elementary, middle and high schools and have worked with social service, faith based and criminal justice organizations focused on youth. I have broad public policy experience on early childhood education, substance abuse, mental health, juvenile justice, domestic violence/human trafficking, poverty prevention, diversity and equity. I respectfully ask for your vote.

Top Priorities

      Champion equity and quality student learning for all students in the FUHSD

      Enhance resources and professional development opportunities to be competitive to recruit and retain excellent teachers and staff.

      Promote social emotional health and well-being of all students



Decision Making Principles

  • Accountability
  • Transperancy
  • Outcomes/Performance Measures
  • Mission Focused


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