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City of San FranciscoCandidate for Board of Education

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Roger Sinasohn

Software Developer
12,018 votes (1.47%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Address the achievement gap by ensuring equity across all schools. We must make certain that all schools are providing students the resources and support they need to succeed.
  • Expand support for STEAM subjects both as part of the daily curriculum and as extra-curricular activities. Sports are a powerful motivator for many students, but there are many students who are motivated by drama, music, engineering, and technology.
  • Make the SFUSD the standard bearer for diversity, going beyond tolerance, beyond acceptance, to celebration. We will express these values in budgets, disciplinary policies, and staff and teacher recruitment. Together we can make sure that happens.



Profession:Software Developer
Software Developer, Harris School Systems/Quintessential School Systems (2004–current)

Community Activities

Board Member, Friends of the Company (a non-profit organization supporting the Young People's Teen Musical Theatre Company) (2004–current)
Volunteer, San Francisco Education Fund (2017–current)



About Roger Sinasohn

As a parent of three kids in public schools and as the husband of a veteran public school teacher (25 years in the classroom and 10 years as a dance teacher before that), Roger is intimately involved with the school district.  As a native San Franciscan and a public school graduate, Roger knows how important the school district is to the future of our city.  As the son of an immigrant - his father arrived here alone at the age of 12 - he is well aware how important it is to make education accessible to every member of our society.

Community Leadership and Volunteerism

Roger has served in many roles at Sunset Elementary School, including member of the School Site Council, classroom volunteer, member of the Hospitality Committee, and Technology Chair.  For the past few years, he has volunteered with the CardinalBotics team at Lowell High School.


He has served on the board of directors of the Friends of the Company, a non-profit dedicated to supporting the Young People's Teen Musical Theatre Company, a San Francisco Recreation and Parks department program that introduces young people to the theatre. In addition, Roger has been the volunteer photographer for the San Francisco Arts Education Project Players, a theatre company made up of pre-teen students from schools across the city.  In the past, Roger has led backpacking trips for the Sierra Club, assisted seniors at the Jewish Home for the Aged, and volunteered (as well as lectured) at the Vintage Computer Festival.




Although college was always an expectation growing up, family circumstances meant that Roger did not attend a four-year university. Instead he went to San Francisco's own City College where he obtained an excellent, practical education before discontinuing his studies to work full time. Recognizing the limitations imposed by the lack of a degree, he has set the standards high for his own children, all of whom assume they will be going to college.  Roger wants to make sure that every child assumes they will go to college, if it suits them, and that there will be no obstacles other than hard work and dedication.


Professional Background


Roger knew what he was going to be at an early age - or at least he thought he did.  He fell victim to the traditional thinking that each of us grows up and becomes one thing - doctor, lawyer, teacher, or, in Roger's case, a computer programmer - and that one thing defines us and dictates who we are. The reality, however, is that each of us has the potential to become many things. Roger has been, thus far, a computer programmer, writer, publisher, activist, singer, photographer, and, perhaps most important, parent.


Roger has spent the last 35 years in the technology world, focusing primarily on business applications and solutions.  Specifically, for the last 14 years, he has worked with school districts around the state, developing and maintaining central office systems - payroll, supplies, accounts payable, and so on.  This has given him a unique insight into the needs and challenges school districts face.


He has also worked as a writer for several notable parenting-related websites, most notably ParentDish and Strollerderby.  Currently, his writing can be found - occasionally - at his own site,




Roger has been married to Rachel Grilley, a first grade teacher in Daly City, for nearly 20 years; they have been together as a couple for nearly 30. They have three children: Jared, born in 2002, Sara, born in 2004, and Ezra, 2008.


Jared is a student at Lowell High School where he is an active member of the FIRST Robotics team. He is also an accomplished tap dancer, plays multiple instruments - piano, tuba, trumpet, and bass guitar, to name a few - and works with Celsius and Beyond teaching kids about engineering and robotics. He plans to become an engineer.


Sara is an actress, dancer, and singer - what is known as a "triple threat".  Having gotten straight As all through middle school and now at Lowell, perhaps that should be "quadruple threat".  She is uncertain where her schooling and professional life will take her. For the moment, she is concentrating on her performing career and exploring her options in high school.


Ezra is the clown of the family. His path is the least certain - at the moment, his primary goal is to become a "Minecraft YouTuber". He is also very interested in sports and playing congas. His biggest challenge is school, where he keeps his teachers on their toes by reading at a high school level and being several years ahead of his grade in math.


When he was younger, Roger identified the three things that mattered most to him: technology, nature, and music. He has always been a fan of the potential of technology to improve people's lives and make the world a better place for everyone. Innovation is exciting. Roger has always loved the outdoors, especially water. He loves camping and backpacking and spent much of his young adulthood in the Sierras. He taught swimming to San Francisco children under the watchful eye of Charlie Sava and loves small watercraft of all types. Lastly, coming from a very musical family (and having been a singer himself, performing with the San Francisco Opera, San Francisco Symphony, and others) music is extremely important to him. He owns thousands of CDs, from an autographed copy of Vivaldi's complete lute concertos and a copy of the only recording of Da Vinci's viola organista to the complete Beatles catalog and all of San Francisco blues legend Johnny Nitro's CDs.

Now, however, he would add a fourth and most important item: community.  More than anything, he values the network of friends he has built up over the years.  It is only when we come together as a community that we can make a difference and make the world a better place.  As Roger puts it, we're all in this together.


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I am running for Board of Education because I want to do my part to ensure the success of all of our students and schools.  This November 6, vote for Roger Sinasohn for Board of Education. 

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