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San Diego Unified School DistrictCandidate for Trustee, Trustee Area A

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Stephen Groce

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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Budget Oversight: I will work to ensure that our budget allocation is focused on basic resources for students, not special interest projects.
  • Equity: I will be the voice of students who are victims of an inequitable system that prevents them from accessing classes that they have interest in and not only accept what is being offered.
  • Safety and Transparency: Say what we do and do what we say. Far to long have parents and other stakeholders not been given the full story on issues, nor have we been engaged in the decision-making process.



Profession:Entrepreneur, Classroom Parent, City Commissioner
President & CEO, BUILT by PN Industries, Inc. (2013–current)
Chair, City of San Diego Human Relations Commission — Elected position (2015–current)
Executive Board member, Clairemont Town Council — Elected position (2009–current)
Regional Asset Protection and Risk Management Manager, Sport Chalet (2009–2017)
Director of Loss Prevention and Asset Protection, Anna's Linens (2004–2008)


Duke University Certificate, Visual Perception on the Brain (2017)
Trident University International Master of Business Administration (MBA), Strategic and Organizational Leadership (2013)
Trident University International Bachelor of Science (BSBA), Business with a minor in Criminal Justice (2011)
Paralegal Tech Associate of Arts (AA), Legal Studies (2006)

Community Activities

Advisory Board member, The Kim Center on Social Balance and Gender Equity in the Workplace (2019–current)
Advisory Board member, San Diego Police Department (2009–current)
Elementary School PTA Board member, San Diego Unified School District (2015–current)
School Site Council member, San Diego Unified School District (2017–current)


His experience managing asset protection and risk management departments both locally and nationally, multi-million-dollar budgets, and volunteer roles on many advisory boards for community based and non-profit organizations qualify him to fill the role as School Board Trustee. His background in entrepreneurship, fraud investigations, and leadership inform his mindful but competitive approach. Stephen is fueled by his passion for understanding the nuances of our current educational environment.


He considers himself a ‘forever student,’ eager to both build on his academic foundations in business, criminal justice and legal studies, but stay in tune with the latest teaching and learning pedagogies and strategies through continued preparation.

His hunger for “living the listen”, continued knowledge and determination to turn information into action has contributed to his most recent success at Westat, where he led one of the most efficient California based teams. Meanwhile, he has vastly improved the partnerships with school Principals, Teachers, and Classified staff by implementing strategic leadership methods learned from his MBA program majoring in Strategic & Organizational Leadership.

Stephen believes mindfulness in the organization and on the board is key to success - a tenet he lives out through his interests in mental, physical and emotional health. Stephen is currently working to improve the lives of all San Diegans by ‘lifting’ his cohorts and clients who are always interested in challenging the status quo of their industries.

Today, Stephen wants to serve as your voice in the San Diego School District. One that echoes your concerns. A voice for Equity, Transparency, Accountability, Reconciliation and Safety.

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

My commitment to innovation and equitable education will help the board to identify solutions to many of our current classroom and student resource disparities.  As a parent of three young children I am invested in creating the best learning environment possible, integrating feedback from parents, and collaboration and data-driven solutions to our educational challenges.


Let’s restore the CHARACTER of the School Board! Together, we can invest in early childhood learning, student engagement, and student and parent rights. Help me secure positive learning environments by working with me to ensure that schools are secure and that student safety is a top priority. Let's reform the San Diego School Board election process by advocating for "District Only Elections." Donate today and let's get to work!

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SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The candidates for San Diego Unified’s District A seat are making their push as we near the March Primaries.

The top two vote-getters on March 3rd will then go on to an election in November.

Sabrina Bazzo, Crystal Trull and Stephen Groce are runing for the seat that represents  Mira Mesa, University City, Clairemont and Madison High Schools.

Candidate Stephen Groce was in studio to tell us about his campaign.

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