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Santa Clara County Board of EducationCandidate for Member, Trustee Area 2

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Kathleen M. King

Appointed Incumbent
49,635 votes (62%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Updating and improving the Santa Clara County Office of Education Special Education Strategic Plan.
  • Increasing Environmental education throughout our 31 districts.
  • Increase the number of children that can attend early education.



Profession:CEO Healthier Kids Foundation
CEO, Healthier Kids Foundation (2008–current)
Board Member, Santa Clara County Health Plan Authority — Appointed position (2013–current)
California State Dental Board Member, State Dental Board — Appointed position (2012–2017)
Senior Director of Products, Applied Materials, Inc. (1980–1999)
Senior Director Programs, Applied Materials, Inc. (1980–1999)


Santa Clara University Bachelor of Science and Commerce, Business (1979)

Community Activities

Board Member, Housing Trust Silicon Valley (2009–2017)


Hon. Kathleen M. King


Kathleen King retired from Applied Materials, Inc. after twenty years and is currently the CEO of the Healthier Kids Foundation (HKF), a non-profit foundation focused on the health needs of low income residents of Santa Clara and San Mateo County.  Kathleen became a Santa Clara County Board Trustee in February 2018.


Kathleen was elected to the Saratoga City Council in November of 2002 and served as Mayor of the city in 2005 and again in 2010.  Ms. King has just finished her term on the California State Dental Board and is a board member of Valley Medical Center Foundation board, Trustee of the Lincoln Law School of San Jose, and a member of American Leadership Forum (ALF) class XVII.


Kathleen King is a native of California.  She attended public schools in San Jose, graduated from West Valley College, and Santa Clara University.  She resides in Saratoga with her husband, Mark Stark; they have five children, Marie, Allyssa, Nick, Matthew and Robert. Robert has been through 38 surgeries and two bone marrow transplants. 

Kathleen is endorsed by Congresswoman Anna Eshoo, Assemblymember Evan Low, Supervisor Mike Wasserman, Los Gatos Mayor Rob Rennie, Saratoga Mayor Mary-Lynn Bernald, City of Santa Clara Mayor Lisa Gillmor, and the California Teachers Association.

Who supports this candidate?

Organizations (1)

  • California Teachers Association

Elected Officials (5)

  • Congresswoman Anna Eschoo
  • Assemblymembers Evan Low and Ash Kalra
  • Mayors Los Gatos Rob Rennie, Saratoga Mary-Lynn Bernald, and Santa Clara Lisa Gillmore
  • Supervisors Mike Wasserman and Cindy Chavez
  • President Santa Clara Board of Education Rosemary Kamei

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

I believe that children are our first priority.  They have very little voice in their care, their education, and their safety without us.  After my son went through his second bone marrow transplant, I decided to leave the high tech world and focus on children in our County.  For me, policitics is only important in how it affects what we leave our children as their future world.  

I believe is consistently working to improve the health, education, and well-being of children.  

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