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Santa Cruz City School DistrictCandidate for Trustee, Trustee Area 3

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Cindy Ranii

Appointed School Board Member
26,408 votes (60.84%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Focus on academic excellence for all students; every student deserves a world-class education.
  • Provide a safe and welcoming school environment for every student.
  • Provide experienced stewardship of parcel tax and bond revenues for school improvement.



Profession:Appointed School Board Member
Superintendent of Schools, Los Gatos - Saratoga Joint Union High School District (1997–2005)
Board Member, Los Gatos - Saratoga Community Education and Recreation — Appointed position (1997–2005)
Board Member, Metro Education (Career Technical Education Board) — Appointed position (1997–2005)
Principal and Director of Educational Services, Fullerton Joint Union High School District (1984–1997)
Planning Commissioner, City of Fullerton, Planning Commission — Appointed position (1991–1994)
Teacher and Program Coordinator, Refugee Project; Rancho Santiago Community College District (1981–1984)
Teacher, Peace Corps, Iran (1971–1974)


University of Southern California Doctorate of Education, Educational Leadership (1993)
University of Pennsylvania Master of Arts, South Asian Area Studies (1971)
University of California, Berkeley Bachelor of Arts, Near Eastern Languages (1969)

Community Activities

Wheelchair Table Tennis International Competitor, International Table Tennis Federation and the US Olympic Committee (2011–current)


My name is Cindy Ranii, and I currently serve as a Santa Cruz City Schools Board Member. I was appointed by the Board in October to a seat vacated by Alisun Thompson who moved out of the area. I'm a retired educator with 25 years of experience working with diverse communities as a teacher, principal, and superintendent. 

My most recent position was Superintendent of the Los Gatos-Saratoga Joint Union High School District where I served for ten years. I have decided to run for election for a four-year term so that I can continue to apply my experience and distinctive perspectives to providing our students with a world-class education. All students deserve the opportunity to maximize their potential.

Excellence, Equity and Fiscal Responsibility have always guided my public service. I am fair-minded, thoughtful, a good listener, a life-long learner, problem-solver and bridge builder. I highly value mutual respect and dignity for all. An immediate challenge for the District is to maintain a focus on instructional excellence for all students while balancing the challenges of implementing the bond-funded facilities plan. I think that my experience has been of significant value in this area and of critical importance moving forward.

My educational background includes degrees from UC Berkeley and the University of Pennsylvania in South Asia Language and Area Studies with a doctorate in education from the University of Southern California. I am a wheelchair table tennis player with a bronze medal from the Parapan American Games. I helped to establish the Santa Cruz Ping Pong Club which is now enjoyed by more than 50 members including those with physical challenges.

My partner Shelly James and I have four children and 12 grandchildren. We want for each of our grandkids what we want for every child in our District: safe, well-run schools with great and caring teachers and staff, an engaging learning environment, and excellent, up-to-date curriculum and instruction. I would be honored by your vote. Thank you.





Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Greater Santa Cruz Federation of Teachers
  • Santa Cruz Council of Classified Employees
  • Democratic Women's Club of Santa Cruz County

Organizations (2)

  • GLBT Alliance

Elected Officials (4)

  • Ryan Coonerty, Supervisor
  • John Leopold, Supervisor
  • Cynthia Mathews, Santa Cruz City Council Member
  • David Terrazas, Mayor, City of Santa Cruz

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