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Special District

Fremont Unified School DistrictCandidate for Board Member, Area 5

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Lucy Shen

Software Engineer/Alumnus
7,056 votes (33.25%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Health & Safety: 1) Fight for every student’s technology access for distance learning; 2) Increase funding for mental health professionals and student initiatives; 3) Increase custodial staff and testing facilities for a return to in-person learning.
  • Community Accessibility & Transparency: 1) Increase responsiveness to parent feedback around distance and in-person learning; 2) Open channels of communication such as trustee office hours; 3) Lower barriers of entry by streamlining meeting protocols
  • Diversity in Education: 1) Expand ethnic studies to teach K-12 students our communities’ histories; 2) Emphasize civic and social responsibilities in the community service program; 3) Create a committee to oversee implementing diverse curricula.



Profession:Alumnus, Community Organizer, Software Engineer
Software Engineer, Intuit (2017–current)
Secretary & Member, Comprehensive Health, Puberty, and Sexuality Education (CHPSE) Task Force, FUSD — Appointed position (2018–2019)


Wellesley College B.S., Computer Science, Minor in Economics (2017)

Community Activities

Member, LGBTQIA Taskforce (2018–current)
Volunteer, StandUp for Kids (2019–current)
Mentor, Girls Who Code (2018–2018)
Undergraduate Researcher, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) (2015–2015)
Team Leader, Intern, Galileo Learning (2011–2014)


Born and raised in Fremont, Lucy Shen (沈静雨) is running to bring a focus on mental health, diversity, and transparency to the school board, while ensuring that all Fremont students are safe and healthy during the COVID pandemic. Having  attended Fremont schools, Lucy has a deep understanding of the FUSD student experience, both the strengths and what can be improved. Lucy is also a daughter of bilingual immigrants and will use that to bridge the generational and cultural gaps between the school board and the community.

Lucy's work on the CHPSE Task Force helped her understand the views of all stakeholders—parents, teachers, staff, and students. The recommendations she made led to the implementation of a high quality curriculum that addressed everyone’s needs. As a youth mentor with StandUp for Kids, Girls who Code, and Spark, Lucy empowered at-risk and minority youth to achieve their full potential. In addition, Lucy understands how to use technology to increase board transparency and efficiency from her experiences as a software engineer and a former MIT researcher. Lucy looks forward to bringing that same passion for health and safety, transparency, and diversity to the school board.

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Anu Natarajan, Fremont Vice Mayor (former)
  • Monica Melville, Co-President of MPPFA (former)
  • Fremont Unified District Teachers Association (FUDTA)

Organizations (5)

  • California Young Democrats
  • Alameda Labor Council
  • Southern Alameda County Young Democrats
  • East Bay Stonewall Democratic Club
  • FUN Progressives

Elected Officials (2)

  • Vinnie Bacon, Fremont City Councilmember
  • Aziz Akbari, Vice President of Alameda County Water District Board of Directors

Individuals (6)

  • Alex Lee, Democratic Candidate for State Assembly District 25
  • Zuhair Imaduddin, Fremont School Board of Education Student Member (former)
  • Lance Kwan, Fremont Human Relations Commissioner
  • Laurie Manuel, Fremont Planning Commissioner (former)
  • Beth Hoffman, Fremont Human Relations Commissioner (former)
  • Debbie Watanuki, Fremont Human Relations Commissioner (former)

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

A FUSD School Board member works to ensure and improve high quality, equitable education across the district by serving as the liaison between parents, teachers, students, and staff. For every decision we make - whether about budgeting, curricula, or human resources - it will be my job as a trustee to be an excellent listener, elicit community viewpoints, and incorporate feedback to make decisions that center the learning and development of all students.

From my experiences working with the district and conversations with past and current trustees, I know improvements can be made to increase community engagement. The board needs to decrease the barriers to entry for participating in district meetings and ensure that all public data and policy decisions are transparent and easy to find. Additionally, if elected, I will champion 1) accessibility through email, phone and in-person; 2) regular office hours and linguistically accessible parent education nights; and 3) trustee participation in school and community events. 

Finally, given our district’s budget crisis, it is critical for trustees to understand public financing and be knowledgeable on how funding formulas and state legislation impact our school district. I have experience engaging with policymakers in Sacramento and Washington D.C., and will leverage that experience to follow these higher-level policies, communicate information with constituents, and ensure that our students’ needs are met.

Videos (1)

Why I'm Running for School Board — October 4, 2020 Lucy Shen for Fremont School Board 2020

Hello, I'm Lucy Shen! I'm running for Fremont School Board in Area 5 because I believe in providing an inclusive, accessible education for ALL our students. Watch this video to learn about my plans and priorities, and for more details please check out my website!

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